Loomans says that, much like Rework, Kleon’s book is about process: “The book is centred around the lessons that the author learned during his career as a designer. There are many lessons here that are so stupidly obvious, but when they’re written down they bring a lot of empowerment to the reader.” The book began life as a list, and then a slide presentation, before becoming a lively, engaging and entertaining book for improving your creative life.
37signals is not a typical company, its success shows there can be a better way to work, without meetings, spending your entire life savings, or working insane hours. Rework provides a glimpse inside the minds of the company’s co-founders: “The book’s a staple when anyone asks me about designing, developing or wanting to create just about anything software-related. The power of Rework lies in how clear-cut all the statements are. Gives a lot of empowerment and it’s a breeze to get through.”
Different take on HTML5: “It highlights the myths currently in circulation about the spec and also gives some information about the procedures behind creating it.” Green says the book details how people are using new tags but also shows they may have interpreted the spec incorrectly and headed in the wrong direction. It also explores a groundbreaking semantics initiative, what happens when Flash dies, and how HTML5 alters fundamental components of the web
Steve Jobs was a private man, and so while many authors have delved inside his thought process, they’ve done so via assumption, guesswork and through third-parties. Isaacson’s book is different, drawn from three years of exclusive interviews with the Apple founder. Clarke recommends it because “as web professionals, we need to remember to keep doing the work we love and never settle”.
Making you think, its chapter headings include ‘form and magic’, ‘stories and voices’ and ‘delight and accommodation’. The aim is to “produce a field guide for the emerging skillset” and enable everyone to “dream big, apply the lessons to our processes, then go get our hands dirty to shape this world”. It’s one of the few books Eden reads again and again: "It speaks in a relatable and passionate way about our process as designers - inspirational stories that get creative juices flowing."
The Nature of Code is centred around Processing and looks at programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems. Creative coder Seb Lee-Delisle is a big fan: “It’s a fantastic self-published Kickstarter project that provides a comprehensive look at creative coding techniques.” The book’s also available using a ‘name your price’ model, and if you’re unsure, the entire thing’s online, for free
Compact, fascinating examination of how the internet parallels the telegraph system very closely, and how the world was even more technologically disrupted and future-shocked by the telegraph than we could ever aspire to be”. Standage himself is proud of the book’s longevity, noting on his website that he got to “make fun of the internet, by showing that even such a quintessentially modern technology actually has roots going back a long way – in this case, to a bunch of electrified monks in…