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Scott Berkun is an American author and speaker. Berkun studied computer science, philosophy, and design at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003 on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, Windows, MSN, and in roles including usability engineer, lead program manager, and UI design evangelist.
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How Designers Think, Fourth Edition
The Design Process Demystified
Bryan Lawson - Dec 14, 2005 (first published in 1980)
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How Designers Think is based on Bryan Lawson's many observations of designers at work, interviews with designers and their clients and collaborators. This extended work is the culmination of forty years' research and shows the belief that we all can, and do, design, and that we can learn to design better. The creative mind continues to have the pow...
Scott Berkun
Feb 18, 2021
@cwodtke @katerutter That is such a good book.      source
Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design
Beatriz Colomina - Jan 15, 2017
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The question Are We Human? is both urgent and ancient. Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley offer a multilayered exploration of the intimate relationship between human and design and rethink the philosophy of design in a multi-dimensional exploration from the very first tools and ornaments to the constant buzz of social media. The average day involves ...
Scott Berkun
Jan 30, 2021
@kingofark That is such a good book.      source
No No No No Yes -book Design Uncovered
edited - Jul 18, 2019
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All designers will tell you that the design process is one of perserverance, failure, hard work and eventual triumph. Book cover design is no different. The idea for the book stemmed from attending a talk at St. Bride's Foundation, watching Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan present a carousel of beautiful covers that have never seen the cover of a book as ...
Scott Berkun
Jan 20, 2021
Love the idea of this book: it's a collection of book cover ideas that didn't make the final cut. 25 final covers and 100 alternatives. Must be a great conversation starter.      source
You Belong to the Universe
Buckminster Fuller and the Future by Jonathon Keats (2016-04-01)
Jonathon Keats - Jan 01, 1858
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A compelling call to apply Buckminster Fuller's creative problem-solving to present-day problemsA self-professed "comprehensive anticipatory design scientist," the inventor Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was undoubtedly a visionary. Fuller's creations often bordered on the realm of science fiction, ranging from the freestanding geodesic dome to the...
Scott Berkun
Jan 19, 2021
7. And then there's Bucky Fuller.... oh boy. He was perhaps better at self-promotion than anything (You don't see geodesic domes much for good reasons). If you've found his books impenetrable (they are), try this by @jonathonkeats. Great read.      source
The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien - Sep 18, 2012 (first published in 1937)
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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Ma...
Scott Berkun
Nov 26, 2020
@simeon_P The Hobbit is a fantastic book. Trying to make it so many movies was the mistake.      source
The Myths of Innovation
Scott Berkun - Sep 07, 2010 (first published in 2007)
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Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google,, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world. Th...
Scott Berkun
Sep 16, 2020
15. Carlson's story is one of many told in The Myths of Innovation. If you like it, you should check out the book. Here is a good place to start.      source
Are Your Lights On?
How to Figure Out What the Problem Really Is
Donald C. Gause - Mar 01, 1990 (first published in 1982)
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Partial ContentsPart 1: What is The Problem?1. A Problem2. Peter Pigeonhole Prepared A Petition3. What's Your Problem?Part 2: What is The Problem?4. Billy Brighteyes Bests The Bidders5. Billy Bites His Tongue6. Billy Back To The BiddersPart 3: What is The Problem Really?7. The Endless Chain8. Missing The Misfit9. Landing On The Level10. Mind Your M...
Scott Berkun
Jul 21, 2020
@rajeshmathur @adilabio @JerryWeinberg I love that book      source
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Why Design?
Activities and Projects from the National Building Museum
Anna Slafer - Oct 01, 1995
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An overview of design with activities intended to increase awareness of and participation in the designed world....
Scott Berkun
Jun 05, 2019
6. A favorite surprise is this book, written for young students, that covers so many real-world issues designers face that almost none of the popular design books even mention. It's from 1995 yet timeless - but if I wasn't doing research for a book I'd never have found it.      source