Ten creative books you should have read

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Amelia Ebdon

From punk poetry to the Bauhaus utopian vision, let these books inspire you to new heights of creativity. Straight from the Alice Made This team's personal libraries. 

Design

The works that have inspired our design development to date

Design as Art, Bruno Munari: Learn to make things better. Munari delves into the artistic possibility of modern design.
A Life of Creation, Charlotte Perriand: A design force to be reckoned with. Perriand recounts her association with Le Corbusier as well as her time at Les Arcs.
The Art of Looking Sideways, Alan Fletcher: A complete and utter joy. Filled with quotes and inspiration. Let it fall open and see where you end up.  
Information is BeautifulDavid McCandliss: How the world really works. Visual data galore. 
Bauhaus: Art as Life, The Barbican:  Exemplar works from Bauhaus masters.

 

Words

The linguistic brilliance that made us stop and reevaluate. 

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell: A dystopian masterpiece that becomes more relevant with every year that passes.
Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh: Where that bathroom scene started out. Choose life.
The Rachel Papers, Martin Amis: Bizarrely moving and satirically sexual.   
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote: Turning the everyday into the completely captivating. Take a trip into the mind of a murderer. 
The Pleasures of the Damned, Charles Bukowski: The best from a true renegade poet. Think of every punk band you love. They came from Bukowski. 

 


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