As a foundation to this podcast here are the essential apps I use, books I read, web sites I visit, the people I follow, the video I watch and more as a starter kit for all creatives to use when listening to this podcast.

Apps:

These are the apps that I use every day and cannot live without or create without.

Evernote

Create a project to-do list. Jot down a reminder. Or snap a picture of a sketch. A note can be anything you want it to be. And once you make a note, it’s accessible wherever you go, forever.
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Pocket

Save For Later. Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.
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Flipboard

Flipboard is your personal magazine, the single place for all your interests, used by millions of people everyday. Reading, collecting and sharing stories you care about.
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AppyGeek

Appy Geek is a specially designed app for technology enthusiasts that lets you track the latest and most relevant topics across technology and innovation.
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Paper by FiftyThree

Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease.
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Mindly

Mindly helps to organize your inner universe through mind mapping. Give a structure to your thoughts, capture ideas, plan a speech, take notes. It is up to you. 
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Books:

These are the books I have learned the most from and find the most inspiring.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.
By Scott Belsky Buy it here

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
It isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand.  The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process.
By Todd HenryBuy it here

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that lead to stagnation and introduces practices that will keep you on a true and steady course.
By Todd HenryBuy it here 


FINDING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”
By Ed CatcallBuy it here

Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice
Louder Than Words offers specific strategies and tactics for uncovering, developing, and bravely using your authentic voice to create a body of work you are proud of, that resonates deeply with others, and that ultimately impacts the world. 
By Todd HenryBuy it here

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.
By Tom KelleyBuy it here

 

CAREER GROWTH

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.
By Jocelyn Glei Buy it here

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career
With wisdom from 21 leading creative minds, 99U’s Maximize Your Potential will show you how to generate new opportunities, cultivate your creative expertise, build valuable relationships, and take bold, new risks so that you can utilize your talents to the fullest.
By Jocelyn Glei Buy it here


CREATIVE THINKING

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
By Simon SinekBuy it here

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
As Simon Sinek noticed in his travels around the world, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. Some of these teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. 
By Simon SinekBuy it here

 

DESIGN THINKING

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Design thinking is not just applicable to so−called creative industries or people who work in the design field. It′s a methodology that has been used by organizations such as Kaiser Permanente to increase the quality of patient care by re−examining the ways that their nurses manage shift change‚ or Kraft to rethink supply chain management. This is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders seeking to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization‚ product‚ or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.
By Tim Brown – Buy it here


WORK ETHIC

The Nature and Art of Workmanship
This is one of the classic books on craftsmanship and design. In it, David Pye explores the meaning of skill and its relationship to design and manufacture. Cutting through a century of fuzzy thinking, he proposes a new theory of making based on the concept of good workmanship and shows how it imparts all-important diversity to our visual environment.
By David PyeBuy it here


BEING CREATIVE IN A CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace
Originally self-published and already a business “cult classic”, this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.
By Gordon MacKenzieBuy it here


PRESENTATION SKILLS

Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life
In Steal the Show, New York Times best-selling author, top-rated corporate speaker, and former professional actor Michael Port teaches you how to make the most of your own moments in the spotlight. He makes it easy to give your presentations a clear focus, engage your listeners, manage your nerves, play the right role in every situation to give your message maximum impact, and much more.
By Tom AsackerBuy it here

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds
Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about their ability to give a TED-worthy presentation. Carmine Gallo’s top 10 Wall Street Journal Bestseller Talk Like TED will give them the tools to communicate the ideas that matter most to them, the skill to win over hearts and minds, and the confidence to deliver the talk of their lives.
By Carmine GalloBuy it here


INNOVATION

The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Defeating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization
Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience managing IDEO, Kelley identifies ten roles people can play in an organization to foster innovation and new ideas while offering an effective counter to naysayers. Among these approaches are the Anthropologist—the person who goes into the field to see how customers use and respond to products, to come up with new innovations; the Cross-pollinator who mixes and matches ideas, people, and technology to create new ideas that can drive growth; and the Hurdler, who instantly looks for ways to overcome the limits and challenges to any situation. 
By Tom KelleyBuy it here

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Hooked is based on Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder—not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.
By Nir Eyal – Buy it here

 

AGILE METHODOLOGIES

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
From three partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies. A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.
By Jake Knapp – Buy it here

Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products
Design sprints not only let you test digital product ideas before you pour too many resources into a project, they also help everyone get on board—whether they’re team members, decision makers, or potential users. You’ll know within days whether a particular product idea is worth pursuing.
By Richard Banfield – Buy it here


BRANDING

The Culting of Brands: Turn Your Customers into True Believers
It will teach marketers how to align themselves with a specific segment of the population, how to attract and keep new “members,” how to establish a mythology about the company, and how to manage a workforce filled with true believers. The Culting of Brands will reveal the secrets of fierce customer identification and, most important, unbreakable loyalty.
By Douglas AtkinBuy it here

The Business of Belief: How the World’s Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe
The Business of Belief is Tom Asacker’s most compelling—and important—book yet. It will fundamentally change the way you think about your work and your life. Use it as your companion and as a guide in this fast-paced world overwhelmed by complexity and choice.
By Michael PortBuy it here

 

DIGITAL DESIGN

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.
By Steve Krug – Buy it here

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
In this how-to companion to Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product.
By Steve Krug – Buy it here


Blogs/Sites:

These are the sites I read every day, use for reference and inspiration.

99u

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A List Apart

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Digiday

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This is what inspires us

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Quartz

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PSFK

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Fubiz

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The Next Web

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Smashing Magazine

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Creative Bloq

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Highsnobiety

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RGA Futurevision

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UI Garage

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Digerati

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Pttrns

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Designer Hangout

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Conferences:

I have attended A LOT of conferences but these are the one I return to every year.

99u

The 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry. Learn from the world’s top thinkers and doers in a series of main stage talks over two days. 99U speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.
Find out more here

Adobe MAX

Where thousands of designers, developers, and business leaders will come together to learn new skills, discover the latest technologies, and discuss emerging trends. Learn directly from industry and Adobe experts and connect with peers from across industries.
Find out more here


Classes:

The online classes I have found to be worth the time and money.

IDEO U

There’s no shortage of challenges to tackle in the world. IDEO believes the world needs more creative leaders to solve these challenges. IDEO U is an online school where anyone can unlock their creative potential through design thinking and collaboration. As a part of IDEO, an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations innovate and grow. IDEO U takes a similar approach to online learning.
Learn more


People/Companies to Follow:

The smartest and most creative people I follow on Twitter.

Scott Belsky

Founder of Behance, 99U. Author of Making Ideas Happen
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Todd Henry

Author of The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, & Louder Than Words
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Simon Sinek

Author of Start With Why & Leaders Eat Last
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Eric Snowden

Adobe Senior Director of Design
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Mike Stern

Apple Design Evangelist
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Jennifer Aldrich

InVision UX & Content Strategist
Follow her on Twitter

Sina Mossayeb

Explorer. Fabulist. Designer at IDEO
Follow him on Twitter

IDEO

Global design company and creator of Design Thinking
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Facebook Design

The designers, content strategists and researchers who shape Facebook
Follow them on Twitter

InVision

A prototyping, collaboration, and workflow platform for designers
Follow them on Twitter

Designer Hangout

The Ultimate UX Community of 8,000+ on Slack
Follow them on Twitter

Google Design

The designers, content strategists and researchers who shape Google
Follow them on Twitter

Playbook

One place for all the best design thinking
Follow them on Twitter


Podcasts:

The smartest and most inspiring podcasts I listen to every week.

TED Radio Hour

A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing invention and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TED Talks from the world’s most remarkable minds.
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The Accidental Creative

Shares how to build practical, everday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work.
Listen now

Start With Why

This podcast exists to deepen our understanding of The Golden Circle so we can better harness the power of Why.
Listen now

Adventures in Design

America’s only daily morning talk show for creatives exploring the reality of trying to live your creative dreams.
Listen now


Watch Online:

Some of the best talks that I think are essential for every creative to watch.

Start With Why

Simon Sinek | TEDxPugetSound
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Making Ideas Happen

Scott Belsky
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Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek | 99u
Watch the video

How to Overcome the 3 Fears Every Creative Faces

Christoph Niemann | 99u
Watch the video

Quieting the Lizard Brain

Seth Godin | 99u
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The Art of Book Design

Chip Kidd | TED
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Your Work is a Gift

James Victore | 99u
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If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business

Simon Sinek | 99u
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How to Get People to Follow You

Simon Sinek | Inside Quest
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Watch TV:

Some of the best television shows that I think are essential for every creative who works with technology should watch.

Bloomberg Best of Technology

The best interviews and technology news highlights from the week are brought together in Best of Bloomberg Technology, a weekly long-form program, hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Emily Chang.