Books that will inspire you.

Pick up a great read to enrich yourself and your business.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear / Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspirational writer and speaker, Elizabeth Gilbert brings personal insights and memorable quotes to describe creativity in a unique way. She shares interesting stories about moments in your life where serendipitous things happen that spark creativity, even when you don’t know where the next step will lead.

WELLth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume / Jason Wachob

WELLth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume / Jason Wachob

Founder of the Mind Body Green media wellness brand, Wachob thoughtfully lines out what is paramount to creating a fulfilling life ¬– by adding to your ‘wellth account.’ Through a candid discussion of his life events, Jason punctuates how we can achieve this state in: how we eat, move, work, breathe, connect, love, heal and be thankful. Advice from experts in psychology, yoga, meditation and environment are included.

Lunch In Provence  /  Rachael McKenna and Jen-Andre Charial

Lunch In Provence / Rachael McKenna and Jen-Andre Charial

We often dream about stunning places and cultures we long to visit, or return to. Anyone who’s explored Provence knows how magical it is. Lunch In Provence celebrates the moments of a enjoying a lingering meal by capturing the physical beauty of the towns and countryside with beautiful narrative, quotes photography and recipes.

Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits / Debbie Millman

Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits / Debbie Millman

“This book is full of great interviews with some of the best minds in branding today by one of the top design thinkers and supporters of our field,” says one design reviewer.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease / Michael Greger

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease / Michael Greger

An over-night best seller, Dr. Greger expands on his vast research knowledge through his daily blog – to explain how not to die from fifteen key diseases that are closely linked to diet. It also covers the latest science on the health benefits of eleven additional foods, plus exercise.

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family / Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family / Rich Roll and Julie Piatt

What one physician has to say: “When I first discovered I had high cholesterol and discovered the research about the benefits of a plant based diet, I had no idea how to start. I ate veggie burgers for every meal. I wish I had had this book back then. Now this book will become my prescription for patients on how to change your life and your health with beautiful, delicious, and nutritious food.”

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health  / Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health / Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell

“The most important book on health, diet and nutrition ever written. Its impact will only grow over time and it will ultimately improve the health and longevity of tens of millions of people around the world.” —John Mackey, CEO, Whole Foods / “This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written—reading it may save your life.” —Dean Ornish, MD, author, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival

The Art of Communicating / Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Communicating / Thich Nhat Hanh

Celebrated religious leader and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh eloquently explains how to become a better communicator by learning how to be a better listener. He says: “With iPhones, Internet, complexities of modern living, we all have challenges to keep communication meaningful, and the best way to do it is by taking it all back to mindfulness.”

Let's Make Some Great Placemat Art / Marion Deuchars

Let's Make Some Great Placemat Art / Marion Deuchars

This tablet contains a series of different placemats with cool illustrations. The fun activities will keep kids busy while dinner is cooking. Take them anywhere for an engaging way to keep your whole family happy.

Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean: Inky Quest & Coloring Books / Johanna Basford

Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean: Inky Quest & Coloring Books / Johanna Basford

The adult coloring book movement started with the illustrator Johanna Basford. Each page contains whimsical illustrations on lovely paper to add your own special touch to.

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration /  Moorea Seal

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration / Moorea Seal

This beautifully designed journal helps us reflect on what is really important to us, rather than creating a long list of daily to dos.

The Art of Client Service / Robert Solomon

The Art of Client Service / Robert Solomon

With the excess of sales and marketing books out there, this one is a treasure for explaining account management and service from the client’s perspective — in a straightforward and humorous way. The tips and rules cover both successes and failures and gets agencies out of the “it’s not about me” mode.

The Best American Infographics / Gareth Cook

The Best American Infographics / Gareth Cook

This book collects 160 examples of stellar infographics from National Geographic, Fortune and the New York Times, just to name a few. It is organized into three sections, with infographics about “You,” “Us” and “The Material World.” This book has the best infographics that we’ve seen in one place.

The Blue Zones Solution / Dan Buettner

The Blue Zones Solution / Dan Buettner

As a journalist and National Geographic Fellow, Dan Buettner devotes his career to investigating extraordinary places around the globe where people live long and healthy lives. The Blue Zones Solution explores cultures where individuals live to 100 years or more, enjoying good health and a life with meaning. Dan cites: 84% of all U.S. medical costs are explained by physical inactivity, food choices, portion size, tobacco and unmanaged stress. His dedication to changing this statistic is profound.

Brand Against the Machine / John Morgan

Brand Against the Machine / John Morgan

John Morgan believes “you must engage your audience and win their business by giving more and selling less.” He discusses how most marketing is unwanted and unwelcomed, and suggests 7 branding triggers. These include defining your position as the go-to authority in your industry, producing valuable content that attracts your audience and promoting yourself without pestering people. He notes: “If your personality and character are authentic, people will relate to you.”

Brand Sense / Martin Lindstrom

Brand Sense / Martin Lindstrom

As designers we strive to appeal to our audience’s visual sense, while communicating the client’s message and purpose. But, a brand is more than just what consumers see — it’s also what they hear, smell, taste and feel while interacting with a product or business. In Brand Sense, Lindstrom dives into how ALL of our senses affect buying decisions. He uses ten big brands as examples, showing how each one uses sensory stimulation to attract consumers.

destressifying / davidji

destressifying / davidji

Dealing with stress, both known and unknown, impacts everyone — physically and mentally. An internationally-recognized stress management expert, corporate trainer and meditation teacher davidji offers an outstanding resource in destressifying. Filled with practical suggestions, this book is a breath of fresh air and brings hope to our hectic lives.

Dirt Candy: A Cookbook / Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey

Dirt Candy: A Cookbook / Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey

Cookbook or comic book? Why not both? Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey create a delightful way to read about the trials and tribulations of an upstart New York City vegetarian restaurant, in Dirt Candy: A Cookbook. Recipes are nestled between illustrated demonstrations and comic strip stories featuring Dirt Candy’s hysterical characters.

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers  |  Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World’s Most Influential Designers

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers | Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World’s Most Influential Designers

These two books feature the creative ideation of prolific designers and illustrators. Graphic shows a vast range of illustration styles and talents, with websites to all included. Sketchbook is similar, with an intimate look inside sketchbooks to show how designers think visually.

Healthy at 100 / John Robbins

Healthy at 100 / John Robbins

Healthy at 100 discusses the dramatic benefits to a plant-based diet through documented research — including a closer look at the world’s longest-living, healthy peoples. It also covers steps you can take with food, exercise, attitude and appreciation and offers insight backed by scientific knowledge. Endorsed by Dr. Dean Ornish and John Mackey.

How Full Is Your Bucket / Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton

How Full Is Your Bucket / Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton

The authors ask you to take stock of your “bucket.” It’s a great metaphor for our daily interactions which can add to or take away from the bucket’s contents. Many of us just want to surround ourselves with positivity – good situations, experiences and people. By doing that, we invite more fullness and a sense of renewed energy into our lives.

Identity Suite / Victionary

Identity Suite / Victionary

This book caught our attention in a museum bookstore — it’s a rich resource that any designer or business owner would find helpful for branding.Identity Suite features an inspiring collection of identity systems for various companies around the world. It includes hundreds of examples showing the application and extension of brands.

Integrative Wellness Rules / Dr. Jim Nicolai

Integrative Wellness Rules / Dr. Jim Nicolai

To learn more about “integrative wellness,” this book is a glimpse into Miraval’s practice for anyone who wants to jump start their wellness at home. It teaches you how to eat better, choose supplements that are best for you, manage stress more effectively, and get in touch with your spiritual side. It’s full of health tips for individuals who are super-busy.

Mindful Living / Miraval Resort & Spa

Mindful Living / Miraval Resort & Spa

Want to experience ZEN in one neat package? This beautifully-designed, photo-lush book takes a look at mindful living, and offers monthly tips to set yourself on the path to peace, wellness and healthful living.

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind / Al Ries & Jack Trout

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind / Al Ries & Jack Trout

A timeless introduction into the concept of positioning, a buzzword we hear every day. Rich with case studies and examples from leading corporations, it addresses naming, repositioning and how companies strive to stand out in an overcrowded marketplace of products and over stimulation by media.

The Power of Nice / Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval

The Power of Nice / Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval

It’s so easy to get lost in the day-to-day grind that sometimes we forget to indulge in a simple luxury — being nice. This short read does a great job reminding us of the truth behind the old adage “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Taking those few seconds to be kind really pays off by not only helping you to achieve greater business success but also by helping you to be a happier person overall.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease / Caldwell B. Esselystyn

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease / Caldwell B. Esselystyn

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. is a remarkable man who has shown thousands of people that coronary heart disease need not exist — and if it does, it need not progress. The book describes his initial study with advanced coronary artery disease at the Cleveland Clinic — and the amazing results. His wife, Ann, offers advice and recipes for new eating habits to last a lifetime.

Salad Samurai / Terry Hope Romero

Salad Samurai / Terry Hope Romero

Terry Hope Romero believes we should “stop making salads that suck.” She gives plenty of recipes for crunchy crumble toppings, tasty dressings and seasonal ingredients we can combine without fear of weird results. This practical guide covers salad prep for the whole week, as well as “portable” salads.

Start Something That Matters / Blake Mycoskie

Start Something That Matters / Blake Mycoskie

Have you ever had the urge to create something that leaves the world in a better place? Mycoskie had that moment — he’s the founder of TOMS Shoes and the author of this book. He offers nuggets of wisdom and inspiration to those seeking to follow in his footsteps and make their difference in the world. He walks readers through how he created the TOMS enterprise, how it gives back with every shoe purchase and how other well-known brands have come to be successful.

Start Something That Matters website
Start With Why / Simon Sinek

Start With Why / Simon Sinek

Sinek believes companies should not lead with WHAT they make, or HOW they think they are different. What sets companies like Apple apart, is that they start with WHY. Apple says: “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user-friendly.” Check out his TedTalk on this subject.

View Simon’s inspiring Ted Talk to learn more.
Story Branding /  Jim Signorelli

Story Branding / Jim Signorelli

Jim Signorelli believes that story telling and other right-brain skills are becoming more important – as technology takes over many of our left-brain skills. StoryBranding is his process to help us know brands the way stories help us know characters. His workbook explains the 6 “Cs” of the story branding process, chapter reviews and helpful exercises.

The Strategic Designer / David Holston

The Strategic Designer / David Holston

This book is an essential read for both client and designer. It articulates what the designer brings to the table in a clear way, and exactly what the client can expect from this business partner: through process, managing complexity, creating differentiation and outcome measurement.

The Tipping Point / Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point / Malcolm Gladwell

Do you ever think about the impact one small action can have, something we think of as insignificant can transform itself into a life-changing event or movement? This book examines that exact moment and helps define both why and how it actually happens. Learning how to identify the ‘Tipping Point’ can spell success for a product, service or brand, regardless of industry.

Type Player: Type as Experiment, Type as Images

Type Player: Type as Experiment, Type as Images

While we use typefaces in our work every day, designers are like “kids in a candy store” when it comes to handmade type. It explores typography in hundreds of creative ways. The 3-dimensional type environments are some of the best examples, a great inspirational resource to add to your design library!

Well Being – The Five Essential Elements / Tom Rath & Jim Harter

Well Being – The Five Essential Elements / Tom Rath & Jim Harter

Informative work about aspects of well-being — based on a comprehensive Gallup study of 150 countries and 98% of the world’s population. It describes aspects of our lives we can improve in the areas of career, social, financial physical and community well-being with great tools and resourcesl.

What Einstein Told His Cook / Robert Wolke

What Einstein Told His Cook / Robert Wolke

Why are there holes in crackers? Should you, or shouldn’t you, wash a mushroom? Why do you add salt to a recipe telling you to use unsalted butter? Sprinkled with recipes and organized by subject, Robert Wolke answers some of the most basic and intriguing food science mysteries of the kitchen.

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition / T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Howard Jacobson, PhD

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition / T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Howard Jacobson, PhD

T. Colin Campbell is a clear voice to help us understand the science behind nutrition.WHOLE looks at the many sources people get their information from and argues that most scientific ‘findings’ we hear about on the news are limited in their scope. The The China Study author argues that a lifestyle change is the only way to affect a complete, lasting and permanent change in one’s health and overall nutrition.