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.
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.