Hello, Designers, One thing I recently started was expanding my mindset. I always read fiction novels. I never enjoyed non-fiction, I made it one of my many goals this year to read more inspiring nonfiction books. This year became busier for me, there never any time to actually sit down and read anymore. Here is a funny story, I was sitting across from one my coworkers and asked what she was she was listening to. she tells me she’s listening to audiobooks on her phone. she said its good cause she loved to read and doesn’t have the time to actually read anymore. so I am looking at her and thought she is not a book lover if she has to listen to a book. so thinking to myself I already read on my tablet and don’t want to become more into the techno world we live in now. I still now and then love that new book smell. so to transition also audio books, to me it was hard for me to do. So I finally got up the courage, and listen to my first audiobook, then BAM I am hooked. The moral of this lovely story is don’t be afraid to try something new. We are designers we should be used to taking risks.
From my reading list here are 5 Amazing audiobooks every designer must read:
How To Be A Bawse
First, up is your Favorite YouTube Star comes to the definitive guide to being a bawse: a person who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side. Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian cover topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard. Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it. How to Be a Bawse is the definitive guide to conquering life. Make no mistake, there are no shortcuts to success, personal or professional. World domination requires real effort, dedication, and determination.
#Girlboss is New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called ‘Lean In for misfits,’ Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two, she had dropped out of school and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. Sophia was never a typical CEO or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
Victoria Beckham Queen Of America
She’s the most famous, most glamorous and most controversial star in the world, and she is taking America by storm! From Spice Girl to successful solo artist; from single sex-kitten to being one-half of the most famous and fascinating couples in the world; from mother-of-three to fashion designer and style icon; from catwalk model to bestselling author; from head of WAGS to the sunny boulevards of West Hollywood…Victoria Beckham’s life is never out of the headlines. Ever since storming into the charts on a wave of girl power, Victoria has worked tirelessly to become Britain’s most talked about star. But there is so much more to her than glossy photo-shoots, trend-setting hairstyles and celebrity friendships, and feuds. Her incredible journey started as a lonely but ambitions teenager with her heart set on fame and fortune. Victoria was a hit at stage school and fronted a struggling group before joining The Spice Girls, and it wasn’t long before she was a regular on the international party scene. Covering the death threats the kidnap attempts, rumors of surgery, gossip surrounding her marriage and health, plus how Victoria juggles being a devoted wife and mother with a career in fashion design. This exciting book reveals the secrets behind her sensational rise to fame and the inside story of the Beckham’s move from Madrid to LA.
Fashion2.0 Blogging Your Way To The Front Row
In this first of its kind insider’s guide, Yuli Ziv, Style Coalition’s founder, reveals the secrets behind her own online success and that of her network, which represents more than 200 top fashion and beauty bloggers.
You will find practical business advice on how to:
- Brand yourself as a top blogger and sought-after influencer
- Build valuable relationships with PR companies and brands
- Secure invitations to important industry events
- Work with advertising networks
- Develop new revenue streams
- Land spokesperson deals and large-scale sponsorships
- Position yourself at the forefront of the fashion blogosphere
Full of helpful resources and inspirational chapters by top fashion bloggers What I Wore, College Fashion, Gala Darling, Second City Style and Corporette, the book is packed with all the advice and motivation you need to take your blogging career to the next level!
Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor
Tim Gunn, America’s favorite reality TV co-host, is known for his kind but firm approach to providing wisdom, guidance, and support to the scores of design hopefuls on Project Runway. Having begun his fashion career as a teacher at Parsons The New School for Design, Tim knows more than a thing or two about mentorship and how to convey invaluable pearls of wisdom in an approachable, accessible manner. Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor will focus on Tim as the teacher. Divided into sections on common themes – leadership, curiosity, diversity, understanding, and empathy – this practical, timely audiobook takes us on a journey through life lessons and uses Tim’s own personal experiences, from the classroom to the therapist’s office, to illustrate larger concepts. Each chapter will end with a “life assignment”, where Tim challenges you to apply the lessons you’ve learned in practical mentoring or teaching situations.
Hope this gets your inspiration juice going these books are good. The advice they give is something any designer can apply to my fashion path. Please leave a comment below! please recommend other authors that I and others can read next.