Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


To begin the New Year on an ambitious note, we thought to share some inspiring literature on leadership. Seth Godin’s Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us explores how the internet age is changing the way we come together and connect as a group. Social media, blogs, and other products of the technological age make it easier than ever for diverse tribes to gather around a political cause or environmental initiative. The book poses the question “Who is going to lead all these tribes?” and encourages everyone to take a stand and seize the opportunity to lead. Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life offers 12 practices for infusing creativity into all human endeavors. The authors, a psychotherapist and a philharmonic conductor, interweave their unique perspectives and professional experiences into stories that draw out the inspired person in all of us. A critical success, Thinking, Fast and Slow written by Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner in economic science, leads the reader on a tour through the mind explaining the two systems that drive the way we think. The hope being that if we understand the origins of our intuition and impulses, we can avoid the pitfalls and “mental glitches” that lead us astray.

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High Resolution Interview

Judy was delighted to be featured on the High Resolution video podcast series. Focused on Design Leadership, High Resolution is the passionate endeavor of Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu, showcasing some highly inspired dialogues.

Our conversation ranged from Wert&Co.’s history recruiting creative leadership over the last two decades, to some of our behind the scenes insights and tools, and even our favorite children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon and how it can serve as a metaphor for mapping one’s own professional (and personal) journey.



On our recent business trip to the left coast (after a pit stop for the fascinating Renaissance Weekend in Utah), we were finally able to visit the renovated SF MOMA. And while we don’t exit thru the gift shop, well, actually we did. And the bookstore left us with plenty of summer reading inspiration — from A Smile in the Mind: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design (the classic had a new edition out last year — over 1,000 visual examples of humour, irony and playfulness in graphic design and branding over the last few decades) to the Little Book of Hygge (which just might make us look forward to the winter or at least a visit to Copenhagen!).


Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.



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