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