book https://abduzeedo.com/ en Great Read: The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You https://abduzeedo.com/great-read-making-manager-what-do-when-everyone-looks-you Great Read: The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You <a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Jan 03, 2020 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>I have been working in the design field since 1998, that is 22 years in the field. <span style="font-size:11pt; font-variant:normal; white-space:pre-wrap"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-weight:400"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="text-decoration:none">Throughout</span></span></span></span></span></span> all these years I have had the opportunity to play different roles. From intern, to founder; from simply the lone designer on a team to owning my own design studio and finally working on a massive company like Google. At Google for the past 4 years I have been not only designing but also managing people. Because of that I am always looking for ways to become better and one of my favorite ways to do so is by reading books like <a href="https://amzn.to/2rRJJ8p">The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You</a> by Julie Zhuo the VP of design at Facebook. </p> <h3>Book Description</h3> <p><strong>Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing.</strong></p> <p>That's exactly how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics--from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching--and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports' careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?</p> <p><q class="pullquote">"The job of a manager is to turn one person's talent into performance"</q></p> <p>Now, having managed teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you're reading this book, you're already on your way to becoming a great manager. </p> <p>The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed with everyday examples and transformative insights, including:</p> <ul><li>How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included)</li> <li>When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway</li> <li>How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss</li> <li>Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers</li> </ul><p>Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.</p> <div class="full"><a href="https://amzn.to/2rRJJ8p"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/I3nZNfe-xEkduAxArXEujrraIwnJWB5akBRNng-onIybqS2VMSKoAVEg_RYg3npWWceJcIGqWjTN9qt8TiVq8t8krF_6Kf88igFJR2iAN2RqVwCncTeyc2g1D6UcGJiQAn-42GDe" /></a></div> <p><a class="bt" href="https://amzn.to/2rRJJ8p">Buy Book</a></p> </div> Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:34:56 +0000 abduzeedo 85762 at https://abduzeedo.com Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit https://abduzeedo.com/fins-harley-earl-rise-general-motors-and-glory-days-detroit Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Nov 12, 2019 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p dir="ltr">Here I am talking book recommendations after a long hiatus, not that I haven’t read any but simply none I felt worth sharing my thoughts here on Abduzeedo. A couple of weeks ago a co-worker recommended a book about the car industry in the US, pretty much the beginning of it, the book title is <a href="https://amzn.to/2CyPERB">Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit</a> by William Knoedelseder. At first, I was a bit skeptical but after a few minutes, I got totally hooked and I’ll be happy to tell you why. </p> <p dir="ltr">Fins tell the story of the rise of Harley Earl as one of the most important figures of the car industry from the beginning - around the 20s - all the way to the 60s. He was designated head of design at General Motors and later became vice president. The most amazing thing for me as a designer is that he was the first top executive ever appointed coming from the design side of things of a major corporation in American history. </p> <p dir="ltr">There are amazing tales of Detroit in the golden age in addition to some information/trivia that I was surprised to know. For example, Harley Earl pioneered the use of freeform sketching and hand-sculpted clay models as automotive design techniques. He subsequently introduced the "concept car" as both a tool for the design process and a clever marketing device.</p> <p dir="ltr">This book is simply amazing and got me thinking in ways that were quite eerie in the sense that Detroit in those days reminds me of how San Francisco and the Silicon Valley is today. The most important center of one of the most important industries in constant innovation. We could trace more than a few parallels between that and today, but I will let you take the time to read it and make your own conclusions. </p> <h2 dir="ltr">Harley Earl Car Design Style</h2> <div class="imgsGrid" dir="ltr"><a href="https://amzn.to/2qLmEmO"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/F388cm9MmNk56eL2X3yJqaGHWzBeydDzxDUeb5JS1C00gtrEh84ouDJSkDJG8Zrrc_gWl67J5Q7r7iKQTkXUncyAIER_7pjwzwA9zY-LW4IkY8eAiEGp9w-fmyWWTAA8pf73z99T" /><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/V2VuYpRMvFo-LiqRNuV6MGv1Za7b3sJ_68biTGIwBJFNp1Mf6A9sLcKsvueLJMQpqgZHz-a55VIVMu377GmFbn809Z6hpnl25dM7g-YD9QdQil3z2qNEoy1RWPceh1GMGBss2ntp" /><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/GxH9Uu5e9tg4OWL65iU3zzrYhDJsKVzSSS1tRKwqhHiwEEUYy_XW1aJq8JkgDmkfyOiH5KaqPRa0ne_8vAFRVKyJ7TpsZe5hIxalwhV9cNA9J-Kz7XZKkp_pz90bjoxhhJ6rGMXE" /><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Yz9sit3syQV3MqKi7yMuYoI0Js_up_lN7TDmJK3duQfh11Qzlo7_AHya4fT6NHusFnWS26_igt1R_hwhIrCvMLwEIRV7iMcKUUaYrqU_qR9JlCi61iedpN533hYzxRr0wqEsi5aw" /><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KAqO0aQHBwmLPDFKPCih2IQ1eUOStQubvNZbXZb5V5V5plJHDqsGT1s9dqYrBCO0Vu_nqiiMSxAg0MDfiDCWNq94_1xRwZoIfP2Whf7uvjYWdDgFlZEoY2gJbMIloE1VnzJ8dQvj" /><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/iGO2vi-CvQjYQd17Yl1wedITaLc3Q5RIpkL-JDmMCkYf1Y9gKOgJrWyVVm8Qu1KFQzebg2sv5FfUQIbgDlr2Auuj2lUYqtJA9jvVs0nDw1HA7m8xg41lTDOlwpiIZ4Ume80mZ5Im" /><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ahY4a9IHbxfgHo3eDYoLTh085vlcu1dfT_eQcEhhEP2DtzDcGZd6t21xkXqV3yBgog-1CvbPqlnR1SolPOmXG2GvoytRcYtoFaDlqENxWsU0ZbArEaMRS_zznvzW7LRl_PoCLkJy" /><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/X3EvzyczOkqghQ3ArEaisApOyJse1qjiQ_qjIQjma8whuAve2seLHZahIhlLeGieMR4vKbQbQpPV0VxPTj63SiTf6998aoQnYFr5lx16tXIBMV187RrSfaVrosCCy9Vgt2i9EnSo" /><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/GWfzofuWR3eQdTCp6KthRQay5okSF472l9Eh4stFfDI8KB5V9Cvv9N6iaPYuxg2q2xnJrQfGcic_WalH7RsjwLfzo1SeVExrRKHq2xQt_Wof3SxSpUHYim9aSKq8jpIzA0Jm0SjH" /></a></div> <h3 dir="ltr">Book Description</h3> <p>Harleys Earl’s story qualifies as a bona fide American family saga. It began in the Michigan pine forest in the years after the Civil War, traveled across the Great Plains on the wooden wheels of a covered wagon, and eventually settled in a dirt road village named Hollywood, California, where young Harley took the skills he learned working in his father’s carriage shop and applied them to designing sleek, racy-looking automobile bodies for the fast crowd in the burgeoning silent movie business.</p> <p>As the 1920s roared with the sound of mass manufacturing, Harley returned to Michigan, where, at GM’s invitation, he introduced art into the rigid mechanics of auto-making. Over the next thirty years, he functioned as a kind of combination Steve Jobs and Tom Ford of his time, redefining the form and function of the country’s premier product. His impact was profound. When he retired as GM’s VP of Styling in 1958, Detroit reigned as the manufacturing capital of the world and General Motors ranked as the most successful company in the history of the business.</p> <p>Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the company with the history of Detroit and the Earl family as Fins examines the effect of the automobile on America’s economy, culture, and national psyche.</p> <p><a class="bt" href="https://amzn.to/2qLmEmO">Buy it now</a></p> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:36:21 +0000 abduzeedo 85708 at https://abduzeedo.com Principles: Life and Work Book and Animated Series https://abduzeedo.com/principles-life-and-work-book-and-animated-series Principles: Life and Work Book and Animated Series<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Aug 07, 2019 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>There are many ways to find inspiration, especially if you are a designer. We tend to focus on visual inspiration, but when I say visual I mean more than visual design, it goes from branding to motion design. Those type of inspiration posts are good for references but for me the one of the best sources of inspiration is books. Not design books but finance &amp; investment, biographies and science. I have been reading a lot of finance and investment books, a topic that I always avoid, probably due to my ignorance. After reading five or six books in the past 2 months on the topic I became sort of addicted. The reason I think these books are valuable for designers is because they talk about dealing with failure, learning about process and management and especially how to manage risk. </p> <p>One book I want to recommend to you is <a href="https://amzn.to/2LQLCal">Principles: Life and Work</a> by Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs. He shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.</p> <h3>About the book</h3> <p>In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Forty years later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and has grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to <em>Fortune</em> magazine. Dalio himself has been named to <em>Time</em> magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater's exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as "an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency". It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio - who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighborhood - that he believes are the reason behind his success.</p> <p>In <strong><em>Principles</em></strong>, Dalio shares what he's learned over the course of his remarkable career. He argues that life, management, economics, and investing can all be systemized into rules and understood like machines. The book's hundreds of practical lessons, which are built around his cornerstones of "radical truth" and "radical transparency", include Dalio laying out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams. He also describes the innovative tools the firm uses to bring an idea meritocracy to life, such as creating "baseball cards" for all employees that distill their strengths and weaknesses and employing computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, <em>Principles</em> also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they're seeking to achieve.</p> <p>Here, from a man who has been called both "the Steve Jobs of investing" and "the philosopher king of the financial universe" (<em>CIO</em> magazine), is a rare opportunity to gain proven advice unlike anything you'll find in the conventional business press.</p> <h3>Animated Series</h3> <p>He also just released a series of videos that pretty much summarizes the book, although, I would still recommend the reading because of the details. But you can follow the series at principles.com</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dKz095P7LdU?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="100%"></iframe></p> <h3><a href="https://amzn.to/2J4M82Y">Buy the book</a></h3> </div> Wed, 07 Aug 2019 20:33:36 +0000 abduzeedo 84754 at https://abduzeedo.com Inspiring Books: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius https://abduzeedo.com/inspiring-books-meditations-marcus-aurelius Inspiring Books: The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Oct 31, 2018 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>The past few months have been really difficult for me. My father passed away, suddenly at the end of August. He was my biggest inspiration, role model and mentor. It is hard to explain the void. There's a feeling that the things are incomplete. As I am learning how to cope I found the book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Emperors-Guide-Mastery/dp/1548281301/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1540996198&amp;sr=8-8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=eb0588b994a93090b2127ccdabec6df7&amp;language=en_US">The Meditations: An Emperor's Guide to Mastery</a> by Marcus Aurelius. The book reflects the Stoic philosophy which teaches that you should focus on things that are within your control, that means your opinions and way you see things. The rest is out of your control, therefore you should just accept them.</p> <p>There are so many incredible teachings on this book. The most fascinating thing is that Marcus Aurelius never had the intention to write this book or publish it. Those are notes he wrote to himself. You also have to remember that Marcus had everything, he was the Emperor of Rome, the biggest empire of the western world. As some scholars say, he was one of the true philosophers because he did not just talk about things, he applied them in the real world. </p> <p>For me, this book was very important because it gave a different perspective. They explore topics like anxiety, fear, death in a pragmatic way. For example, everybody gets sick and everybody dies. That is part of nature. So you should not be afraid, it's going to happen, it's out of your control. Those passages really helped me to cope with everything that has happened in my life and focus on being a better person.</p> <h3>Quotes</h3> <blockquote> <p>Your experience of life is determined by how you look at it</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Remember that everything is opinion, and your opinion is in your power</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>To change your experience, change your opinion.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>We we die, we don't lose the past or future - we never owned them</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Enjoy the present moment. Expect nothing, fear nothing.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>To change your experience, change your opinion. Stop telling yourself that you're a victim</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>It's better, to be honest and straightforward than mere witty and clever.</p> </blockquote> <h3> </h3> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Emperors-Guide-Mastery/dp/1548281301/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1540996198&amp;sr=8-8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=eb0588b994a93090b2127ccdabec6df7&amp;language=en_US"><img alt="hard-cover-a4-book-mockup-scene" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="056f99eb-5fa3-4b0e-8cc3-be35e64ac239" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/hard-cover-a4-book-mockup-scene.jpg" /></a></p> <h3><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Emperors-Guide-Mastery/dp/1548281301/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1540996198&amp;sr=8-8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=eb0588b994a93090b2127ccdabec6df7&amp;language=en_US">BUY THIS BOOK</a></h3> <p> </p> <h3>About Marcus Aurelius</h3> <p><strong>Marcus Aurelius</strong> (121-180 CE) was one of the few true philosopher-kings in history.<br /><br /> His father died when Marcus was three. At age fifteen, he was adopted by his aunt's husband, the future Emperor Antoninus Pius, putting him in the line of succession. At forty, he became a reluctant emperor of the Roman Empire. </p> <p>Marcus was conflicted because the demands of being emperor--on top of the temptations of wealth and power--seemed incompatible with his true ambition: to be a humble student of philosophy. </p> <p>Over time, though, he worked out a practical philosophy that kept him grounded amidst the stresses and excesses of palace life. That's why his philosophy is so relevant to us today, in the modern world.  </p> <p>How did he fare as emperor? During his twenty years of service, Marcus earned the love of the people and the loyalty of the Senate. Later historians called him "the last of the five good emperors." </p> <p>In spare moments, Marcus wrote the journal entries collected in <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Emperors-Guide-Mastery/dp/1548281301/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;qid=1540996198&amp;sr=8-8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=eb0588b994a93090b2127ccdabec6df7&amp;language=en_US"><strong><em>The</em></strong> <strong><em>Meditations</em></strong></a>. They were not intended for publication, but to remind Marcus himself of his principles and priorities. As a result, they are intimate, direct, and extremely useful. </p> </div> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:30:34 +0000 abduzeedo 85096 at https://abduzeedo.com The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 https://abduzeedo.com/book-ideas-volume-2 The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 <a title="View user profile." href="/profile/aoirostudio" lang="" about="/profile/aoirostudio" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">AoiroStudio</a>Aug 15, 2018 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>Our good mate <a href="https://www.brandnu.co.uk/">Radim Malinic</a> has been promoting his new book and we thought it would be cool to share the news on ABDZ. Entitled: <a href="http://www.novemberuniverse.co.uk/store/book-of-ideas-vol-2-standard-edition/">The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 </a>, following on from the original series 2016 release and #1 Amazon bestseller in the Graphic Arts - Volume 1. We are really happy for Radim on his journey and expect to learn more about his experience from the last book along with case studies on the process of his illustrative work.</p> <h3>In his words</h3> <blockquote>The book won’t teach you how to design, but it should show you how you can be a better and more thoughtful designer, thinker, and creator.</blockquote> <p>Book of ideas - vol.2 continues what designer and creative director Radim Malinic started in the first edition, offering yet more indispensable advice on making it in the creative industries. Chapters cover issues ranging from creativity for good, how to decode our own creative DNA, embracing limitations, using humour and how to entertain the “right wrongs”. It discusses how to improve design work through more skilful use of language, and in doing so, how to stir the right reactions and present well-rounded creative projects with confidence. Among the ‘ideas’ and the work illustrating them, Book of ideas - vol.2 offers holistic guidance on better understanding yourself as a creative and how to approach your life and work in a mindful, smart way to make you a better designer, creator and thinker, at any point in your career.</p> <h3>More Links</h3> <ul><li><a href="http://www.novemberuniverse.co.uk/store/book-of-ideas-vol-2-standard-edition/">Pre-order from November Universe</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.brandnu.co.uk/">Personal Site</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.instagram.com/brand__nu/">Instagram</a></li> </ul><div class="photoset-grid" data-layout="2"><a href="http://www.novemberuniverse.co.uk/store/book-of-ideas-vol-2-standard-edition/"><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/9780993540011.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/0993540015.BACK.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/104.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/118.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/14.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/168.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/4.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/42.jpg" /><img alt="The Book of Ideas - Volume 2 " src="http://imgs.abduzeedo.com/files/francois/brandnu/bookofideas2/92.jpg" /></a></div> <h3>One more thing</h3> <p>The book was created in partnership with Adobe Stock and author, Radim Malinic, used Adobe Stock and Adobe Creative Cloud to design the cover artwork. The book includes a case study on the process Radim followed. Adobe Stock has curated a collection containing the original assets used to create the cover to help creative enthusiasts follow along.</p> <ul><li><a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/bookofideas">View the collection &amp; get 10 free assets</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.novemberuniverse.co.uk/store/book-of-ideas-vol-2-standard-edition/">Pre-order from November Universe</a></li> </ul></div> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:23:08 +0000 AoiroStudio 84923 at https://abduzeedo.com Book Suggestion: The Snowball https://abduzeedo.com/book-suggestion-snowball Book Suggestion: The Snowball<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Apr 14, 2018 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p dir="ltr">I love reading biographies because I love to know how individuals can break the status quo and go from ordinary to becoming truly extraordinary. A few weeks ago I finished reading one that has become my favorite, at least until I find a new one. However this one has many invaluable lessons for life. I am talking about the book title <em><a href="https://amzn.to/2GY1Wra">The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life written by Alice Schroeder. </a></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Snowball</em> is not a new book, it was published almost 10 years ago in October 2009, so it misses a lot of the new things that have happened in the world, but the lessons of business still work today. For me the biggest one is about simplicity. His principles and rules of investing are quite simple: Find a successful business that can endure the test of time, managed by people that love what they are doing and the most important thing, at a reasonable price.</p> <p dir="ltr">It seems simple right? Of course if you find a great business managed by amazing people it has to be successful, but if the price is not right the whole formula fails. He calls it the margin of safety and that is what made him one of the richest men in the world.</p> <p dir="ltr">The money part is interesting because it made me admire him even more. He still lives a simple life, lives in the same house in Omaha and doesn’t have any ostentatious habits, at least that is what the book portrays. However, I’ve watched several videos and documentaries that attest that.</p> <p dir="ltr">I won’t keep telling more about the book but I highly encourage you to read it. Being a designer I can say that this book was way more inspiring and useful for me than most of the design books I’ve ever read.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://amzn.to/2EMj1yl"><img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81HYgCv2ABL.jpg" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://amzn.to/2EMj1yl">Buy it now on Amazon</a></p> </div> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:03:23 +0000 abduzeedo 84635 at https://abduzeedo.com Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017) https://abduzeedo.com/book-recommendations-gift-guide-2017 Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/aoirostudio" lang="" about="/profile/aoirostudio" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">AoiroStudio</a>Dec 11, 2017 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>We hoped that you have been enjoying our gift guides from the past week, let's keep the holiday spirit alive with another guide. But this time, we will stay away from the tech stuff and focus on books! With the holidays knocking at the door, it will be a great moment to enjoy a nice book next to a fireplace? In all seriousness, it's always good to go back to the basics for a change, we spend a crazy amount of time on our smartphones. Let's leave it on the coffee table for a change. I have to admit that I wish I was reading more books this year, it's on my things to do more for 2018. Hope you will enjoy this list!</p> <h3>More Links</h3> <ul><li>Follow my tweets <a href="https://twitter.com/AoiroStudio">@aoirostudio</a></li> <li>Follow my pictures on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/aoirostudio/">Instagram</a></li> </ul><h2>Book Recommendations</h2> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/L7Z0XU2">Life's a Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Brilliant Ideas by Mavity</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/L7Z0XU2"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61151yEZVML.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/vMVx">Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team by Alina Wheeler</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/vMVx"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51dEqIi8kLL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/mFB7m">Type Matters! by Jim Williams</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/mFB7m"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61T%2B9WczKvL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/HRa7">Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills by David Sherwin</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/HRa7"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Gy8lUVETL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/DJYFHfk">Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities by David Airey</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/DJYFHfk"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71i2feErcaL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/BwujZd">Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don't teach you in design school, but should by Michael Janda</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/BwujZd"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61qsLP1SXbL.jpg" /></a></p> <p>à</p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/Ok4x">In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist's Sketchbook by Jessica Hische</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/Ok4x"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91FMVPjGb3L.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/gFmikq">Book of Ideas: 1: A Journal of Creative Direction and Graphic Design by Radim Malinic</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/gFmikq"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61QAnOWdD%2BL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/dn0NhR7">This Brutal World Hardcover by Peter Chadwick</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/dn0NhR7"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71e1iPKm8WL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/nBMm">Look Inside: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling by Juan Velasco</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/nBMm"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51r3wRJeReL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/sib06">Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/sib06"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71TKN7Xf2QL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/BleOoln">Photoviz: Visualizing Information through Photography by Nicholas Felton</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/BleOoln"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51oFfGa-SCL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/2HxPug">Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/2HxPug"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71n%2BLjRZDoL.jpg" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://geni.us/dfP4">Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything by Draplin</a></h4> <p><a href="http://geni.us/dfP4"><img alt="Book Recommendations: Gift Guide (2017)" src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61%2BweZRVDUL.jpg" /></a></p> </div> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:12:27 +0000 AoiroStudio 84325 at https://abduzeedo.com Design Book: Berlin Design Digest https://abduzeedo.com/design-book-berlin-design-digest Design Book: Berlin Design Digest<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Apr 21, 2017 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p><a href="http://www.slanted.de/shop/berlin-design-digest">Berlin Design Digest</a> is a new design book that showcases work from 75 Berlin agencies. Berlin is a creative hot spot. With its remarkable history, its cosmopolitan attitude, and its many interdisciplinary experiments and trends, Berlin is attracting more and more creative-industry movers and shakers and startup founders from across the globe. </p> <p>To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of UNESCO naming Berlin a ”City of Design,” the editors <a href="http://zerooverhead.de/" target="_blank">Robert Eysoldt</a>, a strategic and creative consultant, and <a href="https://brousseruddigkeit.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Raban Ruddigkeit</a>, a designer and editor, have assembled 100 successful projects, products, and processes by 75 Berlin agencies, design labs, public initiatives, networks, and universities, which currently connect Berlin with the world.</p> <p>This book juxtaposes innovative experiments and trendsetting initiatives with mega-projects that are relevant to business as well. From architecture to humanitarian design and open source projects, via fashion, product, and communication design. In addition, twelve experts in design and communications offer their thoughts on various design disciplines and processes. including impulses from Anita Tillmann (Premium Group, Berlin), Nikolaus Hafermaas (ArtCenter, Los Angeles), Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit (GRAFT, Berlin).</p> <p>The book with 304 pages and more than 300 photos and illustrations will not only inspire readers, but also enable them to exchange, cooperate, and initiate projects with creatives and designers from Berlin that transcend cultures and nations, and that promote an open society and a free world.  </p> <h2>Design book</h2> <div class="imgsGrid"><a href="http://www.slanted.de/shop/berlin-design-digest"><img alt="" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/beitraege/11529/slanted_bddcover1_500px.gif" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-cover_04.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_01.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_02.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="447" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-detail_01.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_05.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_03.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_04.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_06.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_07.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_08.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="447" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-detail_02.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_09.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_10.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="459" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-detail_05.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_12.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_13.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_14.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="459" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-detail_06.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_15.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_17.jpg" title="" width="695" /><img alt="" height="453" src="http://www.slanted.de/sites/default/files/imagecache/col-4/shop/berlin-design-digest-slanted-doppelseiten_20.jpg" title="" width="695" /></a></div> </div> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:25:43 +0000 abduzeedo 83575 at https://abduzeedo.com The Obstacle is the Way - Book Suggestion https://abduzeedo.com/obstacle-way-book-suggestion The Obstacle is the Way - Book Suggestion<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Aug 15, 2016 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>These past few months I've read quite a few books of varying topics, from simple fiction to alchemy. Among these books I've read two from Ryan Holiday, his latest I believe, Ego is the Enemy and the most popular <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Obstacle-Way-Timeless-Turning-Triumph/dp/1591846358/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=0b5d7681c4c42f08b4ceb2926f59e796">The Obstacle is the Way</a>. Both books are quite good but I'll focus this book suggestion post solely on The Obstacle is the Way. I recommend this not only because of the difficult time I have been going through personally but because it has really good insights on how to deal with situations in life.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Obstacle-Way-Timeless-Turning-Triumph/dp/1591846358/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=0b5d7681c4c42f08b4ceb2926f59e796">The Obstacle is the Way</a> is a great portrayal of stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: <q class="pullquote">“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”</q></p> <p>The book is rife with amazing quotes and I feel the greatest takeaway is that obstacles are part of our lives, we don't choose them. Once you think that that's the only way you stop questioning why that happened to you. I'd say that it's not that the obstacle is the way, but life is the way. We need to be adaptable. We need to learn to face adversities not as setbacks but learning opportunities.</p> <p>I know you might say, it is easier said than done. I agree, but I believe we are always ready for what is given to us. The problem is that we neglect that or we try to reason why instead of moving forward, adapting and learning.</p> <p>"Ryan Holiday, the author, shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck." -- amazon.com </p> <p>"If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era." -- amazon.com </p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Obstacle-Way-Timeless-Turning-Triumph/dp/1591846358/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=0b5d7681c4c42f08b4ceb2926f59e796"><img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81SLYRdcbaL.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Heres a video from Ryan about stoicism: Stoic optimism: Ryan Holiday at TEDxUChicago 2014</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e2Zq2VWvmW4" width="853"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Obstacle-Way-Timeless-Turning-Triumph/dp/1591846358/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=ll1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=0b5d7681c4c42f08b4ceb2926f59e796">Buy The Obstacle is the Way on Amazon</a></p> </div> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 03:28:32 +0000 abduzeedo 82825 at https://abduzeedo.com Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days https://abduzeedo.com/sprint-how-solve-big-problems-and-test-new-ideas-just-five-days Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days<a title="View user profile." href="/profile/abduzeedo" lang="" about="/profile/abduzeedo" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">abduzeedo</a>Mar 19, 2016 <div class="clearfix text-formatted blog-content field__item Body Array body"><p>I finally finished reading <em>Sprint</em>, a book published by the Google Venture designers Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz. I knew about design sprints, and have had the chance to participate in a few, including one with Jake himself. The process works great if you have the right number of people that are excited about the endeavor of a week of intense and gratifying work. Their book, titled <u><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sprint-Solve-Problems-Test-Ideas/dp/150112174X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=48c7af00f3666c440f311e02be3be319"><span style="background-color:#FFF89E;"><strong>Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days</strong></span></a> </u>gives all the details and story behind how they came up with and perfected the design sprint. It's a must read for designers willing to improve their skills on problem solving and the design process in general.</p> <blockquote>Read this book and do what it says if you want to build better products faster."<br /> – Ev Williams, founder of Medium, Blogger, and Twitter</blockquote> <h3>About the book</h3> <p>Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution?</p> <p>Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky at Google Ventures, and together they have completed more than a hundred sprints with companies in mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, finance, and more.</p> <p>A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.</p> <blockquote>The key to success, often, is building the right habits. But which habits work best? Sprint offers powerful methods for hatching ideas, solving problems, testing solutions—and finding those small, correct habits that make all the right behaviors fall in place."<br /> – Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit</blockquote> <p class="imgC"><a href="http://amzn.to/1S9Yo0U"><img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oGHtc1oUL.jpg" /></a></p> <p class="bt download"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sprint-Solve-Problems-Test-Ideas/dp/150112174X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=abduzeedo09-20&amp;linkId=48c7af00f3666c440f311e02be3be319">Buy now</a></p> </div> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:01:36 +0000 abduzeedo 82313 at https://abduzeedo.com