Bookview: An Intelligent Career

Our average “career books” are usually emotionally inspiring, pragmatically instructive, but, unfortunately, profoundly lacking in helping us reflect and elaborate deeply in a holistic, self-defining way. Many of them give us what we want, but not what we need. No book can tell us what “I” need, because the true career- or life-defining ideas and…

Bookview: The Dance of the Possible by Scott Berkun

Summary A Satisfying, Convincing, and Actionable Initiator on Creativity Noah’s Notes It’s not uncommon that when we finish a book, we feel something lacking. Sometimes it’s because it starts strong and wears out at the end (like most bestsellers); sometimes because it facilitates thoughts beyond the scope (philosophy or mathematics); other times because it’s inspiring enough…

Bookview: Elements of Mathematics

Elements of Mathematics fills a gap somewhere in between. It’s dense, for sure. It demands your full attention. While the insights scattered on those 393 pages are invaluable.

Bookview: Experience Required by Robert Hoekman Jr

Experience Required: How to become a UX leader regardless of your role by Robert Hoekman Jr The Bottom Line Your first book towards a designer career and constant reminder of any career, because, seriously, you don’t get such sobering insights and decent advice very often in life or career. Official Summary For all the resources…

Bookview: Make It New

Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design by Barry M. Katz The Bottom Line A book-of-record-ish, design side of the Silicon Valley story that many are not familiar with. Anecdotes guaranteed. Official Summary California’s Silicon Valley is home to the greatest concentration of designers in the world: corporate design offices at flagship technology companies and volunteers at nonprofit NGOs; global design…

Bookview: Design for Hackers

Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy The Bottom Line A mixed bag of anecdotes, best practices, principles and insights related to design. You can start reading it from any page. Official Summary Discover the techniques behind beautiful design – by deconstructing designs to understand them. The term ‘hacker’ has been redefined to consist of anyone who has an…

Book Review: Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work by Nigel Cross The Bottom Line Written by one of the leading figures in design research, the book is supposed to “help anyone interested in design to develop their understanding of how designers think and work.” And it’s only 150 pages. Official Summary Design thinking is the core creative process for any designer; this…

Book Review: Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes by Margaret Heffernan The Bottom Line Read the invigorating and highly quotable introduction as well as chapter 1 and stop there if you’re in a hurry. Official Summary A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic…

Book Review: Why We Work

Why We Work by Barry Schwartz The Bottom Line Chapter 4, The Technology of Ideas, is worth the full price for re-introducing so many essential ideas you MUST understand in order to truly understand the dynamics of work culture. Official Summary An eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives, showing how work operates…

Book Preview: Strategic Design Thinking

Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond by Natalie W. Nixon The Bottom Line Perspectives matter a lot. If you think you know what design thinking is about, read it and think again. Official Summary Who can design? For too long, that question has highlighted the supposed division between right-brain dominant “creative types” and left-brain dominant “analytical types.” Such a division…