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UX Champaign-Urbana (CU) Message Board › Fall preview

Fall preview

Melinda M.
Group Organizer
Champaign, IL
With all the hype about fall previews these days, we thought we’d put together one of our own for the upcoming UX Book Club Champaign-Urbana season. Here are some of the great things we have planned, and be sure to read on for ideas about how you can get more involved.


Monday, September 10

The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition) by Dan Roam

OPTIONAL BONUS: Sketchnotes: A Field Guide for the Busy Yet Inspired Professional By Binaebi Akah, Charlene McBride (e-book)

For more information, see our September event post.

Monday, October 01

The Mobile Frontier by Rachel Hinman

Note: The publisher of this book, Rosenfeld Media, has been generous with book club discounts in the past, so we hope to have a discount available for this book.

Monday, November 5

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition by Steve Krug

*** We have arranged for a live video Q&A session with the author during this meetup. ***

OPTIONAL BONUS: Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug (optional)

Note: We have a standing 35% discount with Peachpit Press.

Monday, December 3

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman


This September marks the one-year anniversary of UX Book Club C-U! It’s been a great year connecting with students and professionals from a variety of specialties in the Champaign-Urbana area, and we want to keep the momentum going. Here’s how you can help:

Become a co-organizer: Dan & Melinda could use some help behind the scenes. Would you be interested in putting in a little more time and helping organize the group? This would involve hosting some meetups by greeting attendees, introducing members to each other, and being active participants in the book discussions. We also meet occasionally to do longer-range planning and publicity. And we share responsibilities for making contact with authors and publishers. Please contact Dan[/url] or Melinda­ if you’d like to know more.

Design a t-shirt: It’s about time we had our very own t-shirt, don’t you think? To get the ball rolling we’re interested in identifying a designer or designers who’d want to take this on. If that’s you, email Dan[/url] or Melinda­. Once we know who’s interested, we’ll come up with some guidelines, deadlines, and a system for soliciting feedback.

Publicize the group: If you’re on Twitter please tweet or retweet about the group. We’re @UXBookClubCU­ and we use the #UXCU hashtag. Otherwise please mention the group to folks you know who may be interested and invite them along.

Suggest discussion topics: Feel free to mention an idea for a book, article, video, etc., at any time. We try to be diligent about soliciting ideas from the members before we pick a series of books, but your suggestions are always welcome. The message boards on our meetup group are a great way to do this.

Suggest other activities: We’ve toyed with of doing member-led demonstration sessions or occasional activity-based meetings. What ideas do you have? We’re open to different formats or helping plan a special session on a weekend if others get on board. If you’ve got the kernel of idea, let Dan[/url] or Melinda­ know and we’ll help test the waters to see if there is more interest.


Whew! That’s it. We’re looking forward to a great 2nd year for the UX Book Club Champaign-Urbana. Hope to see you at Quality Beer for the September meetup!

— Dan & Melinda
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