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
Wiener Werkstätte: Kunst und Handwerk, 1903–1932
Werner Schweiger
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Leonard Koren
Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything
Stephen Bayley
Thinking in Systems
Donella Meadows et al.
The Substance of Style
Virginia Postrel
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
Anthony M. Townsend
The Shape of Things
Vilém Flusser
The Rise of the Creative Class
Richard Florida
The Practice of Everyday Life
Michel de Certeau
The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (vols. 1–3)
Ernst Cassirer
Pasta by Design
George L. Legendre et al.
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
R. Buckminster Fuller
Notes on the Synthesis of Form
Christopher Alexander
Nella Notte Buia (In the Darkness of the Night)
Bruno Munari
Nella Nebbia di Milano (In the Fog of Milan)
Bruno Munari
The Modern Ideal
Paul Greenhalgh
Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise, The Interface Model
Ray C. Anderson
Meine Lieblings-Flops, gefolgt von einem Ideen-Magazin
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
McMaster-Carr Catalog
Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé
Alexander von Solodkoff
Marinetti: Selected Writings
F. T. Marinetti
Le système des objets (The System of Objects)
Jean Baudrillard
The Laws of Form
G. Spencer-Brown
The Kimono Mind
Bernard Rudofsky
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