Mr. Murphy

Designer, Writer and Speaker


Reading is incredibly important to me, it informs my thinking and it keeps my mind alert. A substantial majority of my consultancy is focused on strategy and widening my knowledge – by reading – is critical to that.

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. I’ve listed the books using Harvard Referencing, however, in a slightly modified, human-friendly form.

Reading History

My reading history page is largely personal, to hold myself accountable and to underpin my thinking with relevant citations. If you’re interested in widening your reading, you might like to take a look.

Required Reading

As an educator I frequently find myself recommending books to others. I hope others might find this page useful; I’ve certainly found gathering everything in one place a useful exercise.

The following books – loosely categorised – focus on core principles that will serve anyone, regardless of discipline, and will form 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




As I build out this site I plan to fold in various reading lists I’ve developed over the last few years. This includes a list at GitHub, which I’ll include on this page shortly.

Writers and Publishers

If you’ve written or published a book that you think I’d enjoy reading and reviewing, I’d love to hear from you. I recommend books – and other tools – at conferences, and I review them on this site and for other publications. If you’re working on something you think I’d enjoy, please do get in touch.