90 Degrees – Andrew Kim
Once a knoller, always a knoller. You’ve probably knolled long before you knew the design terminology, but no matter. One designer took the concept and blew it up into a book – in other words, he took the sense of chaos certain randomized objects can bring, and translated it into a recognizable and innately understandable table of contents for virtually anyone, whether they’re a blogger, product designer or accountant. How’s that for versatility?
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The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron
Hard to believe that a book put into print more than a decade ago could still pack such an extreme punch – but that’s The Artist’s Way, we guess. Jack of many trades Julia Cameron takes you, dear reader, through a full Renaissance, starting with her work and ending with a creative process so revolutionary, you’ll have a hard time deciphering where art begins and the mind ends. Or maybe it never does. The Artist’s Way is one for the ages.
Insanely Simple– Ken Segall
Simplicity is one thing even the most brilliant minds could easily forget – if it were not for a man like Steve Jobs, who merged the concepts of minimal and unique to create products that aren’t only effective, they’re easy to understand and grasp with the naked eye. What’s behind the products? Why can’t we all be so simple?
It Will Be Exhilarating – Studio Neat and others
What do you get when you combine a passion project, two equally-motivated designers and a fledgling design company? As it turns out, success. Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost launched a two-man design shop through other sites like Kickstarter, and watched it grow into something bigger than even they could have imagined. Read It Will Be Exhilarating for an inspiration boost – or it may just inspire you to create your own business venture, no matter how small it may seem.
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