My Favorite ‘Non-Design’ Design Books

I thought I’d share another ‘old’ video with you today.

These are books that got me excited because I thought these were good books to introduce how a designer/creative mind works that was not through a textbook.

Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki

I shared this yesterday and made a video for that a few years ago.
I like this book because it reminds us to focus on the essentials. Design is about essentials–just the right amount of communication, function and personality to serve its user. Think Dieter Rams for Braun.


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

I absolutely love this book that I ended up buying it so I could take notes. It’s about a young architect who doesn’t bend towards others’ expectations and stays true to himself even when people mock his designs (that’s what I got out of it). I have found a lot of it very motivating. We can’t keep pleasing other people because of their expectations.


The Girl Before by JP Delaney

This is a thriller and that’s why it was so much fun to read. The core of this book is not about design, but I love that the author got all those design details right. He gave this beautiful example about how design can change our behavior through a staircase. He explained how that staircase has not handle so whoever is walking had to slow down and be extremely cautious as they head down the stairs. I love this because that is exactly what design does. It affects how we behave and definitely has the power to encourage us to act a certain way.
Anyway, I got carried away, but I believe those who love design will enjoy these bits of detail.

I hope you enjoyed this selection. Have you read any of these mentioned books before? I have included links to the books if you were interested.

I am reading the first two for the second time right now. I am also considering purchasing Goodbye, Things so I can take notes. Do you do that?

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