• Living in Information

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    Hey, Readers! It’s been a minute, but we’re returning next month, and we’d love to see you! This month’s book is “Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places” by Jorge Arango, an information architect and one of the co-authors of the 4th edition of the polar bear book on Information Architecture along with Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld. We're offering our readers a 20% discount with the code dcux18-20: https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/living-in-information/ What: UX Book Club with Author Q&A Where: iStrategyLabs, 641 S St. NW, Washington DC, 20001 When: 6:00 - 8:00pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 As always, drinks will be provided and we'll do a Q&A with the author. Come, connect, and converse about information architecture and strategic design! Please make sure you read the book if you plan to attend. See you there!

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  • (POSTPONED TO APRIL 25th) Conversational Design

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    (UPDATE) --- There has been a delay in shipping Erika Hall's latest book to many of our readers, so we will be postponing the 'Conversational Design' meetup to April 25th. Sorry for the inconvenience and we look forward to meeting up with everyone on next month! In the meantime, check out her interview discussing the new book!(Thanks for sharing, Karen) http://www.noyougoshow.com/podcast/ep-8/ --- (EARLIER) Hey Readers! Our next book will be "Conversational Design" by Erika Hall. The book just came out a week ago and seems like it would be a fitting follow up to our last discussion on accessibility design. Use the UX Book Club discount code: "UXDC-CD" to get 10% off any format! --- https://abookapart.com/products/conversational-design. As always, drinks will be provided. Please make sure you read the book if you plan to attend! See you there!

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  • Accessible Design

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    Hey Readers! For our next meetup, let's take a look at how we think about accessibility and what you can do to make the web a more inclusive space! As always, drinks and snacks will be provided. Although it's not absolutely necessary to read/ watch all the material, we really encourage you to read the book if you plan to attend! Here is some material to get you started... Interview with August de los Reyes: Head of Design & Research at Pinterest (Video): https://www.highresolution.design/22-august-de-los-reyes-pinterest/0j09mvu7y8rezwlhkczqf6qrywenxy Accessibility for Everyone (Book): https://abookapart.com/products/accessibility-for-everyone 7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility (Article): https://medium.com/salesforce-ux/7-things-every-designer-needs-to-know-about-accessibility-64f105f0881b

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  • Dark Patterns in UX

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    Hey Readers! Happy New Year! We’re excited to kick off 2018 with our next meetup where we'll be discussing ‘Dark Patterns’ in UX. Come meet us January 23rd at ISL and let’s discuss how we can create more ethical, user-friendly experiences, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that great products fall into. As always, drinks and snacks will be provided. Although it's not absolutely necessary to read/ listen to all the material to have a great discussion, we really encourage you to read the book if you plan to attend! Here is some material to get you started. The Year Dark Patterns Won (Intro): https://www.fastcodesign.com/3066586/the-year-dark-patterns-won Using the internet shouldn’t be this hard (Article): https://theoutline.com/post/1165/the-web-looks-like-shit Design for Real Life (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Design-Real-Life-Sara-Wachter-Boettcher/dp/1937557405 Dark Patterns with Harry Brignull (Podcast) https://uxpodcast.com/150-dark-patterns-harry-brignull/

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  • EMPATHIC DESIGN

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    Hey Readers! Happy Holidays! Its been a while since our last meeting but UXBC is bringing it back this December! We’re closing out 2017 with a preview of what to expect every month for the new year. Looking ahead, we are going to focus on reading and discussing various 'themes'! Here’s how it works... Every month, we’ll be reading, watching, and/or listening to topics and material surrounding a topics “theme”. UXBC organizers will post a book, podcast, article or mini-documentary you can read/ watch/ listen to. Then we’ll regroup every month to discuss over drinks and snacks provided by yours truly. To kick off our December 12th theme, we’ll be discussing a new buzzword...'Empathy'. Read ‘Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work’ by: Indi Young (<200 pages) https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Empathy-Collaboration-Creativity-Your/dp/1933820489 and/or 'The Way to Design' by: Steve Vassallo ( <100 pages) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692927123/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= (FREE EBOOK): https://thewaytodesign.com/ Listen (Podcast) 'The Dangers of Empathy’ on: Design Review http://www.designreviewpodcast.com/10/19/2016/episode-45-the-dangers-of-empathy/ There you have it! We look forward to seeing you all, and as a little bonus, we’re giving away FREE BOOKS surrounding a theme that we will be discussing in January to the first three readers that meet us at ISL. See you soon!

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  • The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love - Donna Lichaw

    Hey Everyone! For our next meetup, we’ll be reading and discussing "The User's Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love" (http://meet.meetup.com/wf/click?upn=pEEcc35imY7Cq0tG1vyTt-2Bp1hUXT-2FtyEHnelw2rfyUj6mKZ-2BG1gxwL2rdbE-2B5f6aV2l1yDSihArq9zJp0te-2BiofZZeCW-2Bb3Wu4m26llP7asS5xbrlVJ8yPlu-2FVdTaKS-2B_N5i0Ads-2BOKdiwNQFw57t345BFSZiikw6-2BIrfMeut1VAJFFaPAhYQ5V9nzlI5oOQabm3c6anBZPpEEpaE8axwGeXcodIK10TEvJ1Ja8IDNW4BtATpsutTCrq0WI8Myj5JMMugNPJWNHNDoIo8mqHrDQ5sIPhg8nbF0jtAFrzynwo6dSEMlmmULIzJZw29KdJA6iKHMdzjtAhOUdNyqA7BxadFVx1rspQ9xEUQlQ05-2Bf8-3D) by Donna Lichaw. She’s a designer, user experience strategist, and product manager for multiple startups and organizations in New York and London. It’s extremely readable, only 130 pages, and there are tons of pictures too, so get reading! Seeing you all there! About the Author: http://www.donnalichaw.com/ Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933820314/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1933820314&linkCode=as2&tag=dlichaw-20&linkId=4SVPG3PIRB26AJP4 == As always it's not absolutely necessary to read the books to have a good discussion but since it is, after all, a book club I really encourage you to read them if you plan to attend!

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  • Spark Joy - Marie Kondo

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  • Practical Design Discovery - Dan Brown

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    Another book from a local UXer! This time our pal Dan Broiwn is out with a new book with the A Book Apart series. Here's the blurb from the website: "Design discovery is crucial to a project’s success—unite your team in an approach toward a common goal. Explore the role of discovery in product design, how to use and structure your favorite techniques for success, and how to synthesize and document what you learn. With Dan Brown’s flexible framework for planning and practicing discovery activities, you’ll set every design endeavor on the right path." As with Cory, Dan will be joining us for our discussion, so bring questions for the author! He's also generously given us a discount code: 9FSA2ZX. You can use that at the A Book Apart site, here: https://abookapart.com/products/practical-design-discovery === As always it's not absolutely necessary to read the books to have a good discussion but since it is, after all, a book club I really encourage you to read them if you plan to attend. And speaking of attendance, I'm afraid there will be limited spots so please be considerate of others and only click that "RSVP Yes" button if you're sure you can and will attend. Please update your RSVP if you find that you can't come. Finally, a reminder that there are three pinned discussion threads (under "Discussions" up there in the local nav) to suggest improvements to the meetings as well as books to read or locations to meet at.

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  • Intertwingled - Peter Morville

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    I've been talking up this book for a while, so I'm excited to get it on the schedule! Morville is also co-author of the famous polar bear book (Information Architecture for the World Wide Web). Unlike that textbook, Intertwingled is about seeing information systems everywhere (sports, religion, software, philosophy, music, the list goes on) written in an approachable way in 175 pages. See you there! https://smile.amazon.com/Intertwingled-Information-Everything-Peter-Morville/dp/0692225587/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486997708&sr=8-1&keywords=intertwingled === As always it's not absolutely necessary to read the books to have a good discussion but since it is, after all, a book club I really encourage you to read them if you plan to attend. And speaking of attendance, I'm afraid there will be limited spots so please be considerate of others and only click that "RSVP Yes" button if you're sure you can and will attend. Please update your RSVP if you find that you can't come. Finally, a reminder that there are three pinned discussion threads (under "Discussions" up there in the local nav) to suggest improvements to the meetings as well as books to read or locations to meet at.