I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty inspiring people. These are a few of the books, videos, people and papers that have influenced me and my approach to design.

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First Things First Manifesto 1964

Ken Garland and 20 other designers wrote this in the 1960s as a call to action for designers to return to more human-centered design, and less advertising and marketing. Years before IDEO compiled their Human Centered Design Toolkit, this short document is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.

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First Things First Manifesto 2000

In the 1999 issue of Emigre 33 designers renewed their commitment to the original First Things First Manifesto and made a delightful little jab at butt toners, as well as other frivolous products.


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“The Living Principles for Design aim to guide purposeful action, celebrating and popularizing the efforts of those who use design thinking to create positive cultural change.

Drawing from decades of collective wisdom, theory and results, the Living Principles framework weaves environmental, social,  economic, and cultural sustainability into an actionable, integrated approach that can be consistently communicated to designers, business leaders, educators and the public.”

 

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Edward Tufte

“The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.”  -Edward Tufte

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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

This is the story of a man using the skills he has to help establish global health equity and eliminate inequalities in medical care. Not a bad role-model. Thanks to my friends at GlobeMed & Partners in Health for this one.

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The A Book Apart series is everything a technical book series should be. They are short, focused and current. They aren’t meant to be the lasting all-encompassing guide to web-design, but are excellent deep-dives on specific topics. I’d recommend any aspiring creative working in the web-world to start with these, and of course the online counterpart, A List Apart.


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