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About Irith

UX Melbourne helper.... student @QUT - Masters in Interaction Design. Design researcher for ehealth, mhealth, behaviour change project at Alfred Hospital. Supporting people living with HIV to lower chronic disease risk factors....Come and join 'Designing for Health in Australia' on LinkedIn. Also published 'Surf Rescue' www.surfrescuebook.com

July Book Club – Lean UX

The July Book Club is Lean UX, by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden.

Inspired by lean and agile development theories, Lean UX lets you focus on the actual experience being designed, rather than deliverables. This book shows you how to collaborate closely with other members of the product team, and gather feedback early and often. You’ll learn how to drive the design in short, iterative cycles to assess what works best for the business and the user.

Lean UX book cover

Lean UX shows you how to make this change—for the better.

  • Frame a vision of the problem you’re solving and focus your team on the right outcomes
  • Bring the designers’ toolkit to the rest of your product team
  • Share your insights with your team much earlier in the process
  • Create Minimum Viable Products to determine which ideas are valid
  • Incorporate the voice of the customer throughout the project cycle
  • Make your team more productive: combine Lean UX with Agile’s Scrum framework
  • Understand the organizational shifts necessary to integrate Lean UX

40% off print or 50% off ebooks from oreilly.com with code DSUG (excludes other discounts).

When is it?

Tuesday 16 July
6pm for 6.30 start

Where is it?

Governor’s Lounge
The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

(Turn left and follow the signs before the main entrance).

All welcome

… even if you haven’t read the book!

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support.)

March UX Book Club

Our book for March is Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities That Last, by Tharon Howard.

design to thrive

Social networks and online communities are reshaping the way people communicate, both in their personal and professional lives. What makes some succeed and others fail? What draws a user in? What makes them join? What keeps them coming back? Entrepreneurs and businesses are turning to user experience practitioners to figure this out. Though they are well-equipped to evaluate and create a variety of interfaces, social networks require a different set of design principles and ways of thinking about the user in order to be successful.

Look for Design to Thrive at Booko.com.au or Fishpond.com.au for the best prices. Morgan Kaufmann offer an ebook subscription for 5 users for $41 too.

We’re looking forward to a great year for UX Book Club, we hope you can join us for the first one!

When is it?

Tuesday 5 March
6pm for 6.30 start

Where is it?

The Duke of Kent
293 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

We will be near the sofas, look out for a ‘UX Book Club’ sign.

All welcome

… even if you haven’t read the book!

How much does it cost?

Nothing, it’s absolutely free. (Just turn up and buy something from the bar to thank them for their support of UX Melbourne.)

August UX Book Club: The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman

For August the book was chosen by poll and this design classic is the result. For those who have read the book this is your chance to revisit and see how much can still be applied today. For those of us who still haven’t read it, here is a great chance to find out why The Design of Everyday Things has influenced a generation of digital designers.

For your copy check out www.booko.com.au where you can also find an audiobook edition.

Anyone who designs anything to be used by humans — from physical objects to computer programs to conceptual tools — must read this book, and it is an equally tremendous read for anyone who has to use anything created by another human. It could forever change how you experience and interact with your physical surroundings, open your eyes to the perversity of bad design and the desirability of good design, and raise your expectations about how things should be designed. – Goodreads.com

When?

Tuesday 21 August

6.00 for 6.30 start

Where is it?

Rue Bebelon
267 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

All Welcome…

… even if you haven’t read the book!

June UX Book Club: User Centred Agile Methods, by Hugh Beyer

For June we will be reading User Centred Agile Methods, by Hugh Beyer. This is part of a broader lecture series on Human-Centred Informatics.

The abstract of the lecture follows:

With the introduction and popularization of Agile methods of software development, existing relationships and working agreements between user experience groups and developers are being disrupted. Agile methods introduce new concepts: the Product Owner, the Customer (but not the user), short iterations, User Stories. Where do UX professionals fit in this new world? Agile methods also bring a new mindset — no big design, no specifications, minimal planning — which conflict with the needs of UX design.

This lecture discusses the key elements of Agile for the UX community and describes strategies UX people can use to contribute effectively in an Agile team, overcome key weaknesses in Agile methods as typically implemented, and produce a more robust process and more successful designs. We present a process combining the best practices of Contextual Design, a leading approach to user-centered design, with those of Agile development.

The PDF of the lecture is USD$20 to download, and can be purchased from Morgan & Claypool. You can also get a hardcopy from Amazon for USD$25.

When is it?

Tuesday 19 June
6.00 for 6.30 start

Where is it?

Rue Bebelon
267 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Can I come, even if I haven’t read the book?

Yes, all welcome. See you there!

April Book Club Report

The April UX Book Club was jam-packed full of great people, lively conversation and interesting debate.

What made it so good?

There was a great mix, again, of old-hands and new people. Lots of UXers are coming out of the woodwork! Rue Bebelons is also a great home for UX Melbourne Book Club, we have our own space with dedicated waiter service…. although we might end up out growing it at the current rate of expansion.

How was the book?

For ‘old-hands’ Simple and Usable by Giles Colborne was a great contrast in approach from February’s classic, Envisioning Information. Giles Colborne obviously went to great lengths to make the reading experience ‘simple and usable’ with very succinct one page explanations of different usability and design principles and tools.

Hearing each group's feedback.

Colborne makes sure he covers strategic and conceptual issues as well as describing over 50 design tools for achieving simplicity. He makes sure that simplicity is not just an absence of complexity but rather “The secret to creating a simple user experience is to shift complexity into the right place, so that each moment feels simple.”

 

Four Parts are devoted to detailed descriptions of the four strategies for simplicity:

  1. Remove
  2. Organise
  3. Hide
  4. Displace

These strategies, and the problems they address, are neatly demonstrated in the design challenge of a TV remote control. This is a really handy illustration of the outcomes of each strategy.

It was interesting to compare such an easily digestible book with Tufte’s Envisioning Information, a book that demands a lot of mental effort from the reader. Some readers felt that the ‘easy reading’ experience actually encouraged the reader to gloss over the rich ideas that were on offer. Perhaps for knowledge to stick there needs to be a small amount of friction in the reading experience?

For those who were at the February Book Club it was nice to recognise Tufte’s principles so neatly presented in the ‘Organise’ Part.

Overall Simple and Usable is a really valuable learning tool for anyone working in a design context, and especially helpful to the practice of User Experience design.

When’s the next Book Club?

The next UX Melbourne Book Club will be Tuesday 19 June, Rue Bebelons, 6pm.

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Don’t forget to sign up for the UX Melbourne Announcements and join the UX Melbourne Google Group for Book Club chat!

April UX Book Club

2012 has proven to be a smashing year so far and we hope you can join us for the next night of debate, sharing and fun.

What’s the book?

‘Simple and Usable’ by Giles Colborne. http://www.simpleandusable.com

book cover for Simple and Usable

You can compare prices for the book at www.booko.com.au which calculates all online prices including postage. There is also an ebook version.

When is it?

Tuesday 24 April
6.00 for 6.30 start

Where is it?

Rue Bebelon
267 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Can I come, even if I haven’t read the book?

Yes, all welcome. See you there!