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In November, the Flip Through UX Book Club will explore Jon Yablonski's Laws of UX. Evolving from Jon's website, the book helps UX practitioners understand how human phycology impacts design.
Jon says: "An understanding of psychology—specifically the psychology behind how users behave and interact with digital interfaces—is perhaps the single most valuable non-design skill a designer can have. The most elegant design can fail if it forces users to conform to the design rather than working within the “blueprint” of how humans perceive and process the world around them. This practical guide explains how you can apply key principles in psychology to build products and experiences that are more intuitive and human-centered."
The book has 4.7/5.0 stars on Amazon, with at least on reviewer calling it the best UX book they have ever read. We are looking forward to discussing concepts with book club members and hope you'll join us in our exploration of what looks like a fantastic book.
This may be the most unique book club title we have explored. Information is Beautiful is a a collection of data visualizations. It is a controversial title in that readers either love it or question the data that visualizations are based on. Good Reads reviews vary widely in opinions of the book, and we think that will make for a great book club discussion.
Author David McCandless says: "My book and blog Information Is Beautiful is dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge and data. All powered by my passion for discovering new patterns and stories in the seas of data swamping and surrounding us."
This will be a very different discussion in that we'll explore visuals together rather than read about theory. The Smart Data Collective says of the book that: "As is appropriate for a book aimed more at the coffee table than the academic library, Information is Beautiful comes with no explanation of the graphical idioms used. Nor does it come with any summary of conclusions or discussion of the implications drawn from the data or the visualization. It is more like the glossy book of fabulous beaches from around the world which contains little or no indication of where these places are or what is just out of sight, or lurking behind the scene."
This is a book stimulate thinking, and we are looking forward to where exploring such a book will lead our discussion. Come ready to talk about the visualizations that most inspired or challenged you.