UX Bookclub Oct 9, 2012 - Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocab

  • Oct 9, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • IG Index
  • Come along to the October edition of the London UX Bookclub. We'll be reading and discussing Dan Hill's (@cityofsound) great essay called Dark Matter and Trojan Horses - A Strategic Design Vocabulary.

  • Amazon says:

    We live in an age of sticky problems, whether it’s climate change or the decline of the welfare state. With conventional solutions failing, a new culture of decision-making is called for. Strategic design is about applying the principles of traditional design to "big picture" systemic challenges such as healthcare, education and the environment. It redefines how problems are approached and aims to deliver more resilient solutions. In this short book, Dan Hill outlines a new vocabulary of design, one that needs to be smuggled into the upper echelons of power. He asserts that, increasingly, effective design means engaging with the messy politics – the “dark matter” – taking place above the designer’s head. And that may mean redesigning the organisation that hires you.

    It's a fairly short read and chock full of great discussion points - should make for a good UX Bookclub!

  • The book is available in Kindle edition here: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Matter-Trojan-Horses-ebook/dp/B0085KEVO8
  • For those who don't do Kindle, I have a PDF version available - please email [masked]
  • There is also a video version available here: https://vimeo.com/39565431
  • Thanks to our friends at IG Index for hosting us again.

    As usual, tickets are limited so please only take one if you REALLY intend to read the book and come along. People who don't show up on the night get bad UX Karma.

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  • Michel J.

    Lively discussions in an excellent crowd. The drinks afterwards were lots of fun too :)

    October 22, 2012

  • Mary L.

    I'm not a fan of this book, but enjoyed the discussion. Always interesting to see what different people take from each book -- which ideas resonate, which annoy and which do both in equal measure. Thanks again to Leisa for organising.

    October 10, 2012

  • Emily H.

    Excellent discussion, variety of participants, all very friendly.

    October 10, 2012

  • Ivor T.

    That was good, thanks. One thing I wanted to flag though was about the 'spikes on innovation' (p84) and how they relate to Kano analysis.

    In an agile world where we focus on MVPs, we identify the 'must haves' to ship the product (we respond to immediate needs in the current context). Dan Hill tells us that if we looked beyond (refused to be bound by?) current constraints and beliefs (into the meta), we may discover alternative solutions which can in turn change the 'world'. This is in the same way that, over time, 'exciters' (wow factors) in kano analysis become normalised into a product i.e. we don't 'have' to include exciters in a product but if we do then the whole product and it's environment can change. This might be an easier way of selling the benefits of 'probing the meta' to stakeholders?

    October 10, 2012

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