You’ll be pleased to know that all Rosenfeld Media paperbacks and Two Waves paperbacks are 15% to 50% off this week (through 11:59pm EDT Saturday, August 11) when you purchase directly from us. Don’t miss out!
Summer is one of the four best seasons for stocking up your UX library. (And, if you’re Down Under, so is winter.)
Justifying design and research is the top challenge that comes up in our user research at Rosenfeld Media. We want to help you get over that hump, so we’ve put together The Business Case for Design, a one-day virtual conference that takes place Tuesday, July 31 (10am-5pm EDT).
Six industry leaders will share a rich set of perspectives on how to effectively make the case for design:
- Nutanix founder Dheeraj Pandey will share a CEO’s perspective on what business leaders need to know about the value of design
- Customer Experience guru Kerry Bodine will share case studies of how service design creates business value by focusing on your customers’ ecosystems
- Jeff Sauro, author of Quantifying User Experience, will show you scientific methods for using data to drive and justify design decisions
- Innovator JD Buckley will model how to demonstrate the ROI of your design work based on a case study from ADP
- Author and design educator Nathan Shedroff will help you tap hidden opportunities to create and grow relationships with your customers with a set of new design-centric tools
- Jared Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering, will arm you with strategies to use design to set you apart from your competitors
At the end of each session, you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Bring your whole team for a shared learning experience, or attend solo in your PJs—after all, it’s a virtual conference! And you can listen to the session recordings at your own convenience—they’re included in the price of your ticket.
We’re hiring a Marketing Manager! It’s a full-time gig—here in Brooklyn, NY, USA—with benefits, flexible work hours, lovely co-workers, and incredibly interesting challenges. Please peruse/share the posting.
Happy day; our newest book, Jorge Arango’s Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places, just launched! You might already be familiar with Jorge’s writing; he co-authored the 4th edition of the polar bear book with Peter Morville and me.
Jorge’s background is in architecture and—not surprisingly—his book is structured around the concept of designing places, rather than products and services. As an information architecture guy, I’m really excited by this metaphor; it opens up whole new possibilities in how we understand what we’re designing. We already have a whole vocabulary around place; it’s time we applied it to our design process and saw ourselves as placemakers. Really, we have no choice—as Jorge points out, we are already literally living in information. And i’s up to us to own that responsibility, as recent events make clear.
I hope you’ll enjoy Living in Information. It’s our latest book on our Two Waves imprint and—like all of our books—is available in PDF, ePUB, MOBI, DAISY, and a lovely color-illustrated paperback printed on high-quality paper in the USA.
The Chromebook x2 seems to have a lot of potential, but there are some big questions — and not just about whether the hardware is as good as it looks. The real open question is whether Chrome OS is cut out to work on a tablet. Google has been overhauling the operating system to work better with touchscreens for a couple years now, but it’s still very much a desktop system. (It’s based on the Chrome desktop browser and its display of desktop websites, after all.) That’s likely to limit how useful it is, especially in comparison to an iPad, which was designed for touch from the ground up.
Wait, what? Is it 2018 or 2008? Ten years ago it was just starting to become clear that Nokia’s Symbian mobile operating system, a system designed to work with buttons that never made sense with touch screens, was going to get killed by the touchscreen-native iOS and Android. Fast forward 10 years and it looks like HP and Acer are doing the same thing by (mis)adapting Chrome. Why? And who is going to pay $600 for this? Especially when great Android tablets exist for around $500?
We’ve been hard at work changing our conference curation process to create more diverse speaker rosters—for Enterprise UX 2018 (June 13-15, San Francisco), and soon for the second DesignOps Summit (New York City). Guess what? It all comes down to user research.
If you’re interested in what we’re considering for future books — as a potential author or just because—you might want to check Lou’s short piece on our editorial agenda.
You might know that, last November, Rosenfeld Media hosted the first conference dedicated to discussing design operations. The DesignOps Summit sold out, and we’re now planning a second edition for this fall in the US northeast.
You might not know that we’ve organized a free monthly conference call to keep the DesignOps discussion going. We’ve held two, and our last one had 60 participants. Next one is February 15, 4-5pm ET. We’d love to have you join us too; email email@example.com to request an invitation.
This is a fantastic book and should be in every designer & PMs’ collection. https://t.co/UZ9ymWNSu4
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) December 15, 2017
Update—November 29, 2017: thanks to you, we sold 77 books on Giving Tuesday—and raised US$385 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation! Thank you very much!
Back in the late 1980s, when I was a student in library school, we debated what the dawning “information superhighway” should be. Some classmates saw it as a huge boon to the global economy. Others argued that “information wants to be free,” and money shouldn’t taint public access to the Internet’s information bounty.
I’ve worked at both ends of the spectrum—as a librarian and as a publisher—and have always taken the middle road: “Information doesn’t want to be free–it just wants to be used.” Although the pendulum has swung back and forth, we’ve managed to find a middle road that works well enough for most of us.
It all may change in the US if the FCC’s proposed changes to Net Neutrality are approved.
Companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T would likely transform their policies from customer-unfriendly to completely hostile to the free and open exchange of information. It could jeopardize your career, your kids’ education, free speech, independent journalism, and just about every aspect of contemporary life.
I’ll leave you with links to learn about Net Neutrality and the FCC’s proposed order from two of our great nation’s most trusted and respected sources: the American Library Association and The Oatmeal. Please read them and spread the word. Thank you.