Just kidding. We don’t have time for book club either, but here’s a list of some of our favorites. We love to recommend excellent titles to our clients and are always ready to learn about new ones. Want to help us build our collection? Let us know what you’re reading here.
“Braving The Wilderness” by Brene Brown
LOVED this book! Authenticity, and the courage to be who you are in love, business…life. There is no better advice in life than to be who you are.
“Communication Arts Publication”
Not a book, but a wonderful bi-monthly magazine each issue’s focus has a different focus from design to advertising, illustration, photography, interactive media and typography. In addition, there are in-depth profiles of designers, illustrators, photographers, design and advertising firms. Truly a great source of inspiration.
Charles S. Anderson Design Co.
Not a book, but see for yourself. What’s not to love!
“Collect Raindrops” by Nikki McClure
McClure’s work is striking, and reminds me of old woodblock prints—although instead of carved wood and ink, she uses an exact-o knife and a single sheet of black paper to craft her illustrations.
“Draplin Design Co. Pretty Much Everything” by Aaron James Draplin
I find this book incredibly inspiring. I love listening/reading about his process and the shear volume of his work provides a lot of inspiration when I am stuck on ideas. My copy was damaged by my sprinkler system when I didn’t pick up my mail in a timely manner, so it just adds to the “DDC” feel of the book.
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins
I’ll be honest…this one was a bit of a tough one to get through. The depth and thought and research that went into it left me with a lot to chew on. But I find myself referencing it often in relation to my own business and talking with clients.
“High Performance Habits” by Brendon Bruchard
This book is changing how I work on a daily basis and helping me see new insights to how I approach my day. I recommend the Audio version that is read by the author!
“Home” by Carson Ellis
I could look at Ellis’s illustrations all day long, and would like to take up residence there! Another artist that uses traditional tools—pencils, brushes and gouache to create remarkably moving and intimate narratives.
“How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
A must-read book for just about everyone.
“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
This book is a big part of what catapulted my business into the next dimension. When I discovered and defined my own why, I realized how important it was going to be for me to help my clients discover and define theirs as a part of their branding process. So many good nuggets and take aways in this one!”
“The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell
Written before social media and the whole viral marketing craze, this book has so many great insights about what it takes for an idea to take flight that are not just tips and tricks to work the system. Real, tangible information for a real tangible world.
“Wonderful Life of Elements” by Bunpei Yorifuji
If this book had been around when I grew up, chemistry would have made a lot more sense!