Books with a have a major impact on my thinking



The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Alex Haley



It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be

Paul Arden

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

Al Ries and Jack Trout



How to Read a Book

Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren



Machine Learning for Designers

Patrick Hebron


Graphic & information design

Layout Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Using Grids

Beth Tondreau

Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type

Kimberly Elam

Making and Breaking the Grid

Timothy Samara

Grid systems in graphic design

Josef Muller-Brockmann

Thinking with Type

Ellen Lupton

Principles of Two-Dimensional Design

Wucius Wong

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Edward R. Tufte


Industrial design

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Michael Braungart and William McDonough


Interface design

Responsive Web Design

Ethan Marcotte

The Best Interface Is No Interface

Golden Krishna

Mobile First

Luke Wroblewski

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity

Alan Cooper



The Prophet

Khalil Gibran



1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

Salim T.S. Al-Hassani

The Essential Galileo

Galileo Galilei and Maurice A. Finocchiaro (Editor)

The Classic Slave Narratives

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor), Frederick Douglass, Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Mary Prince



Vision of Islam

Sachiko Murata and William C. Chittick

Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance

Mustafa Akyol

The Road to Mecca

Muhammad Asad

The Essentials of Ibadi Islam

Valerie Hoffman