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.
480 books
An Intimate History of Humanity
Theodore Zeldin
A World Without Time
Palle Yourgrau
Autobiography of a Yogi
Parmahansa Yogananda
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Playing and Reality
D. W. Winnicott
The Historian as Detective
Robert W. Winks, ed.
The Professor and the Madman
Simon Winchester
The Future of Life
Edward O. Wilson
The Nashville Number System
Chas Williams
And the Sea Is Never Full
Elie Wiesel
The World Without Us
Alan Weisman
The Beak of the Finch
Jonathan Weiner
Unobtrusive Measures
Eugene Webb
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Alan Watts
The Wisdom of Insecurity
Alan Watts
Consider the Lobster
David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
David Foster Wallace
Earth in Upheaval
Immanuel Velikovsky
Worlds in Collision
Immanuel Velikovsky
The Theory of the Leisure Class
Thorstein Veblen
Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci
Paul Valéry
Applied Grammatology
Gregory Ulmer
The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World
Jenny Uglow
If You Want to Write
Brenda Ueland
Beyond Geography
Frederick Turner
Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan
Ibn Tufayl
Shadow of the Silk Road
Colin Thubron
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