Sagi Haviv

Graphic Designer / United States / Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Sagi Haviv’s Book List

8 books
Alan Watts

The great virtue of this book is that it dissects how we’ve been trained to view life and reality in a way that both exposes the fault lines and empowers you to think anew. I aspire to be that daring when it comes to thinking independently.

Samuel Beckett

The play is a harsh critique of the paralyzing effect religion can have on people’s lives. But Beckett disguises the subject of his critique so brilliantly and yet so minimally that no one could attack him for it.

Ramtha

The author sails above common “spirituality” and delivers an existential view of life that is both heads and shoulders above average high-minded notions on the topic and utterly liberating and delicious to consider on a personal level.

Émile Zola

So much art seems arbitrary—nothing comes together. In this book the whole meaning of the name of the book, and thus the book itself, is withheld until the last paragraph. This approach is a great example of the kind of coming together and catharsis I want to experience with any form of art.

Harry Holtzman
Martin S. James

A look into the mind of the leading pioneer of abstract art. It’s amazing to see the discipline and patience it takes to think in a new way and create works of art that are completely outside of the current paradigm. It’s easy to look at someone like Mondrian through history’s retroactive approval and think it was easy. But it couldn’t be, because being a trailblazer is always hell when you’re actually doing it.

Amos Oz

Growing up in Israel, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was the most complex issue of my childhood. This book affirmed my view that it’s okay not to know who is right and who is wrong in this conflict, which by extension questions the very notion of a universal right and wrong.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The author manages to sum up and articulate the complexities of a hero with a clarity that is absolutely astonishing. The book is something for me to look to when it comes to my own initiative as a designer of logos to encapsulate great complexities in something incredibly simple and iconic.

Lewis Carroll

Coming across this book as a child introduced me to the concept of fantasy, which informs my art to this day.

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