Chosen Books

Invited designers and commentators have chosen these as the books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
71 books
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006–2009 Weiwei, Ai Comments:
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia Townsend, Anthony M.
Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough Tisch, Jonathan M. et al.
In Praise of Shadows Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro
Shaping Things Sterling, Bruce
The Decline of the West Spengler, Oswald
The Laws of Form Spencer-Brown, G.
Personal Space Sommer, Robert
Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé Solodkoff, Alexander von
Design Process: Olivetti 1908-1978 Shapira, Nathan H. et al.
The Craftsman Sennett, Richard
Wiener Werkstätte: Kunst und Handwerk, 1903–1932 Schweiger, Werner
Nature Design Sachs, Angeli
The Kimono Mind Rudofsky, Bernard
Grammatica della Fantasia (The Grammar of Fantasy) Rodari, Gianni
Design fai da te Recession Design,
The War of Art Pressfield, Steven
The Substance of Style Postrel, Virginia
Design Revolution Pilloton, Emily
Design for the Real World Papanek, Victor
Creative Intelligence Nussbaum, Bruce
Heraldry Neubecker, Ottfried
How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Manmade Environment Nelson, George
How to See Nelson, George
Fantasia Munari, Bruno
Nella Notte Buia (In the Darkness of the Night) Munari, Bruno
Nella Nebbia di Milano (In the Fog of Milan) Munari, Bruno
Setting the Table Meyer, Danny
Thinking in Systems Meadows, Donella et al.
McMaster-Carr Catalog McMaster-Carr Company,
Marinetti: Selected Writings Marinetti, F. T. et al.
The Laws of Simplicity Maeda, John
Pasta by Design Legendre, George L. et al.
Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement Koren, Leonard et al.
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Koren, Leonard
Pedagogical Sketchbook Klee, Paul
Module, Proportion, Symmetry, Rhythm (Vision + Value Series) Kepes, Gyorgy
Language of Vision Kepes, Gyorgy
Interface Culture Johnson, Steven
Creating with Paper Johnson, Pauline
The Dream Society Jensen, Rolf
From Atoms to Patterns Jackson, Lesley
Verf Hartog Jager, Hans den
Elements of Design Hannah, Gail Greet
The Hidden Dimension Hall, Edward T.
Design and Truth Grudin, Robert
The Modern Ideal Greenhalgh, Paul
Outliers Gladwell, Malcolm
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Fuller, R. Buckminster
I Seem To Be a Verb Fuller, R. Buckminster et al.
The Shape of Things Flusser, Vilém
The Rise of the Creative Class Florida, Richard
Design Now! Fiell, Charlotte et al.
Meine Lieblings-Flops, gefolgt von einem Ideen-Magazin Enzensberger, Hans Magnus
A Grammar of Chinese Lattice Dye, Daniel Sheets
Kitsch Dorfles, Gillo
Diderot Encyclopedia Diderot, Denis
The Practice of Everyday Life de Certeau, Michel
The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (vols. 1–3) Cassirer, Ernst
The Hot House Branzi, Andrea
Whole Earth Catalog Brand, Stewart
Cleopatra’s Nose Boorstin, Daniel J.
Stone and Steel Billout, Guy
Biomimicry Benyus, Janine M.
Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything Bayley, Stephen
The System of Objects Baudrillard, Jean
Le système des objets (The System of Objects) Baudrillard, Jean
Image/Music/Text Barthes, Roland
Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise, The Interface Model Anderson, Ray C.
Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Anderson, Chris
Notes on the Synthesis of Form Alexander, Christopher
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