1. 35 Books Every Designer Should Read | “We asked some of the world’s top design schools to share their favorite books. Here’s what they recommend for your reading list.”
  2. Master the Struggle of Working with Executives on Presentations | “Executives are b-u-s-y. Their calendar is often fractured into a million pieces, so they have only shards of time to think about their next talk. If the Vulcan mind-meld were a real thing, building a talk for them would be easy-peasy, but it’s not. Instead, you’ll have to anticipate their next move and brace to work in fits-and-starts.”
  3. Dave Gray, Liminal Thinker | “It took me a few chapters of Dave Gray’s Liminal Thinking to clue in that it would not be best served to rush through the book. It was the new year and I had set ambitious reading goals for myself.”
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Inspiration | “A film by BLND: From time to time creatives reach that hard wall where they feel that inspiration has abandoned them forever. After some research and puffy eyes in the mirror we think we figured out: how to get inspired! But not really, I guess it depends on a lot of things, mostly your ability to cope with fear…”
  5. The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business | “Subscription-based bookmarking site Pinboard is a one-man operation, founded and maintained by former Yahoo engineer and slightly eccentric Silicon Valley figure Maciej Cegłowski. Last week, it managed to acquire its longtime rival, Delicious, for a paltry $35,000, in what appeared on its surface to be a standard story of dog-eat-dog. But behind every boring story is a smaller, more interesting story…” Related: Reddit’s origin in a conversation about Delicious.
  6. These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books | “The last installment of the original “Choose Your Own Adventure” series came out in 1998, but since 2004, Chooseco, founded by one of the series’ original authors, R.A. Montgomery, has been republishing classic volumes, as well as new riffs on the form of interactive fiction that seemed ubiquitous in the 1980s and ’90s. The new editions also carry an additional feature—maps of the hidden structure of each book.”
  7. NASA’s super accurate map of the 2017 eclipse | “Using data about the Moon’s terrain from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter as well as elevation data on Earth, NASA’s Ernie Wright created a very accurate map of where and when the August 2017 eclipse will occur in the United States.”
  8. Design Thinking Needs To Think Bigger | “Design thinking, as it was conceived 15 years ago, has outlived its usefulness. Enter systems thinking.”
  9. The Apology Critics Who Want to Teach You How to Say You’re Sorry | “Dr. Beth Polin, an assistant professor of management at Eastern Kentucky University and co-author of The Art of the Apology, defines an apology as a statement which includes one or more of six components…”
  10. The Tower Grove Park Interactive Map and Tree Finder | My neighborhood park!