I just replied to this topic, and it crossed my mind to start one more specific to mechanical design engineers. Please offer your suggestions of valuable reading material for any mechanical design engineer. It can be text books or non-text book. Anything goes, so long as it relevant reading for mechanical design engineers! If you want to include in a pic of a book cover instructions for doing this are here. Here are a couple of my own offerings - things I've read recently, and would certainly recommend them: The China Price by Alexandra Harney I'm currently reading "The China Price" by Alexandra Harney. A good read! Lots of what I've been working on over the last few years has been influenced by this very thing, so it's a very relevant read for me. I wouldn't say I'm at all surprised or shocked by anything I've read in it, however... Universal Principles of Design by Jill Butler, Kritina Holden, Kritina Holden, Will Lidwell This is particularly good if you're a little bit product/industrial designy. Even if you're not it contains lots of fundamental principles will benefit a designer of any discipline. Hell - even if you're NOT a designer at all it's all damn interesting stuff! An easy and entertaining read - put it on your coffee table and dip into it now and then when the mood takes you.