UX Book Club 2012 - call for books/voting

20 Feb 2012 - 2:47pm
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Filip Szymczak

After a great reception of 'Gamestorming' by Dave Grey, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo last year,  the UX Book Club is back. To start the discussion I would like to propose two books:

1. Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business by Luke Williams
"Williams shows how to combine fluid creativity with analytical rigor in a simple, complete, five-stage process for successfully disrupting any market. Using many examples and a case study, you'll walk through every step of transforming disruptive ideas from conception to breakthrough business strategy."

2. Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences by Stephen P. Anderson
"What happens when you’ve built a great website or app, but no one seems to care? How do you get people to stick around long enough to see how your service might be of value? In Seductive Interaction Design, speaker and author Stephen P. Anderson takes a fresh approach to designing sites and interactions based on the stages of seduction. This beautifully designed book examines what motivates people to act."

I hope that these two positions will encourage some discussion on UX field, its goals and challenges. Feel free to express your thoughts on the books mentioned above or even propose one of your own choice you would like to discuss with fellow IxDAers. Let's discuss the options over the next week or two so there will be enough time to order and read the book.

Time: April, exact date TBC
Venue: TBC


21 Feb 2012 - 4:13am
Kathryn Parkes

Good choices Filip - both are on my reading list but haven't got to yet.  I'd be up for either.

21 Feb 2012 - 10:56am

Good ideas! I think I would vote for the second one because everytime I see it in a shop I flip through it, but haven't bought it yet. Both sound good to me though.

Thanks for putting this together! Looking forward to it!

21 Feb 2012 - 3:45pm

Like Kathryn, I'd be happy with  either one Filip.

Why don't you choose?


- Fiachra



21 Feb 2012 - 5:56pm

What Fiachra said :) 

22 Feb 2012 - 3:29pm
Filip Szymczak

Thank you all for the input so far. I will leave it open for few more days and then we will make the decision. 


24 Feb 2012 - 5:39am

Thanks for the suggestions. I'd be interested in Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experience.


28 Feb 2012 - 10:42am

These look interesting!

Any indication of how I can sign up for the book club?

I'd really like a page where ixda members could post up book recommendations.  My bible is Jef Raskin's 'The Humane Interface', and would like to hear others'  must-reads.


29 Feb 2012 - 3:40pm
Filip Szymczak

@Sabine - thank you for your vote. 

@Eoghan - Thanks. Glad you like it. There is no special sign up required. Just read the book and come to the meeting :) I will post the meet up details shortly. It's an interesting proposition. There is a 'Resource' section on ixda.org but I don't think there is a list of books (I couldn't find one). Have you tried the search facility? I am sure you can find some useful threads or, if not, you can always start new one and share your thoughts.


29 Feb 2012 - 4:05pm
Brian Donnellan

Filip, Sabine, Eoghan

I too am interested in the book club, and the IXDA in general. I joined based on the recommendation of an IXDA I met at an IIA meet ball but haven't had an opportunity to attend an IXDA meeting yet.

Re book recommendations, if members registered with goodreads.com than it would be very straightforward to share reviews, recommendations, etc.

Hope to meet you all soon

Brian Donnellan www.theoneimage.com

15 Mar 2012 - 6:10pm
Filip Szymczak

Hi all,

Sorry for a bit of delay but I would like to finally announce the winner:

The book: Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences by Stephen P. Anderson

When: Tue, 22nd of May (so we have plenty of time to buy and read the book)

Where: The Clarendon (upstairs), 6.30pm

Enjoy the book,


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