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.
202 books
The Styles of Ornament
Alexander Speltz
Super Constellation
Christoph Asendorf
Technische Grundlagen zur Satzherstellung
Hans Rudolf Bosshard
Theory of Colours
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far
Stefan Sagmeister
Tools of the Imagination
Susan C. Piedmont-Palladino, ed.
Toothpicks and Logos
John Heskett
Two Lines Align
Michael Worthington
Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles 1628-1900
Cees De Jong et al.
Typographers on Type
Ruari McLean, ed.
The Typographic Desk Reference
Theodore Rosendorf
Typographic Variations (Typographische Variationen)
Hermann Zapf
Walter Bangerter et al.
Typographie: A Manual of Design (Typographie: ein Gestaltungslehrbuch = Typography: A Manual of Design = Typographie: un manuel de création)
Emil Ruder
The Uncommon Numbers Trilogy
Brenda Casey Zoby
Victorian Publishers’ Book-Bindings in Cloth & Leather
Ruari McLean
The Visible Word
Herbert Spencer
The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923
Johanna Drucker
What is a Designer
Norman Potter
Where the Suckers Moon
Randall Rothenberg
Wiener Werkstätte, Design in Vienna 1903-1932
Christian Brandstätter
William Tell
Warja Honnegger-Lavater
Women Designers in the USA, 1900–2000
Pat Kirkham, ed.
Word and Image
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA)
Word and Image: Posters from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art
Alan M. Fern
The Work of Hipgnosis
Storm Thorgerson
The World Must Change: Graphic Design and Idealism
Leonie Ten Duis et al.