Last night was the first ever, UX Book Club in
Maine! It was an awesome night of insightful discussion and
exploration into the book by Bill Buxton. There were seven of us
at Bard Coffee where we shared:
1. "Takeaways" from
2. Concepts or practices mentioned in the book which
could be used in everyday practice in our work;
concepts, passages or quotes from the book.
given a chance to speak as the group wrote the points down on
sticky notes and took turns talking about their topics. Here is
what we were discussing and exploring:
- "The skill of
retrieving imagination resides in the mastery of play." (Invention,
- Disguised: A true story about acting as
an elderly person to assume their needs.
- Chameleon (p247)
- "It took 3 years for the iPod to become an overnight success"
"We are not all designers"
- "The heart of the interface lies in
- "No Silos" in product development process
Sketching versus/is not prototyping
- Iterative sketching
The importance of sketching in the correct level of fidelity
have to fail!
- Design is exploration then reduction
- Fail in
a controlled environment by sketching
- "Only way to engineer the
future tomorrow is to have lived in it yesterday" - do people here
do this consciously and think about history/origins?
Innovation and design must permeate whole company and culture - what to do when it's not?
- 10 attributes of sketching (p.111)
Cognitive activity is embodied within the location of the activity and the tools used.
- River Runs through it analogy to design and
- [Design is finding truth] (p 202)
- Object of
Sharing - portfolio wall
- Design process understanding (p204)
- Storytelling as a skill (p262)
- Trek Mountain bike innovation
- Design commitment - don't do it too soon (p 391)
- "Role of
design is to find the best design. Role of usability engineering
is to help make that design better/the best." (p.387)
book itself is a big catalyst for discussion in many different levels and not all of the topics were covered. There's just so much great stuff! There's also a companion website where movies can be seen. Here is the link:
Thanks to all who participated! We will be having another
one some time in May. Feel free to suggest any books for the book
club. I will post another thread for it so we can capture and
determine together, what we want to cover next.