Welcome to the 2011 edition of the UX Book Club for the city of Ottawa! Check out the books we're discussing this year, below. To quickly navigate to specific meetings, click on links in the Table of Contents on the right side of this page.
Whether you've read the book or are simply interested in learning more from others around the topics discussed in each publication, please join us!
Friday September 16th, 2011 @6:00pm EST
Chateau Laurier Hotel (Lounge) Discussing The Designful Company - How to Build a Culture of Nonstop Innovation by Marty Neumeier @MARTYneumeier
Overview Branding guru Marty Neumeier understands that we are all very busy, so he crafts his books to make a big impact in less than 200 pages. His previous bestsellers, The Brand Gap and Zag are provocative, informative, and inspirational books that I use every semester in the Marketing class I teach. Like his previous books, The Designful Company is a lesson in simple, clear, and beautiful presentation, and the contents are a powerful complement to his earlier ideas.
Early in this book, Marty makes the case for the power of design and aesthetics and why they matter today more than ever. Innovation and design are key in the transformation of an organization; everyone says “innovation” matters. The term has become a mere platitude, a sort of tag-line for many organizations. In the book Marty explains how to actually build a culture of change that embraces design by focusing on 16 key levers such as weaving a story, bringing design management inside the organization, introducing parallel thinking, recognizing talent and creativity, and more.
Friday October 14th, 2011 @6:00pm EST
The Exchange Discussing Search Analytics for Your Site - Conversations with your Customers by Louis Rosenfeld @louisrosenfeld
Overview: Any organization that has a searchable web site or intranet is sitting on top of hugely valuable and usually under-exploited data: logs that capture what users are searching for, how often each query was searched, and how many results each query retrieved. Search queries are gold: they are real data that show us exactly what users are searching for in their own words. This book shows you how to use search analytics to carry on a conversation with your customers: listen to and understand their needs, and improve your content, navigation and search performance to meet those needs.
To learn more, check out this interview with Louis Rosenfeld lead by Kristina Mausser @krismausser on UXMatters.com Site Search Analytics: A Conversation with Lou Rosenfeld
Please add your name and email address here in AT DOT format (for example, FirstName LastName AT domain DOT com) If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jeff Parks @jeffparks to discuss. Look forward to reconnecting with past attendees and meeting both veterans and those new to the UX field.
* Mary M Couse (mary.couse AT hrsdc-rhdsc DOT gc DOT ca)
* Shamima Khan (shamima AT gmail DOT com)
* Mark McKay (mark DOT mckay at ic DOT gc DOT ca)
* jp Simbandumwe (jpsimba at yahoo DOT com)
* Laura Wesley (resultsjunkie AT gmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/resultsjunkie
* Julie Christie (jchristielhr at gmail DOT com)
* Vicky Lam (vrsflam AT gmail DOT com)
* Sylvie Boileau (sylvie DOT boileau AT ec DOT gc DOT ca) URL: http://www.pbase.com/larouquine
* Miranda Gray (mirgray AT gmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/mirgray
* Catherine Campbell (cecampbell AT sympatico DOT ca) LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinecampbell
* Michael Stewart (mfstewart AT sympatico DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/MichaelFstewart | LinkedIn:http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/michael-stewart/0/207/8a9
* Claire Dormann (cdormann AT gmail DOT com) LinkedIn:http://ca.linkedin.com/in/clairedormann
Other great books in User Experience. Please feel free to add your own!
* Card Sorting - Designing Usable Categories by Donna Spencer http://tinyurl.com/rdnet
* Web Form Design - Filling in the blanks by Luke Wroblewski http://tinyurl.com/27qdrk
* The Back of the Napkin - Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam http://tinyurl.com/y8hodnq
* Sketching User Experiences - getting the design right and the right design by Bill Buxton http://tinyurl.com/yckxs2h
* The Inmates are Running the Asylum - Why high-tech products drive us crazy and how to restore the sanity by Alan Cooper http://tinyurl.com/yap7s36
* Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger http://tinyurl.com/y9mjkx9
* The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman http://tinyurl.com/yfx3fkq
* The Cluetrain Manifesto - the end of business as usual by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger http://tinyurl.com/yat5ast
* In the Bubble - Designing in a Complex World by John Thackara http://tinyurl.com/y9oyxmn
* Designing Social Interfaces by Christian Crumlish & Erin Malone http://tinyurl.com/yjz3maf
* Prototyping - A Practitioners Guide to Prototyping by Todd Zaki Warfel http://tinyurl.com/nhvgoe
* A Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making by Russ Unger, Carolyn Chandler http://tinyurl.com/84zwa8
* Several recent UX books are in the Ottawa Library. List: http://blinkmonitor.com/tag/usability/