What we're about

The Chicago UX Book Club is part of the international UX Book Club network (http://uxbookclub.org/doku.php). Join us for monthly book discussions and the opportunity to interact with students and professionals looking to share their passion and knowledge of human-centered design and related topics.

Each month, we will choose a book or article to read and discuss. You don't have to read the book to attend -- just come with an open mind and an interest in the subject. We are also open to discussion suggestions and presentations by members related to their own UX research, writing, and professional expertise.

The UX Book Club is organized by Sharon Bautista (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/36174882/), Shane Sweeney (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/35089542/), and Kim Dobe (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/7998912/).

You can find more information about what we're reading by following our Medium blog (https://medium.com/ux-book-club-of-chicago).


How are books selected?
The organizers select the books based on suggestions from members. You can find a list of past books here (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/messages/boards/thread/30996942).

Do I need to read the book to attend?
We definitely encourage members to read the book, though it isn't required. Please come with a few thoughts on the topic and an interest in engaging with fellow members of the UX community. Your organizers will have a few questions prepared to kick things off, but please don't expect us to lecture about the content. The UX Book Club is intended to be a collaborative and discussion-based group. Please be sure to do your part and bring up topics, questions, and responses that will help further the conversation.

Why do we charge for RSVPs?
As our numbers have grown, so have the number of no-shows at each of our events. We understand how busy life can get, but we need to be fair to our generous hosts and give them an accurate head-count for refreshments and security. We charge a small fee for event RSVPs in an effort to encourage greater attendance accuracy. We hope that this small fee will translate into a better experience for all of our attendees and hosts. Please note that we will not provide refunds. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

What will we do with the money?
We put RSVP money back into the group. Sharon (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/36174882/) covers the costs associated with running the group, which include $180/year to organize through Meetup, name tags, sharpies, and other small materials.

What if I can't afford the RSVP cost?
Please contact us! The RSVP fee is meant to help us control the accuracy of our attendance list, not to prohibit members from participating. Please contact Sharon (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/36174882/) through Meetup.com to confidentially request a sponsor for an upcoming event if you do not have the financial means to pay the fee.

How do you decide where to hold events?
We are always looking for future event spaces. You can find a list of the awesome businesses that have hosted us previously here (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/messages/boards/thread/31605402/0/#94553832). If you are interested in hosting us, please contact Sharon (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/36174882/) through Meetup.com. We prefer to use space that one or more of our members has a professional connection to.

Do events have refreshments?
Refreshments will vary each month. We do not require that our hosts provide food or beverages - honestly we are more than happy to have access to free space for our events! When businesses do decide to provide refreshments, the selection has varied widely - water & soda all the way up to microbrews and sandwiches. It's always a good idea to have a bite to eat before you join us if you expect you will be hungry during the event.

Additional questions?
Feel free to read through our forum section (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/messages/boards/) or contact one of the organizers (http://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/?op=leaders).

Upcoming events (3)

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan M. Weinschenk

The Office of Experience, LLC


Join us on March 19th to discuss 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People by Susan M. Weinschenk. Thanks to The Office of Experience for hosting! Doors open at 5:30 and discussion at 6:00. Feel free to come early for snacks and networking. About the book, from the publisher: We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play. More information from the publisher: http://www.peachpit.com/store/100-things-every-designer-needs-to-know-about-people-9780321767530

This is Service Design Doing by Stickdorn et al.

Wyzant Tutoring


Join us on April 3rd to discuss This is Service Design Doing. Thanks to Wyzant for hosting! About the book, from the publisher: How can you establish a customer-centric culture in an organization? This is the first comprehensive book on how to actually do service design to improve the quality and the interaction between service providers and customers. You’ll learn specific facilitation guidelines on how to run workshops, perform all of the main service design methods, implement concepts in reality, and embed service design successfully in an organization. Great customer experience needs a common language across disciplines to break down silos within an organization. This book provides a consistent model for accomplishing this and offers hands-on descriptions of every single step, tool, and method used. You’ll be able to focus on your customers and iteratively improve their experience. Move from theory to practice and build sustainable business success.

The Real World of Technology by Ursula M. Franklin

Needs a location


Join us on May 7th to discuss The Real World of Technology by Ursula M. Franklin. We are still looking for a host for this meeting; please send us a message if your organization is interested in hosting. About the book, from the publisher: "In this expanded edition of her bestselling 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned scientist and humanitarian Ursula M. Franklin examines the impact of technology upon our lives and addresses the extraordinary changes since The Real World of Technology was first published. In four new chapters, Franklin tackles contentious issues, such as the dilution of privacy and intellectual property rights, the impact of the current technology on government and governance, the shift from consumer capitalism to investment capitalism, and the influence of the Internet upon the craft of writing." Publisher's website: https://houseofanansi.com/products/the-real-world-of-technology-digital You can also listen to the original lectures: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-1989-cbc-massey-lectures-the-real-world-of-technology-1.2946845

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Plans and Situated Actions by Lucy A. Suchman

Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago Public Library


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