• Responsible design for digital places
    As ever, we'll be using a recently-published book to lead the theme of the meetup. This time round it's Living in Information. Websites and apps are places where critical parts of our lives happen. We shop, bank, learn, gossip, and select our leaders there. But many of these places weren’t intended to support these activities. Instead, they're designed to capture your attention and sell it to the highest bidder. Living in Information draws upon architecture as a way to design information environments that serve our humanity. Published in May of this year, the book has picked up some high praise. "This book provides a definitive roadmap on how to lead, architect, and design information environments that are intentional, resilient, add value, and shape social interactions." - Priyanka Kakar, Director, Product Design, The Walt Disney Company Publishers Rosenfeld Media have stepped us with an exclusive 30% discount from their store. Just use the code uxbookclubbelfast18oc30 at checkout: https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/living-in-information/ We are delighted to say that author Jorge Arango will be joining us for a Q&A, and tell us more about what led him to write this compelling book. ------------------------------ NEW! Want to give a lightning talk? Let us know if you want to speak for 5-10 minutes about anything related to this month's theme, your work, or the book itself. ------------------------------ Venue information We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, with refreshments and pizza a-plenty. Food & drink is served at 6pm, we get underway at 6.30pm The meetup will be making a donation to Jorge's nominated charity, The Long Now Foundation. You can find out more about the charity here: http://longnow.org/ Look forward to seeing you there!

    Puppet

    4th Floor, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BA · Belfast

  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms & Other Threats of Toxic Tech
    May's bookclub will be our first special event, a joint meetup with Women in Tech Belfast (https://leanincircles.org/circle/women-in-tech-belfast). The book selection is Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech. Featuring in Fast Company's Top 10 Business & Leadership books of 2017, and Wired's Top Tech books of 2017, this is a must-read. Publishers W. W. Norton & Company have provided us with a fantastic exclusive offer! To order Technically Wrong at a special member discount of 25% + FREE shipping please click here and add the code WN553 when prompted at the checkout. https://goo.gl/mqoKPv We are delighted to say that author Sara Wachter-Boettcher will be joining the meetup to answers your questions. --------------------- About the book --------------------- A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products—and harm us all. Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask how all these digital products are designed or why. It’s time we changed that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases and downright ethical nightmares. Chatbots that harass women. Sign-up forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars. ------------------------------ Venue information ------------------------------ We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, with refreshments on hand and pizza courtesy of @SlicePizzaApp. Important to know: **Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us and we will be better and accommodate** Bookclub will be donating to Sara's nominated charity, and very kindly Sara wanted a local charity to benefit, so WomensTec has been identified as the choice. You can find out more about the charity here: http://www.womenstec.org Thanks to @womenintech_bfs (https://twitter.com/womenintech_bfs), @wwnortonuk (https://twitter.com/wwnortonuk), @puppetize (https://twitter.com/puppetize)/@puppetbelfast (https://twitter.com/puppetbelfast) and Slice Pizza App (https://twitter.com/SlicePizzaApp) for their support. Look forward to seeing you there!

    Puppet

    4th Floor, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BA · Belfast

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  • Storymapping products
    Time to hit the books again... well, the book. This time round, we're looking at The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love by Donna Lichaw. Rosenfeld Media have once again come through with a fantastic 30% discount when ordering through the Rosenfeld Media store. (Please note this discount will bring the book in at a significantly lower price than certain high profile online stores :) Head to http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/storymapping/ and use the code BFSJAN30 for your 30% discount. And we're delighted to say that author Donna Lichlaw will be joining us by video for a Q&A session during the meetup, so be sure to bring a question or two. Bookclub has made a donation to Donna's selected charity - Doctors Without Borders. If you would like to add your support, you can find full details here: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ About the book Like a good story, successful design is a series of engaging moments structured over time. The User’s Journey will show you how, when, and why to use narrative structure, technique, and principles to ideate, craft, and test a cohesive vision for an engaging outcome. Jeff Gotthelf (Author of Lean UX) had this to say: "If you’re working through customer journeys, experience mapping, and other ways to coalesce your team around your product’s story, The User’s Journey offers a fun, interactive way to build that narrative collaboratively to achieve great results." Read excerpts, FAQs and more at the book's microsite (http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/storymapping/). Come along with your own experiences and insights, meet some new faces, and join in the discussion, whether you have read the book or not. Or just sit back and listen. We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, who are sponsoring the evening's pizza and refreshments. Thanks to @rosenfeldmedia and @puppetize for their support. Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Autumn Bookclub: Why Products Fail
    We're back! This time round, we'll be discussing failure - specifically, product failures. As a springboard for discussion we'll be looking at Why We Fail by Victor Lombardi (http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/why-we-fail/) News! We've teamed up with publishers Rosenfeld Media (http://rosenfeldmedia.com) to offer bookclub members something special. Firstly, Rosenfeld have kindly offered a special 30% discount when ordering through the Rosenfeld Media store. (Please note this discount will bring the book in at a significantly lower price than certain high profile online stores :) Head to http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/why-we-fail/ and use the code BFSOCT30 for your 30% discount. Next, author Victor Lombardi has agreed to drop in by video link to offer the background to the book, and answer any questions you might have. A little about the book Why We Fail is a fascinating series of case studies of failure. Whether websites, services, or software, they all shared one thing in common. The clue is in the book's subtitle: "Lessons from Experience Design Failures". The book has been met with widespread praise, including recommendations from some of the most eminent voices in product and experience design, and features a foreword from none other than Don Norman: "The stories behind failures make for fascinating reading. But this book offers more. It provides important insights into both what can go right and what can go wrong in a product offering. To make great products, we need to understand what makes some fail and others succeed. To all the aspiring, young entrepreneurs who are reading this: take heed. Embrace failure to learn from failure. Learn from failure to avoid failure." -Don Norman Read excerpts, FAQs and more at the book's microsite (http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/why-we-fail/). Come along with your own experiences and insights, meet some new faces, and join in the discussion, whether you have read the book or not. You can even just sit back and listen. We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, who are sponsoring the evening's pizza and refreshments. Thanks to @rosenfeldmedia for their support. Look forward to seeing you there! Please refer to Bookclub rules for the evening. Actually there is only one rule: you don't have to read the book :) Final note: for practical reasons we have restricted registration numbers for this meetup.

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    Puppet

    4th Floor, 40 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BA · Belfast

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