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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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Let My People Go Surfing
The Education of a Reluctant Businessman--Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
Yvon Chouinard - 2006-09-05 (first published in 2005)
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Entrepreneur and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard shares the inspiring story of how he built one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. Let My People Go Surfing follows his journey from a young boy in a French Canadian blacksmith family to a celebrated climber and founder of Patagonia, Inc. Discover how Chouinard blended his passion for adventure with his dedication to doing good, and how his approach can impact entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Daniel Burka
@gonsalves_r It's one of the only business books that really resonated with me. Especially the vision setting stuff.      source
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Breaking Trail
A Climbing Life
Arlene Blum - 2007-03-05 (first published in 2005)
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"Breaking Trail" tells the story of Arlene Blum, a legendary trailblazer who broke gender stereotypes in climbing and science. Blum led the first all-female teams to successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna, as well as being the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest. Her scientific work also led to important legislation banning carcinogens in children’s sleepwear. With candor and humor, Blum recounts her journey from an overprotected childhood in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on earth, and to a life lived on her own terms. This book is a moving testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams.
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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Just Enough Research
Erika Hall - 2013-09-10
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Learn how to conduct effective research for design projects with "Just Enough Research." Co-founder of Mule Design, Erika Hall, shares her experience in this concise cookbook of research methods. Discover how to ask better questions, spot blind spots and biases, and identify impactful changes. Plus, Hall shares why you should avoid holding focus groups. Improve your design process quickly and efficiently with this must-read book.
Daniel Burka
@jes_sherborne @monteiro Other books I recommend are Just Enough Research by @mulegirl and How Buildings Learn by @stewartbrand. And the same @EdwardTufte book that you mentioned.      source
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Tim Kastelle
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The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward R. Tufte - 2001-01-01 (first published in 1983)
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Unleash the power of data graphics with this essential guide. Learn about the theory and practice of designing effective charts, tables, and visuals for quick and precise analysis. Discover how to create high-resolution displays, small multiples, and multivariate designs. Get detailed analysis of 250 graphics, including the best and worst examples. Learn to detect graphical deception and improve your aesthetics. This second edition includes color reproductions and all corrections from the first edition.
Daniel Burka
@jes_sherborne @monteiro Other books I recommend are Just Enough Research by @mulegirl and How Buildings Learn by @stewartbrand. And the same @EdwardTufte book that you mentioned.      source
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Design Is a Job by Mike Monteiro
Mike Monteiro - 2012-04-10
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Get expert advice from co-founder of a successful design company with this brief book. From negotiating contracts to enhancing client relationships, learn valuable tips to improve your job performance. Don't miss out on essential knowledge with this must-read for designers.
Daniel Burka
Still one of a handful of books that I recommend to new designers. Classic. 👏 @monteiro      source
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Jared Spool
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Good Talk
A Memoir in Conversations
Mira Jacob - 2019-03-26
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Explore American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us in this "beautiful and eye-opening" graphic memoir. Follow Mira Jacob's conversations with her half-Jewish, half-Indian son as they navigate difficult questions about race, color, and love amidst the tensions of the 2016 election. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable book is a love letter to the art of conversation and the hope that comes from our most challenging questions.
Daniel Burka
Favorite book this year. 10/10      source
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Alicia Keys
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Wilder Girls
Rory Power - 2019-07-09
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A quarantine has left the girls at Raxter School for Girls stranded and cut off from the world for eighteen months. The Tox infection has taken hold, affecting both teachers and students, transforming their bodies in strange ways. The girls are forced to stay within the school's fence, as the woods beyond have become wild and dangerous. Hetty is determined to find her missing friend Byatt, even if it means risking everything to venture beyond the fence. What she finds will alter her understanding of their existence on the island forever.
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 - 2019-04-12
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The book explores how the world is functioning exactly as designed, with everything from guns to social media causing harm. The author makes the case that design is a political act and designers are responsible for their creations. While the book may stir up anger, it provides the tools needed to make better decisions, build diverse teams, and confidently say no to harmful projects. It's a must-read for designers who want to understand their role in creating a better world.
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 - 2018-04-03
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Factfulness by Hans Rosling is an eye-opening book about understanding the world we live in. Rosling reveals the ten biases that distort our perspective and teaches readers how to focus on facts instead. Through lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness empowers readers to see the world clearly and respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. This book is an urgent and essential read for anyone looking to reduce stress and think more clearly about global issues.
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 - 2014-11-11 (first published in 2006)
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Experience an award-winning Chinese science fiction masterpiece from the beloved author, Cixin Liu, in English for the first time. Against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. When an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth, different camps form on Earth, leading to a battle against corruption or a welcome for superior beings. Delve into this epic story of invasion, alliances, and survival.
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