APDL summer reading 2016

Summer holidays are on the horizon which means the APDL summer reading guide is out!

We loved curating this list of our favourite design books to help you while away those free hours during the holidays. See what made this year’s list…


Disobedient Objects by Catherine Flood & Gavin Grindon

Chenoa’s picks

Program Coordinator, Chenoa is heading to a secluded beach and has a swag of books which she will be taking with her. She’s also curated some podcasts and summer jams to help you get into the summer mood!

Black Transparency: The right to know in the age of mass surveillance —Metahaven

Visual Cultures as Opportunity—Helge Mooshammer

Disobedient Objects —eds Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon

But what if we’re wrong?Chuck Klosterman

Swing Time—Zadie Smith



The Memory Palace

Song Exploder

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The Allusionist

Summer jams

Bindi Irwin Apocalypse Jam—Dan Kelly

I’m gonna be (500 Miles) cover—Mikal Cronin

Tiny House Concert with Tom Tom Brosseau and Sean Watkins

Ostrich— Y la Bamba


Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world’s most unusual libraries by Alex Johnson

Janes’ picks

Our Executive Director, Jane, loves nothing better than a well-designed library and will be borrowing this one from APDL collection for her  summer reading

Improbable libraries : a visual journey to the world’s most unusual libraries — Alex Johnson

And from the general reference of State Library, she will be reading Retro : a guide to the mid-20th century design revival — Adrian Franklin



The pool curated by Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland

Anita’s picks

Online Content Coordinator, Anita, is spending time in Sydney over the holidays and hopes to get her teeth into the following books from the Design Collection.

The pool — curated by Amelia Holliday, Michelle Tabet and Isabelle Toland

Shigeru Ban— Matilda McQuaid

The Politics of Design— Ruben Pater

Rosie Revere, engineer — Andrea Beaty (to read to her youngest child!)

Typograph.Journal Issue 4 — Nicole Phillips

Outside of the Design Collection, she will be reading an independent publication about early 20th century subdivision in Mount Eliza designed by Walter Burley Griffin as a seaside holiday destination for Melbourne. Ranelagh: A Special Place — Meg Breidahl, Diane Dick and Victoria Grounds



Carolyn’s picks

Design Lounge Coordinator, Carolyn, is set to watch another summer of tennis. Away from the courts, she keeps her mind active reading about design and innovation and she says APDL’s Design Collection serves up a couple of ace books.

Jasper Morrison A Book of Things to uncover influences of works developed by the British industrial design master.

Vision in Product Design A Guidebook for Innovators — Paul Hekkert, Matthijs van Dijk, to learn about contemporary design process models.