DESIGNERS & BOOKS: Books Every Designer Should Read

February 9, 2012


It reaches a point in life when one discovers, terrified, that there isn’t enough time to read all the books –or see all the films– we want before retiring to an unknown city empty of cellulose. If we didn’t have enough with the essential classics, new editions come out every day to complicate even more our task. As with so many pages we risk going a little bit crazy, it is normally a good idea to turn to recommendations.

Designers & Books is exactly what it promises to be: designers recommend books. Different important figures, from fields such as architecture, graphic design, fashion design or product design, suggest publications that have been meaningful for them, helped with their training or were a turning point in their practice. Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Milton Glaser, Cynthia Rowley or Elizabeth Diller are some of the more than 90 names that make up this project, which never stops growing. The most popular books are Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi, Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) by Le Corbusier and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. This last one is a clear example of how not everything is lines and geometric shapes and that designers also need a dose of fiction to carry on drawing.

In the end, design is nothing more than inventing the world every day.

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