Mr. Murphy

Designer, Writer and Speaker


I’ve always wanted to systematically catalogue and record my reading, but I’ve never had the time to give that the thought it needs. This page finally addresses this.

Reading is incredibly important to me, it informs my thinking and it keeps my mind alert. This page – and an associated reading history page – is largely personal, to hold myself accountable (and to underpin my thinking with relevant citations). I hope others might find the page useful; I’ve certainly found gathering everything in one place a useful exercise.

I’ve listed the books using Harvard Referencing, however, in a slightly modified form, listing authors’ full names. The dates in smallprint following titles record my most recent date of reading.

Recent Reading

I finished the following half-dozen books recently:

Explore my reading history…

Required Reading

As an educator I frequently find myself recommending books to others. The following books – loosely categorised – focus on core principles that will serve any self-respecting designer well, forming the backbone of a comprehensive library.

If I had to recommend just one book, it would be Peter Drucker’s Managing Oneself. I recommend it to my masters students and re-read it at least once a year myself. It’s short, to the point and filled with valuable advice that will help you get the most out of life.

Managing Oneself

Innovation and Idea Generation

Design Theory

Design Principles




Get in touch…

If you’ve written or published a book that you think I’d enjoy reading, I'd love to hear from you.