Biz Stone: Things a Little Bird Told Me

In this illuminating and inspiring book, Biz Stone reveals the success behind Twitter. It boils down to two words: empathy and humanity. As a designer and co-founder, Stone helped shaped the culture at Twitter by placing empathy and humanity before technology and money. It’s a recommended read for designers.

Book Collection: Design

The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier
Neumeier’s concise writing, clear illustrations, and large Helvetica typesetting make a book on branding pleasurable and informing.

Designing Brand Identity by Alina Wheeler
A comprehensive reference on brand building.

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
Most principles on usability remain the same since 2000, but the third edition is updated with new screenshots and a new chapter devoted to mobile.

Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design by Khôi Vinh
The first book that taught me the concept of grid design.

Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone
As a designer and co-founder, Stone helped shaped the culture at Twitter by placing empathy and humanity before technology and money.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

This morning I got upset at my wife for leaving the minivan running for sixteen hours. I meant to remind her, but I vent at her instead. I drove to work feeling terrible. Why did I let such a stupid little thing got to me? I immediately apologized when I arrived at work.

In the past few months, I noticed a change in me. I get irritated easily about every little thing and it is fucking up my head. How have I become this way? Stress? Anxiety? Lack of sleep? I am not making any excuse for myself and my behavior. I need to change. I need to refocus my priorities. Letting go of all the things that are out of my control.

Two weeks ago while on vacation, I came across the book that could help me fight my demon. I picked up Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff out of a bargain bin. The book has 100 advices and each one makes a good blog post, which is perfect for quick reads. The advices that speak to me include: “Ask yourself the Question, ‘Will This Matter a Year From Now?’,” “Surrender to the Fact that Life Isn’t Fair,” “Resist the Urge to Criticize,” “Think of What You Have Instead of What You Want,” “Practice Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts,” and “Be Happy Where You Are.”

Like what I had done this morning, I am applying these advices into my life. I am working out my flaws, emotions, and irritations. I can do it if I can let go off the little things that do nothing good for me except driving me crazy.

Lois Logos: How to Brand with Big Idea Logos

An expansive collection of George Lois’s logos ranging from successful, unusual to rejected works. His short, smart, and humorous comments on each piece make the book engaging. One in particular is his concept for Novak Djokovic’s active sport wear. He writes, “The extroverted Serbian, Novak Djokovic, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, didn’t have the balls to run with this logo.” If you’re into logo design, this book is a must-have by your side.

Trịnh Công Sơn – Có Một Thời Như Thế

Có một thời như thế tập họp những bài báo của Nguyễn Đắc Xuân phần lớn viết về đề tài chóng chiến tranh của nhạc sĩ Trịnh Công Sơn. Vì những bài viết khác nhau (không chỉ riêng tác giả mà còn có những bài sưu tầm từ nhạc sĩ họ Trịnh và những người bạn cùng thời của ông) nên đọc không được một cách suôn sẽ. Vả lại tôi không có hứng thú về đề tài chính trị nên cũng không thỏa mãn lắm. Chắc phải đợi đến một quyển sách về cuộc đời và sự nghiệp âm nhạc của ông sau này.