Books are mind-meld devices. The good ones give you perspective; the great ones give you a ringside view of the author’s mind and her ideas — like cheat codes that let you replay life from different viewpoints.
This is a list of books I've found useful, and hope they help you too.
⛩ Architecture & cities
👩💻Design & product
🎭 History & culture
⏱ Personal productivity
🏢 Strategy & business
Note: stars indicate books i've found especially useful.
📜 Short stories
🦸🏻 Comics/graphic novels
🚀 Novels – sci-fi
🧙 Novels – fantasy
📖 Novels – general
This is a list of interesting ideas I've found repeatedly useful.
I maintain them here as public bookmarks for easy sharing.
🖖 On advice that's sound in most times
👩💻 On products
On markets and opportunities || product strategy
On building the right thing || product management
On uncovering why your users do as they do || user research
On designing how the thing works || interaction design
On designing how the thing feels || visual design
On making the thing a place you'd hang out at || social design
On making the thing fun || game design
On checking if the thing you wanted to happen, happened || analytics
On creating awareness and sneaking in desire || marketing
On acquiring more of those who want what you've built || growth marketing
On aligning people while they do things || management
On the search for a scalable way to make money || startups
On words that clarify and convince || writing & copywriting
On building the thing that builds the thing || hiring
⛩ On cities & spaces
🎭 On culture
🕸 On the organization of people
💸 On money & its origins
👨👩👧👦 On people, psychology & matters of desire
- All media tend to centralise over time. I hope the internet is the exception that breaks the rule (despite signs that online attention is getting increasingly aggregated.)
- Tangential: science fiction often predicts the future and then, ironically, stops being fiction — the nets in ender’s game seem eerily like thought-blips on twitter.