Disabling Professions by Ivan Illich, Irving Kenneth Zola, Jonathan Caplan, John McKnight and Harley Shaiken.
A collection of essays that challenge the professionalization and specialization of work. Stark contrast to what technology and design can do in terms of empowerment.
Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda
Simple design principles to abide by.
The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
Insight into making things.
It Will Be Exhilarating by Studio Neat
Inspirational book on starting a small product design studio.
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
As we become more connected online, are we losing our personal connections and empathy?
The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle
Google's early days and history.
Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
How to synthesize skills and thinking from other disciplines, to innovate and create something new.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
How to display information, in easy digestible ways.
The Computer for the 21st Century by Mark Weiser
Technology should be invisible and in the background, working for us.
The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A Norman
The foundation for user-centered design.
Inventing on Principle by Bret Victor
How we should be creating technology.
Paint, video, iPad
Leonardo da Vinci and polymaths
Anyone who fights against labeling and titles.
Esteemed attention to detail eye (among other things).