I would consider myself an avid reader. After I completed my formal academic education (at least for now), I continued my growth not only by practicing multidisciplinary design but also reading literature by great designers, critics, and design philosophers. My readings range far and wide from Architecture, Interior Design, and Urban Planning to Communications, Marketing, and Advertising Design. I would say that not all that I’ve read has inspired me or radically changed the way I look at design, but obviously they have influenced how I look at design theory and practice in some way. I would recommend any of the books below to someone interested in understanding design and how we are affected by it everyday. Many of the books are quick reads and very insightful.

Grab one off of Amazon next time you are looking for something new, and, of course, let me know what you got out of it!

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A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink

Words That Work – Dr. Frank Luntz

What Americans Really Want, Really – Dr. Frank Luntz

A Pattern Language – Sara Ishikawa, Christopher Alexander, Murray Silverstein

The Experience Economy – Joseph Pine, James H. Gilmore

Made to Stick – Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Makeshift Metropolis – Witold Rybczynski

Whatever You Think, Think the OppositeW– Paul Arden

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden

Brand Sense – Martin Lindstrom

Buyology – Martin Lindstrom

Brandwashed – Martin Lindstrom

Why We Buy – Paco Underhill

What Women Want – Paco Underhill

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Just My Type – Karle Dickerson

The Idea Writers – Teressa Iezzi