John Maeda is an American executive, designer, technologist. His work explores the area where business, design, and technology merge to make space for the “humanist technologist.”

  • Better

    The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. Gawande’s gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.,And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around (Salon). Gawande’s investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.

  • CSS Secrets

    Based on two popular talks from author Lea Verou–including “CSS3 Secrets: 10 things you may not know about CSS”–this practical guide provides intermediate to advanced CSS developers with more than 40 undocumented techniques and tips for using CSS3 to create better websites.,The talks that spawned this book have been top-rated by attendees in every conference they were presented, and praised in industry media such as .”net” magazine.Get information you won’t find in any other bookLearn through small, easily digestible chaptersHelps you understand CSS more deeply so you can improve your own solutionsApply Lea’s techniques to practically every CSS problem you faceGain tips from a rockstar author who serves as an Invited Expert in W3C’s CSS Working Group.

  • Defensive Design for the Web

    Defensive design is like defensive driving brought to the Web. Good site defense can make or break the customer experience. This book shows the right (and wrong) ways to get defensive, offers guidelines to prevent errors and rescue customers if a breakdown occurs.It also shows you how to evaluate and improve your own site’s defensive design.

  • Getting Real

    A must read for anyone building a web app. Getting Real is packed with keep-it-simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design. This isn’t a technical book or a design tutorial, it’s a book of ideas. Anyone working on a web app – including entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, executives, or marketers – will find value and inspiration in this book.

  • Here Comes Everybody

    An extraordinary exploration of how technology can empower social and political organizers.,In “Here Comes Everbody, the author writes about the current social revolution where groups of people are coming together to share with one another, work together or take some kind of public action. The wirter gives his anaysis on what the social impact will be.

  • Live Your Dash

    In 1996, an announcer read Linda’s Ellis’s poem “The Dash” aloud on a syndicated radio program–and, to her surprise, it became an instant, meteoric success. Calls came in from people around the country eager to tell Linda how her words had touched their hearts. That was the beginning of an enduring phenomenon. “Live Your Dash” captures and expands upon the theme of the original poem: It’s not your birth or death that matters most, but how you spend each passing year. Linda shares her message of joy, hope, and positive energy through uplifting stories, essays, and poetry, along with tales of people who have been “touched by the dash,” including Bob Dole, legendary football coach Lou Holtz, and “American Idol” winner David Cook. An inspiring look at life based on the fantastically successful poem.

  • Museum Legs

    An irreverent, highly original look at our rocky relationship with museums and museums’ rocky relationship with us.,If you’ve ever considered going to an art museum and then thought, errr, I’ll do something else . . . If you’ve ever arrived and left a little glazed and confused . . . If you’ve ever thought, I might read an eight-page article about art museums but not a whole book . . . Then this is your story.,Museum LegsA-A—taken from a term for art fatigue–starts with a question: Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter? As Whitaker writes in this humorous and incisive collection of essays, museums matter for reasons that have less to do with art as we know it and more to do with business, politics, and the age-old question of how to live.,Maybe the great age of museums will yet be a great age of creativity and hopeful possibility in everyday life.

  • OffScreen

    is an independent print ??that examines how we shape technology and how technology shapes us.

  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball

    Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a “giant hairball”–a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past–that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, many of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit–to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius.Originally self-published and already a business “cult classic”, this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.

  • Press Here

    reat for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.,Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure in , occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!

  • Rework

    shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. ,Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.,Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses. ,What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.,With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, ,is the perfect playbook for anyone who???s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of “downsizing,” and artists who don???t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

  • The Book With No Pictures

    A book with no pictures?,What could be fun about that?,After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.,Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…,Hey, what kind of book , this, anyway?,At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, , inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share–and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.

  • The Road Less Traveled

    Now featuring a new introduction by Dr. M. Scott Peck, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic bestseller ,celebrated by , as ???not just a book but a spontaneous act of generosity.???,Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives than , With sales of more than seven million copies in the United States and Canada, and translations into more than twenty-three languages, it has made publishing history, with more than ten years on the , bestseller list.,Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, , continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one???s own true self.,Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, ???Life is difficult??? and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.

  • The Speed of Trust

    From Stephen R. Covey’s eldest son comes a revolutionary new path towards productivity and satisfaction. Trust, says Stephen M.R. Covey, is the very basis of the new global economy, and he shows how trust??and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees and constituents ??is the essential ingredient for any high??performance, successful organization.,For business leaders and public figures in any arena, , offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship??from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction??and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time??killing, bureaucratic check??and??balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

  • Thinking in Systems

    Meadows??? ,, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute???s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.,Some of the biggest problems facing the world???war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation???are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.,While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.,In a world growing ever more complicated, crowded, and interdependent, , helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.