Bruce Hannah

Product/Industrial Designer / United States / Hannah Design and Pratt Institute

Bruce Hannah’s Book List

I was introduced to reading in my junior year at Pratt by Rowena Reed Kostellow, my mentor and teacher. After reading something I’d written, she suggested that I start reading the profiles in The New Yorker. Her thinking went that if you read well-written stuff, you would write better. I suggest books to my students for that very reason.

I’ve come to understand that most books, in the end, are about design in some way or another. The plots of most novels are designed, and the people who inhabit them are all struggling with creativity in one way or another. Books are also touchstones that remind us of something (or someone) that moves us or challenges us. Reading is also just plain fun, which may be its greatest pleasure.

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Why should we be comfortable? Witold Rybczynski explores the origins of this and other ideas that have consequences beyond just our domestic well-being. His concerns expanded from trying to save the world one toilet flush at a time to looking at the design ideas that might affect all of us long before the catch-phrase “green design” took hold. Again, required reading, if you really want to be a designer.

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