Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design (Simon King & Kuen Chang)

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Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design

“With the coming flood of connected products, many UX and interaction designers are looking into hardware design, a discipline largely unfamiliar to them. If you’re among those who want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, this practical book helps you explore seven long-standing principles of industrial design.

Two present and former design directors at IDEO, the international design and innovation firm, use real-world examples to describe industrial designs that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. Continue reading…

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Jen Sincero)

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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

You Are a Badass is the self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it.

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, create a life you totally love. Continue reading…

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Atul Gawande)

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

“In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Continue reading…

Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)

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Milk and Honey

“#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

New Books Playground says: Milk and Honey is our next favorite from Rupi Kaur, after we loved The Sun and Her Flowers! Continue reading…

Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space (Tim Peake)

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Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space

“How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet? What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space? And where to next—the Moon, Mars or beyond? Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. Continue reading…

Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes (James Joseph)

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Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes

“Learn the basic principles common to all music, rhythm and dance, enabling you to walk onto any dance floor and perform an admirable dance, with any partner, to any music, with confidence and grace.

This book is for non-dancers, newbies and beginners. Part guerrilla manual and part cotillion handbook, this book is an insider’s guide to social dancing:

  • Learn a foolproof method for hearing the beat of the music
  • Learn to count music (they don’t teach that in dance classes)
  • Learn the correct way to count step patterns (dance figures—the fancy moves)
  • Learn dance rhythm: single, double and triple rhythm, the building blocks of all dances
  • Learn three simple rhythm patterns (the pattern of weight changes) that will get you through any song
  • Learn the basics of leading and following
  • Learn slow dancing, survival dancing, surviving the wedding dance and how to fake a dance
  • 17 easy exercises (most you can do without a partner)
  • Free instructional video clips at ihatetodance​.com

Whether you fear dance, can’t dance or hate to dance; or whether you’re rhythmically challenged or just new to dance; or whether you’ve finished dance classes more confused than when you started, this book has the tools a guy needs to know to make his partner happy.”

New Books Playground says: Every Man’s Survival Guide to Ballroom Dancing: Ace Your Wedding Dance and Keep Cool on a Cruise, at a Formal, and in Dance Classes is a very fine dance book! Continue reading…

Equality: The Impossible Quest (Martin van Creveld)

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Equality: The Impossible Quest

“All over the Western world gaps between rich and poor are widening—or the headlines say. Nobody has done more to spread this view than the French economic historian Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling volume, Capital in the Twentieth Century, not only documents the process but represents one long call for reducing the gaps so as to create a more equal society. But what is equality? Who invented the idea, when, where, and why? How did it develop, grow, mature, and interact with other ideas? Continue reading…

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (Donna Brazile)

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Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House

“From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee—and as chaos threatened to consume the party’s convention—Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Continue reading…

On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015 (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015

“On Web Development bundles 134 articles and the last 11 years of technical writings by Jens Oliver Meiert (meiert​.com). Freshly reordered and commented, the articles cover processes and maintenance, HTML and CSS, standards, as well as development and design in general; they range from coding basics and principles, to carefully scathing criticism, to tips and tricks and trivia.”

New Books Playground says: On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015 is an anthology from one of the people behind New Books Playground. Continue reading…

The Sun and Her Flowers (Rupi Kaur)

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The Sun and Her Flowers

“Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom”

New Books Playground says: The Sun and Her Flowers is a work of art. Continue reading…