Category Archives: Book Club

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.)

Design Research: UX May Book Club

Our next Book Club will look at Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, edited by Brenda Laurel.

The goal of the book is to introduce designers to the many research tools that can be used to inform design as well as to ideas about how and when to deploy them effectively.

It uses case studies drawn from areas as diverse as computer games, museum information systems, and movies. Interspersed throughout the book are one-page “demos,” snapshots of the design research experience. The chapter authors come from diverse institutions and enterprises, including Stanford University, MIT, Intel, Maxis, Studio Anybody, Sweden’s HUMlab, and Big Blue Dot; each providing insights on different research techniques and processes.

When is it?

Tuesday 14 May
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.)

Extraordinary UX Book Club – ‘Make it So’, with Nathan Shedroff

Our book for November is Make It So: Interaction Design Lesson from Science Fiction, by Nathan Shedroff & Christopher Noessel.

Many designers enjoy the interfaces seen in science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these “outsider” user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.

Make It So is available from Rosenfeld Media with a 30% discount for UX Melbourne folks; the discount code is UXBOOKMELBOURNE.

http://rosenfeldmedia.com/ books/science-fiction- interface/

As a special treat we will have Nathan join us to talk about the book and answer your questions. Nathan Chairs the MBA in Design Strategy at Californian College of the Arts, he has been writing about Experience Design for many years and has influenced many of today’s successful interaction designers.

Nathan will stay with us for the evening to enjoy some UX Melbourne chat over dinner, so if you’d like to join in please RSVP via Eventbrite.

If you don’t get time to read the book you could listen to these podcasts

http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2012/10/24/make-it-so-interaction-design-lessons-from-science-fiction-with-nathan-shedroff-chris-noessel/

http://uxpodcast.com/episode-25-james-and-per-make-it-so

When is it?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
6pm for 6.30 start

Where is it?

The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

We will be in the ‘Governor’s Lounge’. Go through the door on the left, before the main entry, and follow the signs.

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.)

Tell us you’re coming

Via Eventbrite. It helps us heaps if you do.

October UX Bookclub

The voting is in for October’s book and the winner is ‘The Mobile Frontier’ by Rachel Hinman…with a SPECIAL OFFER from Rosenfeld Media for 30% off until the end of September, just use the discount code UXBOOKMELBOURNE.

http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/mobile-design/

(There are also ebook only versions available from other retailers.)

To whet your appetite here are some juicy links:

WHEN?

Tuesday October 16
6pm for 6.30 start

WHERE?

The Royal Melbourne Hotel
629 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

We will be in the ‘Governor’s Lounge’. Go through the door on the left, before the main entry, and follow the signs.

ALL WELCOME…

… even if you haven’t read the book!

Tell your friends!

See you in October.