Those of you on the mailing list has likely already heard that my book, Dasein for Dasein, was released last week. Even a full week later, I am excited/nervous/relieved to have it out in the world.
I wrote Design for Dasein contribute to an intellectual history of experience design. The field has grown a lot in the past decades, but I fear that market pressures are forcing many designers into hyper-productive, technical positions, resulting in an implicit (or sometimes explicit) mindset that experience design must be combined with a "productive" task in order to be useful. If we disagree with this sentiment, it follows that we must then articulate the other parts of experience design not beholden (or at least less beholden) to technical production—specifically, the experience part. My book attempts to do this by pulling from phenomenology, design thinking, design theory, and object studies to articulate the relationship between design and experience.
I spent about 5-6 months simply outlining the book. I tend to write linearly (it's about the only thing I do linearly), so I am lost without a good outline. Once that was completed, the next 9-10 months were spent writing. I edited it twice myself and paid an editor to read it and provide suggestions. I've wanted to write a book for many years, but—similar to what has prevented me from ever getting a tattoo—I could never decide on the right topic, which of course needs to be large enough in scope to warrant an entire book-length examination but not so long that one gets lost. Writing the first six chapters came easy...almost too easy. While many authors find the writing process quite grueling, it became one of my favorite things to do, and I would often put off paid client work so I can write. However, that is not to say there weren't challenges; it's just that the challenges are also pleasurable in their own way.
The book is self-published, which allows me more control but also limits my distribution. For my next book (which I'm contemplating now), I think I will pitch publishers. For this one, I chose to self-publish because I wanted to control the content and direction of the book, and I was not concerned about making money or having massive distribution—although, of course more distribution is better.
Print and Kindle editions are available on Amazon. If you decide to pick up a copy, I would love to hear what you think either in the reviews or via email (thomas at designfordasein dot com). I welcome both compliments and critique.