Discuss The Shape of Design

  • August 23, 2012 · 7:00 PM

Join us as we discuss The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero "a book about design as a method to plan and create change. It documents the hidden steps, methods, and thoughts of the creative process to produce a field guide for the emerging skillset: improvising, creating frameworks, storytelling, and delighting audiences. It’s a handbook that explores the qualities that make for great design so we may dream big, apply the lessons to our processes, then go get our hands dirty to shape this world."

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  • John R.

    I have another suggestion:

    "Cybernetic Revolutionaries - Technology & Politics in Allende's Chile", by Eden Medina

    I am reading it now, and it's great! British cybernetic guru Stafford Beer got hired by Allende to set up a feedback control system for Chile's nationalized economy in 1971 - they tried some amazing things.

    But, I guess I'm maybe writing this in the wrong place -

    October 4, 2012

  • John R.

    How about reading these 2 books sometime:

    Anthony Dunne - Hertzian Tales;
    Carl DiSalvo - Adversarial Design
    ????

    The first has been around a while, so it may be old news, but the 2nd is relatively new.

    October 4, 2012

  • Julie B.

    Someone last night asked about books about "copy" Here are the two that I mentioned (not book club recs, just sharing some resources I use):

    Letting Go of the Words - Ginny Redish
    This one is really about writing copy, and although it may be slightly outdated, it's really helpful.
    http://www.amazon.com/Letting-Go-Words-Interactive-Technologies/dp/0123694868

    Content Strategy for the Web - Kristina Halvorson
    This is a really quick read and very basic. I've lent it to clients and non-UX people who end up having to write web copy and they have loved it, but for me it wasn't incredibly enlightening, but worth a read no less.
    http://www.amazon.com/Content-Strategy-Web-Kristina-Halvorson/dp/0321620062/ref=pd_sim_b_4

    August 24, 2012

    • Gabe K.

      I asked about it. Thanks for the suggestions!

      August 24, 2012

  • Ray D.

    Great conversations! Even though I didn't read the book I enjoyed talking about it. I will read it now.

    August 24, 2012

  • Loren R.

    Great meetup last night! Lots of interesting people / discussions.

    At some point I'd really like to hear everyone's thoughts on UX team management. Here's a book I'm planning on reading:
    User Experience Management: Essential Skills for Leading Effective UX Teams by Arnie Lund

    Also on my list:
    The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, by Tom Kelley
    The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda

    August 24, 2012

  • Christopher Troy S.

    Thanks to everyone who showed up last night. Hope everyone had a good time and enjoyed the discussion. Stay tuned for details for our next meeting. In the mean time, does anyone have any book suggestions for the next meeting?

    August 24, 2012

  • Loren R.

    Met a lot of great people -- interesting discussion

    August 24, 2012

  • Matthew M.

    It was good

    August 23, 2012

  • Jenine

    Ever read Ways of Seeing by Jon Berger? This book is extremely similar and I think way too rudimentary for people in the field, working on design problems.

    August 22, 2012

    • Morgan S.

      I'm find the book to be too rudimentary as well, but I found the talk that gave birth to the book more enlightening and it has allowed me to see more value in the text: https://vimeo.com/1708...­. Chimero also maintains a great public bookshelf full of good suggestions for this group: http://frankchimero.c...­

      August 22, 2012

    • volkan u.

      I found his book suggestions helpful, as well, especially "Principles of Two Dimensional Design." It describes a set of intellectual tools for analyzing visual design. Don't know it's of much practical value, tho.

      August 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe.. but it can act as a conversation starter for more complex subjects

    August 22, 2012

  • Christopher Troy S.

    August 3, 2012

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