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Daniel Burka is best known as the former creative director for website Digg and as a design partner at GV. He is also a founding partner at the web design company silverorange based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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Breaking Trail
A Climbing Life
Arlene Blum - 2007-03-05 (first published in 2005)
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A legendary trailblazer, Arlene Blum defied the climbing establishment of the 1970s by leading the first all-female teams on successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna and by being the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest. At the same time, her groundbreaking scientific work challenged gender stereotypes in the academic community a...
Daniel Burka
Just finished Arlene Blum's excellent memoir of alpinism Breaking Trail. Can anyone recommend great non-fiction adventure books? I loved the mix of adventure, personal story, and feminism in Blum's incredible book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐      source
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Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro
Mike Monteiro - 2012-01-01
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Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know....
Daniel Burka
Still one of a handful of books that I recommend to new designers. Classic. 👏 @monteiro      source
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Good Talk
A Memoir in Conversations
Mira Jacob - 2020-03-24 (first published in 2019)
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A "beautiful and eye-opening" (Jacqueline Woodson), "hilarious and heart-rending" (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune - The New York Public Library - ...
Daniel Burka
Favorite book this year. 10/10      source
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Wilder Girls
Rory Power - 2020-06-02
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It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselve...
Daniel Burka
Just finished reading Wilder Girls. Great book. Thanks for the recommendation @steeve_wonder. Also, that cover is incredible.      source
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Ruined by Design
How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It
Mike Monteiro - 2019-03-29
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The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy set...
Daniel Burka
I love that @monteiro writes in such clear, direct language. Reading his new book "Ruined by Design" might be difficult or hurt your ego, designers. And, you might disagree with Mike. But you should read it for a clear-headed viewpoint on our mistakes and challenges. 👏      source
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Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Hans Rosling - 2020-04-07 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent...
Daniel Burka
I just finished reading Factfulness — if you read just one non-fiction book this year, this should be it. A clear-headed, useful book on seeing the whole world more rationally. Plus it's hard to put down. And, the data viz is A++      source
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The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - 2016-01-12 (first published in 2006)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
Daniel Burka
I just finished reading The Three Body Problem by @liu_cixin over the weekend. Wonderfully original science fiction. Physics + politics + philosophy + space. Loved it. Score: 9/10 🙌      source
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How Buildings Learn
What Happens After They're Built
Stewart Brand - 1995-09-30 (first published in 1994)
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Buildings have often been studied whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the co...
Daniel Burka
Best design book that's not about design? Go. For me, it's How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand      source