RESEARCH

The reading list I used for research had two goals. One was to study books and films that explain an entire profession or world view to a general audience. Two, different kinds of design media written for other designers.

My career began in 1993 studying design at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, and I’ve read and studied design over my lifetime. I did revisit some books I read when I was much younger, but now with the eyes of someone who wanted to write for everyone, rather than the first time, where I read wanting to become a better designer myself.

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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, Lawson
    • Tragic Design, Jonathan Shariat and Cynthia Savard Saucier
    • 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
    • Articulating Design Decisions, Tom Greever

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