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A collection of book that I found interesting and would like to recommend for people.


How to Be a Great Boss

Gino Wickman, René Boer

Very great insights on what one can and should do as a boss. Gino has some great tips for you to take action. I really liked his insights on clarity breaks and elevate and Delegate Exercise.

What to Expect the First Year

Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel

Another manual that should come home from the hospital with the newborn! I devoured this book and have a lot of highlights! A must have for new moms and dads. Nicely laid out.

Principles: Life and Work

Ray Dalio

Amazing book, must read for anyone who has to make decisions in life – that means everyone – but I think the more impact your decisions have the more useful his frameworks are. I’m giving it 5 stars for the big ideas and uniqueness of them – though I will warn you that the book is very long and highly repetitive – there is probably a way to read only parts of it and still get all the big ideas.

Rework

Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Don’t let the 300 page fool you. I finish this book within a day. If you are looking for in-depth analysis and pages of stories and examples, Rework will not indulge you. If you are looking for short, to-the-point advise to get your business started and moving, this is the book. The writing is conversational without being repetitive or long winded.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

Dan Ariely

I thoroughly enjoyed Ariely’s previous book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, and this book is excellent as well. There are many “pop-psychology” books on the market these days, but one thing sets this book off from the rest. Rather than simply reporting on the research of others, the author himself conducted the many psychology experiments described in his book. This gives the book an aura of authenticity, because it describes research in the first person. The author clearly describes the motivations behind his experiments. Sometimes the experiments gave unanticipated results–and this was interesting, too! Ariely does not try to hide the results that contradict his hypotheses; instead, he uses these results as a stepping stone to additional experiments and research.

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

David Eagleman

This book blew me away; I underlined and starred dozens of sentences and typed them in to my friends on email. Sum tells 40 vignettes from the afterlife, but you quickly figure out that (a) the stories are mutually exclusive (if one is true then the others cannot be), and (b) the stories are not about the afterlife at all, but instead unusual portraits about the here-and-now.

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Ken Watanabe

The fun and simple problem-solving guide book simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for adult to apply to their most challenging problems.

Organizational Physics – The Science of Growing a Business

Lex Sisney

Sometimes you would need to change the structure of your organisation, and for newbie in the organisational design, this book was great. Lex blog also contain some gem that you can apply on the design of your org structure.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

Robert J. Gordon

A fascinating read on how America achieve the phase of its fastest growth in history.

The Design of Everyday Things

Donald A. Norman

Took me forever to finally read this one, and once I finish it, I’m glad that I did it. In clear, coruscating prose, Donald exposes the miserable flaws in the design of everyday objects which conspire to make our lives less convenient, more miserable and sometimes more dangerous.

Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

Timothy Samara

Tremendously helpful text for all designers, particularly those unfamiliar with the historical evolution of the grid. Samara’s framing chapter about the Machine Aesthetic, Constructivism, the Bauhaus, the Basel School, and the Corporate Grid is particularly well-written and useful for designers to consult and internalize.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers.

Thinking with Type

Ellen Lupton

This was one of the first books on typography, and by extension graphic design I’ve read. I still love it. Eleven years later, it’s still a go-to recommendation for someone curious about type, or someone who should be but doesn’t know it (yet).

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

Erik Spiekermann, E.M. Ginger

A guide to typography. It draws in the reader with its design and layout, making use of more than 200 illustrations and photographs. It explains in everyday layman’s terms what type is and how you can use it to enhance legibility, meaning, and aesthetic enjoyment.

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

Steve Krug

So simple and direct – this book is great! I’ve done usability tests many times before, but I don’t do them all that frequently. This book is like a simple cookbook that will remind me of all the important little things I need to do or consider when I do these test. It will be a handy reference for me! Plus, Steve Krug is funny, which is part of what makes his book is a pleasure to read.

How Designers Think

Bryan Lawson

A great model for thinking about design. Practically informed and unafraid of theory, theoretical without losing its firm footing in practice. 

The Anatomy of Type

Stephen Coles

Beautifully presented examples of 100 typefaces, mostly contemporary, some classic, along with pointers to their identifying or noteworthy features. A useful and interesting guide, neatly disguised as a coffee-table browser. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that, so don’t expect a detailed commentary, or mathematical breakdowns of fine design elements – overall, very pleasant and a good accessible reference.

The Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst

Lending this book to one of my friend and doesn’t get it back again is one of the greatest regret of my life.

It almost doesn’t matter what this book was about, because it was so thoughtfully laid out and lovely to read, which is in itself a testament to great typography. But the content was equally good. I learned so much about type, from the mundane technical details to the influence of language and politics. Bringhurst’s little jokes and anecdotes are the cherry on top.

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe

Peter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee

Thoroughly enjoyed this book mostly for its big picture overview of geology, climate, and the history of life on earth. I learned a ton of interesting things, and got new perspectives about some ideas I thought i already knew. For instance: spoiler alert, the earth is the only planet known with tectonic plates (and these have been essential to the evolution of life as we know it for a variety of reasons). Or, the solar habitable zone has moved over time, so the time averaged habitual zone is much smaller than the instantaneous one. My only criticism is that the astronomy sections left me kind of flat, often stopping short of being interestingly quantitative for no good reason I could see. 

atmawarin

Interweb enthusiast from Yogyakarta. Love trees, typography, running and single origin. Slightly blurry vision, five foot six, curly black hair. Lion at Mario Kart, chicken at party.

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