26 July 2007

What are you reading?

A comment by chap got me curious: What are you reading? I am especially interested in magazines and books.

Please share your favorite magazines, most recent books you have read/enjoyed, and if you don't mind, your job title -- I imagine that if you're a CTO you might be reading different things than if you are a product manager.

I'll start: I've been reading Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. My favorite magazines are Business 2.0 and the Economist. Job title: CEO.

Also I'd appreciate your vote:

If Time Inc. does shut down Business 2.0, which magazine(s) should we seek to partner with, so we can continue to publish visual explanations of business technology issues?

Keep in touch! Sign up to get updates and occasional emails from me.


Travis A. Sinquefield said...

If B2.0 does go under, I think Fast Company would be a good fit. Of all of the business publications out there, they are the ones to most likely get what you do and showcase it properly. Wired might be another good option also.

dave said...

Thanks Travis.

Ryan said...

Harry Potter :/

I've got "Paper Prototyping", and "The Medici Effect" on the shelf awaiting attention though.

As for mags, at VizThink I was telling Scott that "Inc." should be on your list of pubs to go after. I agree with "Fast Company" too.

Mark Plattner said...

Making Comics and Extraordinary Chickens

You can find a fat list of magazines here: Business Magazines

Also have you considered Trade Journals?

If you hold a library card at St. Louis City, County or the Muncipal Consortium you can (and should) get a card for the St. Charles County Library for the sole purpose of using their electronic resources. They have spent more money than any local library putting this together and I have found their service invaluble. They are the only ones around who give you access to ProQuest which when connected with Ebsco Host will net you pdfs of nearly any English Language Publication, Scholarly Journal and Trade Pubs (I haven't other languages). It's well worth your time to go out there.

Title: Graphic Swiss Army Knife

Gabriel said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Gabriel said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Gabriel said...

I'am reading right now:

Books (english):
- Comedy Writing secrets

-The Godfather

Books (spanish):
-Cuentos completos de José Agustín
-Diablo Guardián

Graphic novels:
-Acme Novelty Library

-Restaurant startup & growth

Mexican Magazines:
-Política Digital
-Letras Libres
-El huevo
-Cine Premiere

Fast Company is Ok.

I'd like to see Xplanations on Wired magazine.

In Mexico I'd like to see infographics in "Expansion" magazine.

I am an IT Account Manager and coffeshop owner.


Chris Stout said...

It's outside of the sphere of business rags, but I highly recommend "Seed." It's a refreshingly modern magazine about science, culture, and society. Nice balance between text-heavy articles on quarks and topic-inspired abstract art. They've been running lovely full page infographics on various topics (photosynthesis, string theory, etc) on perforated card stock. If only the rest of the publishing industry put this much effort into their work...

Adski said...

Portfolio magazine has some great flash infographics

vince said...

Books: Communicating Design (and *ahem* Harry Potter 7)

Recent Books: End of Education, Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language, Experience Economy

Magazines: Scientific American, Economist, Wired, Fast Company, php|a, Time, B2.0

Xplanations would fit:
- Fast Company
- Wired
- Scientific American (sometimes their visualizations are poor)

Alex said...

A lot of books on my plate right now.
Just finished The World is Flat by Tom Friedman. Excellent

Currently reading:
First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham

The Elegant Solution: Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation

The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization

Cuentos Chinos by andres oppenheimer. excellent read

Magazines: Business 2.0

Job Title: Manager Tech Company

Μενελαος said...

Hallo Dave. My name is Menelaos. First time in here! As a matter of fact, i am an MBA student and i browse books! I live in Greece and i decided to launch a business! Have a nice day!

Steve said...

I'm reading "Now, Discover Your Strengths" by Marcus Buckingham; my favorite magazines are Wired and Business 2.0; my title--Research & Development Manager.

I think xplane and Wired would be a great partnership. I also agree with the comments about Fast Company, although I've abandoned them over the years since I think they've lost sight of their mission after the dot-com bubble burst.

One Eyed Dog Productions said...

It's not so much a book to 'read', but I keep it close by and read/re-read a few pages at a time:

Logo, Font, and Lettering Bible

title: Creative Type. Do creative work for STL based medical recruitng firm and occational freelance.

Anonymous said...

trying very hard to finish the last few chapters os Everything is Miscellaneous...

James said...

Hi Dave! James here (as in James and Francis). Love hearing what other people are reading. On my shelf are:

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I have read excerpts of this but so many people have told me about it that the book itself became a tipping point.

Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono. It's sort of a Myers-briggs or the whole brain sort of study of how to get the best thinking out of yourself and others. It's vaguely annoying, but I promised a colleague I would read the damned thing so now i'm stuck.

The Power of a Positive No by William Ury. The title and some of the themes of this 2007 text remind me the Pulitzer-Prize winning "Selling to the VP of NO" Ok it didn't win the prize. But it should have. This book has some great ideas in it. I'm enjoying it.

My favorite magazines are Economist, The Sunday NY Times, and Oprah.

I am a business analyst and project manager in a top tier public research university.

Alex Osterwalder said...

Hi Dave,

I'm currently reading:
* Five Minds for the Future (Howard Gardner
* Swiss Banking: An Analytical History
* The Gruffalo's Child (for my 4y old son)

As to where I would love to see XPLANE's work: The Economist... ok, ok, that might be a hard sell ;-)

Samir said...

If Business 2.0 goes under the two potential maganizes that came to mind are Fast Company and Inc. The Economist may be an excellent idea, if you can make that happen.

I am curretly reading Seeing What's Next by Clayton Christensen, Scott Anthony and Erik Roth.

My Job title: Sr. Project Manager

Daniel Rose said...

I'm reading Getting to Maybe by Frances Westley and Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.

I'm a facilitator and consultant. It's a bit of a stretch but maybe you could consider Dwell Magazine.

Μενελαος said...

Taking into consideration the above contributions, i suggest that press stores, can be thoroughly explored and identified.

Peter said...

Greetings ...

I'm reading the Weinberger book too. (Bowker & Star's "Sorting Things Out" covers the same territory from a different perspective but is a turgid read, to put it mildly.) My current reading also includes the following.


Jeffrey Pfeffer's "What Were They Thinking: Unconventional Wisdom About Management"
[about:folk wisdom about management in the mold of Richard Farson's 'Management of the Absurd'; also highly recommend Pfeffer & Sutton's 'Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-based Management' from last year and Pfeffer's classic 'The Human Equation']

Scott Berkun's "The Myths of Innovation"
[about:how bureacracy and workplace convention undermine creativity and innovation]


William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler, "Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design"
[about:the subtitle says it all; excellent breakdown of design into its essential elements]

The three-book "Realms of Impossibility" series, edited by C.J. Lim, which includes the books "Air", "Ground" and "Water"
[about: graphic designers, illustrators, architechs, and inventors visually imagine what the future would be like as humans further colonize the land, air and sea; the most innovative use of two-colour printing that I've ever come across]

Mary Horlock, "Julian Opie"
[about: an expose of the artist who has done so much to turn iconography into high-art; I love Opie's trademark face illustrations]


Zoltan Boszormenyi's "Far From Nothing"
[about: Romanian-Canadian writer, kinda in the same vein as Milan Kundara; explores lots of fundamental questions about perception and the banality of modern existance]


Jerome Groopman, "How Doctors Think"
[about: a look at how professionals diagnose problems and sometimes make avoidable mistakes; great lessons for anyone interested in analysis and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty]


On the issue of the magazine, I recommend taking a look at Monocle. It's about global business, culture and design. They seem to be doing some interesting things with graphs and illustrations, but only seem to be experimenting at this point.

Cheers, Peter.

Peter said...

Oh, I forgot my job title ...

It is: Researcher, Methodologist, and Information Designer

In the fields of: management, leadership and governance

Cheers, Peter.

Newman Huh said...

• Inside Lightwave v9 -- does this count?

• Smithsonian, Newsweek, Fine Woodworking

• Rookie designer

Anonymous said...

- Communication Arts
- Print
- How
- Dwell
- Fast Company

- Then We Came to The End
- Various Graphic Design books
- Made to Stick
- Punk Marketing

Job Title
- Communications Specialist
- Rookie Graphic Designer

My Vote
- Fast Company

Pablo Holmberg said...

Hi David!

Book i am reading: The intelectual devotional and Percy Gloom (Fantagraphics)

Magazines: Not good mags in Argentina. But i still read The Comics Journal when i can get it.

Job: Internal Comunications specialist.

Rishi Rawat said...

I heard Chris Anderson talk at Ad:Tech and so I picked up "the long tail" which is a fantastic read.

Patrick Dodson said...

Books I'm currently reading:
The Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior, by Henry Tosi and Neal Mero
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
Inside Delta Force, by Eric Haney

Also agree with the FastCompany vote, but I'd also be interested in seeing XPLANE pursue Business Week. They are focusing on innovation, and would be a broad business audience to showcase VizThink to.

Title: Senior Communications, Marketing and Operations Manager