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: 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: 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…

My Interactive Storytelling Book

So finally my Simplified Chinese translation of Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling 2nd Edition will soon be published by Posts & Telecom Press, one of the big-four information industry oriented publishing houses in China. I wouldn’t call the cover design aesthetically satisfying, but I’m not going to kill the cover designer either. I tried to…

The Myth of Telling Stories About Innovators

Just finished reading The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson. The author is surely a very good storyteller, and when stories are told brilliantly well, they become more than stories. The primary premise, it seems, is that no single person instantiates a series of happenings…

Book – Thoughts on Interaction Design, 2nd Edition by Jon Kolko

Although I started my translating “career” 12 years ago (I had been translating and writing C/C++ articles and was once well-known for that in the relevant community), and although I had been a well-respected editor who had helped/assisted many translators on translating, I never did “serious” translation work until the year 2011. And the result…