November update

Slow progress around these parts since I’m being pursued by writing and client deadlines. In a bid to assuage my blog’s jealousy, some newslike updates.

First, I’m happy to have contributed a chapter to the new book UX Storytellers, curated by Jan Jursa and available now for free download.

In this free eBook, ‘UX Storytellers – Connecting the Dots’, 42 UX masterminds tell personal stories of their exciting lives as User Experience professionals. The book brings together authors from around the world who paint a very entertaining picture of our multifaceted community.

Whether you’re a usability pro or a student of interaction design, whether you’re a senior information architect or a junior UX designer, you will find 42 entertaining stories in this book told by leading experts from all over the globe.

My contribution relates a painful defeat at the hands of mysterious statistical forces. Other authors include Andrew Hinton, Martin Belam and Andrea Resmini, and my early impressions are that it’s a skillfully-compiled and interesting book, well worth your attention.

Thursday 11 November sees the annual return of the well-meaning, if somewhat daft, World Usability Day. This year, we’re donating the entire day’s revenue from our Silverback usability testing application to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. So if you haven’t already tried Silverback—it really is pretty good, you know—buy your license on Thursday and send some love to the gorillas. Silverback will also be available as part of the Optimal Workshop World Usability Day bundle, which includes OptimalSort, the very useful Treejack, Ethnio, Loop11 and a full set of Rosenfeld books for $1,350. Again, we’ll be passing on our revenue to the Gorilla Fund.

Ticket sales for UX London are marching on. The new Super Early Bird rate is gone, but Non-super Bird tickets are available at £895, the same price as last year. Speakers this year include Lou Rosenfeld, Alan Cooper, Matt Jones, Kim Goodwin, Todd Zaki Warfel and Russ Unger.

In other conference news, I’ll be speaking twice at SXSW next March. I’ll join James to discuss The Music of Interaction Design, and debut a solo presentation entitled The Real-Time Sporting Revolution. Expect statistics, ubicomp, chess and a smattering of information design. Update: It appears SXSW don’t like people appearing twice, so I’ve had to sacrifice this solo panel. Maybe next year.

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