- Circular Economy Workshop at Plant Chicago
This meetup concludes our "Design & Social Good" series. I’ve arrange a workshop with Plant Chicago to learn about circular economies. The Plant is food industry incubator that is aiming to build a closed loop with an open source approach. In a circular economy, conventional waste streams from one process are repurposed as inputs for another, creating a circular, closed-loop model of material reuse. The Plant used to be a Peer Foods meatpacking (pigs) plant. Now this 93,500 sq. ft. facility is a collaborative community of small food businesses, all focused on growing, producing, and/or sourcing a variety of food products. The Plant currently houses over a dozen small businesses, including indoor and outdoor farms, kombucha and beer breweries, a bakery, a cheese distributor, a coffee roaster, and other emerging food producers and distributors. CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORKSHOP “Develop a deeper understanding of closed loop systems through supervised, interactive projects. Workshops are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.” No books to read beforehand. Space is very limited. We have *20 total spots* that we've prepaid and reserved. OPTIONAL WHINER BREWERY The workshop will last about 1.5 hours. Afterwards we’ll head down to the first floor and visit the Whiner Brewery to have a beer (not included in ticket price) and socialize. Feel free to invite whomever to meet the group at the brewery. No ticket or RSVP required to visit the brewery.
- Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (2nd Ed.)
Coming away from the previous book, Weapons of Math Destruction, there was a great discussion about what designer could do to stand up for better data usage policies and practices. So I thought it would be interesting to read a book about activism and design. You can buy the book, Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (Second Edition), on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Designer-Perspectives-Design-Responsibility/dp/1621536408/ I hope to see many new faces at this meetup. Please reach out if you have any questions! Fuzzy Math will provide some beers and snacks. This event is FREE, but we do ask that you only RSVP if you're pretty certain you can come and if you can't come just change your RSVP so someone can take you spot. Reading the entire book isn't necessarily to participate, so don't let that stop you from coming. We'll give a summary of the book to help spark topics to discuss. DESCRIPTION VIA THE PUBLISHER Balancing Social, Professional, and Artistic Views What does it mean to be a designer in today's corporate-driven, overbranded global consumer culture? Citizen Designer, Second Edition, attempts to answer this question with more than seventy debate-stirring essays and interviews espousing viewpoints ranging from the cultural and the political to the professional and the social. This new edition contains a collection of definitions and brief case studies on topics that today's citizen designers must consider, including new essays on social innovation, individual advocacy, group strategies, and living as an ethical designer. Edited by two prominent advocates of socially responsible design, this innovative reference responds to the tough questions today's designers continue to ask themselves, such as: • How can a designer affect social or political change? • Can design become more than just a service to clients? • At what point does a designer have to take responsibility for the client's actions? • When should a designer take a stand? Readers will find dozens of captivating insights and opinions on such important issues as reality branding, game design and school violence, advertising and exploitation, design as an environmental driving force, and much more. This candid guide encourages designers to carefully research their clients; become alert about corporate, political, and social developments; and design responsible products. Citizen Designer, Second Edition, includes insights on such contemporary topics as advertising of harmful products, branding to minors, and violence and game design. Readers are presented with an enticing mix of opinions in an appealing format that juxtaposes essays, interviews, and countless illustrations of "design citizenship." Table of Contents Part 1—The Language of Design Citizenship Part 2—Activism and Humility Part 3—Taking Action Part 4—Lives and Citizenship Collide Part 5—Not Lost and Still Current … EVENT LOCATION Fuzzy Math 811 W Evergreen Ave. Suite 305 Chicago, IL 60642 By L Train Fuzzy Math is exceptionally easy to get to via the Red Line. Depart at North/Clybourn, head south on Halsted, turn right on Evergreen, and walk about 100ft to our door on the left. By Bus The CTA bus provides a number of options to get to Fuzzy Math, including buses on Halsted (8), North (9, 72), and Division (70). By Car There is free street parking on most streets near our building, and metered street parking on Halsted. There is also parking available in the REI building just north of our office, which is accessible from Dayton St. Getting into the building There’s a call box right next to the building entrance (the door with our address above it) — our code is 310, but you can also dial us using the directory and we can buzz people in as well. We have laminated signs we can tape outside, as well as signs that point guests to the stairs/elevator to our office on the third floor.
- Book Club: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil (Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Weapons-Math-Destruction-Increases-Inequality/dp/0553418831/) Many of us are designing system that utilizing user data, algorithms, AI, and machine learning. Sometimes this data is used by organization to help users other times it's used against users. This book discusses how big data can be misused and how it can be used well. “O’Neil’s book offers a frightening look at how algorithms are increasingly regulating people… Her knowledge of the power and risks of mathematical models, coupled with a gift for analogy, makes her one of the most valuable observers of the continuing weaponization of big data… [She] does a masterly job explaining the pervasiveness and risks of the algorithms that regulate our lives.” —New York Times Book Review Here is her TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/cathy_o_neil_the_era_of_blind_faith_in_big_data_must_end "Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people’s purchases and clicks. O’Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She is currently a columnist for Bloomberg View." I hope to see many new faces at this meet up. Please reach out if you have any questions! We'll provide some beers and snacks
- The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
Sorry for the long hiatus. Finding a space to host has been difficult, but that problem is solved now. Let's get back on track with some great books. Come join me in the West Loop to discuss The Invisible Gorilla (https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Gorilla-How-Intuitions-Deceive/dp/0307459667/), a book which I personally believe should be required reading. This is one of my favorite books, I feel like I'm constantly referring to it. Excerpt from publisher: “Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself—and that’s a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla,Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot. Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain: • Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail • How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it • Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes • What criminals have in common with chess masters • Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback • Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions. We write traffic laws and build criminal cases on the assumption that people will notice when something unusual happens right in front of them. We’re sure we know where we were on 9/11, falsely believing that vivid memories are seared into our minds with perfect fidelity. And as a society, we spend billions on devices to train our brains because we’re continually tempted by the lure of quick fixes and effortless self-improvement. The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it’s much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time. From the Hardcover edition.” WHY $3 The idea behind the nominal fee is to make sure that folks reserve a limited spot with the intention of showing up. The UX book club (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/) has experimented with using a nominal fee and it helped to reduce no-shows. This is why refunds aren't issued. :) DIDN'T READ THE BOOK? Don't worry, we all have something share. We'll break up in smaller groups so just join a group with someone who did read the book and probe, question, and synthesize with them.
- Designing for Behavior Change: Applying Psychology and Behavioral Economics
“A new wave of products is helping people change their behavior and daily routines, whether it’s exercising more (Jawbone Up), taking control of their finances (HelloWallet), or organizing their email (Mailbox). This practical guide shows you how to design these types of products for users seeking to take action and achieve specific goals. Stephen Wendel, HelloWallet’s head researcher, takes you step-by-step through the process of applying behavioral economics and psychology to the practical problems of product design and development. Using a combination of lean and agile development methods, you’ll learn a simple iterative approach for identifying target users and behaviors, building the product, and gauging its effectiveness. Discover how to create easy-to-use products to help people make positive changes.”
- Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice
Our next book is “Design Anthropology : Theory and Practice.” UX practitioners have borrowed many techniques from anthropology over the years. The authors of this book explore how to apply design thinking to the practice of anthropology. Here is an amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Design-Anthropology-Practice-Wendy-Gunn-ebook/dp/B00E0KQT7E/) ($15.39 on Kindle) so you'll know which book to get. AMAZON DESCRIPTION Design is a key site of cultural production and change in contemporary society. Anthropologists have been involved in design projects for several decades but only recently a new field of inquiry has emerged which aims to integrate the strengths of design thinking and anthropological research. This book is written by anthropologists who actively participate in the development of design anthropology. Comprising both cutting-edge explorations and theoretical reflections, it provides a much-needed introduction to the concepts, methods, practices and challenges of the new field. Design Anthropology moves from observation and interpretation to collaboration, intervention and co-creation. Its practitioners participate in multidisciplinary design teams working towards concrete solutions for problems that are sometimes ill-defined. The authors address the critical potential of design anthropology in a wide range of design activities across the globe and query the impact of design on the discipline of anthropology. This volume will appeal to new and experienced practitioners in the field as well as to students of anthropology, innovation, science and technology studies, and a wide range of design studies focusing on user participation, innovation, and collaborative research. WHY $3 The idea behind the nominal fee is to make sure that folks reserve a limited spot with the intention of showing up. The UX book club (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/) has experimented with using a nominal fee and it helped to reduce no-shows. This is why refunds aren't issued. :) DIDN'T READ THE BOOK? Don't worry, we all have something share. We'll break up in smaller groups so just join a group with someone who did read the book and probe, question, and synthesize with them. MEETING LOCATION DETAILS GrubHub Inc. (http://grubhub.com), has kindly allowed me to host this event at their location. We'll have someone meet you in the lobby to escort you up to the 21st floor. Please be on time so we can quickly gather everyone. Arrive around 6:15 PM as the discussion will start promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are late just text me so I can come down and get ya. Make sure your name on Meetup.com is your full (first and last) name. SassyCat1239 isn't very useful. (winky face) Building security will be checking an attendees list. Thanks! CONTACT INFO FOR ZEKE Mobile:[masked]
- Part 1 of 2: Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications, 7th ED [Chapters 1–7]
We'll be tackling “Cognitive Psychology and its Implications (Seventh Edition).” It's a large enough book to split into two parts. So we'll meet for the first half (1–7) and then meet again for the second half. Check around for prices; I've seen prices vary by about $40. Here is an amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Cognitive-Psychology-Implications-John-Anderson/dp/1429219483/) so you'll know which book to get. WHY LEARN ABOUT COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Designers and user researchers often borrow from psychology. I have used academic papers about cognition and decision making as inspiration for research methods and design strategies. By understanding cognitive psychology you will be able to understand and utilize new studies and breakthroughs in your work. This book will help us be better prepared to research and design for complex behaviors as well as discuss and digest information regarding cognitive psychology. AMAZON DESCRIPTION Anderson offers systematic and accessible presentation of the theoretical foundations of higher mental processes, with each important idea made concrete by specific examples and experiments. Focusing on knowledge representation as the central issue of cognition research, the book emphasizes an information processing approach to the field, but offers thorough coverage of the cognitive neuroscience approach as well (extensively updated for this edition). WHY $3 The idea behind the nominal fee is to make sure that folks reserve a limited spot with the intention of showing up. The UX book club (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/) has experimented with using a nominal fee and it helped to reduce no-shows. This is why refunds aren't issued. :) MEETING LOCATION DETAILS GrubHub (http://grubhub.com) Seamless (http://seamless.com), has kindly allowed me to host this event at their location. We'll have someone meet you in the lobby to escort you up to the 21st floor. Please be on time so we can quickly gather everyone. Arrive around 6:15 PM as the discussion will start promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are late just text me so I can come down and get ya. CONTACT INFO FOR ZEKE Mobile:[masked]
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
HOOKED We figured we'd start off the book club with something short and tactical. This book is from the author of http://nirandfar.com . Here's the description from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Guide-Building-Habit-Forming-Products/dp/1494277530/): This book introduces readers to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly -- without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down. Written for product managers, designers, marketers, startup founders, and people eager to learn more about the things that control our behaviors, this book gives readers: • Practical insights to create user habits that stick. • Actionable steps for building products people love. • Behavioral techniques used by Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other habit-forming products. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION ON THE HOOKED MODEL Via Hooked Model presentation (http://www.slideshare.net/nireyal/hooked-model) via author's slideshare. WHY $3 The idea behind the nominal fee is to make sure that folks reserve a limited spot with the intention of showing up. The UX book club (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/) has experimented with using a nominal fee and it helped to reduce no-shows. This is why refunds aren't issued. :) MEETING LOCATION DETAILS GrubHub (http://grubhub.com) Seamless (http://seamless.com), has kindly allowed me to host this event at their location. We'll have someone meet you in the lobby to escort you up to the 21st floor. Please be on time so we can quickly gather everyone. Arrive around 6:15 PM as the discussion will start promptly at 6:30 PM. If you are late just text me so I can come down and get ya. CONTACT INFO FOR ZEKE Mobile:[masked] -- NEXT BOOK The book for the next meetup will be more ambitious. We'll be reading, "Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications (http://www.amazon.com/Cognitive-Psychology-Implications-John-Anderson/dp/1429219483)" It's a textbook, so it's a little pricey. We're going to break up the reading into two meetings so that we can have the time to delve into the content.