Books for Thought and Design Inspiration

Looking for some reading material to get your gears turning and stave off springtime daydreaming at work? Then check out a new Web site, Designers & Books (, that I was privvy to receive an announcement about.

The site offers a growing resource of book titles and essays from famed designers to inspire and keep A&D professionals on top of their game. The site also features a commentators section, complete with essays and book lists by well-known curators and critics. New books and lists are added every week (on Tuesdays), such as today’s installment entitled "Books Every Architect Should Read: Seeing Things as You Have Never Seen Them Before,” by New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

Other contributors include: Shigeru Ban, Michael Bierut, Tim Brown, Norman Foster, Milton Glaser, Jessica Helfand, Steven Holl, George Lois, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Isaac Mizrahi, Massimo Vignelli, Eva Zeisel, and more; while book subjects range from classic texts, such as Complexity & Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi (which is cited on the most must-read lists), to literary works, such as Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace.

What are some of your favorite go-to reads and staple references that your fellow designers should scour through? Share them here with us.

–Stacy Straczynski

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