One Book and Why

One Book and Why: Graphic Designer Stefan Sagmeister Recommends . . .

By Stefan Sagmeister May 11, 2023

This month in our series “One Book and Why,” graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister recommends A Year with Swollen Appendices, a book of essays, msuings, and observations by rock music provacateur Brian Eno, prominent since the 1970s when he founded the band Roxy Music.  

A Year with Swollen Appendices by Brian Eno, 25th-anniversary edition (paperback), 2023. 

The book is in the form of a diary for the year 1995 and covers topics from David Bowie to war in the Balkans. First published in 1996, it has been reissued in a 25th anniversary edition just released in paperback with a new introduction by the author.

“It’s filled with useful descriptions of strategies, interesting for anybody who is working in the world of ideas and beauty. I am always astonished at just how very smart some people are—Brian is one of them.” — Stefan Sagmeister


By Brian Eno
25th anniversary edition, paperback, 480 pages
2023 (first published by Faber & Faber in 1996 and reissued in hardcover in 2021 and paperback 2023)
Published by Faber

Find other books recommended by Stefan Sagmeister  and Books by Stefan Sagmeister on Designers & Books. Sagmeister’s newest book, Now is Better, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2023.

Find previous installments of “One Book and Why” on Designers & Books. In this occasional series, we ask designers to recommend one book that has inspired them recently — and why it did.

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