22 JUN

Becky Joins UX Mastery Community

Do you like books? Yes, I love books.

Do you like UX and usability design? Yes!

Do you want to discuss books on the subject with other members of the design community? Sure, why not?

UX Mastery Community

The UX Mastery community has started an online book club and I’ve decided to give it a go.

I’ve been wanting to read more non-fiction but haven’t had the motivation to get stuck in. I also have to confess that I’ve not been good at reading within my area of work for a while.

the design of everyday things

The last book I picked up was about creating a happy and productive team. It was designed so you could read chapters in any order, and dip in and out.

Although it was really positive, I ended up dipping out permanently. It wasn’t one of those books that grabs you and challenges your thinking. It was a bit predictable.

New Book, New Start

I read a lot of fiction, so it’s very likely I’m out of practice with non-fiction. This new book club sounds interesting, we read one chapter a week and then discuss it.

Part of me is excited by the idea. These types of books tend to have a different focus in each chapter so reading and examining it in short bursts sounds like the perfect way to absorb it.

Another part of me is thinking we’ll be reading it forever! 7 chapters means 7 weeks on the same book. This could prove to be an awful experience.

Or it might be great.

I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.

Reading Habits

Normally I read on my Kindle as I commute on the train. I only tend to buy real books as gifts for others, or when I want something special on my shelf.

Last weekend I treated myself to the new hardback illustrated edition of American Gods, as my old paperback was loaned out and never returned many years ago.

I have decided to buy ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ by Donald A Norman in print. My reason being it will sit on my desk and visually remind me to participate in the book club.

I can also share it with the Evoluted team later on, if anyone fancies it. I do believe in sharing books.

The book was originally titled ‘The Psychology of Everyday Things’ and was published in 1988. Considered a classic on the subject of design and usability, it’s stayed in print since and is considered a bestseller on Amazon.

design of everyday things

Improving Usability is a Continuing Mission

I’m intrigued to see how the book stands up after almost 30 years. I wonder how many of its concepts and ideas have become commonplace over time and are already part of my work.

I’m looking forward to the discussion with a UX community from around the world on a wide variety of experiences. I hope this book and the book club challenges my thinking and I learn something new.

Improving usability is a continuing mission and I am hopeful this will play a positive part.

http://uxmastery.com/join-ux-mastery-book-club/

 

Written by Becky Shaw

She once wanted to write children’s books, loves paddling in the shallows at the beach, and counts a giant cuddly Nervous Rex from Toy Story and a model of Japanese cartoon character among her most treasured belongings. Not only that, she loves fluffy bunnies. But self-confessed foodie Becky does an exceedingly grown-up job at Evoluted, creating great websites for our clients, having joined the team in January 2015. Read more posts by Becky Shaw

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