Finding Design Inspiration in New and Unique Ways

Finding Design Inspiration in New and Unique Ways

During times like these, it is more important than ever for our community to support each other and look after one another. Like many companies in Denver, JNS implemented a remote-work policy earlier this month to support the health and wellbeing of our employees, as well as our communities and clients.  

Liz McDonald’s remote work space!

As our team practices social distancing, we are finding new ways to spend our free time and search for inspiration. One safe way we are doing this? Consuming lots of new books! Our team has been sharing some of their favorite recommendations in order to stay inspired and spark creativity. 

JNS Partner Tobias Strohe has been reading “In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You’re Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book,” by Joel Stein. This book offers an entertaining exploration of today’s biggest issues –- all delivered tongue in cheek. 

As an architect parent, Associate Principal Heather Vasquez Johnson’s book of choice makes perfect sense. She says the children’s book “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” the story of a construction site’s trucks turning off their engines and resting their wheels for the night, has been a daily read at her house. 

Principal Liz McDonald just finished Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,” a fascinating journey to answer the age-old question: what should I eat to be healthy? Next on her list is Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman. This psychological thriller tells the story of a couple’s shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise that forever changes the course of their lives.

Partner Tom Current has been reading “The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon,” by award-winning former investigative reporter, Basil Hero. This story shares the life lessons humanity can learn from the twelve remaining Apollo astronauts who went to the Moon.

Partner Nicole Nathan has started a book club at her household! Together, her family is reading “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” Written by John Irving, this book chronicles the adventures of John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany growing up together in a small New Hampshire town during the 1950s and 1960s.