Frank Chimero is a designer who writes.

Design as Art

Bruno Munari

What is a Designer

Norman Potter

The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design

John Harwood

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Italo Calvino

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

Lawrence Weschler

Ways of Seeing

John Berger

Six Memos for the Next Millenium

Italo Calvino

The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation

Jacques Rancière

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

Joan Didion

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino

The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker

The Anthologist

Nicholson Baker

A Schoolboy’s Diary and Other Stories

Robert Walser

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Georges Perec

Tenth of December

George Saunders

In Persuasion Nation

George Saunders

Civilwarland in Bad Decline

George Saunders

The Shape of Time

George Kubler

I Seem To Be a Verb

R. Buckminster Fuller

Understanding Comics

Scott McCloud

A Pattern Language

Christopher Alexander

The Gift

Lewis Hyde

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

Design, Form, and Chaos

Paul Rand


Lawrence Weschler, David Hockney

Common as Air

Lewis Hyde

The Mirror: A History

Savine Melchoir-Bonnet

Collected Essays

James Baldwin


David Eagleman

In Praise of Shadows

Junichiro Tanizaki

Dream Work

Mary Oliver

The Complete Peanuts

Charles Schulz

Collected Poems

Jack Gilbert

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes (Edith Grossman Translation)

100 Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez

An Everlasting Meal

Tamar Adler


Nick Harkaway

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

Rebecca Solnit

Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste

Carl Wilson

Essays of E.B. White

E.B. White

Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson

The Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell

And the Pursuit of Happiness

Maira Kalman

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne

Sarah Bakewell

Madness, Rack, and Honey

Mary Ruefle



The Real World of Technology

Ursula M. Franklin

How to Tell When You’re Tired

Reg Theriault