Have you ever thought much about the design of everyday objects--your computer mouse, your favorite pen, your water bottle? Is it functional? Pleasing to look at? Whimsical? What about advertisements? Book covers? What draws you in? What confuses you (maybe in a good way)? Kidd's short book will...
Book Genre: Business
For some, bike to work day, is just once a year. For others, biking is an everyday joy and the only way to connect with community and the land. Hand's book is born out of respect and love for people who create and restore communities with their...
Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a space program), but he...
If you've adopted "the undisciplined pursuit of more" don't look for a "less is more" solution. McKeown shares his blueprint for "less is better." Learn discernment and enjoy the small wins at work and home. Choice, clarity, and focus beget the next right action. Add play, joy, and "...
I have owned, held or pined for most of the shoes mentioned in this book. More than just a history of shoes, the book chronicles the symbiotic relationship between shoes and our culture. Bergstein's research appears to be thorough and well documented but really, even if it wasn't...
Culled from New York Times interviews from its weekly Corner Office feature, these are short and important lessons from successful CEOs in various types of organizations.
The advert for this book could read, "This is your brain on technology." Whether you are a digital native or digital immigrant, technology can be friend and foe. As we become more connected, the authors recommend practicing the art of face-to-face communication, including exercising emotional...
A great collection of essays from an amazing collection of creative minds. Some of my favorites were: Scheduling in Time for Creative Thinking - Cal Newport; Making E-mail Matter - Aaron Dignan; and Letting Go of Perfectionism - Elizabeth Grace Saunders. However, there are so many interesting...
Dan Abrams takes the battle of the sexes out of the barroom and off the playing field. Sweeping up the gauntlet for women, he backs up his claims with study, after study, after study. I picked this book up off the shelf mostly because the title cracked me up. 1. because it's got to be the...
If you've ever wondered what's behind those plastic LEGO bricks that captivate children of all ages, this book is for you! Robertson has all the right business credentials (Wharton, McKinsey) and unfettered access to the Danish firm to tell LEGO's company story. Robertson doesn't stop there,...
Written by the founders of IDEO design firm, this book is a great exploration of how to develop your own creativity (we all have it!) and build teams and processes for designing user-centric services and products. It has a lot of practical exercises.
If you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of the contemporary art world, you may enjoy this ethnographic romp. Thornton's research, compiled through interviews between 2004-2007, provides glimpses of a day in the life of artists and people who make art...
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