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Matthew Stott

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One of my Favourite Books for Design Inspiration

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One of my favourite books for inspiration is ‘Pretty Much Everything’ from Aaron Draplin. It’s a great book to dip in and out of whenever you are looking for ideas or inspiration. You might not have heard of Draplin but you will have defiantly seen his work. Draplin is behind the branding of Esquire, Ford Motors, and the Obama Administration.

His book ‘Pretty Much Everything’ takes a look back on his career so far with packed pages detailing everything from logos, graphics and cool objects he has found. Visually there is so much to enjoy as the pages are filled with colour and countles examples of his work and proejcts.


the book follow his life story as he tried to figure out how to be a. It provides a pointinent look behind the scenes into how a successful graphic designer works and certaly sets the imagination running.


The whole book is visually pleasing and beautiful to look at. Its great for 5 minture stints where you are kjust looking for an idea to run with.  From the emobssed cover and how well it’s been printed you can tell that this was made with love and attention to detail.

Grant Cardone and ‘The 10X Rule’

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Looking on good reads it really has mixed reviews. “a life changing book, the type of books that has a powerful, heartfelt,and honest message.” COMPARED TO ‘Take massive action by skipping this book and spending your time on a much better book.’

The 10x rule is a concept which says that whenever you think to achieve something, do 10 times more than you previously thought. just do way more.

honestly, this book could be completely summed up by it’s title: If you put 10x more effort into any project, you will be successful.

A bit cliché, nevertheless, you can apply this leverage to so many areas of your life and in most situations

Shoe Dogs – A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

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I saw several people talk about shoes dogs by Phil Knight the founder of Nike.

before reading this I had no idea about Phil Knight. I enjoyed the deep focus on the beginning years of Nike.

Seing how nike started off anbout fashion. especiall

Here is a

“I’d tell men and women in their midtwenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt.”

When money isn’t real! A $10,000 experiment

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Who doesn’t love a game of Monopoly? Im a big fan and hate loosing but sometimes the strategies I use don’t work? A question I had always wondered was would I play the same stratergy if I was using real money? The following ted talk from Adam Carroll considers exactly this.

Adam Carroll noticed that when playing Monopoly with his children they were bending the rules all the time. “What if they’re playing this way because the money isn’t real?” Carroll explains the concept of financial abstraction, and how our human perception of spending changes when the idea of money becomes more or less real.

His case study: a do-over game of Monopoly with his kids, this time using real money.