UX Bookclub: The design of everyday things

The format of UX Bookclub is simple: we nominate a UX book, everyone reads it (or as much as they can!) and we get together to talk about it.  The commitment is slightly higher than a typical meet up - you need to buy and read a book - but you'll get lot more out of it. 

The book we've nominated is: The design of everyday things by Don Norman.  This is the seminal text for usability and will change the way you look at the world.  Don Norman ("The Don") is a professor of cognitive science who coined the term "user experience" and was Apple's first User Experience Architect.

This book works really well for the group as it is equally valuable for veterans and noobs alike.  We've set the date for early Nov as it takes time to get delivery of and read a book, but get cracking as soon as you can.

You can get the book wherever you can find it, the usual suspects such as amazon and fishpond all carry it (fishpond seems to have free shipping at the moment).  As an alternative, it also seems to be available on http://archive.org/details/DesignOfEverydayThings - I'll leave the legality and morality of that up to you :)  Personally I'll order a physical copy and read the archive.org version while I await delivery.  This book is a classic and deserves a spot on your shelf.

UX Bookclub works really well because the deadline helps you to finish the damn thing and the insights you get from talking about it with a group of like-minded people are often as valuable as reading the book itself.  UX Bookclub was founded in late 2008 by Steve Baty and now has thousands of people meeting in over 80 locations.

As usual ThoughWorks will put on the pizza and beer and its best to arrive before 6pm to avoid the need to call for someone to come down and get you (but no problem of course that's not possible!).

If you're sitting on the fence I really urge you to give this a crack - much of what I know about UX I learned from books I read for UX Bookclub London. 

Happy reading and look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Ben M.

    For anyone interested in learning more about the Design of Everyday Things I just stumbled across this free online course taught by Don Norman himself - https://www.udacity.com/course/design101

    January 7, 2014

  • Nicole L.

    The design challenge was inspiring, and a good experience to share creative ideas.

    November 6, 2013

  • Peter C.

    A good evening. Good flow of intelligence and ideas. Thanks all.

    November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really fun and interesting, I especially loved getting some group design practice. Wish I could have stayed for the whole thing!

    November 6, 2013

  • Dan N.

    Great conversation about the book and some great thinking for the stove design task.

    November 6, 2013

  • Dom V.

    It excellent! First time in and can't wait for the next one

    November 5, 2013

  • Gavin T.

    Good healthy discussion revealing the attitudes and opinions relating to usability and experience design.

    November 5, 2013

  • Anthony L.

    I love this meetup!

    November 5, 2013

  • Dan N.

    So bookclub is tomorrow night. Forgot to read the book? No problems, here's a pretty good summary: http://www.usabilitypost.com/2010/11/17/the-design-of-everyday-things/

    We're also heard that people haven't received their book since it's had a recent reprint.

    That's perfectly ok, feel free to come and learn about the book anyway.


    November 4, 2013

  • Carlos E.

    Willing to share experiences!

    October 29, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    With UX bookclub next Tue the clock is ticking to get those last few chapters read! Its ok if you didn't manage to finish the book - just read as much as you can.

    Unfortunately I've gotta go to France for a client workshop so am going to miss out (again!). Dan is going to take the night however and its looking like a very healthy crowd. Looking forward to hearing about some great discussions and debate!

    October 28, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    Hope everyone is making good progress on the book. For those who haven't started, read as much as you can and still come along! If you need to make a quick start or have chosen to wait for the next edition to come out in November I suggest grabbing a copy at http://archive.org/details/DesignOfEverydayThings, it's not perfect but will at least get you going.

    Happy reading

    October 16, 2013

  • Anita F.

    I thought some of you might be interested in the Udacity course based on the book. Don is one of the instructors.


    October 1, 2013

  • Mick

    Hi all. Look forward to chatting UX.

    September 25, 2013

  • Jameson B.

    Funny enough an extended/updated version seems to be coming out November 5th...


    September 19, 2013

  • Andrew W.

    I ordered my copy from Amazon last week and was given an estimated delivery date of the 28th October. It arrived last night (7 days later) - definitely a case of setting expectations low and then over-delivering!

    September 18, 2013

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