Painting by Jane Mount
When I moved to Silicon Valley, I donated all of my books to Designer Fund in San Francisco. It’s freeing to let go of the past. I’ve found that it makes things a lot simpler for yourself — and it forces you to figure out what truly matters. As I wrote in a book on simplicity now over a decade ago:
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
Self-Renewal: I read this book at least twice a month. It helps re-center my thinking about work, life, and the challenging pursuit of change.Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society
I’ll Have What She’s Having: When you discover that all that you do is simply a copy of all that you see around you, it puts life in perspective. We copy to survive.I’ll Have What She’s Having: Mapping Social Behavior
Biology Coloring Workbook: Understanding something is all about knowing how the parts come together as a whole. We fill in the pieces until we see the bigger picture.Biology Coloring Workbook: An Easier and Better Way to Learn Biology
Mismatch: The topic of Inclusion is difficult to understand but vital as a means to live life to its fullest — in service to others around us.Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Spending three years in Silicon Valley exposed me to a kind of optimism that is hard to explain. Elle’s book does it perfectly.The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion