20 Art Books Recommended By Startups


The Artist’s Way | How Buildings Learn | On Writing | Laika | Kern and Burn | How to Read a Book | Backwards and in Heels | Writing Tools | Cabin Porn

1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Have you ever longed to be able to draw or paint, write or compose music? With The Artist’s Way you can discover how to unlock your latent creativity and make your dreams a reality…


2. How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand

Like people, buildings change with age, forced to adapt to the needs of current occupations. This provocative examination of buildings that have adapted well, and some that haven’t…


3. On Writing by Stephen King

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and con…


4. Laika by Nick Abadzis

Blending fact and fiction, the amazing story of an abandoned puppy from Moscow who grew to be a Russian space program pioneer as Earth’s first space traveler is presented in comic-…


5. Kern and Burn by Tim Hoover and Jessica Karle Heltzel

Kern and Burn: Conversations With Design Entrepreneurs is a beautiful two-color book that features candid conversations with 30 leading designers who have founded startups, …


6. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to sci…


7. Backwards and in Heels by Alicia Malone

Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis, Emmy Rossum, Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham are only a few of the thousands of women in the film industry being discriminated against …


8. Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

One of America’s most influential writing teachers offers a toolbox from which writers of all kinds can draw practical inspiration. “Writing is a craft you can learn,” says Roy Pet…


9. Cabin Porn by Zach Klein and Steven Leckart

Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden for…


10. The City Out My Window by Matteo Pericoli

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


11. Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut and Helen G. Scott

One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions….Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never …


12. The Wire by Rafael Alvarez

Welcome to the critically acclaimed HBO drama series The Wire, hailed as “the best show on television, period” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times calls it “a vital …


13. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

“This guide reveals how writers can take advantage of the brain’s hard-wired responses to story to captivate their readers’ minds through each plot element” — Provided by publisher.


14. Make Space by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft

“If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at a…


15. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander and Sara Ishikawa

Two hundred and fifty-three archetypal patterns consisting of problem statements, discussions, illustrations, and solutions provide lay persons with a framework for engaging in arc…


16. The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam

The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives — to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm wh…


17. Design as Art (Penguin Modern Classics) by Bruno Munari

One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation, Bruno Munari’s Design as Art is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design tr…


18. Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture by Ulrich Conrads

Nearly every important development in the modern architectural movement began with the proclamation of its convictions in the form of a program or manifesto; the most influential o…


19. Sagmeister by Peter Hall and Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister has been variously described as a genius, maniac, tactician, exhibitionist. This definitive volume of his work will allow readers to decide for themselves. With o…


20. Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud

In 1993, Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture with the acclaimed international hit Understanding Comics, a massive comic book that explored the inner worki…


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