Creative Bookshelf

Nano reviews of the books I've read, and think you should too.
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Corner box shelf. This would take up way less space than a bulky bookshelf! Staircase shelves?

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If you don't know why leading is called leading and how typography was born - and a lot of people who use type everyday don't - read this. It's a biographical look rather than a technical manual.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, by Simon Garfield. Far more interesting than it sounds (if you weren't already in love with typography).

Scott Jurek: Eat and Run. Not your typical creative book recommendation. But Scott's story is deep and his insights into pushing through and getting into the zone are bloody ace.

While on a brief trip to our cabin a couple weeks ago, I finally got further into ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek’s recent book, Eat And Run, in which he touts his vegan diet as the key to his s…

Sounds boring, looks boring. But is actually really good. If only to get you to realise that most things you've read that have had the word 'strategy' attached to them are in fact not anything to do with strategy. It's a word that's overused and misunderstood.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy -ultimate guide to business strategy, told to you as if you were setting next to Rumelt when he works on a client's project.

I was really looking forward to this book. I struggle to make ideas happen outside of work - I don't often 'ship' my own stuff. Scott argues that ideas are common but great execution is rare. Didn't work for me but Wired liked it:

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

Read this twice. Interesting to see how my head has changed about collaborative stuff in 18 months. If you can't be bothered to read it watch Rachel Botsman on TED and Wired 2011.

What's Mine is Yours by Botsman and Rogers -- — “A remarkably hopeful and accessible book about a social revolution (collaborative consumption) gaining momentum.

I consume a of of trend forecast content, but never really thought how it was done. So I got this - quite enlightening and interesting. Will def shape how I think about developing cultural stuff. You can't buy it as any kind of ebook, even on Kindle. I think given the subject matter, the is one huge irony.

The Trend Forecaster's Handbook - The better, better, best book for the design strategist on your list

Yvon Chouinard auto biography about how he created Patagonia is an epic book on many levels - read it.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia.

Been around for a bit, but given Richard is predicting the next 50 years it's still worth a read. If you work in creative/digital the media and entertainment stuff will feel well read, but the trends you won't have thought a lot about as part of your job are def interesting. Richards predictions about the 5 things that won't change in the next 50 years are just as valid.

Richard Watson: The 5 Trends That Will Shape The Next 50 Years

The Designful Company – Marty Neumeier. Neumeier writes ‘whiteboard overviews’—that’s a concise book to most of us. His previous two, The Brand Gap and Zag are well regarded. The content of them undoubtably graces many powerpoint presentations and you will find them quoted in numerous brand and marketing blogs. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve gagged over a phrase containing ‘zag’ in agency meetings. A quick search for ‘zag’ on slideshare produced 2818 presentations containing a…

The Designful Company – Marty Neumeier. Neumeier writes ‘whiteboard overviews’—that’s a concise book to most of us.

Lovely book of hand drawn letter forms with a 'Carry On' film title.

Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Michael Perry (published by Princeton Architectural Press)

John Maeda - The Laws of Simplicity. Maeda explains the oddly complex subject of simplicity.

The Laws of Simplicity – John Maeda

There a chunk of mutual reverence between AKQA and Nike, but its a pretty decent distillation of digital thinking. It's a quick read, so read it.

Business Book: The Seven New Laws For A Digital World. This book raises money for homeless & global healthcare charities.