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
Das Kapital (Capital)
Karl Marx
The Care and Feeding of Ideas
James L. Adams
Balfour: The Last Grandee
R.J.Q. Adams
Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom
Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Language of the Novel
Robert Alter
The Golden Book of Biology
Gerald Ames
Confessions of a Radical Industrialist
Ray C. Anderson et al.
The Letters of Mozart & His Family (3 vols.)
Emily Anderson, ed.
The Cloud of Unknowing
Anonymous et al.
The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas
On Being and Essence
Thomas Aquinas
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be
Paul Arden
A History of Private Life
Philippe Ariès et al.
The Battle for God
Karen Armstrong
In Their Own Way
Thomas Armstrong
The Book of Games
Peter Arnold
Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity
Marc Augé
The Invention of Solitude
Paul Auster
Baedeker’s Rome and Central Italy
Karl Baedeker
Notes of a Native Son
James Baldwin
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
Lester Bangs
Scenes in America Deserta
Reyner Banham
Fragments d’un discours amoureux (A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments)
Roland Barthes
The Pleasure of the Text
Roland Barthes
Oeuvres completes, vol. 1
Georges Bataille et al.
Visions of Excess
Georges Bataille
Materials for the Study of Variation Treated with Especial Regard to Discontinuity in the Origin of Species
William Bateson
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Transparency of Evil
Jean Baudrillard
The Consumer Society
Jean Baudrillard
La Sparizione dell’Arte (The Disappearance of Art)
Jean Baudrillard
Il Sogno della Merce (The Dream of Goods)
Jean Baudrillard et al.
The Ecstasy of Communication
Jean Baudrillard
L’autre par lui-même (The Other by Itself)
Jean Baudrillard
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