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A Year in Books

Ideal Bookshelf of Liz Danzico, by Jane Mount
Ideal Bookshelf of Liz Danzico, by Jane Mount

Ideal Bookshelf of Liz Danzico, by Jane Mount

What results when 29 interaction design students have the opportunity to contribute to an IxD-focused book list? The result is the following list, comprising of texts that reveal the unexpected, inspired, and diligent state of mind for these MFA candidates in interaction design.

Happy new year!


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Dan Pink

Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired, Till Roenneberg

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, Scott Belsky

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler, Cass Sunstein

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Dan Ariely

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Dan Pink


How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Keri Smith

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, Scott McCloud

The New New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft, Robert Boynton

Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past, Eviatar Zerubavel

Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation, Frederick Franck


Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, Clay Shirky

The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, Lewis Hyde

How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, Robert Skidelsky

What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers


Computers as Theatre, Brenda Laurel

If There Ever Was, Robert Blackson

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal

See also: Books, 2010Books, 2009

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