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December 31, 2008

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One of the things I hoped would dominate a significant portion of my free time outside of the office in 2008 was reading. I’ve always had a real love of books, despite what anyone says about the decline of reading. Considering the sheer number of books purchased over the course of the year, I did ok, but not great. The pile of books never seemed to shrink — in fact, quite the opposite was true, though not for a lack of trying.

My 2009 reading list
A few of the titles on my 2009 reading list

In order to get off on the right foot in ‘09 though, I’m going to attempt to be a bit more methodical about my reading habits. This means blocking off a specific portion of every day to get through an already growing list of books. 30 minutes to an hour a day is all I really need to make a serious dent. The books shown above, while entirely design or business focused are just a sample of those on “the list”. I’ve got a few trashy novels and the like to break things up such as The Road and the last book by High Fidelity author, Nick Hornby.

What’s on your reading list? Are there any good (design or business) books I should pick up? I’d love to hear your recommendations — just drop a note in the comments. Oh, and happy new year!

So say you…

Those look like good books Dan — I’ll definitely have to check them out. The “Back of the Napkin” book I suspect will have some similarity to the Elements of Persuasion book you mentioned since it’s all about using visuals to communicate ideas more effectively.

Scott Boms Scott Boms January 1, 2009

Oh boy, too many to really list, but here are 2 on my radar. The next book I’ll probably pick up will be Editing by Design, by Jan White. I also just finished The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling to Pitch Better, Sell Faster & Win More Business by Richard Maxwell, and I can’t stop raving about it to everyone.

Hope that helps! Happy 2009!

Dan Mall Dan Mall January 1, 2009

I read the “Mental Model” book… was not too impressed. It is about how to do user research… which is interesting but I never have clients that want to pay for it. The Luke W book and the Universal Design books are great, though!

Rob Jones Rob Jones January 1, 2009

As a new designer entering this crazy thing called the real world, reading “How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul” was and extremely useful tool. Unfortunately, I already felt the wrath of the soul-sucking clients, but I’ve learned patience and foresight go a long way.

Nicole Nicole January 15, 2009

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