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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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Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean
Michael Erard - 2007-08-21
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This original, entertaining, and surprising book investigates verbal blunders: what they are, what they say about those who make them, and how and why we've come to judge them.Um... is about how you really speak, and why it's normal for your everyday speech to be filled with errors—about one in every ten words. In this charming, engaging account of...
Scott Berkun
That ~12k word fact about how much people speak at day comes from this excellent book by @michaelerard      source
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What Should I Do with My Life?
The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
Po Bronson - 2003-12-30 (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
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
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Meeting Design
For Managers, Makers, and Everyone
Kevin M. Hoffman - 2018-03-15
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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...
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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
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The Responsible Object
A History of Design Ideology for the Future
Marjanne van Helvert - 2017-02-28
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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
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
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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
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How Designers Think, Fourth Edition
The Design Process Demystified
Bryan Lawson - 2005-12-14 (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...
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@cwodtke @katerutter That is such a good book.      source
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Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design
Beatriz Colomina - 2017-01-15
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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 ...
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@kingofark That is such a good book.      source
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No No No No Yes -book Design Uncovered
Edited - 2019-07-18
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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
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
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You Belong to the Universe
Buckminster Fuller and the Future by Jonathon Keats (2016-04-01)
Jonathon Keats - 1858-01-01
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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...
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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
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien - 2012-09-18 (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
@simeon_P The Hobbit is a fantastic book. Trying to make it so many movies was the mistake.      source
The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
Really Useful by Joel Levy
Why Design? by Anna Slafer
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
Technopoly by Neil Postman
Are Your Lights On? by Donald C. Gause