• Wilson MinerWilson Miner, 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.

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