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14 Books on my Reading List

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My reading list has grown dramatically, as I picked up a load of treasure at my two favorite used bookstores – Recycle Bookstore in San Jose & Bookbuyers in Mountain View. 

Here’s what I picked up:
  • The Practical Guide to Information Design by Ronnie Lipton
    A great looking textbook on information design.
  • Understanding USA by Richard Saul Wurman
    I’m a big Wurman fan. This book has a lot of ugly graphics, but it certainly inspires new ideas.
  • A Designer’s Research Manual by Jen & Ken Visocky O’Grady
    The methodology looks a lot like IDEO’s. That’s a good thing…
  • The Deming Dimension by Henry Neave
    Looks like a great summary of Deming’s principles.
  • Visual Literacy by Richard & Judith Wilde
    A book full of interesting graphic exercises. I’ll try some of these in a workshop.
  • Dancing Naked in the Mind Field by Kerry Mullis
    Any Nobel winning scientist who’s not afraid to drop the f-bomb is okay with me.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright by America Architects
    A nice short photo book that contains all the Wright buildings we’ve visited.
  • The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright
    I love Wright’s onery nature. This will be the first one in the pile that I read. I started it last night.
  • improv wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson
    A book that encourages us to ‘wing it’ is worth reading.
  • Practical Charting Techniques by Spear
    Looks like most of the principles that Tufte and Few are preaching today were already documented by Spear in 1969.
  • Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
    Yeah, I know… I should have already read this one… but I haven’t.
  • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
    Bought this so I have some of Al’s graphics available in my presentation class.
  • The Serpents of Paradise by Edward Abbey
    One of my favorite authors (with Twain, Steinbeck, and Paul Theroux). I already have this, but couldn’t pass up a hard-cover first edition.
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck
    Once again, a book I’ve read, but picked up in hardcover.
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