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Boon's book club - IxDA Lausanne 2018


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Reading across a diverse range of topics is a good sign of maturing craft and designers. Boon's obsession with design and the human condition has led him to discover often unconventional but powerful perspectives through books. He will share how some of these books have influenced and shaped him as a designer, and talk about how that has supported his work with complex problem spaces.

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Boon's book club - IxDA Lausanne 2018

  1. 1. BoonYew Chew Elsevier @boonych Boon’s Book Club How books supported my career journey and became a foundation for advanced design practice. IxDA Lausanne 30 October 2018
  2. 2. —1— History —2— Practice
  3. 3. History —1—
  4. 4. A journey through design practice And the books that took me there < 2000 When the web was born 2007 - 2008 Discovery 2008 - 2009 Formal learning 2009 - Community of practice 2010 - ? Discipline expansion 2013 Faking typography expertise 2014 - 2015 Specialising in visual thinking 2015 - today Learning ecosystems
  5. 5. < 2000 When the web was born Web design Web safe colours Usability
  6. 6. 2007 - 2008 Discovery The search for something new Discovering UX Trying things out Hitting a wall
  7. 7. 2008 - 2009 Formal learning Expanding horizons Pedagogical roots Textbooks you forget Academic papers
  8. 8. 2009 - 2010 Community of practice UX authors who were friends Popular books in the industry UX book clubs UX trends
  9. 9. 2010 - ? Discipline expansion Service design Mobile UX Lean Startup Content strategy Visual thinking Web typography etc.
  10. 10. 2013 Faking typography expertise 2013 IA Summit talk Typography Typography Typography More typography
  11. 11. 2014 Specialising in visual thinking Old books Learning by doing Learning by seeing Graphic facilitation Unique perspectives Advanced techniques
  12. 12. 2015 - today Learning ecosystems Critical perspectives Community of practice Tools Habits Situated learning Adoption and application Education and evangelism
  13. 13. Practice Photo by DarwinVegher —2—
  14. 14. Case study
  15. 15. Reading habits My drive—curiosity, critical views, and doubt 50 minute-ish (x2) commute helps Simple tools—iPhone 7 + Kindle app or iBooks app Kindle highlights, iBook highlights Simplenote app for notes
  16. 16. Complexity can be tamed, but it requires considerable effort to do it well. “ Don Norman
  17. 17. A W A R E U N A W A R E U N K N O W N K N O W N W H AT YO U K N O W YO U D O N ' T K N O W W H AT YO U D O N ' T K N O W YO U D O N ' T K N O W W H AT YO U D O N ' T K N O W YO U K N O W W H AT YO U K N O W YO U K N O W C E R T A I N T YC A U T I O N A M N E S I AI G N O R A N C E
  18. 18. Learning often happens by chance. The more you do it, the luckier you get.
  19. 19. Common themes All the books were of a critical nature. Grounded by a sensitivity to reality, life, and truth. You won’t find these books on your typical “must read” lists. Perspectives provide profound insights to the human condition.
  20. 20. Final thoughts Less time on Medium, more time building foundations More time with other communities, experts who are learners Invest in the long term, don't rush—learning takes time Broaden horizons, challenge yourself to new ways of seeing
  21. 21. Thank you. @boonych