Lallygag a second longer. These pages are spellbinding.

Okay, enough book jokes, just read these gems.

Project management


A practical guide to modern project management. It’s being written right now. Read it for free.

The name says it all: practical walkthrough written by a great guy who understands our culture, our history, and our human patterns and how they all fit together to make project bliss.

A quick read about how checklists used in a variety of industries have saved time, lives, and heaps loads of patience. Read it.

Learn how to improve your relationships with existing clients and how to build stronger relationships with new clients.

A great summary of how to approach project estimation by focusing on data and 90th percentile confidence rates.

This book digs deep into the core of digital project management, through the techniques and into our hearts. A must read for anyone managing digital projects.

A great way to beef up the documentation and process side of your PM bag of tricks. Way less wordy than PMBOK or other resources. Not for digital so much as an overview of PM, but still a great resource.

A fantastic book by Brett Harned (and featuring our very own Rachel Gertz). Learn how to better estimate and plan tasks, scout and address issues before they become problems, and communicate with and hold people accountable.

This book isn’t just for your physical spaces. The principles allow you to clear clutter from your brain and focus on tidying up your projects. For good.

The Power of Habit argues that most of our basic actions are not actually the product of well-considered decision making, but of habits that we often do not realize exist. After taking you through laboratories, board rooms, and classrooms to harness this new science, this book will have you planning all the ways you can shake up your team and your processes.

Communication


This book presents techniques, tools, and frameworks for helping members of your design team give and receive critique so you can actually strengthen your designs, products, and services, rather than use “feedback” mechanisms to simply assert authority or push agendas.

Just because you don’t fly with the crowd doesn’t mean you don’t fly. A short book about challenging the flow and defining your own way of doing things. Great for PMs who need a little emotional support.

Most of what we do intersects with the purchase and selling of goods and services. Naomi Klein gives us a crystal clear picture of the consumer market and our role as creators and consumers. A good book to tuck under your belt in your role as a PM.

Change people, situations, and things in an intuitive way. Based on case studies and social psychology. One of the best Heath books we’ve read. Read this, if it’s the last thing you do.

Where are we headed as a technologically curious society? Read this and try to wrap your brain around what your teams will be creating in five to ten years. We dare you. Mind blown.

Critical to understanding why you’re often set up to fail at your organization and what you need to know to change that.

Rise above your competitors, take hold of your client relationships, and take your business to new heights be rethinking how you sell your ideas and your services.

We are a product of the way our caregivers raised us. Stan blows the lid off how we interact with others based on our early attachment styles. Not just a helpful guide for love relationships, but also for uncovering how to relate to other people that are very different from us. Must listen!

Operations


An important no-nonsense book about the business of design.

This was one of the first books we read when starting Louder Than Ten as a design studio. Recommended for anyone starting a design business, big or small.

This book offers a simple system that can help you save for your expenses, taxes, and profit before you spend the rest on growing. Solid advice.

You don’t need to be in a central location to do great work. Ask Jason. He knows.

Thinking of building a start-up? Read this first. It’s a reality check and a motivator all in one. Spring for the package to get the full meal deal.

For clients


A crash course on hiring design services. Read this, then buy a copy for all of your clients.

Design


Read this book and make all your documents look like they were designed by a pro.

Learn how to design with compassion and create experiences that support your users. This book translates more than a dozen sites and services into a set of design principles you can start applying right now.

Editorial design is being thrust into exciting territory. This book explores the growing role of the designer in the next generation news room.

This book presents techniques, tools, and frameworks for helping members of your design team give and receive critique so you can actually strengthen your designs, products, and services, rather than use “feedback” mechanisms to simply assert authority or push agendas.

A classic book about the intersection of writing, editing and design. It’s print-focused but explores so many important design concepts that have been ignored or forgotten on the web.

Not just for advertising. This entertaining book examines the cross-section of design and copy and their roles in creating concepts that turn heads and get results.

Great typography on the web is still difficult to come by. I have a good feeling this book will help change that. Jason walks us through the traditions to hold on to and the ones to ditch in this unpredictable digital world.

It’s the best overview of a website workflow that’s been published so far. Read this.

Learn the basics of typography from the best. A must read for any new designer.

This book will change the way you think about every object in your environment.

One of the best high-level overviews of the function and impact of design on society, culture, politics, and media that we’ve ever read. Must read for any person interested in design.

This book is the one that made typography ‘click’ for me. Every designer should read this.

Technology


Capitalism is morphing into something new and different. As information technology slowly dismantles the past economy of markets, wages, and private ownership, the ways we behave, work, and live are changing. Paul Mason navigates this shift and plots a course to a more socially just and sustainable economy.

A well-researched critical analysis of the major technologies that are shaping, and about-to-shape our world. While most books predicting the future of technology paint it with a narrow rosy picture, Greenfield dives deep into the social consequences and hidden externalities that have begun to take hold and moves us toward their logical conclusions… which may not always be so rosy.

Douglas Rushkoff investigates the systemic issues that set the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else and offers ways to optimize our economy for the human beings it’s supposed to be serving.

Development


A great chance for project managers and team leads to buff up on their technical knowledge so they can ask the right questions and not get in trouble.

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