The Unabridged Contents of my Nightstand

In no particular order…

Designing Identity, Marc English

Fantastic Folders and Exceptional Envelopes, Patricia Belyea and Jenny Sullivan

three issues of Interior Design magazine

two boxes of tissues

one empty caffeine-free Diet Coke can

The Delaware Business Ledger, January 2008

Service Included, Phoebe Damrosch*

1,000 Restaurant, Bar, & Cafe Graphics, Luke Herriott

Remarkable Restaurants, Francisco Asensio Cerver

Architectural Digest, November 2007

two issues of Fortune magazine

one black Slick Writer, fine point

two pads of small sticky notes

three rolls of 35mm film

Black and White and Two Color Design, Lesa Sawahata

1776, David McCullough

The Great Bridge, David McCullough

four issues of Dynamic Graphics

How magazine, February 2008

one lamp, one alarm clock, a bookmark my daughter gave me

8–10 pieces of scrap paper, two with middle-of-the-night blog ideas scrawled on them

a black Uniball Vision pen, micro point (Vision… what else?)

Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi**

Great Design Using Non-Traditional Materials, Sheree Clark and Wendy Lyons

a huge (2”) folder full of half-written blog articles and snippets of titles and ideas for future posts

one pair of Levi’s


Yah, yah. How does it all fit? It’s a huge three tier medical stand of some sort. (Shh! Medical-inspired is so 90s.)

I think you might just find a few good ideas for your own Experience Design learning sitting on my stand, or at least get an appreciation for all the stuff I stuff into my head in order to let the overflow of ideas pour onto these pages…

According to one source, 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school ( via Get inspired, and don’t let this happen to you!

What’s on your nightstand? Write your unabridged contents below so we can be inspired by your nighttime reading!


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson


*I read Service Included last weekend in one sitting. I literally couldn’t put it down. It’s a memoir of the highest heights to which Experience Design can aspire, and the inevitable human reality behind even the finest facade. Gripping, catty, behind-the-scenes look at the theatre that a great restaurant can be. Think laterally, and you’ll find that Ms. Damrosch is giving tips you can use no matter what industry you’re in. Don’t miss the story of the man who raved about dessert.

**I’d like to shelve Keith Ferrazzi’s fabulous book, but almost every day since I bought and devoured it last summer I think, “let me just read that one part again,” or, “what was it he said about X?” I can’t put it on the big shelves, so far away in the living room, because I’m still coming back for his fresh perspective on the intermingling of business and relationships in this brave new Experience economy, over and over again. You will, too. If there’s one book on my stand that you ought to own, it’s this one.