Hi all, I'm just curious what are guys reading right now or you are really thrilled to read in 2019, thanks and take care!
The Win Without Pitching Manifesto — Blair Enns
Read it last month. 10/10 recommend.
Great read, Blair Enns next one Pricing Creativity is also incredibly good.
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
Just finished Atomic Habits by James Clear - really recommend this one, even if you aren't interested in the principals behind habits, the cold openings of each chapter are really interesting.
Now I'm on to The 5am Club by Robin Sharma - so far so good :)
Currently reading Hacking Growth which I'm trying to digest slowly as it's really interesting and has insights I can learn a lot from I think.
What I noticed recently is that because I read too fast, not much tends to stick in my head, so this year my approach is to read slowly and develop some sort of a note-taking practice (not sure how to start that yet), where I can gather my thoughts and learnings and take the time to really learn stuff, as most books are really interesting and full of little details that could help me grow.
I have recently been exploring the synthesis/assimilation end of reading as well. On the topic of note-taking, I have had success with implementing the slip-box/card index approach. Check these couple of resources out, it sounds like it might be useful for what you are looking for.
How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
Create a Zettelkasten for your Notes to Improve Thinking and Writing by Christian Tietze
These look great, thank you so much! [fistbump-emoji]
Ego is the enemy —Ryan Holiday
It doesnt have to be crazy at work -David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Homo Deus/Harari, Design Systems/Kholmatova
+1 to Design Systems by Kholmatova!
Currently reading Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky. It's the perfect read to start the new year
I read this a few weeks ago, it’s fantastic.
Rich dad poor dad Sorry I am a bit late to the party
Right now Hyperion. Really loving the world Dan Simmons builds with these books.
The Final Empire (Mistborn I) by Brandon Sanderson and 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
(Written by the founder of Google China and one of the world's most respected experts on AI. )
Super interesting read about the future of AI, how China and the US will be at the forefront, and the massive effect it'll have on the job market and society as a whole.
Basically, we're all fucked. :)
Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte
Just Finished The Story of Art by E.H Gombrich. It's good to realise how the visual cultures emerged and how its role changed throughout history. Was more eye-opening than most of the 'faux-productivity' books I've glimpsed at really.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True by Edwin Catmull. We designers don't usually get any education related to managing people, projects and processes. So, this book is very inspiring to me because I want to be a better leader.
Gleick's The Information and Houston's The Book
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness Great book if you like to ponder in the more existential questions.
Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
Discussing Design re-reading with my team right now. Excellent book.
The Secret Art: A Brief History of Radionic Technology for the Creative Individual
I Wonder by Marian Bantjes - one of the most exquisite books I have ever seen.
Don't make me think
In my yearly review I wrote a good bit about my favorite books of 2018. There not necessarily design books, but, I think the most interesting were:
- Enlightenment Now
- Deep Work
- The Rational Optimist
- Seeing Like a State (Not for everyone, but I found it interesting)
Right now I'm reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb. It's been slow to start. I almost gave it up, but now that I'm deep into WWI I've found the book incredibly interesting.
Based on recommendations—mostly from friends and colleagues, I've got the following books lined up for 2019:
- Why We Sleep
- Empire: Howard Hughes
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett
I am currently looking for my next read, but here are a few of my favorite books from the past couple of months.
Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen
New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle
Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes
Metaphors We Live By byGeorge Lakoff and Mark Johnson
Because I am traveling every morning and evening to my workplace, I listen most of my books (it isn't that efficient as reading, but at least I can learn new things)
So, I am currently listening to:
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think from Hans Rosling
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind from Jocelyn K. Glei
The subtle art of not giving a f* from Mark Manson
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business from Charles Duhigg
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action from Simon Sinek
Thinking, fast and slow — Daniel Kahneman
Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular by Derek Thompson
"Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives."
They aren't design-related. But I think it's important to just be open to anything to find ideas and related things.
"Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life," by William Finnegan "All The Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr
Design-related, "A Designer's Research Method"
New Horizons in Color by Faber Birren
Adrian Newey's "How To Build A Race Car" (His Autobiography, quite an interesting read)
Doit It Today - Darius Foroux
Really worth it!
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I also finished this one about a month ago and it was awesome. I highly recommend it, especially those in the startup space.
'Predictably Irrational' by Dan Ariely. It's simple and easy to read, though not as deep and thorough as 'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman. I highly recommend the later.
Walden — Henry David Thoreau
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
I just wrote about my 2018 reading list - https://medium.com/@rohicks/2018-reading-list-in-review-b151d2cd04ea - I read 95% nonfiction.
But I'm currently reading: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Organizing for Creative People by Sheila Chandra.
This is Service Design Thinking Piece of shit
It's a classic I never read, but the design of everyday things by don norman (the revised edition). Its a fuckin BANGA highly recomend.
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Pretty great off-beat fantasy and mind bubbling thoughts :) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/03/29/books/book-reviews/hard-boiled-wonderland-and-the-end-of-the-world/
- Creative strategy and the business of design (its ok 4.5/7)
- Value Proposition Design (its great! 6/7)
Next up is:
- The Win Without Pitching Manifesto
Genuinely curious, why do you rate them out of 7 over say 5 or 10?
Its a silly habit, and a dated internett reference.
But...I thought 5/7 was perfect??
You're right, I actually forgot.
The hate U give
Currently reading Irresistible by Adam Alter.