Ask DN: Looking for some recommendations on books that have inspired you recently

almost 8 years ago from , Digital Designer

There's plenty of great books lately and I've said I would read more this year which I have but there's very few books that I felt truly inspired after ready.

Two of my favourites that I've read this year was Designing for Emotion by Aaron Walter for changing how I think about design and Getting Things Done by David Allen for helping me plan my work and social life a lot better.

I'm pretty open to what I read and I like to mix it up with books about product/UI/UX design, development, project management or just books that give you more motivation to push yourself more at what you do.

So what good books have you read lately?


  • Wesley LaukaWesley Lauka, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

    Ambient Commons

    by Malcolm McCullough

    Recently being back in the spring, but I do keep coming back to passages. Definitely on the academic side, but a great read on the 'architectures of attention'. If you have any interest in embodied/situated cognition or how we should be harnessing the context of the environment in design, it is an engaging reflection on the subject. Plus, McCullough, as always, is a great writer.

    Thinking Fast and Slow

    by Daniel Kahneman

    Still the best book of the year. If you haven't read it do so now. All about what really goes into decision making, risk assessment, value biases, etc from the nobel prize winner who did the actual research. Given the subject matter, Incredibly easy to read too.

    4 points
  • Chris GabrielChris Gabriel, almost 8 years ago

    I'm really enjoying Cadence & Slang by Nick Disabato

    "Cadence & Slang is a series of evergreen guidelines that advocate simplicity, consistency, and humanity in technology."



    2 points
    • Robbie Farrell, almost 8 years ago

      Looks good but a bit pricey. The new Smashing Magazine book is almost 500 pages and near half the price of this. Pity because I would be interested in buying it.

      0 points
  • Account deleted almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

    The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley

    Absolutely fantastic book. The last 2 chapters were a bit forced , but overall the real-wold stories and insight into the process at IDEO and their clients was inspiring.


    1 point