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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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What Should I Do with My Life?
The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Po Bronson - Dec 30, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question. With humor, empathy, and insight, Bronson writes of remarkable individuals—from young to old, from those just starting out to those in a second career—who have overcome fear and confusion to ...
Scott Berkun
May 05, 2021
Many inspiring replies here. If you’re thinking about a big change I can’t recommend @pobronson’s book What Should I Do With My Life? enough.      source
Meeting Design
For Managers, Makers, and Everyone
Kevin M. Hoffman - Mar 15, 2018
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Meetings don’t have to be painfully inefficient snoozefests—if you design them. Meeting Design will teach you the design principles and innovative approaches you’ll need to transform meetings from boring to creative, from wasteful to productive. Meetings can and should be indispensable to your organization; Kevin Hoffman will show you how to design...
Scott Berkun
Mar 25, 2021
Meetings are and will always be a design problem. There's even a good book by @kevinmhoffman on how to have better meetings by approaching them this way. But as much as work culture hates them, we mostly still pretend we have them figured out.      source
The Responsible Object
A History of Design Ideology for the Future
Marjanne van Helvert - Feb 28, 2017
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Within the design discipline, calls for sustainability and social responsibility have become some of the most common rallying cries of the past decade, generating countless new products, materials and technologies--all designed to change the course of our future. Adjectives like -sustainable, - -green- and -eco- describe this new wave of socially c...
Scott Berkun
Mar 08, 2021
In research for How Design Makes The World I looked hard for a book on design as a force for progress (or not). This was the best I found. Inspiring. The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future, by Marjanne Van Helvert.      source
Scott Berkun
Feb 28, 2021
Whenever I feel down about the fate of humanity I go back to this book. It may not work for you, but my mind finds a kind of relief, and a glimmer of hope, in gaining perspective on how bad things can be.      source
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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