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  1. Book Review: Human + Machine

    Leadership Matters

    Leading UX transformation

    February 4, 2019

    Cover: Human + MachineAs UX professionals, it’s important that we stay abreast of the latest technologies and consider how they might impact UX design. So, over the past year or so, I’ve read more than half a dozen books, as well as numerous articles on various aspects of artificial intelligence (AI)—ranging from highly technical books for developers to more accessible works whose targets are business leaders, product managers, or even the general public. The most valuable of these books: Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson. This book is targeted primarily at business leaders and the professionals who influence them. Anyone who works for a corporation that deploys software to achieve its business goals would benefit from reading this book—and today, that’s just about every business. Those in government and education should also read this book. In addition to applying its lessons to their own unique contexts and ensuring that the workforce is ready to contribute maximal value in the age of AI, they can also influence business leaders to choose the right path forward at this critical inflection point. Read More

  2. Book Review: A Designer’s Research Manual

    June 17, 2019

    Cover: A Designer's Research ManualAs a design discipline, User Experience frequently gets lumped together with visual or graphic design—often to the chagrin of UX professionals. Of course, this tendency reinforces and is reinforced by the common belief that design is defined by its deliverables. Further, the plethora of books, periodicals, annuals, and Web sites that worship the unique style and fashion of graphic design rather than process and outcomes encourages the description of design in terms of its deliverables.

    The high-water mark—or maybe low-water mark—for this philosophy was probably the late 1990s, when graphic designers pushed the limits of legibility in pursuit of distinctive style. An exemplar of that trend might be the celebrity graphic designer David Carson, who described the “intuitiveness” of his visual design work, while pushing the limits of legibility. As an author and speaker, he’s made a number of statements discussing his design philosophy. Read More

  3. Book Review: UX Strategy

    September 23, 2019

    Cover: UX StrategyI must admit that I picked out this book based on its title alone, UX Strategy, which I found intriguing. Plus, the book had high reviews on Amazon. I was curious about what the term UX strategy meant from author Jaime Levy’s perspective. Was it strategy for leading UX teams? Was it applying UX to strategic planning in companies? Something different altogether?

    My own thinking was that UX professionals need to think more strategically about the impact of their work. We should consider the big picture for an organization and where User Experience fits into it. Taking a strategic view also requires a broader understanding of externalities that affect our work and its reception within an organization. Read More

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