Deliveroo Design Reading List #2 –July 2017

We love books – novels, biographies, non-fiction, encyclopedias, poetry, cookbooks. All sorts. And sharing more of the team’s recommendations is long overdue.

So if you’re after a book that will make you think, look no further than instalment number two of our reading list. And while you’re here, why not leave a short (or especially discursive) comment and tell us which books inspire you?

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

This book is all about grammar and shows how much damage you can do with a misplaced full stop.
– Aimee Quantrill, UX Content Writer

The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik

Based off a quote by nose-to-tail godfather Fergus Henderson, which goes something like: “I can’t fathom how when a young couple moves into their first house together, the first thing they buy is a television. Don’t they know the table comes first?” It’s really about popular culture’s relationship with food, how it’s become a bigger part of our lives, and can define us and lend us status. It’s full of lovely rich stories, like where the buffalo wing came from versus what was happening in the French Haute cuisine scene at the same time.
Tim Davey, Product Designer

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

These comics follow Calvin, a wise-beyond-his-years six-year-old, and his pet tiger, Hobbes, who may or may not be real depending on who’s looking at him. These never fail to cheer me up and remind me that imagination is a great and powerful thing.
– Francesca Menegaldo, User Researcher

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

The epic account of the making of the atomic bomb. The book covers everything from the early scientific discoveries of the 19th century to the politics, personalities and frightening fundamentals of human nature that led to the bomb’s development, detonation and horrific aftermath.
– Stephen Macvean, Product Designer

Quiet by Susan Cain

This book dives into what it means and how it feels to be an introvert in today’s society. It offers a whole new perspective on the introvert/extrovert divide and teaches about how many aspects of the world we live in are designed for the extrovert. This book reveals the power of the quieter person – a really interesting read regardless of which side of the fence you sit on.
Sophie Woods, User Researcher

What do you think about our picks? Let us know and add your own in the Responses section. Thanks for reading📚

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