Reading & Research List

My reading list has two main goals. One is to study books that try to explain an entire profession or world view to a general audience, since that’s what this book will do for design. Two, different kinds of design books that either explain aspects of design well for other designers , or cover the history of design.

Most of these are already read, and least in part. I’ll update with more detail and links in the future.

Here’s the reading list so far. Last updated 8/6/2019.

  • Books by and for designers
    • Mismatch: How inclusion shapes design, Kat Holmes
    • The Responsible Object: A history of design ideology for the future, Marjanne Van Helvert
    • The Design of Design, Gordon L. Glegg
    • Design for Hackers, David Kadavy
    • Tragic Design, Jonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier 
    • CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur babies, and T-shaped People, Warren Berger
    • Are your lights on? Gerald Weinberg
    • Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
    • Form, Function & Design, Paul Jacques Grillo
    • Design of Everyday Things (2nd edition), Norman
    • Don’t Make Me Think, Krug
    • Dark Matter and Trojan Horses, Dan Hill
    • The Vignelli Canon, Vignette
    • Design for the Real World, Papanek
    • What’s a Designer?, Norman Potter
    • Form, Function & Design, Paul Grillo
    • Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday life, John Heskett
    • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
    • Defined By Design, Kathryn H. Anthony
    • Design and Truth, Robert Grudin
    • 100 things every designer needs to know about people, Susan Weinschenk
    • Design Thinking, Rowe
    • Design Methods, John Chris Jones
    • How Designers Think, LawsonJonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier Tragic Design,
    • Form, Function & Design, Paul Jacques Grillo
    • Don’t Make Me Think, Krug
    • Dark Matter and Trojan Horses, Dan Hill
    • The Vignelli Canon, Vignette
    • Design for the Real World, Papanek
    • Ways of Seeing, John Berger
    • Form, Function & Design, Paul Grillo
    • Design as Art, Bruno Manari
    • Universal Principles of Design, Lidwell, Holden, Butler
    • The Design Book, Phaidon
    • The Idea of Design, Margolan
    • The designer’s eye: problem solving in architectural design, Brent C. Brolin
    • Form follows Fiasco: Why modern architecture hasn’t worked, Peter Blake
    • Never Use Futura, Douglas Thomas
    • Understanding Design, Kees Dorst
    • Tragic Design, Shariat, Savard Saucier
    • Articulating Design Decisions, Tom Greever
    • Design and Truth, Robert Grudin

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