UX Bookclub Oct 11, 2012 - Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocab

  • October 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • 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 Intel 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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  • Paul O.

    Great to see others had thought similarly and that I wasn't alone in my thoughts. Interesting to to hear about Dan Hill's influences and curious to read more.

    October 12, 2012

  • John W.

    Good book club. Interesting people. Book of ideas with good and bad parts.

    October 12, 2012

  • Jo H.

    Sorry but I have to drop out, something else has come up. One thing though, if someone could *please* make the point that 'meta' does not mean 'context'! (it simply makes for alliteration with matter; which, when taken to mean 'artefact' might just have well been called 'artefact')

    (...and that a Trojan Horse was built to sack Troy and remove it from existence - a harsh and potentially unsellable objective for a UX strategy ;)

    Have fun people, sorry I can't make it - if there's a wait list, please pass on my ticket.

    (I take the bad ux karma squarely on my shoulders, I can take it o_o)

    October 11, 2012

  • Paul O.

    Since Antony has dropped out. Does that mean there's a space free! can I take it? please

    October 5, 2012

    • Leisa R.

      hey Paul, sorry, there's a waiting list - if you're on the list you'll be offered a spot when it's your turn. Hope to see you there soon.

      October 8, 2012

  • franny g.

    Anyone attending Thursday want to swap nights for this? I've got a Tuesday place, but I'm double booked on something else.

    October 8, 2012

    • franny g.

      @leisa - is that ok? ... I go thursday, in Michel's spare place; Linda goes tuesday, in my spare place...

      October 8, 2012

    • Leisa R.

      fine by me :) see you soon.

      October 8, 2012

  • Antony W.

    I'm afraid I've just got a new contract that starts next week and Thursday is going to be the BIG one. So I won't be able to join. Sorry! I don't want any bad UX karma! :(

    October 5, 2012

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