40+ Books For Professional Design & Development

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Professionalism is built upon knowledge and experience. To become or remain professional, you permanently need to improve your design and programming skills, be aware of new approaches and now how other designers and developers achieve both beautiful and effective designs. And to improve your design and programming skills all the time you need bulletproof sources to learn properly and to learn from masters who have a profound understanding of the field they’re working in. Renowned books from well-known designers, developers, artists and authors might be just the right thing – serving as the inspiration or helping you to stay in touch with popular techniques in your field.

Over the last weeks we’ve selected over 40 expert books in the fields of typography, color, graphic design, brand identity, inspiration, web design and programming, Web 2.0,usability, data visualization and simplicity. We’ve ordered most of them (some books were unavailable).

And we’d like to give them all away – to you and for free – as the appreciation of your trust, your interest and your support of Smashing Magazine over the last year.

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Below the table you’ll find the full description of the books we’ve considered as important and valuable for professional design and web-development.

Books You Can Win

# Cover Title

by Autor

Description
2 Thinking with Type
by Ellen Lupton
The fundamental knowledge about organization of letters on a blank sheet.
3 Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
by Erik Spiekermann, E.M Ginger
Design guidance in choosing type for legibility, meaning, and aesthetic appeal.
5 Color
by Paul J. Zelanski, Mary Pat Fisher
A comprehensive introduction to the art and science of color use in all artistic media in both fine and applied arts.
6 The Elements of Color
by Johannes Itten
Presents the key to understanding color in ltten’s color circle and color contrasts.
7 Grid Systems in Graphic Design
by Josef Muller-Brockmann, Josef Muller-Brockmann
The definitive word on using grid systems in graphic design.
9 The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type
by Alexander W. White
Explores the role of white space as a connection between page elements.
10 1,000 Graphic Elements

1,000 Graphic Elements: Details for Distinctive Designs
by Wilson Harvey
1,000 of small embellishments collected from all kinds of projects, books, brochures, invitations, menus, CDs and annual reports.
12 The Designers Complete Index

The Designers Complete Index
by Jim Krause
Hundreds of ideas, creative solutions and practical instructions which provide an insight into problem-solving in graphic design.
13 Photoshop CS / CS2 Wow! Book, The

Photoshop CS / CS2 Wow! Book, The
by Linnea Dayton, Cristen Gillespie
Bestselling mix of step-by-step tutorials for creating both commercial and fine-art images with Adobe Photoshop CS2.
15 Designing Effective Communications

Designing Effective Communications: Creating Contexts for Clarity and Meaning
by Jorge Frascara
The book consists of essays written by a group of experts on communication design.
17 Designing Brand Identity

Designing Brand Identity
A Complete Guide to Creating, Building, and Maintaining Strong Brands by Alina Wheeler
Describes approaches for designing a sustainable identity.
18 Letterhead and Logo Design 9

Letterhead and Logo Design 9
by MINE
Features innovative work in the field of logo design. Showcase of creative techniques and full-color images which can inspire new design solutions.
19 Logo Design That Works

Logo Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo Design
by Lisa Silver
Examines the evolution of 100 popular logo designs and illustrates how and why these designs work.
20 Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos

Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos
by Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone Sean Adams
“What makes a logo work?”. The entire logo-development process is examined step-by-step.
21 LogoLounge 3

LogoLounge 3: 2,000 International Identities
by Leading Designers, Bill Gardner, Catharine Fishel
Thousands of new logos, providing designers with a source for design inspiration and a resource for design solutions.
22 Designing with Web Standards

Designing with Web Standards
by Jeffrey Zeldman, 2nd Edition
Covers the current state of web-development, best practices and advances of standards-based web design.
24 The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
by Jason Beaird
A simple guide with hundreds of full-color examples and illustrations, which will lead you through the process of creating beautiful and functional web designs from scratch.
25 The Unusually Useful Web Book

The Unusually Useful Web Book
by June Cohen
A detailed discussion of planning, designing, building, and maintaining your web site.
26 CSS: The Definitive Guide

CSS: The Definitive Guide
by Eric Meyer
A comprehensive introduction to CSS, along with a thorough review of all aspects of CSS 2.1.
27 CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Cameron Moll
The book is meant to support advanced CSS-developers and present professional techniques, approaches and solutions.
28 Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design

Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design

by Andy Clarke, Molly E. Holzschlag, Aaron Gustafson, Mark Boulton

Discover how to implement highly original designs through visual demonstrations of the creative possibilities using markup and CSS.
30 Professional Web 2.0 Programming

Professional Web 2.0 Programming
by Eric van der Vlist, Danny Ayers, Erik Bruchez, Joe Fawcett, Alessandro Vernet
Covers the key programming languages, techniques and technologies of Web 2.0 – at a professional level.
31 Professional Ajax

Professional Ajax
by Nicholas C. Zakas, Jeremy McPeak, Joe Fawcett, 2nd edition
Provides a developer-level tutorial of Ajax techniques, patterns and use cases
32 The Wisdom of Crowds

The Wisdom of Crowds

by James Surowiecki

Large groups of people are smarter than an elite, no matter how brilliant the latter might be. Wisdom of Masses seems to “work” better at solving problems, coming to wise decisions and predicting the future.
33 The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
by Chris Anderson
Explains what The Long Tail is and shows the development modern economy is currently undergoing as well as benefits one can gain from this process.
34 Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
by Paul Graham
The book explains the world we’re living in and the motivations of the people who occupy it.
35 Don't Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
by Steve Krug, 2nd Edition
Describes a common sense approach to web usability and facts designers should keep in mind developing usable web-sites.
36 Prioritizing Web Usability

Prioritizing Web Usability
by Jakob Nielsen, Hoa Loranger
Nielsen’s extensive guide for designers who aim to make their designs more usable.
37 The Elements of User Experience

The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
by Jesse James Garrett
Describes the ideas and techniques of user-centered design for the Web with clear explanations that focus on ideas rather than tools or techniques.
39 Visual Explanations

Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
by Edward R. Tufte
Tufte emphasizes the principle of using “the smallest effective difference” to display distinctions in data. The book describes techniques to present and visualize data in an effective and beautiful way.
40 Beautiful Evidence

Beautiful Evidence

by Edward R. Tufte

The book identifies excellent and effective methods for presenting information, suggests new designs and provides tool for assessing the credibility of evidence presentations.
41 The Laws of Simplicity

The Laws of Simplicity
by John Maeda
Offers 10 laws for balancing simplicity and complexity — guidelines for needing less and actually getting more.

Typography

1. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
ISBN: 978-0881791327

Elements of Typographic Style

Thought-out typography supports and enriches the content. The Elements of Typographic Style teaches how to approach the choice of typography and how to create beautiful and “working” typography. The book is essential for professionals who regularly work with typographic designs. Robert Bringhurst writes about designing with the correct typeface; striving for rhythm, proportion, and harmony; choosing and combining type; designing pages; using section heads, subheads, footnotes, and tables; applying kerning and other type adjustments to improve legibility; and adding special characters, including punctuation and diacritical marks. The Elements of Typographic Style teaches the history of and the artistic and practical perspectives on a variety of type families that are available in Europe and America today.

2. Thinking with Type1
A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton
ISBN: 978-1568984480

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The organization of letters on a blank sheet — or screen — is the most basic challenge facing anyone who practices design. What type of font to use? How big? How should those letters, words, and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered and shaped? In Thinking with Type Ellen Lupton provides clear and concise guidance for anyone learning or brushing up on their typographic skills.

The book is divided into three sections: letter, text, and grid. Each section begins with an essay that reviews historical, technological, and theoretical concepts, and is then followed by a set of practical exercises. Sections also include an insight in practice, examples of work by leading typographers, creative approaches and no-no’s to avoid.

3. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann, E.M Ginger
ISBN: 978-0201703399

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Erik Spiekermann explains precisely and clearly what typography is and offers design guidance in choosing type for legibility, meaning, and aesthetic appeal. Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works guides the reader through all aspects of typography, from the history and mechanics of type, to training the eye to recognize and choose typefaces. The book helps you to understand the basics of type and its placement within society; it also teaches you how to use space and layout to improve overall communication. This guide is revised and updated to discuss the particular design challenges of type on the Web.

4. The New Typography3 by Jan Tschichold
ISBN: 978-0520071476

The New Typography4

Since its initial publication in Berlin in 1928, Jan Tschichold’s The New Typography has been recognized as the definitive treatise on book and graphic design in the machine age. The book covers theoretical discussions of typography in the age of photography, mechanical standardization and practical considerations in the design of business forms. Profound reading for designers, art historians, and all those concerned with the evolution of visual communication in the 20th century.

Color

5. Color5 by Paul J. Zelanski, Mary Pat Fisher
ISBN: 978-0130984869

Color6

A comprehensive introduction to the art and science of color use in all artistic media in both fine and applied arts. It provides a solid and thorough foundation in the aesthetic, science, psychology, and history of color, with extensive illustrations covering all media and historical periods to the present time.

6. The Elements of Color7 by Johannes Itten

ISBN: 978-0471289296

Color8

A useful simplification and condensation of Johannes ltten’s major work. The Art of Color covers subjective feeling and objective color principles in detail. It presents the key to understanding color in ltten’s color circle and color contrasts.

Grid-Based Design

7. Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann, Josef Muller-Brockmann

ISBN: 978-3721201451

Grid Systems9

The main idea behind grid-based designs10 is a solid visual and structural balance of web-sites you can create with them. Sophisticated layout structures offer more flexibility and enhance the visual experience of visitors. In Grid Systems in Graphic Design Muller-Brockman offers the definitive word on using grid systems in graphic design. With examples on how to work correctly at a conceptual level and exact instructions for using all of the systems (8 to 32 fields), this guidebook provides a useful framework for problem-solving.

Graphic Design, Creativity, Inspiration

8. A History of Graphic Design11 by Philip Meggs

ISBN: 978-0471699026

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A History of Graphic Design includes over 1.200 illustrations which has impacted all aspects of contemporary design and communications. The book offers a comprehensive overview of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important design innovations.

9. The Elements of Graphic Design: Space, Unity, Page Architecture, and Type13 by Alexander W. White
ISBN: 1-581152507

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“White space” is supposed to improve the legibility of the content and make it easier for the readers to read the information and understand it. However, to use it effectively, you need to understand the theoretical basics of “white space” in typography and graphic design. With the help of selected examples from art, design, and architecture, The Elements of Graphic Design explores the role of white space as a connection between page elements. The book contains insightful comments, interactive design elements, suggestions, ideas and and scores of illustrations challenge designers to “think out of the box.” The book inspires more creative and thorough thinking.

10. 1,000 Graphic Elements: Details for Distinctive Designs15 by Wilson Harvey

ISBN: 978-1592530779

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Mostly this is the attention to details which gives your designs a profound and solid nature. This book covers 1,000 of small embellishments collected from all kinds of projects, books, brochures, invitations, menus, CDs and annual reports.

This book invites designers to literally shop for ideas. Content is organized by type; if you’re in the market for an unusual binding, turn to the bindings section to see a wide collection of fresh ideas. Other topics covered include fasteners, graphics, unique materials, embossing, debossing, specialty inks, type treatments, interesting color usage, add-ons, die cuts, and much more.

11. Graphic Design Solutions17 by Robin Landa, 3rd edition
ISBN: 978-1401881542

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Graphic Design Solutions provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to graphic design and advertising design, with step-by-step visual solutions that readers can apply to their designs and advertising projects. The book offers an illustrative overview of modern graphic design solutions for a variety of media — including print, Web, television, and unconventional formats. Graphic Design Solutions helps designers to gain a new way of thinking about their work and understand demands of modern graphic design.

12. The Designers Complete Index (Boxed Set)19 by Jim Krause
ISBN: 1-581805519

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The Designer’s Complete Index is a boxed set which contains all three of Jim Krause’s “Index” Books, including Idea Index (graphic effects and typographic treatments), Layout Index (solutions for effective, dynamic layouts) and Color Index (over 1100 color combinations in CMYK and RGB). Each volume is packed with hundreds of ideas, creative solutions and practical instructions which provide an insight into problem-solving in graphic design.

13. Photoshop CS / CS2 Wow! Book, The by Linnea Dayton, Cristen Gillespie

ISBN: 978-0321213457

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Photoshop CS/CS2 Wow! delivers a mix of explanations and step-by-step tutorials for creating both commercial and fine-art images with Adobe Photoshop CS2. The book also includes short features in which professional photographers and designers let you in on their creative techniques and quick solutions. The DVD includes hundreds of before-and-after tutorial files, Layer Styles and Patterns, as well as Actions, gradients and custom tools. You’ll learn innovative techniques for creating and enhancing images, graphics, and type.

14. Creative Sparks by Jim Krause

ISBN: 978-0715317358

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A collection of advices, concepts, suggestions and exercises to stimulate the innovative way of thinking designers need to become or remain professional. This book teaches you how to find inspiration and spark new ideas. Each spread describes a thoughtfully designed example of creative thinking as well as practical advice and idea starters. A guide to each designer’s creative path.

15. Designing Effective Communications: Creating Contexts for Clarity and Meaning22 by Jorge Frascara
ISBN: 978-1581154498

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Designing Effective Communications consists of essays written by a group of experts on communication design. The book challenges the traditional “the medium is the message” theory; experts discuss the physical, visual, cognitive, and cultural meanings of messages and look at how interpretation plays a fundamental role in the creation of meaning.

Icon Design, Brand Identity, Logo Design

16. The Icon Book: Visual Symbols for Computer Systems and Documentation24 by William Horton
ISBN: 978-0471599005

Icons, visual pointers to the chunks of information, are used widely but not always used wisely. This book demonstrates an orderly process for designing sets of icons, suggests fresh ideas and explains how to refine and test icon ideas. Furthermore, it demonstrates how to design large sets of related icons and presents the development of icons for the international market. The book uses a practical, research-based approach to the design of icons. A classic.

17. Designing Brand Identity: A Complete Guide to Creating, Building, and Maintaining Strong Brands25 by Alina Wheeler

ISBN: 978-0471746843

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Building a unique and memorable brand isn’t an easy task. To create a distinctive identity, designers need to be able to offer real substance. Designing Brand Identity describes approaches for designing a sustainable identity. The book is based upon a five-phase process for creating and implementing effective brand identity and offers tools for both designers and companies.

18. Letterhead and Logo Design 927 by MINE

ISBN: 978-1592531820

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This latest edition of the annual Letterhead and Logo Design series features innovative work in the field of logo design. Well-known design leaders, design firms and artists submit their logos, labels, business cards and envelopes annually; the result is the showcase of creative techniques and full-color images which can inspire new design solutions for age-old challenges that beg for a fresh approach.

19. Logo Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Logo Design29
by Lisa Silver
ISBN: 978-1564967596

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This book examines the evolution of 100 popular logo designs and illustrates how and why these designs work. Drafts are compared with each other and the benefits of made changes are discussed — until the final version is released. Exploring the changes made to achieve the final result you can learn how to improve your own logo designs. The book includes short tips which address issues such as testing designs, sourcing inspiration, and typography.

20. Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos31 by Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone Sean Adams
ISBN: 978-1592532346

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Logo Design Workbook tries to answer the question “what makes a logo work?”. The entire logo-development process is examined step-by-step. Among other topics covered in the book you’ll learn how to develop a concept that communicates the right message and is appropriate for both the client and the market. Apart from that, you’ll get an insight into choosing colors and typefaces, avoiding common mistakes, and deciphering why some logos are successful whereas others are not.

The book also offers in-depth case studies on logos designed for various industries. Each case study explores the design, the relationship with the client, the time frame, and the results.

21. LogoLounge 3: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers33 by Bill Gardner, Catharine Fishel
ISBN: 978-1592532384

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This third edition of the LogoLounge book presents thousands of new logos, providing designers with a source for design inspiration and a resource for design solutions. The first part of the book profiles the recent work of 10 top logo designers; the second part contains almost 2,000 logos organized by typography, people, mythology, nature, sports, etc.

Web Design

22. Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-0321385550

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Jeffrey Zeldman covers current state of web-development, best practices and advances of standards-based web design. Zeldman describes how to create sites that load faster, reach more users, and cost less to design and maintain. Among other topics Zeldman also explains new techniques to make CSS layouts work better across multiple browsers and ways to make web content more accessible.

23. Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS by Dan Cederholm, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0321509024

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Dan Cederholm outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control. Each chapter starts out with an example of an unbulletproof site one that employs a traditional HTML-based approach which Cederholm deconstructs, points out its limitations and gives the site a make-over using XHTML and CSS.

The book also covers several popular fluid and elastic-width layout techniques and pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single-page template. Bulletproof Web Design offers a practical guide for development of standards-based designs.

24. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design35 by Jason Beaird

ISBN: 978-0975841969

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Even if you have an experience at working with both XHTML and CSS, you don’t necessary have a profound understanding on how to create designs from start to finish. The Principles Of Beautiful Design is a simple guide with hundreds of full-color examples and illustrations, which will lead you through the process of creating beautiful and functional web designs from scratch.

25. The Unusually Useful Web Book by June Cohen

ISBN: 978-0735712065

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The Unusually Useful Web Book is full with worksheets, lessons, advices from experts, and precise explanations related to web design. You can skim the sidebars and checklists for tips and techniques you can use right away. Or you can follow along with the main text for a detailed discussion of planning, designing, building, and maintaining your web site.

CSS

26. CSS: The Definitive Guide37 by Eric Meyer

ISBN: 978-0596527334

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CSS: The Definitive Guide provides you with a comprehensive introduction to Cascading Stylesheets, along with a thorough review of all aspects of CSS 2.1. The third edition is updated to cover Internet Explorer 7 and covers also the theory behind CSS positioning, lists and generated content, table layout, user interface and paged media.

27. CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions39 by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Cameron Moll
ISBN: 978-1590596142

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CSS Mastery assumes that you already know the basics and why you should be using CSS in your work; it is meant to support advanced CSS-developers and present professional techniques, approaches and solutions to CSS-based web design. Each chapter explains a particular aspect of CSS-based design, such as visual formatting model, styling lists, forms and data tables, layouts, hacks and filters, bugs and bux fixing. Case studies support the book giving an insight in CSS-development in practice.

28. Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design (Voices That Matter)41 by Andy Clarke, Molly E. Holzschlag, Aaron Gustafson, Mark Boulton
ISBN: 978-0321410979

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In this book you’ll discover how to implement highly original designs through visual demonstrations of the creative possibilities using markup and CSS. You’ll learn to use a new design workflow, build prototypes that work well for designers and all team members, use grids effectively, visualize markup, and discover every phase of the transcendent design process. Transcending CSS covers the cross-plattform functionality, CSS 3 as well as an effective collaboration with team members.

29. The Art and Science of CSS43 by Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, David Johnson
ISBN: 978-0975841976

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The Art & Science of CSS shows you how to take the building blocks of your designs (headings, navigation, forms etc) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS-solutions. This book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy to maintain, and are highly accessible, but are also visually appealing.

Web Programming

30. Professional Web 2.0 Programming (Wrox Professional Guides)45 by Eric van der Vlist, Danny Ayers, Erik Bruchez, Joe Fawcett, Alessandro Vernet

ISBN: 978-0470087886

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Web 2.0 architecture opens up an incredible number of options for flexible web design, creative reuse, and easier updates. Web 2.0 Programming covers the key programming languages, techniques and technologies of Web 2.0 – at a professional level. The book offers code for several applications built with popular frameworks.

You’ll first take an in-depth look at XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ajax. Next, you’ll gain a better understanding of the protocols and formats that enable the exchange of information between web clients and servers. Ultimately, you’ll discover exactly what you need to know about server-side programming in order to implement new ideas and develop your own robust applications.

31. Professional Ajax47 by Nicholas C. Zakas, Jeremy McPeak, Joe Fawcett, 2nd edition

ISBN: 978-0470109496

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Professional Ajax provides a developer-level tutorial of Ajax techniques, patterns and use cases. First you dive into the architecture of Ajax and a detailed discussion of how frames, JavaScript, cookies, XML, and XMLHttp requests (XHR) are related to Ajax. Afterwards request brokers such as hidden frames, dynamic iframes, and XHR are compared and contrasted, explaining when one method should be used over another. A brief overview of HTTP requests and responses makes the overview complete.

Web 2.0, New Economy, Computer Age

32. The Wisdom of Crowds49 by James Surowiecki

ISBN: 978-0385721707

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James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite, no matter how brilliant the latter might be. Wisdom of Masses seems to “work” better at solving problems, coming to wise decisions and predicting the future. To prove it, The Wisdom of Crowds gives an insight in popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics and show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives and think about our world.

33. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More52 by Chris Anderson

ISBN: 978-1401302375

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The Long Tail is a powerful new force in the New Economy: the rise of the niche. The cost of reaching consumers drops dramatically, and so our markets are shifting from a model of mass appeal to one of unlimited variety for unique tastes. New efficiencies in distribution, manufacturing, and marketing are essentially resetting the definition of whats commercially viable across the board. The book explains what The Long Tail is, covers these changes and shows the development modern economy is currently undergoing as well as benefits one can gain from this process.
34. Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age54 by Paul Graham

ISBN: 978-0596006624

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The book explains the world we’re living in and the motivations of the people who occupy it. The ideas Paul Graham discusses in this book have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live. Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open-source movement, digital design and internet startups.

Usability, User Experience

35. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability56 by Steve Krug, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0321344755

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We don’t read pages — we scan them. We don’t figure out how things work — we muddle through. Users’ behaviour is predictable and there are several heuristics one can use to achieve the best level of user-friendlines. Don’t Make Me Think describes a common sense approach to web usability and facts designers should keep in mind developing usable web-sites. Much of the content is devoted to proper use of conventions and content layout, and the “before and after” give concrete examples and how usable designs can be achieved in practice.

36. Prioritizing Web Usability (Voices) by Jakob Nielsen, Hoa Loranger
ISBN: 978-0321350312

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Prioritizing Web Usability is an extensive guide for designers who aim to make their designs more usable. Through the authors’ wisdom, experience amd results of real-world user tests you’ll learn about site design, user experience and usability testing, navigation and search capabilities, old guidelines and prioritizing usability issues, page design, user-friendly layout and content design.

37. The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web by Jesse James Garrett

ISBN: 978-0735712027

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The Elements of User Experience describes the ideas and techniques of user-centered design for the Web with clear explanations that focus on ideas rather than tools or techniques. You get the big picture of Web user experience development, from strategy and requirements to information architecture and successful visual design.

38. Designing Web Navigation: Optimizing the User Experience58 by James Kalbach, Aaron Gustafson
ISBN: 978-0596528102

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This book offers a fresh look at a fundamental topic of web-development: navigation design. Designing Web Navigation demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology – it’s about the ways people find information, and how you guide them.

Data Visualization

39. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative60 by Edward R. Tufte
ISBN: 978-0961392123

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Visual Explanations describes techniques to present and visualize data in an effective and beautiful way. The book ranges through a variety of topics, including the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, magic tricks, a cholera epidemic in 19th-century London, and the principle of using “the smallest effective difference” to display distinctions in data. Tufte presents ideas with clarity and illustrates them in exquisitely rendered samples.

40. Beautiful Evidence63 by Edward R. Tufte

ISBN: 978-0961392178

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Beautiful Evidence is about how empirical observations turn into explanations and evidence presentations. The book identifies excellent and effective methods for presenting information, suggests new designs and provides tool for assessing the credibility of evidence presentations. The book digs more deeply into art and science to reveal very old connections between truth and beauty.

Simplicity

41. The Laws of Simplicity65 by John Maeda

ISBN: 978-0262134729

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The Laws of Simplicity offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design — guidelines for needing less and actually getting more. The author explores the question of how we can redefine the notion of “improved” so that it doesn’t always mean something more, something added on.

Books To Keep Track On (Not Released Yet)

42. Five Simple Steps: Designing For The Web67 by Mark Boulton

Five Simple Steps

Five Simple Steps teaches you how to design your website using the principles of graphic design. Five chapters, each covering a core subject: Ideas and Research, Typography, Grid Systems, Colour, Layout and Form. The book focuses on applying the core principles of graphic design to the web.

43. Web Form Design: Best Practices68 by Luke Wroblewski

A comprehensive work about the modern approach to design web forms, achieving optimal user experience and avoiding common usability mistakes.

Footnotes

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  39. 39 http://www.digital-web.com/articles/css_mastery/
  40. 40 http://www.digital-web.com/articles/css_mastery/
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    a refreshing shower, 24.

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    What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?

    Answer:
    With this book by my side ? … well perhaps no so perfect but would help… =)

    Book:
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    Morning wood.

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    New SM post in my RSS reader to make the rest of my day at work easier.
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    Coffee! Always Coffee! 36

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    a Clear view out of my window -18

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    *snooze* 10

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    #29
    A cup of tea, sipped leisurely in my garden.

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    Stretching and exercise
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    nothing. everyday is perfect.

    #19

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    A slightly rainy morning sky, and the fond memory of a similar day resulting in a comfort that says, “today will be exceptional”.

    #5

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    Snooze for another 5 minutes.
    °24

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    Marius Bastiansen

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    Smile 9

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    my alarm clock;)
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    That “new mail” sound.
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    gumption – 39

    Thanks!

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    make your dreams come true
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    5 Minutes of silence and stillness to collect my thoughts and prepare for the day.

    #7

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    Fresh orange juice

    No. 28

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    The aroma of fresh brewed coffee
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    A nice song

    #19

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    a deep breath

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    Purpose 24

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    Thanks for all, No.18

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    Smiles and ideas

    35

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    Listen to the birds sing! #33

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    A bowl of müsli and a glass of water

    8

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    Nice wakeup song.
    35

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    Reading Smashingmagazine.com News!
    Number of book: 26

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    A smile, from your partner, your kids, your pet or even yours in the mirror.
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    Stretch, breath.

    12

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    No plans.

    22

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    Michael from Pro Blog Design

    September 4, 2007 5:26 am

    Snow. Lots and lots of snow. Enough to give you no choice but to accept that you’re barricaded in the house today, so you may as well turn over for another hour. ;)
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    design.No.18

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    Tea—drink of the gods, № 20

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    File> New…

    #5

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    look the sky and breath and design.No.12

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    Prayer
    28

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    (18) – A winning lottery ticket – come on now, we are all thinking it :-)

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    Orange Juice. 41

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    Coffee and a positive outlook.

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    2. Thinking with Type

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    “turn on” my computer.No.12

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    32

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    Unfortunately, a glass of water and a Paxil, so that I can interact with the human beings of this planet. 41

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    Turning on the PC

    26

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    SMILE

    #2 (Thinking with Type)

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    Best thing to start the day: coffee!

    Book I’d like:
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    Chocolate Rain
    #6

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    Knowing you get paid to do what you love

    Book #12

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    File> New…

    #5

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    Smile

    12

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    A prayer for the day to come.

    number 24…, I’ll buy the rest of them :D

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    Silence.
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    Google Reader

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    A cup of jasmine green tea

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    Silvia :D

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    weather
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    hitting the pillow at 1am safe in the knowledge that you just hit a 12pm deadline
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    Sending a bill to a client.

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    All tickets closed on Trac :)

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    The best thing to start a perfect day is to accept the flow of time and things and jump into the waters of unexpectness. Feel like a child and make everyone else happy and smile with you.

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    Beeing alive

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    I always start my day with coffee and RSS feeds of my design sites, such as Smashing Magazine.

    Item # 12 would be very nice.

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    my family…

    book 12…

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    When in the morning my wife says she loves me … what else!

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    Sweet list, thanks…

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    The one you love
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    Morning Prayer.
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    File> New…

    #5

    (Congrats, keep up the great work)

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    One kiss of my girldfriend

    12. The Designers Complete Index (Boxed Set)

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    Energizing breakfast that envigorates you: Fresh fruit + strong tea…

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    Venti skinny caramel macchiato + well-designed newspaper! ;p

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    Refreshing jog
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    Inspiration from my dreams. 12

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    Sex of course!

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    September 4, 2007 6:12 am

    Sunshine 35

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    The smell of freshly cut grass on a beautifully crisp spring morning!
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    A big, hairy spider in the shower.

    #12

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    A new idea
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    hope

    # 34

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    A naked girl in my bed (if there is one), or my new iMac (if there is none). 18

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    Red Garland or Erroll Garner playing something familiar… :)

    #13

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    My Wife. 7.

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    A kiss from my wife waking me up at 10am.
    book # 40

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    #35
    a glass of orangejuice

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    September 4, 2007 6:16 am

    a glass of perfect orange juice
    #9

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    sunshine
    #36

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    breakfast
    33

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    waking up to your favorite song

    book 6

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    Your three years old son jumping up and down your bed …

    number 18 please … :-)

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    The one you love.

    #12

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    Liturgy of the Hours (prayer)

    #41

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    My wife and son 19

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    A hot shower. (Book #41)

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    dousing with cold water
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    Caffeine.

    #5

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    My dog tongue on my face. 18!

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    Radio 4 telling me the world isn’t as bad as I’d thought.
    No. 24

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    #32

    Sunshine.

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    strawberry smoothie
    10

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    A quick run in the park to hear the trees and the birds, and feel your heart beat. Before sitting down in front of the computer all day.

    #32

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    Design dilemmas solved right before you wakeup.

    Number 7

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    brian eno.

    #17.

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    Stevie Wonder

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    #12 A cigarette, a cafetiere of coffee, some Otis Redding and a smile from my wee bairn

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    Coffee!
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    A Glass of Milo.

    #28

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    motivation not to waste the day – 21

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    SMASHING MAGAZINE ON MY RSS!!!!

    #12

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    a weekend :)

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    Juan Pablo Colasso

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    a cup of white tea (in a peaceful environment)

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    A Day Off
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    my wife – 27

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    to want create and innovate

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    A whole lot of new articles/links on my RSS feeds, especially movie trailers!

    #22

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    My iPod actually having battery power left for the morning bus ride….

    book # 18 looks puurty, thanks.

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    to want create and innovate

    31

    (i forgot the book at the previous response)

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    A piping hot cup of Kenyan Peaberry coffee.

    no. 10

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    Miguel Martiarena

    September 4, 2007 7:09 am

    jalea real. I don’t know how to translate it. it’s made by bees, like honey, but not sweet.

    #39

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    Diet Coke and Newsreader #24

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    a nap
    #22

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    Thumping loud music to keep my eyes open.
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    A chocolate glassed donut ^_^

    30

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    A project I actually like doing and care about.
    15

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    Black coffee, free wifi, and a new project. (12)

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    no regrets
    #18

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    To feel energized and well rested.
    #35

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    smile + music + sunshine + coffee + newspaper 37

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    a nap!
    Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design 28

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    Bacon, sausages, fried egg, mushrooms, fried bread, beans, orange juice and coffee: stunning.
    22

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    Feeds.

    #35

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    Another lover under my covers.
    7.

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    A really big cup of coffee. 22

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    Hope.
    And Bacon.

    #1

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    Hearing the words “I love you”

    #30

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    Pot of coffee already made

    24

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    A nice long bike ride
    #24

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    my fiance 22

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    The best thing to begin one day is, an idea that turns into a design that could affect the major number of persons 12

    0
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    The morning sun coming in from all sides, the smell of the pacific ocean, my fiance by my arms and my great dane by my feet. And then having the choice to either to wake up or go back to sleep.

    0
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    A warm smile from a loved one.

    27.

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    Getting ready for work and then realizing that it’s Saturday.

    #33

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    some one who tell you good morning,
    #31

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    The morning sun coming in from all sides, the smell of the pacific ocean, my fiance by my arms and my great dane by my feet. And then having the choice to either to wake up or go back to sleep. – 35

    forgot to put in choice because I got too excited

    0
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    scratching the butt for about 10mins

    no: 22

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    espresso. (#3)

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    no alarm clock!
    #12

    0
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    Sorry for TRIPLE POSTING, I refreshed and couldn’t see my response. So I re-posted in case it didn’t register my comment. I’m sorry, and congrats on a great year.

    0
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    Prayer
    35

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    my wife’s smile
    no.33

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    The sweet smell of 2-stroke Vespa engine as I scoot off to work in the morning sunshine.
    24

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    A hug!
    27

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    blowjob
    28

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    Coffe, rss, kiss from my girlfriend.

    #31

    0
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    Morning sex
    #3

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    kiss from my girlfriend + coffee + family

    #31

    0
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    Sunshine

    35

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    Google Reader
    2

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    A clean slate.

    Book number 3 please!

    0
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    A warm kiss.

    22

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    Breakfast
    27

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    Phil From Loreauville

    September 4, 2007 8:43 am

    Knowing that what I’ll be doing that day has a reason and a purpose.
    24

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    Definitely sunshine.

    27

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    Shoes on.
    #2

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    Diet Coke
    11

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    The Future.
    #39

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    a favorite song – 18

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    A brisk bike ride to work.
    40

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    rain. 27

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    rain
    27

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    this one is optimistic..

    0
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    Get a smack.

    #19

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    A kiss from your love one.
    #38

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    this one is optimistic..

    #27

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    Brian Eno’s “The Plateaux of Mirrors”

    #21

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    A flash of inspiration.

    #12

    0
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    Fresh coffee, scones and a walk around the neighborhood (and a kiss from the wife!). 15

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    A cowboy breakfast – cigarette and fresh coffee.
    20

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    My partner’s happy face.

    Number 8, please.

    0
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    strong hot tea
    #2

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    A can of Monster Energy Drink.

    #2

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    I believe it was Ben Franklin who said nothing starts a morning off better than a sharp jolt. I tend to agree.

    I love waking up to purpose, however.

    (#39 for me :)

    0
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    Time with Jesus.
    35.

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    Green tea and fruit. Health is delicious.

    #2, Thinking With Type

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    Inspiration

    27

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    cuddles
    #34

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    Late, to a day of no plans, with sunshine pouring in your open window.
    #12

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    “What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?”

    …a fresh idea

    0
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    GOD
    #25

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    “What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?”

    …a fresh idea

    #18

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    Smiley.
    #16

    0
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    A phone call. On the other line, opening words: “You’re not gonna believe this!”

    #32

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    Laugh and love :)) :X :D #33

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    A call of a client saying thanks

    #31 !!

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    Quiet Prayer Time
    #28

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    Coffee.
    #12

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    prayer
    #7

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    peace and quite
    #7

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    Music

    #35

    0
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    a vision.
    #24

    0
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    Sunshine
    #34

    0
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    “What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?”

    Good mood…

    Book #36

    0
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    My beautiful, pregnant wife and that life that is being created inside her!

    #12

    0
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    Firing up Firefox to find that SmashingMagazine (set as homepage) has a new article up.

    #21

    0
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    Enjoying everything in life that is free.

    #27

    0
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    going back to bed, without a care in the world.
    #1

    0
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    A breeze coming through the window.

    #12

    0
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    sound of the ocean (well…maybe sex).

    #7

    0
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    Best thing to start the day: Having had enough sleep.

    Book: #27

    (What happened to #23 – Bulletproof Web Design?)

    0
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    Tea
    25

    0
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    Bacon and eggs
    18

    0
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    Inspiration of any form
    #34

    0
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    wonder
    #3

    0
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    smashingmagazine
    30

    0
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    Work

    30

    0
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    Smashing Magazine, sex and rock’n’roll!
    #25

    0
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    Coffee!!
    #20 – logo me baby!

    0
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    07:30am – Finishing working on a website. Going to sleep …

    #31

    0
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    Alvaro Guzman Galvez

    September 4, 2007 10:46 am

    a single kiss… and maybe a little bit more…

    0
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    Christopher Phillips

    September 4, 2007 10:49 am

    Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
    23

    0
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    dream, wake up, jot down ideas, be inspired
    12

    0
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    Smile
    40

    0
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    Michael David Austin

    September 4, 2007 10:54 am

    Good sleep, no alarm clock, and a big breakfast.

    #21

    0
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    Enthusiasm
    18

    0
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    A good laugh!
    #12

    0
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    Firing up Firefox to find that a new article has been posted to SmashingMagazine.

    #21

    0
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    coffee

    no. 18

    0
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    leftover Chinese food
    2

    0
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    going for a long run in the woods and then coming back to make love with my sweetie who is still sleeping
    book 9

    0
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    sun shining through the sheers, tail wagging the dog, cat purring in my ear, scent of fresh coffee drifting up the stairs…I wake up with a smile every day.

    #1

    0
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    smashingmagazine!

    #20

    0
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    Kiss of my wife and orange juice.
    Prioritizing Web Usability

    0
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    ambition
    31

    0
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    Wake up thankful and blessed for living another day.

    Would like 27.

    0
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    Jill - GlossyVeneer

    September 4, 2007 11:20 am

    Enough sleep.
    #28

    0
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    being loved and being important and being nice for everyone.
    #18

    0
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    A good night’s sleep.
    #40

    0
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    Creative spark and motivation to finish project…
    No. 7

    0
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    a shower.
    #7

    0
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    Waking up with an empty mailbox
    12

    0
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    Perfect Health

    37

    0
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    coffee, google reader and skype….
    13

    0
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  292. 292

    pulling the blankets off to hit the alarm and crawl back in bed…

    #25

    congrats to one year!

    0
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    SUNSHINE
    22

    0
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    Breakfast while watching Diggnation.

    #2

    0
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    sunrise
    37

    0
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    A work ethic #34

    0
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    The sound of the heavy pour of rain on the roof.

    0
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    I start my mornings with a deep breath and a massive stretch. Everything seems easier after that!

    #12 would be my pick!

    0
  299. 299

    My girl snuggling into my arms in bed.

    Grid Systems in Graphic Design – Müller-Brockman #7

    0
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    Also: #27.

    0
  301. 301

    clean air
    #12

    0
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    .david-gray {lost: songs;}
    no. 3

    0
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    Blueberry pancakes!!

    Number twelve.

    0
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    Fresh air

    The Designers Complete Index

    12

    0
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    Google reader showing latest from smashing magazine :-)

    28

    0
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    smile and have a positive outlook, that today would be a good day, for you and for everyone else..:)

    #35

    0
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    Coffee
    #28

    0
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    Honeybush tea (African, really nice), #13

    0
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    Snuggling with my wife before getting out of bed for the day.

    #7

    0
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    A fresh cup of chai.
    18

    0
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    With GOD; ALIVE …nice touch if also my site get dugg!
    -Kotler & Armstrong “Principles of Marketing”
    #24

    0
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    Knowing that this day belongs only to my, I can work for anyone, invent anything.. (this happens only when I’m not going to school or work, but I think, that my life is great anyway, just think of humble people, I don’t think they can do what they want, even during holidays..)

    I like number 30

    0
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    my little baby’s smile
    24

    0
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    Inspiration.
    (19)

    0
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    The smiling face of my little seven-month old boy.

    #28

    0
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    Cigarette
    $18

    0
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    A kiss and snuggle with my wife. Well, actually anything with my wife. :-)

    28

    0
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    I will go for #27 – CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions.

    0
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    My son – 26

    0
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    A colorful illustration.

    0
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    A colorful illustration. #24

    0
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    An Iced Americano. yummmy!

    #7 Grid Systems in Graphic Design

    Congrats on the year.

    0
  324. 324

    waking up with a new idea lurking and going for a great cappucino at Kaffebar.

    #38

    0
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    Smile!

    #15

    0
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    freedom
    41. The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda

    0
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    Planning
    25

    0
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  329. 329

    passion for work
    12

    0
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    ataraxia | no. 12

    0
  331. 331

    Wilco #35

    0
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    sunrise jog / run

    0
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    Stuart Montgomery

    September 4, 2007 1:08 pm

    A challenging goal.
    22.

    0
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    Sweet soft kisses followed by the arrival of a tray of decadently appointed home-made waffles and tea.

    #2

    0
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    vacation
    40

    0
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    The girl you are in love
    #12

    0
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    breathe deeply and smile
    #20

    0
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    Smile :-)

    #24

    0
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    A bike ride before dawn

    #5

    I love your site. I’ve been an avid reader for months now (lurker). Deep down, I know that the internet is like a fire that your site helps fuel.

    0
  340. 340

    a soft kiss from my lover

    22

    0
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    Running and cold shower.
    39

    0
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    an idea
    25

    0
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    SMILE :) – #2

    0
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    Energy, good mood and inspiration :)

    0
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    SEX *@$%+*&!!!*%$@*

    S-S:) Smashing Smile)
    E-Enthusiasm
    X-eXcitement

    #41 please

    0
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  347. 347

    Energy, good mood and inspiration

    #12

    P.S. I forgot to mention the book number in my first entry.

    0
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    Ham & Eggs for breakfast
    #30

    0
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    Smile and determination to follow your dreams.

    #36

    0
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    The perfect day starts with a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast at a sunny place in the garden.

    18

    0
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    Nutella
    2

    0
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    A big portion of good music to wake up (“Wake Up!” by Boo Radleys, “Gentle People Are Love” by Gentle People, “William, It’s Really Nothing” by The Smiths or something similar).
    18

    0
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    Shower, coffee, breakfast, work-out, coffee again…

    21

    0
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    the thought that you have nothing to worry about today
    28

    0
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    Expectation of interesting event
    #28

    0
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    Choice #35

    0
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    The best thing to start a perfect day with is the knowledge that I have the potential to create something unique and beautiful on that day. A day is full of infinite possibilities and ideas. The inspiration for this comes from waking up next to someone unique and beautiful, and that motivates me more than coffee, or chocolate or deadlines. It gives me an early glimmer of happiness that can turn into something rich and imaginative.

    #34

    0
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    an Apple

    #3

    (I kove Mac :-)

    0
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    The sun rising on the sky.

    -24. The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

    0
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    crumpets.

    12

    0
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    coffee :-)
    #30

    0
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    Giving one hundred kisses to my loved one, and telling her how much I enjoy waking up next to her. How much she’s giving me strength to be creative and innovative every day, as well as happy man.

    Letterhead and Logo Design 9 by MINE
    ISBN: 978-1592531820

    0
  363. 363

    Reviewing the latest from my feeds in Google Reader… #24

    0
  364. 364

    Surfs’up>Firefox 27

    0
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    Smile.
    18

    0
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    Sex, caffeine and FireFox.

    0
  367. 367

    Thoughts about how the dream would/should end. #25

    0
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    Sex, caffeine and FireFox.

    #17 please

    0
  369. 369

    Coffee. 22.

    0
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    no plans – 12

    0
  371. 371

    A really good cup of coffee.

    #5

    0
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    freedom to go whereever fate takes you – 18

    0
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    No mails from the boss in my inbox.
    #18

    0
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    my Girlfriend

    24

    0
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    The Power of Myth #1

    0
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    A smile!

    #18

    0
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  378. 378

    dilbert & coffee
    31

    0
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    The best thing to start the perfect day is to answer the question “What can I do for my special someone today…” and then carry out the action.
    #2

    0
  380. 380

    Coffee!
    30

    0
  381. 381

    Being bare foot on the grass

    #41

    0
  382. 382

    Frozen Grapes

    #22 Designing with Web Standards

    ;o)

    0
  383. 383

    Best way to start morning: the slow 60 sec fade-in alarm to iTunes playlist of your choice on the mac… then heading to that gorgeous new 30″ display to turn it off. theheeee. ok, sorry. Still, pretty damn good.

    #7

    0
  384. 384

    Inspiration
    31

    0
  385. 385

    Ideas
    7

    0
  386. 386

    vacation
    35

    0
  387. 387

    A cigarette and a cup of coffee, combined with the 4 minute walk to my day job. (39)

    0
  388. 388

    RSS :)

    #20

    0
  389. 389

    My MAMA telling me “Wake UP!!!! U r late for work”.:)

    - 7

    0
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    Waking up cancer free.

    #2

    0
  391. 391

    12

    Please & Thank You.

    0
  392. 392

    The best way to start a day is to sip the coffee while skype-chat with friend before start to work.

    #13 is it.

    0
  393. 393

    A fog-less head.

    12.

    Please & Thanks You.

    0
  394. 394

    A smooth kiss by your partner and a caress to your cat.

    0
  395. 395

    With a Yawn and stretch

    0
  396. 396

    no pain in the back, oh yes god, yeah! =)

    #17

    0
  397. 397

    Plans.
    23.

    0
  398. 398

    Yoga, daily excercise

    #28

    0
  399. 399

    Beautiful evidence, thanks

    0
  400. 400

    A Clear Mind and Excitement to get to work.

    #18

    0
  401. 401

    Coffee and toast
    12

    0
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    the next smashing magazine news
    #24

    0
  403. 403

    coffee and reading about a Cubs win #7

    0
  404. 404

    a perfect lay #18

    0
  405. 405

    Hugging my two little girls.
    #24

    0
  406. 406

    Cuddles in bed.
    7

    0
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  408. 408
  409. 409

    “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed .
    28.

    0
  410. 410

    toothpaste.

    0
  411. 411

    coffee
    #21

    0
  412. 412

    toothpaste.

    10

    0
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    music, coffee and morning press. 13.

    0
  414. 414

    self-confidence, dead earnest and smile
    #2

    0
  415. 415

    A good cup of coffee while enjoying the view of distant snow-covered mountains through my windows ( i wish !) 17

    0
  416. 416

    a large cup of coffee, while I watch my 1-year old daughter wrestle with her slice of bread

    18 Letter head and logo

    0
  417. 417

    Browsing last night’s patch of interesting Flickr photos via my feed reader.

    #37, please :)

    0
  418. 418

    Fresh design to cut & code and no rush.

    28

    0
  419. 419

    Rajaraman ramanujam

    September 4, 2007 3:03 pm

    Kiss

    #18

    0
  420. 420

    Smashing Magazine
    #30

    0
  421. 421

    imagination #12.

    0
  422. 422
  423. 423

    Breakfast. 35.

    0
  424. 424

    a beautiful sunrise
    #18

    0
  425. 425

    Smashing Magazine!

    0
  426. 426

    Giving the bottle to my baby
    #41

    0
  427. 427
  428. 428

    lots of smiles & sunshine
    #13

    0
  429. 429

    Smashing Magazine.
    27

    0
  430. 430

    Pray…

    #32

    0
  431. 431

    petros dimitriadis

    September 4, 2007 3:11 pm

    breakfast
    number: 18

    0
  432. 432

    Beethoven
    #35

    0
  433. 433

    music. (there is nothing better than the music in your soul)

    36

    0
  434. 434
  435. 435

    Mother
    36

    0
  436. 436

    Running Safari to see if there is a new post ;-)
    28

    0
  437. 437

    a sunshine,and my wife smile
    #21

    0
  438. 438

    Bloemencorso
    28

    0
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    A beautiful song. #39

    0
  440. 440

    coffee with an extra kiss from my beloved ones..

    #4

    All the best from germany,
    Oli

    0
  441. 441

    awake

    0
  442. 442

    a smile
    7

    0
  443. 443

    The best thing to start a perfect day with is a kiss. 22

    0
  444. 444

    kids smile !!

    9

    0
  445. 445

    Rock music – 37

    0
  446. 446

    awake

    book 1

    0
  447. 447

    Caffeine #37

    0
  448. 448

    Living = being alive

    12

    0
  449. 449

    Sunshiny day
    #25

    0
  450. 450

    sunlight

    0
  451. 451

    sun on my face :-)
    26

    0
  452. 452

    My husband.
    8

    0
  453. 453

    Sunlight. 26

    0
  454. 454

    Curiosity.
    40

    0
  455. 455

    Driving to the office in my Jag.

    No.28 – Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design

    0
  456. 456

    optimism
    10

    0
  457. 457

    sunlight. 26

    0
  458. 458

    My girldfriend’s face. She’s like an angel.

    #41

    0
  459. 459

    Curiosity.
    40

    ps : forgot to give my correct email the first time…

    0
  460. 460

    The fact that a new day holds no bounds.
    9

    0
  461. 461

    happiness

    0
  462. 462

    a dish with a bit time and a cup full of sunshine
    18

    0
  463. 463

    a smile
    #18

    0
  464. 464

    16 goats, 9 sheep, 6 pigs, 4 chickens & 1 walrus.

    Without any shadow of a doubt, 37.

    0
  465. 465

    Sun shining, birds singing and all round nice weather.
    26

    0
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    A Rose Tattoo
    #18

    0
  467. 467
  468. 468

    waking up with the confidence that i am not the one, who have to sort all this comments :)

    #20

    0
  469. 469

    Opening eyes

    #24

    0
  470. 470

    Morning call to my GF #24

    0
  471. 471

    My 2-years old daughter, waking up from sleep and saying: “Daddy, I luv you”.
    21

    0
  472. 472

    big breakfast 13

    0
  473. 473

    sleepy sex

    #7

    0
  474. 474

    with a smile of my two tween boys, my wife and fresh news from my feed reader
    #24

    0
  475. 475

    wake up – turn around cause you know you still have 10mins to stand up
    #18

    0
  476. 476

    the smiles of my little daughters #27

    0
  477. 477

    smell of coffee and sunshine outside
    35

    0
  478. 478

    Sun, good article on Smashing Magazine and cup of tea….
    21

    0
  479. 479

    Spoons

    12

    0
  480. 480

    love & kisses

    31

    0
  481. 481

    Open your eyes! #36

    0
  482. 482

    Best thing to start a day with is a spontaneuos sex with your loved one before you even open your eyes, and then a smell of fresh black coffee to start up your day…

    #13

    0
  483. 483

    Yorkshire tea – like tea used to be.

    #35

    0
  484. 484

    Coffee
    34

    0
  485. 485

    Good idea how to arrange your day.

    2

    0
  486. 486

    A Smashing Magazine post.
    28

    0
  487. 487

    Cereals #27

    0
  488. 488

    Bacon sandwich and a dollop of ketchup. Oh, and my beautiful girlfriend.
    18

    0
  489. 489

    swimming at sea and wi-fi connection in the beach… ideas become easily

    #12

    0
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    Deep breath, then only one joint poke, then Gogogogo!
    #40

    0
  491. 491

    ideas
    41

    0
  492. 492

    the snooze button #2

    0
  493. 493

    nice looking MRTGs …

    0
  494. 494

    The sound of silence. (.ie. no alram clocks on the weekend).

    p.s. I don’t usually enter competitions but that prize had me drooling first thing in the morning.

    0
  495. 495

    Telling someone important to me that I love them.

    #7 please.

    0
  496. 496

    Hot Coffee and a toast
    #27

    0
  497. 497

    Amarjeet Singh Rai

    September 4, 2007 4:12 pm

    Branflakes

    28

    0
  498. 498

    A decent full-on English breakfast – sausage, tomato, eggs, bacon, beans, mushrooms, bread. :)
    10

    0
  499. 499

    Amazing, Excellent, Remarkable: Thanx

    12

    0
  500. 500

    The sound of silence (.ie. no alarm clocks on the weekend).

    23.

    0
  501. 501

    Open notepad, practice 30mins of automatic writing.
    #41

    0
  502. 502

    waking up next to my girlfriend and realizing it’s Saturday
    24

    0
  503. 503

    I set my clock for 15 min. later so that i can dream in my creative aura yet more!

    #12

    0
  504. 504

    a kiss from the wife, a “good morning daddy!” and lots of smiles and hugs from my 2 year old twins!

    I’d love any of these books, but if forced to choose I’d have to plump for either No.39 or No.41.

    Great list!

    0
  505. 505

    espresso
    #36

    0
  506. 506

    A smashing idea!
    #13 please.

    0
  507. 507

    Tranquility
    12

    0
  508. 508

    Coffee & sandwich #30

    0
  509. 509

    read my feeds – 31 please.

    0
  510. 510

    turning off the alarm clock

    #39

    0
  511. 511
  512. 512

    music
    #17

    0
  513. 513

    Sun 10am on the alarm clock.

    #22, please.

    0
  514. 514

    Not being waked up by an alarm clock
    24

    0
  515. 515

    a power to do something great

    #33

    0
  516. 516

    a kiss from your girlfriend
    40

    0
  517. 517

    Photohsop CS2 and MAC OS X

    No. 12

    0
  518. 518

    My boss calling me after the second Aspirin: “Do you have the same splitting headache? Let´s go to the park and have a drink.”

    #28

    0
  519. 519

    PHOTOSHOP CS2 & MAC OS X

    No. 12

    0
  520. 520

    Music that you like and love, which will make even a bad night of sleep go all away.
    #24

    0
  521. 521

    Café et croissant

    #12

    0
  522. 522

    What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?

    the snooze button :)

    #35

    0
  523. 523

    the memory of a nice dream
    #24

    0
  524. 524

    A smile of my little daughter – though it’s 5am…
    #40

    0
  525. 525
  526. 526

    listening to the full album of Mob Hits while preparing for work. book 27

    0
  527. 527

    The mid-day news
    39

    0
  528. 528

    Being alive!

    #32

    0
  529. 529

    With my Tai chi practice and a glass of lime juice, to make my mind and body load with peace and clear.

    # 22

    0
  530. 530

    feeling the warm skin of the person you love
    41

    0
  531. 531

    Waking up next to my beautiful Wife!
    24

    (Man, I love this website!)

    0
  532. 532

    a sweet embrace and a big cup of tea
    12

    0
  533. 533

    Read smashingmagazine.com

    #18

    0
  534. 534

    blue sky, #12

    0
  535. 535

    A loooooooong breakfast.

    #36

    0
  536. 536

    happiness (, because of -
    beloved one (, with who to drink -
    tea (, while checking bills, you see -
    that the bill for phone is a half of what you have expected to be.

    - #20

    0
  537. 537

    Feeling alive and healthy
    41

    0
  538. 538
  539. 539

    Finding out there was only 1 browser in existence that we have to develop for…would be better than sex!

    0
  540. 540

    sex
    39

    0
  541. 541

    Coffee
    #9

    0
  542. 542

    oh whoops….
    #18

    0
  543. 543
  544. 544

    The realisation that my office is just next door – and that I can sleep that little bit longer

    No. 30

    0
  545. 545

    smashing-magazine.

    #41

    0
  546. 546

    …open your eyes.

    #12. The Designers Complete Index

    0
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    Coffee, bacon sandwich & inspiration.
    7

    0
  548. 548

    a creative idea, which you can use later that day in your work
    # 20

    0
  549. 549

    The perfect solution to the problem you had the night before..
    30

    0
  550. 550

    Simply sex with my beloved beautiful girlfriend

    #33

    0
  551. 551

    The smell of napalm.. (18)

    0
  552. 552

    Sunshine
    #24 “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design”

    0
  553. 553

    a phone-call from our colleagues at work telling we won the jackpot lottery !

    # 35

    0
  554. 554

    sunshine
    37

    0
  555. 555

    Sleep
    22

    0
  556. 556

    Breakfast of the Champions

    #8

    0
  557. 557

    Your favourite song that comes up on the radio as soon as u turn it on.
    #9

    0
  558. 558

    A huge smile and lots of enthusiasm
    32

    0
  559. 559

    A glass of cool water
    25

    0
  560. 560

    get up early
    #30

    0
  561. 561

    A Perfect Day Actually.
    #12

    0
  562. 562

    Apple

    #10

    0
  563. 563

    comics
    20

    0
  564. 564

    Hitting the snooze one last time #27

    0
  565. 565

    a plain :)
    3

    0
  566. 566

    marlboro menthol
    #2

    0
  567. 567

    Smile, coffee and music
    #41

    0
  568. 568

    green tea
    #31

    0
  569. 569

    Beside your loved
    #32. Thanks.

    0
  570. 570

    Knowing that I’ve got a full day ahead to learn/do something new

    #41

    0
  571. 571

    опохмел

    0
  572. 572

    a kiss from my girlfriend

    #15

    0
  573. 573

    A prayer.

    #35

    0
  574. 574

    the realisation that you’ve woke up 1 hour before you’re due to get up, and that you’ve never felt as comfortable in your life as you do now.

    #28

    0
  575. 575

    Knowing that I’ve got a full day ahead to learn/do something new…

    #41

    0
  576. 576

    opohmel
    17

    0
  577. 577

    today friday!
    12

    0
  578. 578

    coffee #10

    0
  579. 579

    All the web / typo / graphic news
    35

    0
  580. 580

    Nice long shower.

    #17

    0
  581. 581

    fantastic

    0
  582. 582

    bacon butty and a hot coffee

    #2

    0
  583. 583

    A kiss from my wife (excuse me, it’s my wedding anniversary today, so I’m feeling a little ‘slushy’)
    20

    0
  584. 584

    cigarette, good music and cup of tea
    18

    0
  585. 585

    smashingmagazine.com, of course!

    7

    0
  586. 586

    Eivind Ingebrigtsen

    September 4, 2007 5:48 pm

    Breakfast – 7

    0
  587. 587

    A shower and a good espresso

    #31

    0
  588. 588

    A great ideea! :D

    #28 Transcending CSS

    0
  589. 589

    A smile.
    #27

    0
  590. 590

    Caffe macchiato #40

    0
  591. 591

    Smile n kiss my girl, the other stuff like inspiration, ideas, new project offers, … will come later and always will be welcome

    18

    0
  592. 592

    A good list to read!!!

    #18

    0
  593. 593

    sex and chocolate, together if possible.
    30

    0
  594. 594

    Optimism for the future, Realism for the past.
    #27

    0
  595. 595

    New gadget in my Kitty.
    #24

    0
  596. 596

    cafeine & nicotine

    7

    0
  597. 597

    a hug from my girlfriend..
    26

    0
  598. 598

    My puppy jumping on my bed …
    7

    0
  599. 599

    Knowing you can roll over and go back to sleep.

    #34

    0
  600. 600

    awakening :o)
    9

    0
  601. 601

    Bible
    37

    0
  602. 602

    To wake up! – 17

    0
  603. 603

    Pray
    Number: 5

    0
  604. 604

    Fresh Coffee

    #25

    0
  605. 605

    A hearty breakfast! #2

    ps: is this international? :D

    0
  606. 606

    being completely clean and not have any more test for my primitive nueroectodermal brain tumor.

    #12

    0
  607. 607

    Design idea
    #31

    0
  608. 608

    MY toilet (I hate different wc then mine, even the best equipped in the world.

    40

    0
  609. 609

    The awareness that’s Sunday Morning :P

    #32

    0
  610. 610

    good morning sex
    #12

    0
  611. 611

    Sheesh, cawfeee! What kind of question is that?

    no.26: CSS: The Definitive Guide

    0
  612. 612

    family. book#41

    0
  613. 613

    A great article by Smashing Magazine, read in Firefox or on another standards compliant browser.

    18

    0
  614. 614

    An open mind and a kind heart.

    Book number 24 :]

    0
  615. 615

    Saying “thank you” #12

    0
  616. 616

    a bicycle ride
    40

    0
  617. 617

    Welcome the new day with a smile then sleep again since it’s still morning :D

    #18

    0
  618. 618

    good tune
    34

    0
  619. 619

    enough sleep 38

    0
  620. 620

    The feeling of being loved from someone, that you love and adore.

    0
  621. 621

    A breath.
    #24

    0
  622. 622

    Love
    24

    0
  623. 623

    green tea
    5

    0
  624. 624

    Deep breath – 35

    0
  625. 625

    Sliding down the stairs on a duvet.
    17

    0
  626. 626

    Kiss of my girl.
    7

    0
  627. 627

    Two beloved women in the same bed :D
    #10

    0
  628. 628

    A perfect start for me is..

    Is to know i am not depend to no-one or any thing. I have a good inspired job and a roof over my head.

    I would like to choose a book have have been thinking to buy #24 please

    Thanks for this post.. These post makes me to buy a couple of these awesome books.

    0
  629. 629

    Seek God’s protection and blessings!
    31

    0
  630. 630

    Alexander Smerdov

    September 4, 2007 6:45 pm

    Perfect girlfriend
    #2

    0
  631. 631

    5km jogging
    # 31

    0
  632. 632

    Reading news beginning with Smashing Magazine.
    13

    0
  633. 633

    A big breath of fresh air!

    #17looks great!

    0
  634. 634

    Realize that i am alive. 17.

    0
  635. 635

    not reading email

    40

    0
  636. 636

    reading the news while taking a big crap – 18

    0
  637. 637

    Daniel Condurachi

    September 4, 2007 6:49 pm

    What is the best thing to start a perfect day with?
    The best book to start a perfect is day is the Bible. Yes, it is, even for a professional design. God is the greatest designer ever. Just look at yourself how wonderful you were designed. The Bible heps me how to create and how to relate with my designs.

    Book from the list: 37. The Elements of User Experience

    0
  638. 638

    A shit, shave and a shower!

    #17

    0
  639. 639

    Good news in the feeds
    #28

    0
  640. 640

    waking up
    24

    0
  641. 641

    Time with God + coffee + nice music before the daily chaos begins. (28)

    0
  642. 642

    Every day I’m waking up next to my beautiful girlfriend Monika. And this is the best what can happen to me. For those who are not as happy as I am, remember one of my favorite quotes: “If I am to be happy, why not start from today?” :). no. 18

    0
  643. 643

    An email telling me I have gotten a free book
    12

    0
  644. 644

    Black Coffee and cigaret

    0
  645. 645

    knowing im getting book #24 for free :o)

    0
  646. 646

    Hapiness – 17

    0
  647. 647

    Sunlight on my face and singing birds in the trees :)

    0
  648. 648

    Kisses.

    #24 – The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

    0
  649. 649

    Smile, kiss and Coffee.
    Thank you for being interesting.
    No. 13 please.

    0
  650. 650

    ignorance
    #7

    0
  651. 651

    Sunshine through the curtains

    Book 41

    0
  652. 652

    Best mornings start with orgasm and sunshine!

    18. Letterhead and Logo Design 9 by MINE
    ISBN: 978-1592531820

    Regards from Slovenia

    0
  653. 653

    A blank page. #10

    0
  654. 654

    joy 21

    0
  655. 655

    Sunshine through the curtains…

    40

    0
  656. 656

    Sunshine on my face#2

    0
  657. 657

    a glass of whisky

    22

    0
  658. 658

    warm sunlight and the sound of birds chirping through my window ^_^

    #28 please

    0
  659. 659

    that aha moment- when the problem you couldn’t solve last night suddenly seems perfectly clear.
    7

    0
  660. 660

    Be sure that everyday I’ll better!

    #1

    0
  661. 661

    A deep breath and optamism

    #10

    ;)

    0
  662. 662

    good cup of coffee
    #10

    0
  663. 663

    sunny weather
    35

    0
  664. 664

    Sun and sound of the waves out of the window.

    37

    0
  665. 665

    Maurice Gonzenbach

    September 4, 2007 7:19 pm

    Music, coffee and sunday. No. 13
    Thanks guys, keep those articles coming!

    0
  666. 666

    Finding out that while sleeping you came up with the perfect solution to a design problem that you were stuck with for days.

    #24

    0
  667. 667

    A brisk walk on crunchy leaves and frosty air!

    #21

    0
  668. 668

    Running 10 km, clearing mind (and floats of the night).

    #39

    0
  669. 669

    A shower
    #18

    0
  670. 670

    Music is a great way to start any morning

    #13 please.

    0
  671. 671

    The missing sound of the alarm clock because you woke up just before it goes of.
    #34

    0
  672. 672

    long hug
    #35

    0
  673. 673

    Bright Future!
    24

    0
  674. 674

    A hug from my daughter and a toasted bagel
    10

    0
  675. 675

    Opening the window in front of the beach in a sunny day, a perfect day only can be a sunny day :)
    31

    0
  676. 676

    With those flexible twin sisters doing their morning stretches
    28

    0
  677. 677

    I like starting a day with smile.

    Book:
    Professional Ajax
    by Nicholas C. Zakas, Jeremy McPeak, Joe Fawcett, 2nd edition

    0
  678. 678

    Smile :)
    2

    0
  679. 679

    coffee 31

    0
  680. 680

    thinking about nothing
    40

    0
  681. 681

    I love waking up, start up my laptop and listen to podcasts while I do my morning routine.

    #24, please.

    0
  682. 682

    Hitting the snooze button and sleep another 15 minutes. (31)

    0
  683. 683

    sex
    #38

    0
  684. 684

    The smell of fresh-ground coffee. No.2 please.

    0
  685. 685

    anticipation
    27

    0
  686. 686

    My girlfriend Gisela!

    #40

    0
  687. 687

    a brees of fresh air (#37)

    By the way: congrats on your aniversity. Keep up the good work, love the mag!

    0
  688. 688

    Love 28

    0
  689. 689

    every morning you can open your eyes and see the sun shine, your ten fingers are well.

    0
  690. 690

    every morning i can open my eyes and see the sun shine, feel my ten fingers and legs are well.
    No.5

    0
  691. 691

    Waking up . . . realizing it’s your wedding day . . . ( 24 )

    0
  692. 692

    Anticipation of doing something creative
    #35

    0
  693. 693

    No late projects… and many new exciting technologies !
    #2

    0
  694. 694

    lucid dream
    24

    0
  695. 695

    Realizing that you woke up an hour too early :)
    #19

    0
  696. 696

    A clean face. #35

    0
  697. 697

    A good song. 3

    0
  698. 698

    A nice cup of tea.
    #28 please.

    0
  699. 699

    a beautiful smile, a gentle hug and a long juicy kiss from my true love.
    #18

    0
  700. 700

    Quake =)
    #32

    0
  701. 701

    smile, 37

    0
  702. 702

    A smile
    12

    0
  703. 703

    imagination

    #22

    0
  704. 704

    # 37

    an idea
    a hangover
    or a thud

    0
  705. 705

    Coffee. 24

    0
  706. 706

    weekend
    13

    0
  707. 707

    The best thing to start a perfect day with would have to be the end of extreme poverty in the world.
    #12

    0
  708. 708

    My husband. :)

    0
  709. 709

    The site of my beautiful wife lying next to me.
    #12

    0
  710. 710

    Maurice Gonzenbach

    September 4, 2007 8:28 pm

    music, coffee and sunday. No 13
    Thanks guys, keep those great articles coming!

    0
  711. 711

    Inspiration.
    # 15.

    0
  712. 712

    great health!
    #12

    0
  713. 713

    triple shot of espresso

    #24

    0
  714. 714

    A new idea.

    No 12.

    0
  715. 715

    a clear day.

    #10

    0
  716. 716

    Waking up in a different country…
    #18

    0
  717. 717

    The perfect day would start with No alarm clocks or alarm radio, no screaming kids and dogs. The day should start with quitness and of ourse that big mug filled with (dutch) coffee! no 9

    0
  718. 718

    My Husband. :-)

    #9

    0
  719. 719

    An enthousiastic moment, an idea, a remark or an announcement so that I don’t need coffee to wake up.

    #22

    0
  720. 720

    The best thing to start the perfect day with,
    have to be waking up feeling safe and being with the people you love. The rest is up to you.

    #24

    0
  721. 721

    Quite obviously, a strong caffeinated beverage. 10.

    0
  722. 722

    Arriving at work and finding out your first meeting’s cancelled and you have time for coffee
    25

    0
  723. 723

    Direction

    0
  724. 724

    A long black coffee
    #7: Grid Systems in Graphic Design

    0
  725. 725

    My wife and son

    15

    0
  726. 726

    A healthy breakfast.
    #2

    0
  727. 727

    Sunshine 15

    0
  728. 728

    My son’s smile
    40

    0
  729. 729

    A proper coffee and a good book

    #31

    0
  730. 730

    imagination
    18

    0
  731. 731

    A hug from someone you love!

    26

    0
  732. 732

    Hot shower, and a cup of hot coffee!

    #2

    0
  733. 733

    Amos Moses Griffin

    September 4, 2007 8:44 pm

    a rousing round of prank phone calls to your wicked Boss. (#2)

    0
  734. 734

    A laugh
    13

    0
  735. 735

    Coffee :)
    Book #12

    0
  736. 736

    Expectations

    0
  737. 737

    -Wake up, rub my dog’s stomach, and kiss my wife

    -18

    0
  738. 738

    My wife hugging me, possibly on sunday morning so we can stay in bed. :)

    #9

    0
  739. 739
  740. 740

    Expectations

    #18

    0
  741. 741

    Dong (Mac starup sound)

    31

    0
  742. 742

    typ0 #33

    0
  743. 743
  744. 744

    A bike ride

    29

    0
  745. 745

    win a book @ smashingmagazine.com

    27

    0
  746. 746

    A Quickie!

    24

    0
  747. 747

    Sunday morning … Waking without the sound of the alarm on the clock, a kiss from my sweet loving wife, a hug from my ten months old son, and laughters all over!!! -nothing can be possibly better to me-
    30

    0
  748. 748

    The best thing to start the morning with is curiosity.

    10. 1,000 Graphic Elements: Details for Distinctive Designs

    0
  749. 749

    To wake up to the sunrise, rather than an alarm clock makes a perfect day.

    #30 – Professional Web 2.0 Programming

    0
  750. 750

    Waking up with my face smeared across the keyboard after an (almost) all-nighter to discover that stroke of sudden brilliance you acheived at 4.30am:
    a) still makes sense
    b) still looks good
    c) Is still extractable from the repetitive “rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” your nose has created whilst “smooshed” against the keyboard!
    Hurrah!

    Book #12 isn’t out yet down here in NZ so i think that could do me nicely in the joneses stakes.

    Cheers…

    0
  751. 751

    Cornflakes! I just love them! 10

    0
  752. 752

    A lot of caffeine.

    #26

    0
  753. 753

    seattle’s best coffee

    37

    0
  754. 754

    A cup of hot coffee
    13

    0
  755. 755

    love
    20

    0
  756. 756

    coffee 7

    0
  757. 757

    Sex and a big Smile.

    30

    0
  758. 758

    I get up first in my house, and it always cheers me up to glance at my girlfriend sleeping — usually with our fat cat draped somewhere on her person.

    24, please!

    0
  759. 759

    prayer #37

    0
  760. 760

    Smile.

    30

    0
  761. 761

    contentment
    #12

    0
  762. 762

    Waking up with a new exciting idea for something, be it project, art, web design, etc.

    10

    0
  763. 763

    Answer: sunshine after a good stretch
    Book I want: The laws of simplicity

    0
  764. 764

    my beautiful girlfriend next to me
    12

    0
  765. 765

    revolution No. 9

    0
  766. 766

    with my huge cat, menace, sniffing my nose and mouth as he sits on my chest — his not-so-subtle wake up call

    41
    The Laws of Simplicity
    by John Maeda

    0
  767. 767

    A nice shower.

    #17

    0
  768. 768

    coffee
    #41

    0
  769. 769

    shower
    #41

    0
  770. 770

    Coffee.
    12!

    0
  771. 771

    Gratitude that I’m able to add goodness to the world community

    37

    0
  772. 772

    4 shots of long-pour espresso
    #35

    0
  773. 773

    Everyday is a perfect day, just some days we forget to think so. 21

    0
  774. 774

    Silence
    28

    0
  775. 775

    Sleeping in. #17

    0
  776. 776

    shower, prayer and coffee! (sunshine is a bonus)
    12

    0
  777. 777

    Realizing you don’t have to get up yet and can go right back to sleep. 24

    0
  778. 778

    A bowl of cereal
    #33

    0
  779. 779

    waking up & thinking about the working day ahead…then realising its saturday #24 plz :o)

    0
  780. 780

    waking up
    35

    0
  781. 781

    A smile showing teeth! 24

    0
  782. 782

    Knowing that you have 5 more hours to sleep.
    29

    0
  783. 783
  784. 784

    wake up and take deep breath.

    #22

    0
  785. 785

    Shower

    #35

    0
  786. 786

    A hot shower and a cup of coffee.

    #18

    0
  787. 787

    A coffee and a browser

    12. The Designers Complete Index

    0
  788. 788

    A knock on the door from the post-man … delivering my 40+ books
    #33

    0
  789. 789

    A smile of my son :)
    #9

    0