Good Design Lit.

Hey Core,

I’m new to the site. So this is my first post. I’m a second year ID student and since I started school I’ve been trying to find some good books to read/buy in order to build a library of good design literature to reference and draw from, as well as read (duh). So far I’ve gotten through:

Design of Everyday Things
Laws of Simplicity
Cradle to Cradle
Sketching 5th print: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers

Any other suggestions of must read design books?



Welcome aboard Sharp.

You might try a “search” for a particular subject of interest. Here’s few recent threads we’ve covered.


I did know that you could search and I tried, but I guess I just didn’t use the right combination of keywords. Thanks for the results!

I’ve been slowly reading ‘Designing Design’ from Kenya Hara, one of the guys who started MUJI.

I’ve been following a Linked In discussion on the subject of design thinking; “If you had to pick the two best books about design thinking, what would they be?”

Here are the results as of last week, and the list continues to grow;

Roger Martin “The Design of Business”
Gordon MacKenzie “Orbiting the Giant Hairball”
Tom Kelley “The Art of Innovation”
Tom Kelley “The Ten Faces of Innovation”
Tim Brown “Change by Design”
Marty Neumeier “The Designful Company”
Thomas Lockwood “Design Thingking”
Marty Neumeier “ZAG”
Marty Neumeier “The Brand Gap”
Marty Neumeier “Innovation Workshop”
Warren Berger “Glimmer”
Roger Martin “The Opposable Mind”
Lidwell, Holder & Buttler “The Universal Principles of Design”
Rene Mauborgne & Chan Kim “Blue Ocean Strategy”
Stuart Kauffman “The Origins of Order”
Carliss Baldwin & Kim Clark “Design Rules”
Christopher Alexander “Pattern Language”
Bill Buxton “Sketching User Experiences”
Victor Papanek “Design for the Real World”
Steven Johnson “Everything is Bad for You”
Norman Potter “What is a designer”
Otto Scharmer “Theory U”
Michael Jake Gelb “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci”
E.F. Schumacher “Good Work”
Joseph A. Schumpeter
Jean Gebser
Joseph Dunne
Gregory Bateson
Don Norman “The Design of Everyday Things”
Dan Roam “The Back of the Napkin”
Don Norman “The Design of Future Things”
Don Norman “The Psychology of Everday Things”
Edward de Bono “Six Thinking Hats”
Edward de Bono “I am Right: You are Wrong”
Dan Pink “A Whole New Mind”
Johansson “The Medici Effect”
John Dewey “The Quest for Certainty”
John Dewey “Experimental Logic”
Jane Fulton-Suri “Thoughtless Acts”
“The Universal Traveller”
Michael Schrage “Serious Play”
Brunner & Emery “Do you Matter?”
E.O. Wilson “Consilience - The Unity of Knowledge”
Adam Richardson “Innovation X”
Jean Gebser “The Ever-Present Origin”
Barry Johnson “Polarity Management”
Gilber Simondon “On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects”
John Hunt “The Art of the Idea”
Gary Hamels “The Future of Management”
Arthur Koestler “The Act of Creation”
Hermann Hesse “Magister Ludi”
K. Boulding “The Image”
John N Warfield “Societal Systems”
Martin Buber
John Kao “The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity”
Roberto Verganti “Design Driven Innovation”
John Wood “The Culture of Academic Rigour”
Tony Hsieh “Delivering Happiness”
Grant McCracken “Chief Culture Officer”
Steve Krug “Don’t Make me Think”
Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt “Contectual Design”
Donald Schon “The Reflective Practitioner”
Jonah Lehrer “How we decide”
Barry Schwartz “Paradox of Choice”
Deepa Prahald “Predictable Magic”
Matthew Stewart “The Management Myth”
Nathan Shedroff “Design is the Problem”
Dev Patnaik “Wired to Care”
Thomas L. Friedman “Hot, Flat and Crowded”
Peter Merholz, Todd Wil “Subject to Change”
Atul Gawande “The Checklist Manifesto”
Daniel Miller “Material Culture and Mass Consumerism”
Eugene Halton, Mihaly Csikszentmihalhi “The Meaning of Things”
Clifford Geertz “The Interpretation of Cultures”
Bonnie A. Nardi “Context and Consciousness”
Victor Margolin, Richard Buchanan “The Idea of Design”

And the list continues to grow, . . . But this is a good starting point.

@Stu- It would be interesting to categorize subjects with ratings by members? And archive it in the Books section?
And, no, I haven’t read all of them, . . . some, but not all.

Dale, is that list in ranked order?