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The team shares their influences

Design and Digital Reads

Sarah Lyth, Designer
Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far
My favourite creative book is Stefan Sagmeister’s Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, which I picked up after going to his talk about the process behind creating the visual for each maxim. I find the concept of taking the time to figure out the truths you live your life by an interesting one. The book itself is playful with its intricate laser cut case and interchangeable covers. Great design inside and out.

Colin Burn-Murdoch, Lead Developer
Programming Ruby
If I had to pick just one book, then at this point it would be Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide by Dave Thomas. It’s the Ruby Bible. The rest of my work-related reading and research is web-based and I spend much of my time on Stack Overflow, a Q&A site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

Jonathan Smith, Digital Director
Design is a Job
I first came across this book after a colleague recommended it. Written by Mike Monteiro, co-founder of Mule Design, it covers the ‘truth’ of being a designer, pointing out the things to be wary of and what to seek out. Hugely entertaining, it’s useful for those who are just starting out, as well as established designers.

Sarah Jane Robertson, Creative Director
How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
A friend gave me a lovely gift when I first set up my design studio. How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy is still serving me eight years on. It’s taught me to listen carefully to clients and has supported many of the business decisions I’ve made.