Recommended Reading

The Fine Art of Presentation Design

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte

Nancy rocks and this book will help you rock too. Chock full of valuable tools and insights, she teaches the basics of presentation design in a way that is visually dynamic, elegant and smart. Anyone faced with the challenge of creating a presentation, whether for clients, colleagues or another audience, will benefit from her useful insights and examples.

Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte

This is the second book from presentation design guru Nancy Duarte. It has been a great inspiration for creating successful presentations, lectures and talks – helping to go beyond the design of great presentations and develop compelling content that motivates an audience to align with the message.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds

Yet another indispensable book on presentation design offering even more resources and tips for your next presentation.

Working Your Design Business

Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets For Designers by Shel Perkins

An invaluable resource for designers and small creative businesses. I made the mistake of lending this book out once and it never came back – so I bought it again and it stays in my resource library. Now you can have your own copy too!

The Freelance Design Handbook by Cathy Fishel

Having contributed both texts and graphics to this book, I am proud to present it here as useful tool with insightful case studies, great design and valuable tips for surviving as a freelance designer.


Leadership and Business

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World by Margaret J. Wheatley

This is one of those books that, once you read it, you see the workings of life, business and the subtle workings of new science in a whole new light. Elegant, inspiring and paradigm shifting, this is a book that everyone needs to read.


The Sweet Smell of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

A great collection of stories and insights as to why some people not just succeed but excel far beyond what is believed possible. Inspiring, eloquent and well researched, Gladwell is adept at tying together disparate ideas and threads to paint a compelling story that both educates and entertains.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s breakthrough book about the power of small things to make a big difference.

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science by Richard Layard

A great book that blends social science with economics to show how happiness affects our lives. My students love the chapter about Bhutan.


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