Now You See It by Michael Bierut
A just-as-good follow-up to his bestselling Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design, Now You See It and Other Essays On Design appeals particularly well to designers, but is also a genuinely entertaining read for any creatively-minded person.
Yes, they are essays. And yes, there are 54 of them. They are short, and in most cases, I wished they were longer. Bierut is full of stories from his 30+ year graphic design career — from his life as a junior designer in the 80s (essay 20) to modern rebrand outrage (essay 51).
The topics are indicative of a career full to the brim with creativity, ingenuity, and courage. The piece 'Seven Things Designers Can Learn From Stand-Up Comics' (essay 49) is a great example of the everyday life comparisons Bierut makes throughout.
Read one a day for 54 days and be inspired to live a creative life, not just do creative work.