Five books to read this summer

Jenni Schwanenberg

Once our developer José sat at the beach and a guy actually screamed at him: “Your book is work related – throw it away, here is the trash can!” Well, we just can’t go without it. If you feel the same way, take a look at our team’s recommendations.

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#1: Too big too know

The amount of accessible knowledge has changed massively. This has not only changed how we process knowledge, it has disrupted how we live in general.

It is somehow not new what you are reading, but you never thought about it. So reading helps you create better code by being more aware about what you are doing. Esp. about better communication with your team.

Recommended by Jenni Schwanenberg
Innovation Evangelist at mantro
She hates horses, but she would never let a unicorn run away.

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room


#2: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Our minds trick us every day. Daniel Kahneman explains in this book the concept of fast and slow thinking, which we usually refer to as intuitive or rational. He gives the readers advice to think slower and embrace their logic.

The book looks deep into our minds and helped me to understand how we come to conclusions. Reading the book will help you to think about how you think.

Recommended by Igor Andreichyn
Founder of ihomemoney.com and mantro’s Head of Hardware magic

Thinking, Fast and Slow


#3: Clean Code

An excellent book on how to write clean, readable, testable and maintainable code, in order to avoid unnecessary, tedious and unmaintainable code documentation.

It is somehow not new what you are reading, but you never thought about it. So reading helps you create better code by being more aware about what you are doing. Esp. about better communication with your team

Recommended by José Carvalho
Software Architect at mantro

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)


#4: Branded Interactions

The potential of interactive web applications is challenging for every designer. Design isn’t anymore just about making things nice, it is the core value of good digital products. The book guides the reader through the process of digital brand design.

I like the handbook approach of the book. It enables everybody with a basic knowledge of design to make better concepts for web products.

Recommended by Markus Ortmann
CIO of mantro
He is a design fanatic and his day has 28 hours.

Branded Interactions: Digitale Markenerlebnisse planen und gestalten


#5: Eine neue Version

The web has changed art and culture a lot. How music, movies and books are distributed has changed a lot during the rise of the digital age. This also has changed the culture itself. Dirk von Gehlen looks it at from a creator’s perspective since he is a journalist himself.

It looks at the disruption we are already using in our every day live: Contents can change through their whole lifetime. We consume in new ways and we create in new ways.

Recommended by Manfred Tropper
CEO of mantro
He would never leave a steak alone.

Eine neue Version ist verfügbar – Update: Wie die Digitalisierung Kunst und Kultur verändert