Welcome to UX Book Club Sydney
Our last book was Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro:
The world is working exactly as designed.
The combustion engine which is destroying our planet’s atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they’re designed to work. And every time we “improve” their design, they get better at killing. Facebook’s privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their “real names” initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter’s toxicity and lack of civil discourse is working exactly as it’s designed to work.
The world is working exactly as designed. And it’s not working very well. Which means we need to do a better job of designing it. Design is a craft with an amazing amount of power. The power to choose. The power to influence. As designers, we need to see ourselves as gatekeepers of what we are bringing into the world, and what we choose not to bring into the world. Design is a craft with responsibility. The responsibility to help create a better world for all.
What is it all about?
Between 15 and 30 people turn up every two months to discuss a book about user experience design. It is a fun, friendly and relaxed event where you can meet other people working in the industry. The books is mostly about pure UX but sometimes we have a little fun and read something that relates to design but is not just about design.
Depending on how many of us attend, we may split into two or more groups. We have drinks and snacks and talk about the book and the themes in the book. Confession! Not everyone has always read the book, but they will read the summary and come ready to talk about the themes of the book anyway :) There are heaps of digital meetup forums to talk UX - the bookclub is special because we get to meet in person and slow things down a little.