What I am reading
I tend to read multiple books at a time so it takes me a while to finish one. It sounds disorganized but for me, it works because it allows me to be kept interested in what I am reading which I find helps me understand and retain the material more. Here are some in my current orbit:
- Articulating Design Decisions by Tom Greever
- As designers, we are very good at solving design problems but not very good at explaining how we got to it. This book helps in sorting out or process and transcribing them into words to better communicate our solutions.
- Art Direction for the Web by Andy Clarke
- The always entertaining and knowledgable Mr. Clarke teaches us how to break away from the generic, repetitive look the of the web today by artfully looking and understanding our content as rich stories and complete experiences.
“In fact, a good library is filled with mostly unread books. That’s the point.” – The Antilibrary
Antilibrary + To Re-read
I realized there are books I want to re-read for various reasons. Sometimes because of renewed interest, as a reference for something I am working on or are currently interested in, or just something I forgot already. So, this list is just not new books.
- The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
- They are Laws for a reason and should be taken seriously. Mr. Maeda breaks down guidelines to creating and thinking about better design and experiences around us.
- Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
- Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
- Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
- Hardboiled Web Design. – 5th Anniversary Edition by Andy Clarke
I would like to write something about these books that I have finished.
- Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- Neuro Web Design by Susan Weinschenk
- Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- The Better Email in Design by Jason Rodriguez
- Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
- Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman
- Amy E. Herman shows us how we can all improve our focus and understanding of our surrounding by training ourselves in the active and careful observation of art.
Inspired by this post “The Antilibrary“.