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
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006–2009
Ai Weiwei
Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement
Leonard Koren et al.
Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough
Jonathan M. Tisch et al.
Cleopatra’s Nose
Daniel J. Boorstin
Creating with Paper
Pauline Johnson
Creative Intelligence
Bruce Nussbaum
The Decline of the West
Oswald Spengler
Design fai da te
Recession Design, ed.
Design Now!
Peter and Charlotte Fiell
Design Process: Olivetti 1908-1978
Nathan H. Shapira et al.
Design Revolution
Emily Pilloton
Diderot Encyclopedia
Denis Diderot
Elements of Design
Gail Greet Hannah
From Atoms to Patterns
Lesley Jackson
A Grammar of Chinese Lattice
Daniel Sheets Dye
Grammatica della Fantasia (The Grammar of Fantasy)
Gianni Rodari
The Hidden Dimension
Edward T. Hall
How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Manmade Environment
George Nelson
I Seem To Be a Verb
R. Buckminster Fuller
Interface Culture
Steven A. Johnson
The Kimono Mind
Bernard Rudofsky
The Laws of Form
G. Spencer-Brown
Le système des objets (The System of Objects)
Jean Baudrillard
Marinetti: Selected Writings
F. T. Marinetti
Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé
Alexander von Solodkoff