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January reads

A little bit late, but oh well. I have read quite a lot of interesting books, so I thought I’d share. Do we have any book worms present? It’s time for a monthly book club.

1. Non obvious. How to think different, curate ideas & predict the future by Rohit Bhargava

The title took my interest, and although the topic was great and worthy of few evenings, the narrative got me annoyed after few chapters. Instead of presenting the insights, it felt like an author massaged his ego of what did he achieved. The tone is very patronising and very self-congratulatory. In other words: way too much “I”. And for that reason, finishing this book become mundane task.

2. Hug your haters by Jay Baer

Great book, mainly focused on business and how they can deal with complaints and unhappy customers, but I think the knowledge can easily be transfered onto personal brand or even personal relations. A must read for any entrepreneurs or business owners .

3. They ask you answer by Marcus Sheridan

Another great position in the marketing field. The author explains how content can help you bring traffic (and revenue) to your site. Again, it is mainly focused on businesses, but I think anyone creating some form of content will benefit from reading this book.

4. How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do by Graham Allcott

Nice and easy read that will help you be more productive and deal with mental overload.

5. The Mental Toughness Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Facing Life’s Challenges, Managing Negative Emotions, and Overcoming Adversity with Courage and Poise by Damon Zahariades

Apart from the longest title ever, I would recommend this book to anyone ( especially now, with never-ending lockdown and the toll it takes on everyones mental health). I aims to help you deal with the challenges the world brings you and not creep under the pressures of negativity of hard times.
I always say that situations and struggles we overcome makes us stronger and better equipped for future challenges, and this book follows the similar direction.

6. Reaching down the rabbit hole by Allan Ropper and Brian Burrell

I’m gonna be honest here- I’ve downloaded this book on my kindle, purely because I loved the design of the cover ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ™ˆ
Although the title got me thinking it will be a totally different kind of reads, the stories are really interesting and intense, making you attached to the patients the authors writes about. Unfortunately after the story of a young woman diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, it got a bit too intense for me and I still haven’t finished this book.
For anyone interested in medial stories- it’s a good one for you.

Have you read anything interesting lately? Share with me in the comments! ๐Ÿ‘‡

*Featured image by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

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October reads

I haven’t done the monthly reads for a really long time, but as I’ve recently purchased a kindle ebook reader, and along with new uni year, I have made through quite a lot of good books this past month. I guess they might be worth sharing.

1. Invisible Influence: the hidden forces that shape behaviour by Jonah Berger

This one was on one my unit’s reading list, and Im positively surprised on how good it is! Really good insights on people’s behaviour.

Unfortunately had to give it back to the library quickly, as other student has requested it (which is why I invested in the kindle reader ๐Ÿ™Š )
Definitely will borrow it again in the future though!

2. Inclusive design patterns by Heydon Pickering

If you want to design for EVERYONE in mind, this is the book to read. Nicely written with good examples. Some parts may be a little tiny bit dated, but still very good resource.

I have this one in PDF, so it will stay with me for longer ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

3. Progressive web apps by Jason Grigsby

The first encounter with this book I had after Work in the Web workshop, when Sam. has gave me the link to it ( thank u Sam!) It was really good to go back to it again (again, it’s on one of the unit’s reading list)
Progressive web apps are the future, so it will only do you good to know something about them.
The book itself is really easy to read. I think I went through it in 2 evenings.

4. Influence, impact, succeed- a practical guide to NLP for work by Dianne Lowther

Got this from amazon books (perks of being a student and having 6 months free prime account). I have learnt a lot about peoples behaviour and how others may impact your decisions. Knowledge like this can not only help you succeed in your goals, but also make you aware of how others may be using said influence on you – for their plans.

Have you read anything lately? Let me know!

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December reads

Another month of some great reads! Due to the Christmas break, I haven’t managed to read as much as in November, but it’s about quality not quantity, right? Ok, let’s get started!

  1. Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden & Jill Butler
    Amazing piece of literature, easy to read, with 125 different aspects to help you enhance your work. More than that, the contents have alphabetical order but also they grouped them by categories so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
    Totally recommend this position!
  2. Prioritizing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen & How Loranger
    A good chunk of knowledge on improving usability of websites. Learned a lot from this book and I am sure I will go back to it again in the future.
  3. Design matters. How great design will make people love your company by Robert Brunner & Stewart Emery
    I took this one home with me because the cover caught my eye in the library. I was excited to read it, but finally I’m a little disappointed. I thought it would be more about designing digital stuff, but it turns out it’s more about companies and physical products. Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t a bad book. Just not the one I wanted to read

    ….and last but not least, and finally in my native language

  4. O co ci chodzi? by Dawid Baล‚utowski
    As most of you probably do not speak or read Polish, this position is all about interpersonal communication. As an introvert, I found it very helpful and I’m glad my mom gave it to me some time ago.What have you read lately? Tell me about it!
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November reads

This post will be all about the books I’ve read in November. The university’s library is one of my favourite places on campus, and I wish I could stretch the day just a teeny time bit more to fit some time to read even more books ๐Ÿ˜€

Having two assignments due soon, all of my reads are about UX, research and prototyping, but I’m not a huge fiction fan anyway ๐Ÿ˜›

  1. UX Research by Brad Nunnally & David Farkas

    Book about research from the beginning to the end. To be honest, I hardly could stay awake while reading it. It may be great for some, but I did not find it useful for my needs.

  2. Interdisciplinary Interaction Design- A Visual Guide by James Pannafino

    Great position that explains most, if not all, design terms. The author uses easy to understand language and visual examples. I also love the layout of the pages, with terminology, discipline where the term originates from, short description and visual representation. Overally, great book to read, keep and come back to whenever needed.

  3. The elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett

    Whatever you need to know about user experience and user-centred design, you will probably find it in this book. Totally recommend for any web dev/ designer.

  4. Prototyping for Designers by Kathryn McElroy

    A second book on this list published by O’Reilly and I really like the layout of their books. This publication contains valuable knowledge about research and prototyping your ideas, whether they’re digital or physical. I learned a lot reading it and this knowledge became valuable during my first hackathon (which you can read about here).

  5. User’s Journey by Donna Lichaw

    This book is exactly what you think it is about- user’s journey. Nice, little book to help reader understand how customer’s ( or user’s) think and how to create better products/services.

    and last but not least…

  6. Responsive design: Patterns & Principles by Ethan Marcotte

    Great position to help you understand responsive design and how to properly create modern websites. It focuses on navigation systems, resizing and adapting images and managing ads for more device-independent layouts.

    Did you read any books in the past month? Tell me about it/them in the comments! Any recommendations are also welcome!

    Featured image by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

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5 things I’ve learnt from the ‘show your work’ book

Show your work! by Austin Kleon is the book I mentioned in the last post (which you can read here). It’s a nice, easy to read guide, that you can enjoy reading everywhere, due to it’s handy, small format.
Here are 5 things I’ve learnt from this publication:

       1. Don’t be afraid to be an amateur.

Everyone started as one! And being an amateur has some excellent advantages. You are allowed to make mistakes. You try a lot of things out, because you don’t know what works and what doesn’t just yet, so you don’t keep the same path every single time.

So be an amateur, enjoy that phase and don’t compare yourself to someone a few years ahead in their career. It doesn’t lead to anything (anything positive at least). Instead- compare yourself to you from the day/week/month/year ago. See how much you grew!

        2. It doesn’t exist if you don’t share it.

Especially in a tech-y dev world. If you don’t share it with the world, no-one can discover it (or you!). Share and be seen.

        3. Consistency. *the reason this blog exists*

Do something every day and document every little step in your journey. It will be an awesome memory-keeper and you can look back how much you’ve accomplished when you have a bad day and feel like you don’t make any progress. This will also lower your chances of quitting. Successful people are the ones that sticked around long enough and had the perseverance to not give up.

         4. Get out of your comfort zone.

Go out and meet people. Let them get to know who you are and what you do. Talk about yourself! That’s how you build your network and find same-minded souls to collaborate with.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

        5. Teach!

When you learn something new- teach it! Not only this will be beneficial to you, because you truly understand the subject when you can teach it to others, but also the person you taught is gaining a new skill or knowledge. Win-win!

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