I'm passionate about work-related learning. My knowledge at work gains me respect and more importantly helps me to gain the background in order to form my own ideas and opinions. Whilst there are many different ways to learn I am still yet to find a better way than old fashioned reading.
Aside from learning specific knowledge, reading also helps you form the understanding of how to write and has been proven to increase your intelligence (even if you just read fiction). The people that tend to write successful books are at the top of their game. I mean why pay for a course by a local teacher when you can read, in more detail, a book from the worlds leading authority?
Luckily (or not so luckily), I have a 2 hour commute each day to and from work and use this time to read. I've literally read hundreds of books from my sector since I started university 20 years ago. I wanted to share a list of which books I consider to be the best books I have read. I will put my top books in each category and update this list continually each time I discover another great book.
Design / Creative
- Information is beautiful
- How to be a graphic designer, without loosing your soul
- Thinking with type
- 100 ideas that changed graphic design
- Grid systems in graphic design
- The design of everyday things