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!

September 2011 Meeting


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.

October 2011 Meeting


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

Join the Conversation!

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.


* Bob LeDrew (bob.ledrew at gmail dot com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/bobledrew LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobledrew

* Mary M Couse (mary.couse AT hrsdc-rhdsc DOT gc DOT ca)

* Dmitry Nekrasovski, (mail DOT dmitry AT gmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmitryn | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dmitrynekrasovski

* Shamima Khan (shamima AT gmail DOT com)

* Jeff Parks, (jeff DOT parks AT iaconsultants DOT ca) Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeffparks | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/iaconsultants

* Katral-Nada Hassan (khassan AT nonlinear DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/katral | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/katral

* Molly Anglin (molly AT nonlinear DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLC_Molly | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mollyanglin

* Amanda Shiga (amanda AT nonlinear DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/amandashiga | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/amandashiga

* Patrick Lajeunesse (patlaj at gmail) Twitter: http://twitter.com/patlaj Blog: http://patrick.sixent.com

* Hilary Little (hilarylittle AT gmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/Hilittle | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/hilarylittle

* 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

* Eric Labelle (elabelle AT realdecoy DOT com) URL: http://www.realdecoy.com | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/elabelle

* Alan Frank (alan DOT frank AT sympatico DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/frankas53 | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/alan-frank/0/a10/202

* Julie Christie (jchristielhr at gmail DOT com)

* Vicky Lam (vrsflam AT gmail DOT com)

* Engy Sedki (engy.sedki AT ottawa DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/esedki | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/engysedki

* Danny Lee (dannylee AT acm DOT org) Twitter: http://twitter.com/danleedesign | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dannylee

* Cornelius Rachieru (cornelius AT ampli2de DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/ampli2de | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/corneliusrachieru

* Sylvie Boileau (sylvie DOT boileau AT ec DOT gc DOT ca) URL: http://www.pbase.com/larouquine

* Claudia Petrilli (claudia AT swingdynamite DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/ClaudiaPetrilli | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/claudiapetrilli

* Miranda Gray (mirgray AT gmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/mirgray

* Danny Starr (teststarr AT hotmail DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/dannystarr | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/dannystarr

* Catherine Campbell (cecampbell AT sympatico DOT ca) LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinecampbell

* Jennifer Dobson (jdobson AT sohointelligence DOT com) Twitter: http://twitter.com/sohodobson | LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/sohointelligence

* 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

* Roufa Therrien (roufa AT infoshaper DOT ca) Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/roufa3 LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/infoshaper

User Experience Books

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/

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