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UX Mega Meetup

We’re excited to be part of the UX Mega Meetup on Friday 24th November. Come and join us and members of other fantastic Melbourne UX groups to celebrate the end of the year!

Please RSVP to this event at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ux-mega-meetup-tickets-39829446948

Whether you’ve been busy getting into the industry, honing your skills, or grinding away at those stakeholders we’re inviting you to come share a drink and a story with your colleagues to celebrate and reflect on the year that’s been and the year ahead.

Thank you REA Group for hosting this years Mega Meetup at their wonderful HQ as well as putting on food and drinks!

The UX Mega Meetup has a Code of Conduct that all organisers, sponsors and guest must adhere to. Please take the time to read our Code of Conduct so everyone can enjoy a harassment free event experience.

UX Book Club: This Human by Melis Senova

We’re excited to announce that the author of our next book, Melis Senova, will be joining us in person at UX Book Club. We’ll be discussing her new book – This Human: How to be the Person Designing for Other People.

There are many great books about the design process, tools and methods. One missing aspect, almost in an ironic twist, is what it takes to be the person who is actually doing the designing. This Human is about that person.

The person who needs to observe to gain insight, to make sense of their observations in a way that isn’t biased by their own world views. The person who needs to communicate in many different ways with many different intentions to communicate information which is often hard to access, difficult to grasp and just not that tangible. The person who is so passionate about having a positive impact they become exhausted one third of the way into their project.

This book helps these people to learn more about themselves and how to think and be in their practice—to grasp all that is going on inside that then influences their creations.

I’m in! How do I RSVP?  
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the night with your book, questions, thoughts and opinions! If you can’t make it, please reverse your RSVP early so there is room for someone else.

Get the book 
You can buy the book here with 34% off and shipping in 1-2 days:
https://www.booktopia.com.au/this-human-melis-senova/prod9789063694609.html

Find Out More About the Book 
There’s lots to discover at the book’s website here:
https://this-human.com

Do I Need to Read the Book?  
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

What Happens at Book Club
6.00 – Join us at the venue from 6pm for drinks and snacks 
6.30 – Melis will talk to us about some of the book’s themes and topics. 
6.45 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some topics and talking points suggested by Melis. 
7.30 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group.  
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

Thank you to UX Mastery for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

Forum Discussion: Design Ethnography: Designing Our Digital Futures

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

Special Melbourne HCI Event

Paul Dourish and Sarah Pink

In conversation with: Jane Burry, Kurt Seemann and John Murphy

Forum Discussion: Design Ethnography: Designing Our Digital Futures

Professor Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine) will present on “Design, Futures and the Sociology of Expectations”, 

Professor Sarah Pink (RMIT) will present “Design Ethnography for Responsible Digital Futures”. 

Panel members, Jane Burry and Kurt Seemann (Swinburne University of Technology) and John Murphy (Design4Use), will then give position statements and respond to these two talks. 

The forum will then be opened up for discussion and question time with the audience.

Refreshments and networking will follow the event (6-7:30pm)

Please register your interest in attending with Jeni Paay: jpaay@swin.edu.au

UX Book Club – Designing UX: Forms

We’re excited to announce that our next UX Book Club is about designing a great forms user experience. We’ll be discussing Designing UX: Forms by Jessica Enders.

“This book will walk you through every part of designing a great forms user experience. From the words, to how the form looks, and on to interactivity, you’ll learn how to design a web form that works beautifully on mobiles, laptops and desktops. Filled with practical and engaging insights, and plenty of real-world examples, both good and bad.”

As well as discussing our thoughts and opinions on the book, it will also be a great starting point for group discussions on our experiences and questions about its methods and themes. Whether you’re experienced or new to UX design, you are very welcome to join us. 

I’m in! How do I RSVP?  
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the night with your book (or eBook), questions, thoughts and opinions! If you can’t make it, please reverse your RSVP early so there is room for someone else.

Get the book
You can buy the book here:
https://www.sitepoint.com/premium/books/designing-ux-forms

Special Discount Offer for UX Melbourne
SitePoint have kindly shared a $29 discount bundle that includes the book:
https://www.sitepoint.com/premium/l/ultimate-web-design-beginner-bundle

Find Out More About the Book
You can listen to Gerry Gaffney interview Jessica about the book in a great interview on the User Experience Podcast:
http://uxpod.com/definitive-advice-on-forms-an-interview-with-jessica-enders/

You can read a sample chapter at UX Matters:
http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2017/05/designing-ux-forms.php  

Learn How the Book Guided a Major Form Design Project
Dan Craddock will be joining us to talk about how the book informed the design of an application form that sits at the heart of a major new government service.

Do I Need to Read the Book? 
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

Give The Summary 
Would you like to give a brief summary of the book at the start of book club? Contact us before June 25th if you’re interested!

What Happens at Book Club 
6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book 
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points. 
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group. 
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

Thank you to UX Mastery for again sponsoring UX Book Club and another big thank you to MYOB for providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub.

UX Book Club: Hooked – How to Build Habit Forming Products

Our next UX Book Club is about engagement, behaviour and user psychology. We’ll be discussing Hooked – How to Build Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal.

“Why do some products capture our attention while others flop? How do technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) with the Hook Model – a four-step process that subtly encourages customer behaviour; repeatedly bringing them back without costly advertising or aggressive messaging”

As well as discussing our thoughts and opinions on the book, it will also be a great starting point for group discussions on our experiences and questions about its methods and themes. Whether you’re experienced or new to UX design, you are very welcome to join us.

I’m in! How do I RSVP? 
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the night with your book (or eBook), questions, thoughts and opinions! If you can’t make it, please reverse your RSVP early so there is room for someone else.

Get the book 
You can buy the eBook in Kindle and Apple iBook formats from the book’s web page ($14.99). You can get the physical book with 1-2 days shipping and with a 19% discount at Booktopia ($24.40)

Do I Need to Read the Book? 
Yes, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. So we ask that you come to book club having read some or all of the book and be ready to discuss its topics and ideas.

Give The Summary 
Would you like to give a brief summary of the book at the start of book club? Contact us before May 25th if you’re interested!

What Happens at Book Club 

6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book 
6.35 – We break into groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points. 
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group. 
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!

Venue 
Thank you to MYOB for again providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant Innovation Hub. Thanks MYOB!

UX Breakfast Book Club with Steve Portigal

One week after our next book club on Steve Portigal’s Doorbells, Danger and Dead Batteries, we’re thrilled that the author will be joining us live via a video link-up to discuss the group’s experiences, topics and questions that came up at the previous week’s book club.

This is a special breakfast event, held between 8am and 9am at General Assembly in the CBD.

Steve Portigal is the author of Interviewing Users and founder of Portigal Consulting, a San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. In the past 15 years, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists.

He’s an accomplished presenter who speaks about culture, innovation, and design at companies and conferences across the globe.

Steve also hosts the podcast Dollars to Donuts where he talks with the people who lead user research in their organisations.

Steve’s latest book, Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries examines the bizarre, comic, tragic, and generally astonishing experiences that researchers have out in the field.

Find Out More About Steve Portigal and the Book
You can read lots more more about the book at the Rosenfeld website: http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/user-research-war-stories/

You can listen to Gerry Gaffney interview Steve about the book in a great interview on the User Experience Podcast:
http://uxpod.com/stories-from-the-field-an-interview-with-steve-portigal/

Steve recently joined UX Mastery for an online Ask the UXperts session. You can read the full transcript here:
http://uxmastery.com/transcript-user-research-steve-portigal/

I’m in! How do I RSVP?
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the morning. If you can’t make it, please reverse your RSVP early so there is room for someone else.

Do I Need to Have Attended the Previous Week’s Book Club?
No. But do come to both if you can – at the previous week’s book club we’ll be discussing questions, topics and experiences that we’d like to discuss with Steve Portigal at this Breakfast Book Club.

30% Special Discount for UX Melbourne
The publishers, Rosenfeld Media have kindly provided UX Melbourne with a discount – just quote UXMELB when ordering online! So for about $20AUD, you can download the e-book and start reading today:
http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/user-research-war-stories/

What Happens at this Book Club
8.00am – Welcoming coffee
8.10am – We link up live with Steve Portigal via video
9.00am – Book club ends

UX Book Club: Doorbells, Danger and Dead Batteries by Steve Portigal

We’re excited to announce a special double-event for our next book club. We’ll be discussing Steve Portigal’s latest book and then the following week, we’ll be talking to Steve live via video link-up to discuss our thoughts and questions about the book, as well as share our own user research experiences.

Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries examines the bizarre, comic, tragic, and generally astonishing experiences that researchers have out in the field.

We’ll be discussing our thoughts and opinions on the book and it will also be a great starting point for group discussions to share our own experiences and war stories. Whether you’re experienced or new to user research, you are very welcome to join us.

“User research war stories are personal accounts of the challenges researchers encounter out in the field, where mishaps are inevitable, yet incredibly instructive. Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries is a diverse compilation of war stories that range from comically bizarre to astonishingly tragic, tied together with valuable lessons from expert user researcher Steve Portigal.”

Find Out More About the Book
You can read lots more more about the book at the Rosenfeld website: 
http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/user-research-war-stories/

You can listen to Gerry Gaffney interview Steve about the book in a great interview on the User Experience Podcast: 
http://uxpod.com/stories-from-the-field-an-interview-with-steve-portigal/

Steve recently joined UX Mastery for an online Ask the UXperts session. You can read the full transcript here: 
http://uxmastery.com/transcript-user-research-steve-portigal/

I’m in! How do I RSVP?
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the night with your book or eBook, questions, thoughts and opinions! If you can’t make it, please reverse your RSVP early so there is room for someone else.

Do I Need to Read the Book?
Yes (well, at least some of it!). Our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. You’ll get so much more out of book club by having read some or all of the book.

30% Special Discount for UX Melbourne!
The publishers, Rosenfeld Media have kindly provided UX Melbourne with a discount – just quote UXMELB when ordering online! So for about $20AUD, you can download the e-book and start reading today:
http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/user-research-war-stories/

Give The Summary and Get a Free Copy
Our friends at UX Mastery are kindly giving a free eBook copy of the book to any member willing to give the five minute summary at the start of the book club. Contact us before January 20th if you’re interested.

What Happens at Book Club
6.30 – One of us gives a 5-minute summary of the book
6.35 – We break into three groups for conversation about the book guided by some suggested topics and talking points.
7.15 – We share our group’s discussions and ideas with the full group and continue to discuss the book amongst the whole group. We talk about some questions, topics and experiences that we’d like to discuss with Steve Portigal at UX Breakfast Book Club the following week.
8.00 – The book club concludes but everyone is welcome to stay and continue the UX discussions!