I support literacy. I believe books can change our lives. By sharing a corner of my own personal library with you here, I invite you to pick up a new book and read.
Reading is essential to our personal growth and creativity.
Through books and stories we empower ourselves with knowledge, and we learn from the experiences of others. Reading opens doors to opportunity, both emotionally and financially. And most of all, reading is a great source of inspiration! We exercise our imaginations through the power of words.
With each and every story we are transformed.
I have always loved to read. I love books, libraries, and bookstores! For as long as I can remember books and reading have been a part of my life. Oscar Wilde is attributed to saying, “You are what you read.”
I want to share my love for books and writing with you. I cannot include all the wonderful books I have devoured over my lifetime, but I have curated a small list to help you with your creative journey. Enjoy!
Join me in being a literacy advocate. Start by reading to someone who cannot read, or share books with someone who may need your support. You can also support the literary community by visiting your local libraries and bookstores.
Book Recommendation of the Month
This book is a perfect fit for anyone participating in the design process of a project. Lupton provides us with real world examples and playful imagery that make this content accessible and applicable to both designers and non-designers.
The book breaks storytelling into three “Acts”: Action, Emotion, and Sensation. Each section introduces practical tools that can be used to improve your capacity to develop powerful narratives, and assist you in the collaborative design process. She presents tools such as scenario planning, design fiction, and multisensory design in a way that everyone can relate to and understand. Finally, she completes the book with a series of short writing exercises and tips to help guide your writing practice.
I am often asked to speak to non-designers about design. Design Is Storytelling is a perfect read for team members on both sides of creative, who may be struggling to communicate during project development. This book brings people together, no matter what your label, and levels the playing field for people to connect during the design process.
Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. Lupton has authored numerous books on design. She is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. She serves as a senior curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. (Bio as written on Lupton’s website)
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