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Inmates are Running the Asylum

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity

By Alan Cooper
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 6:30
Location: TBD
RSVP: Via Meet Up

As part of a series of book clubs looking back on “classic” and influential books about user experience, we’ll be kicking it off with Alan Cooper’s The Inmates are Running the Asylum (on

About The Book: Imagine, at a terrifyingly aggressive rate, everything you regularly use is being equipped with computer technology. Think about your phone, cameras, cars-everything-being automated and programmed by people who in their rush to accept the many benefits of the silicon chip, have abdicated their responsibility to make these products easy to use. The Inmates Are Running the Asylum argues that the business executives who make the decisions to develop these products are not the ones in control of the technology used to create them. Insightful and entertaining, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum uses the author’s experiences in corporate America to illustrate how talented people continuously design bad software-based products and why we need technology to work the way average people think. Somewhere out there is a happy medium that makes these types of products both user and bottom-line friendly; this book discusses why we need to quickly find that medium.


Habanero‘s ‘UE Done Right!’ is back in Calgary, here are the details…

Date: June 18th – 19th


About the workshop:

Designed for everyone from designers to communicators to project managers and developers, this two-day course is packed with case studies, responsive design best practices, and tips to increase team collaboration. Participants will practice the techniques through hands-on activities and will be given a comprehensive set of course materials and templates.

The seminar runs June 18 – 19 in Calgary, but we also have availability in Toronto and Vancouver. You can find out more information here:

We have a special promotion code for CalUX until May 31 to get the reduced rate of $699 – just enter CALUX in the promotion code box.

Space is limited to 22 students for the best learning experience, so register soon!

Also check out our new course running in September “Portal Management Done Right!”  for the people who launch, maintain, and run the solutions we design!


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