Event Details


Time: February 21, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Highlander Solutions at Blankspaces
Street: 5405 Wilshire Blvd
City/Town: Los Angeles
Event Type: february, book, group, meeting
Organized By: Marjorie Kaye
Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2012

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Event Description

Happy New Year, UX Literati,

After much consideration and debate, we've decided to do something a little different for our next selection.  We'd like to invite you to select any graphic novel that appeals to you.  When we meet, we'll all take turns presenting something based on what we've read.  You can focus on a specific panel or speak more broadly about the author's visual communication style.  Or you are very welcome to create your own strip and discuss that.  Presentations should be kept to about 5 minutes, and should relate in some way to User Experience Design.

You are further invited to share what book you have selected, here, in advance, and to provide suggestions to others on book selection.

Suggestions:   Blankets by Craig Thompson
 Perepolis  by  Marjane Satrapi
Watchmen by Alan Moore

A classic on visual story telling:  Understanding Comicsby Scott McCloud

Dylan and Highlander Solutions have once again generously volunteered to host.  Thanks!  Here's info on parking:


Highlander Parking is available on Cloverdale just south of Wilshire in the white gated parking area.  Park anywhere on the left-hand side under the blue and white BLANKSPACES signs.  After you park in the parking lot, walk back up to Wilshire, cross the street and --


The offices of Highlander Solutions are located in the "BLANKSPACES" building on Cloverdale just north of Wilshire.  Enter the door on your left, go up the stairs, and tell the receptionist you’re here for Highlander Solutions.

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Comment by Angel Anderson on February 21, 2012 at 5:04pm

So bummed I can't make it. I LOVE this topic!

Comment by Andreas Adamec on February 21, 2012 at 9:46am

Sorry guys, was so looking forward to this, but I need to work on a project tonight, hope it's gonna be a great meetup!

Comment by Alan Natale on February 8, 2012 at 4:13pm

I have looked at Apple's new textbook initiative. Having been exposed to software learning tools by Apple back during undergrad (chemistry interactive workbook software on an Apple IIe - dating myself)... to me it follows that Apple would make solid inroads with multimedia textbooks accessible on it's mobile devices. I've only downloaded one of the free ones (Ecology) and my first response was surprise to the infinite scrolling interaction versus how I read my eBooks with iBooks. Obviously people can learn from static text (and pictures) so I wonder if users will learn faster, more in-depth with this manner of "text book."

Comment by Marjorie Kaye on February 3, 2012 at 12:50pm

I chose "Blankets" after hearing Angel recommend it.  I confess to having some leftover English Major bias about novels that have a lot of pictures, but this book thoroughly engaged me.  I scarfed it down in almost one sitting.

Who else has picked a book yet?

Comment by Marjorie Kaye on February 3, 2012 at 12:46pm

That looks really interesting, thanks Alan.  Have you looked at Apple's new textbook initiative?  Any thoughts?

Comment by Alan Natale on February 1, 2012 at 9:01am

Relating the topic and UX - recently I've recommended a very user-friendly CMS for my artist friend's who've created their own graphic novels. It's called "Graphicly" at and features independent artists as well as well known authors/artists/titles (e.g. The Walking Dead).

The application publishes online and to eReaders (iOS, Nook, Kindle and to Facebook). Users can set prices and build community around their content, via the app - connecting to social media, forums and beyond.

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