On My Shelf with Philipp Sackl — Director of UX at Freeletics (Munich)
I see the world through the lens of human centric design. My secret weapon is to use the skills that I learned as a designer to solve problems in leadership, business strategy and innovation.
On my shelf
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein
Reading this book felt like a breath of fresh air. In a time that celebrates relentless adherence to the 10000 hour mythology, it does a great job of reminding us of the value of adaptability and a broad set of skills and interests.
352 pages, Riverhead Books 2019
Articulating Design Decisions
Communicate with Stakeholders, Keep Your Sanity, and Deliver the Best User Experience
by Tom Greever
This is the book that I recommend by default when someone asks me about good design literature. To be effective at design (or anything, really), how well you can communicate something is as important as the thing itself. Tom Greever’s book does a great job of showing how human-centered principles can improve your communication. Not just for designers!
240 pages, O’Reilly Media 2020
The Story Factor
Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling
by Annette Simmons
One of the few books that I’ve re-read multiple times over the past few years. Storytelling and thinking in stories is one of those broad skills that I keep finding new applications for — be it in personal communication, design or marketing.
368 pages, Basic Books 2019
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