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Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs Paperback – April 8, 2013
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Tim Hoover Tim Hoover is the Head of Product and Design at Canary, a startup making the world's first home security device for everyone. He co-authored Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs, co-founded The People's Pennant, and is a former partner at The Infantree. Previously, he worked at Shake Law, Betaworks, and IDEO solving human problems with design-led solutions. He received his MFA in design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and now lives in Brooklyn where he spends his free time throwing pottery, reading, and thinking about the Amish.
Jessica Karle Jessica Karle is the Head of Digital Design at Everlane, an apparel brand that makes the most beautiful essentials, at the best factories, without traditional markups. She co-authored Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs, co-founded The People's Pennant, and previously led design teams at Paperless Post and General Assembly. She loves to collaborate on projects that are beautiful and meaningful as well as those that shape experiences and build communities. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and now lives in San Francisco where she spends her free time woodworking, exploring the coast, and thinking about furniture design.
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1. It's honest. This book doesn't try to map out some "right way" to go about becoming a design entrepreneur. It's not a how-to and it's not fluff. It features honest conversations with some (read: a lot) of the most exciting designers/creators working today. They tell their own stories (and give advice) in a way that is both fun to read and demystifying.
2. It's inclusive and inspiring. The whole tone of the book is positive. By the time you're done reading it you feel like you've just had coffee with 30+ amazing people who are all cheering you on to go out and create or do that thing you've been dreaming about for months (years?) but just haven't known how or when to start. I defy you to read this book and not feel inspired and empowered to create.
3. It's relevant. This book shines a light on a somewhat recent phenomenon in the design industry: more and more designers are venturing out on their own to build products and companies. It's an exciting time to be a part of this evolution and this book does an excellent job of capturing the heart of this shift.
4. It's beautiful. I have the paperback version and I must say that the design, illustrations, even the paper weight and colors are just beautiful.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to the designer who feels a little turned off by the idea of trying to climb some corporate ladder. This book will encourage and inspire you to take charge of your career and to go out and make something awesome.