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Ben Holliday is an experienced design leader, writer and speaker. This is his blog (started in 2005). If you’re new to this site, Ben has published a playbook for design linking together many of his blog posts from the past 5 years. You can book him to speak at an event, get in touch or follow him on Twitter.

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What’s on my bookshelf this winter/spring (2019)

I’m overdue a book list.

This is what I’ve been reading over the past few months (stretching back to the end of 2018). The rest of this list is books I’m planning to read over the next few months. Continue reading…

What’s on my bookshelf this summer (2018)

I’ve started sharing my reading lists over the past couple of years. It helps me keep track of what I’m reading:

  • Autumn/winter (2017)
  • Summer (2017)
  • Summer (2016)

I also have a list of general book recommendations covering topics including: leadership & creativity, user-centred design, agile & ‘Lean UX’, research, data & analytics, and designing better organisations. Continue reading…

What’s on my bookshelf this autumn/winter (2017)

I’ve previously published a reading list for summer 2016 and summer 2017. This is my reading list for this autumn/winter. Continue reading…

What’s on my bookshelf this summer (2017)

Almost a year ago I shared my summer reading list for 2016.

Looking back I managed to get through most of the books. It took me until the end of the year and I picked up a few more along the way.

As we reach the school holidays I’m about to head off with my family to the beaches of Cornwall again. Continue reading…

What’s on my bookshelf this summer

It’s July. Summer is here in London today.

This time of year I like to get plenty of reading done between family time and the windswept beaches of Cornwall.

I’m always open to a good book recommendation. Here’s what’s on my reading list. Continue reading…

What people want and what people need

I’m reading the book Why We Build by Rowan Moore at the moment.

This story jumped out as a great example of understanding what people need, not what people want.

An architect used to tell a story.

Invited by a couple to design an extension to their house, he dined with them, listened to their needs and desires, heard his and her versions of what they wanted.

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Back to work

I had a great break with all my family down in Cornwall last week and just about managed to keep away from the world of web.

I did however make time to read Cameron Moll‘s new Mobile Web Design book. It was a nice short read while on holiday but what it lacked in length it certainly made up for in quality. Continue reading…

Year of the web book (2006)

Well Christmas has long since passed and so has the opportunity for a proper yearly review of 2006 (well, it is nearly February after all!).

The start of the year has been pretty busy so far and in a way it’s felt like I’ve still been finishing off 2006 with the recent official launch of a new site I’ve been working on since well before Christmas. Continue reading…