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Debbie Millman: Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits

01 Feb 2012 · No Comments

Brand Thinking offers 22 short interviews with an astounding array of heavy hitters in branding, identity design, and related disciplines. It’s a fascinating and invigorating read. Millman coaxes the likes of Tom Peters and Karim Rashid into moments of almost shocking candor; Dori Tunstall and Alex Bogusky unflinchingly address issues of social and environmental [...]

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Sean Adams: Masters of Design – Logos and Identity

12 Dec 2011 · No Comments

In this lavish, generously illustrated book, Sean Adams offers several prominent branding and identity consultants an opportunity to discuss their work and their approach to identity design. A few consistent themes emerge, most about managing client relationships, with “listen to your client,” and “make sure you’ve identified and are reaching the real decision makers,” perhaps [...]

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Derek Sivers : Anything You Want

27 Jul 2011 · No Comments

A couple of Derek Sivers stories:
My first CD Baby order was #17697, for 8 discs, in 2000. When I got the now-famous colorful shipment notice I thought I’d actually been the first brand new customer to order as many as 8 albums. I thought the email had been crafted for me, in particular. I [...]

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Tags: a-title · autobiography · business · s-author

Greg Conti : Googling Security – How Much Does Google Know About You?

30 May 2011 · No Comments

I can’t remember where I saw Googling Security reviewed*, but the review made a strong impression. It exposed at least a couple of the provocative tidbits in the book, like that even if you personally refuse to use Google’s Gmail service on privacy grounds, as soon as a friend sends you a message with Gmail, [...]

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Tags: business · c-author · g-title · science

Steven Levy: In the Plex

21 May 2011 · No Comments

Not long ago I was struck by just how unprecedentedly dependent I am on Google technologies: they power my phone and my e-book reader; they support the bulk of my browsing and email. My wife and I used Google docs and maps extensively in buying our home and planning our wedding. I use Google’s calendar [...]

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Daniel H. Pink : Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

29 Mar 2011 · No Comments

Pink is an engaging writer, and I certainly was entertained by and learned useful things from Drive. It examines the difference between extrinsic motivation (e.g., “I want to earn a million by the the time I’m 35″) and intrinsic motivation (e.g., “I want to be the best criminal lawyer in the state.”), and argues, with [...]

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Tags: business · d-title · p-author · psychology · sociology

Joyce Linehan & Joe Pernice: Pernice to Me

20 Jul 2010 · No Comments

I’m probably over-thinking my reaction to this book.
Joe Pernice, if you don’t know the name, has one of the most honeyed voices in all of indie rock and a heaping helping of songwriting skill, displayed for the past several years/records in his band Pernice Brothers. Joyce Linehan is Pernice’s partner in Ashmont Records. This book [...]

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Tags: autobiography · business · l-author · p-author · p-title · rock

Jennifer Trynin: Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be

25 Aug 2007 · 3 Comments

If I were dictator of the world, everybody who wanted to form a band to play in front of people would be legally required to watch Standing in the Shadows of Motown first, and everyone who wanted to sign a record deal would be required to read Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be. In my [...]

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Tags: autobiography · business · e-title · rock · t-author

Malcolm Gladwell: Blink

23 Jan 2006 · 9 Comments

[editorial note: this review/essay/whatever was originally published as three separate entities over the course of a month.]
surprise benefits of pseudo-vegetarianism
I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink in fits and starts over the past two months — it’s on the library’s short-term loan list, so I request it, read as much as I can before it’s due, [...]

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Tags: b-title · business · g-author · psychology

Steve Squyres: Roving Mars

21 Jan 2006 · 2 Comments

You could be excused for thinking that Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet is a science book. It’s got a Martian landscape on the front cover, and the author was the “Principal Investigator” of the projects it chronicles. If you’re not careful, you might even learn a little bit about [...]

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