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
Notes on the Synthesis of Form
Christopher Alexander
Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise, The Interface Model
Ray C. Anderson
Le système des objets (The System of Objects)
Jean Baudrillard
Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything
Stephen Bayley
Cleopatra’s Nose
Daniel J. Boorstin
The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (vols. 1–3)
Ernst Cassirer
The Practice of Everyday Life
Michel de Certeau
Diderot Encyclopedia
Denis Diderot
A Grammar of Chinese Lattice
Daniel Sheets Dye
Meine Lieblings-Flops, gefolgt von einem Ideen-Magazin
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Design Now!
Peter and Charlotte Fiell
The Rise of the Creative Class
Richard Florida
The Shape of Things
Vilém Flusser
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
R. Buckminster Fuller
I Seem To Be a Verb
R. Buckminster Fuller
The Modern Ideal
Paul Greenhalgh
The Hidden Dimension
Edward T. Hall
Elements of Design
Gail Greet Hannah
From Atoms to Patterns
Lesley Jackson
Creating with Paper
Pauline Johnson
Interface Culture
Steven A. Johnson
Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement
Leonard Koren et al.
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Leonard Koren
Pasta by Design
George L. Legendre et al.
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