I’m publishing a book!

Stories from the UX frontline – Tried and tested survival tactics they won’t teach you in design school

UX book cover

I’ve been in the UX design industry since 2006 and have been documenting it in writing since 2020. You can read my articles here or on Medium.

If you enjoy my style of writing and the topics I cover, you’ll be glad to hear that I’m now working on my first book on UX and product design.

September 2023. I’ve taken the ferry from Poole to Guernsey with my dad for a few days of father-son bonding. After a day of back-to-back exploring of the beaches, the history of the island and the first-rate dining options I crash into my hotel bed to soon be fast asleep. Good ideas don’t present themselves to me often, but when they do I can quickly assess them by the level of my enthusiasm for them. When I wake up the following morning I’m not woken up by the alarm on my phone as per usual – I’m woken up by an idea that is screaming for my attention, and I’m happy to listen because I can sense my enthusiasm brewing: I’m going to write a book that summarises what I’ve learnt so far in my career. New ideas are born out of combining existing, previously non-related things in novel ways. Apparently mixing my dad with a Channel island and a good night’s sleep was all it took to generate this idea.

I don’t think we talk enough about the importance of soft skills in the design community. It’s a very strong focus on the craft. And although craft is essential and gets the designer through the door, soft skills and a Systems Thinking mindset can elevate their status in the workplace from a design doer to a business strategist, without having to sacrifice their passion for craft or customer-centric outcomes.

What is the book about?

The title I woke up to was Stories from the UX frontline. It’ll probably change, but the topic is set. It’s about tried and tested soft skill tactics you won’t learn in design school. It’s coming from knowledge I’ve gathered over the years from hundreds of projects. It’ll teach you how to avoid unnecessary friction and prosper in any design and product development project.

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Special thanks to Eucalyp for providing the book cover artwork.

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