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
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
Charles Seife
A Year with Swollen Appendices
Brian Eno
The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
Worlds in Collision
Immanuel Velikovsky
The World Without Us
Alan Weisman
A World Without Time
Palle Yourgrau
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Friedman
World Champion Openings
Eric Schiller
Wonder Bread & Ecstasy: The Life and Death of Joey Stefano
Charles Isherwood
A Woman in Berlin
Marta Hillers
The Wisdom of Insecurity
Alan Watts
Wilderness and the American Mind
Roderick Nash
The Wilder Shores of Love
Lesley Blanch
Where Good Ideas Come From
Steven Johnson
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
Malcolm Gladwell
What the Buddha Taught
Walpola Rahula
What Am I Doing Here?
Bruce Chatwin
West with the Night
Beryl Markham
Weltfremdheit (Worldly Innocence)
Peter Sloterdijk
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
Philip Gourevitch
The Warren Commission Report
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Voices of the Old Sea
Norman Lewis
The Voices of Silence
André Malraux
Visions of Excess
Georges Bataille
The Venturesome Economy
Amar Bhidé
The Varieties of Religious Experience
William James
Unobtrusive Measures
Eugene Webb
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