• Martin BavioMartin Bavio, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Hey Wilson, huge fan of your work here, I can’t believe I'm asking something to you, but here I am, thanks Designers News!

    So I have two questions:

    1. If you have to recommend 3 books that have inspired the way you design, which one would they be?

    2. How was it to work in the early times of Rdio? Is @simmy as good as it looks doing product design?

    Thanks, hope you find my questions interesting to answer!

    1 point
    • Wilson Miner, over 6 years ago

      I think the books that have influenced the way I design most aren't really design books. So much of the value created by designers is about making connections, and I think some of the best insights come from outside the scope of our field or the problems we face directly.

      Seeing Is Forgetting The Name of the Thing One Sees, a series of conversations by Lawrence Weschler with the artist Robert Irwin, is one of the best books I've read on any kind of creative effort. Irwin is so articulate in retrospect about the way he has approached questions in his art over the years. http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Forgetting-Name-Thing-Sees/dp/0520256093

      Christopher Alexander's books about architecture, especially The Timeless Way of Building have been really influential on the way I think about design. A lot of the principles around pattern languages in interaction design are based on his ideas, but his whole line of thinking about architecture and how humans apply order to our world is fascinating, and directly relevant to digital product design.

      Yes, Simmy always looks good. His hair is always perfect.

      6 points