Thinking April 9, 2020

Reading List
Books on change

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Book covers on change

The recent world events have impacted our lives, our interactions, and our behaviors in endless, unexpected ways.

While there’s a lot of uncertainty to this moment in time, the one thing that seems certain is change. Here are some of our team’s favorite books on the topic. Enjoy reading!

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dand Heath

Recommended by Service Design Director Sara Bellini

Open by Andre Agassi

So much more than just a tennis biography.

Recommended by Interaction Designer Giacomo Ferrari

La Notte della Repubblica by Sergio Zavoli

My grandparents went through WW2, my parents lived during the time of domestic terrorism. This book chronicles the latter in 1970s Italy. If this pandemic is the bad hand my generation has been dealt with, history teaches us to stay strong and look forward to the positive changes.

Recommended by Lighting Design Director Carlo D’Alesio

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Recommended by Senior Graphic Designer Ahmad Qatato

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Recommended by Senior Graphic Designer Ahmad Qatato

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Recommended by Senior Graphic Designer Ahmad Qatato

Principles by Ray Dalio

A book to evolve well and fast, to embrace reality and to deal with it.

Recommended by User Experience Designer Dario de Micheli

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Recommended by Lead Designer Ivana Babic

Politics of the Everyday by Ezio Manzini

Beautiful and illuminating book on our times and on the need for social innovation.

Recommended by Design Manager Federico Casotto

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Leguin

A sci-fi novel about a society that tries to realize the anarchist ideal. Full of insights about our societies.

Recommended by Design Manager Federico Casotto