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3 good books to read & love

Short and good reads to keep you informed, sane and creative 🚀

As time passes, we have this feeling of “ know it all” we do not read that much, ‘cuz we work a lot and the experience teaches us a lot already. Not to mention that in tech everything changes so fast (technologies, algorithms, features. behaviour, trends etc), that by the time a book makes it from idea to the library shelf most content is yesterday’s news.

Right! So why should we still read marketing/biz books?💡

Books make you stronger. Books inspire, teach and puzzle you. And, sometimes, they even fuck everything you thought you know — and this completely ok.
So, pour yourself a glass of red dry wine (as dry as your heart. or my heart), get on your favourite reading spot, turn on the light and go through these books.

📚 3 books, a couple of reasons to read’em & 1 key quote

💥 Feck Perfuction by James Victore

This is the most straightforward book that I read in a while. I am pretty sure that James is a heartless pragmatic guy when it comes to design & creativity. Or to his clients. Hence, he wrote everything as badass pieces of advice based on his experience (and he has plenty of it) in a very simple and direct way.
And this, my friends, is a sign of confidence, boldness, wittiness and personality. I loved every part of his book, even though I apply most of the things already, but his storytelling skills and the design in the book are fucking good.

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The pictures are taken from the book (with my phone). All design credits: James Victore

If you’re a designer, marketer or anything in between, you will definitely love the visuals and all the info. It has short chapters and thoughts about creativity, weirdness, having a damn opinion, having a plan, failure and a lot more things on how to say no, how to learn, how to ask for help or how to start. — And the beginnings are hard as fuck, by the way.

Key Quote

Don’t contort yourself to fit into a box or a square or a cubicle. The world has enough safe, bland, dull crap.

👕T-shirts & 👔Suits by David Parrish

This book is intended to be both inspiring and practical, to offer some great ideas for building creative businesses, yet at the same time warn that it’s not easy.
It is for start-ups and established enterprises, large and small.

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The pictures are taken from the book (with my phone0. All design credits to David Parrish (I guess)

It aims to be readable as a whole and also useful to refer back to in terms of business, marketing, competition, financial tips, keeping a company up and running, leadership and management and much more :)

I super liked it. So, check it, take from it what suits you & leave the rest of it for other people or for another day.

Key Quote

To stay ahead of the game we need to anticipate changes, not just react to them.

🎨 Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon

This a 30m read in which Kleon is actually talking to a previous version of him. Even though the title sounds like the book is meant for artists, it is for everyone. To quote the author: These ideas apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their life and their work. (That should describe all of us). In other words: This book is for you.
Whoever you are, whatever you make

It has 10 bits of advice to start, to write, to draw, to use your hands, to stroll, to eat, to not forget about your hobbies, to share your work, to be nice, to get bored. And a lot of visuals.

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screenshots from the book

Key Quote

A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies. Our failure to copy our heroes is where we discover where our own thing lives. That is how we evolve.

All of them are readable in a few hours or in a relaxing evening/weekend:)

As you may know by now if you followed my content, you may take a good guess that most of my reads are about poetry, art, kind of business and design-ish. I tried to take out a mix of everything and identify the books the have a bit of everything I am interested in. This helps me relax and to see multiple perspectives on the same topics.
I hope you will find them useful & take the best out of them.

If you have any other suggestion regarding books or you have feedback on the above-mentioned ones, please post everything in the comments 👇

Working with tech products that always have a cause and solve a problem | Data-Driven Marketer • Strategist • Product & Startup Enthusiast • Occasional Speaker