UX Book Club: Design for Real Life

Our next book is Design for Real Life. A fabulous book about designing user experiences with an understanding that you can’t always know the emotional state and situation of the real human beings you’re designing for.

You can’t know every user, but you can develop inclusive practices that support a wider range of people. This book shows you how.

It’s co-written by one of the major figures in web standards (especially CSS), Eric Meyer, and influential content strategist and editor Sara Wachter-Boettcher (past editor-in-chief of A List Apart).

“Whether you’re a designer, developer, content strategist, or anyone who creates user experiences, you’ll gain the practical knowledge to test where your designs might fail (before you ship!), vet new features or interactions against more realistic scenarios, and build a business case for making decisions through a lens of kindness.”

You can read more about the book (and get free extracts) at the book’s website:

Get 10% Off Your Copy
You can get your copy at about $11AUD for the e-book using our special UX Melbourne discount from the kind folks at A Book Apart. Just use the code UXMELAU916. You can enter it on the “Customer Information” page and it will be within your “Order Summary”.

I’m in! How do I RSVP?
To join, simply RSVP here and come along on the night with your 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, our discussions will be about the book and the topics and ideas that it includes. If you don’t think you’ll be able to read the book before book club, this event won’t be right for you.

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 MYOB for again providing a fantastic venue for our book club – at their brilliant new Innovation Hub. Thanks MYOB!