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Join us for monthly book discussions and the opportunity to interact with individuals looking to share their passion for and knowledge of human-centered design and related topics.

Each month, we will choose a book or article to read and discuss. Attendees are strongly encouraged to read, or at least make an effort to read, the month's material to participate in discussion. 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 Tim Grabacki (https://www.meetup.com/UXChicago/members/183657604/profile/?returnPage=1). We are looking for new organizers to join us in 2020 and 2021. If you're interested, please send us a message.

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 or if accessing a book we are reading creates hardship.

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. Since COVID-19, we have been meeting online only and will continue to do so until close public gatherings of more than 10 people are deemed safe by health organizations.

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 (1)

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

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Join us on July 15 to discuss The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli. Due to COVID-19, we will be meeting online. The link for the meeting will be sent to people who have registered before the meeting. About the book, from the publisher: "The Art of Thinking Clearly by world-class thinker and entrepreneur Rolf Dobelli is an eye-opening look at human psychology and reasoning — essential reading for anyone who wants to avoid 'cognitive errors' and make better choices in all aspects of their lives. Have you ever: Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it? Or continued doing something you knew was bad for you? These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better decisions. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable book will change the way you think and transform your decision-making—work, at home, every day. It reveals, in 99 short chapters, the most common errors of judgment, and how to avoid them." Publisher's website: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062219695/the-art-of-thinking-clearly/

Past events (87)

Design Justice by Sasha Costanza-Chock

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