Discussing "The Back of the Napkin" (Expanded Edition) by Dan Roam

For our September meetup, we'll be discussing the Expanded Edition of Dan Roam's classic The Back of the Napkin. Sharpen your pencils and feel free to bring sketches and doodles to the meeting to share and talk about. If you want to watch Dan in action, check out this YouTube video.

** UPDATE: This publisher does not offer discounts to book groups.

And if sketching is your thing (or you'd like it to be), you might want to pick up this mini-book on sketchnoting. If you're following UX folks on Twitter, etc., you've probably seen references to sketchnotes around the times of the big conferences. This 32-page book offers a glimpse into the sketchnoting process and is great companion to Dan Roam's ideas. A totally optional extra read for anyone who's interested. (Also peruse the sketchnotes tag on tumblr for lots of cool images.)

Remember, you can come to the meeting even if you haven't read the book. Hope to see you there!

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  • Cate K.

    Enjoyed hearing everyone's views, it was helpful wen we moved away from problems with the writing style to ways that the concepts can be used in everyday thought processing.

    September 12, 2012

  • Melinda M.

    Good discussion of the pros and cons of this book. I'm definitely going to keep it on my shelf for reference and look forward to tackling a different sketching book in the future.

    September 12, 2012

  • Jon G.

    Anyone interested in being part of an accessibility competition to design an accessible website for a Non-Profit Organization.

    The Open-AIR (Accessibility Internet Rally)
    http://www.knowbility.org/v/open-air/

    September 5, 2012

  • Karen R.

    For those of you woh don't know about "courtesy cards" from the UI library, you can get a card as a community member (you need to show proof of residence, don't know what communities that includes beyond C-U). Then you can check out books from any campus library, with some limitations. "The Back of the Napkin" is on reserve at Grainger Engineering Library, which means that you can check it out for two hours at a time for use within the library.

    August 21, 2012

    • Melinda M.

      Thanks for the library links, Karen. Keep them coming!

      August 29, 2012

    • Daniel N.

      Good news! We're in talks with Steve Krug to do a live Q&A via Skype later this fall. We'll definitely update everyone when it's confirmed.

      August 13, 2012

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