Recommended reading

One of the best ways to learn more about graduate study at RISD is to check out the latest stories on our website, the our.risd blog and in RISD XYZ alumni magazine. Updated regularly, they give invaluable context and insight into the various programs of study and student experiences.

And for those who might appreciate a few more reading recommendations as they prepare to join our learning community, the following titles have been put forward by the various graduate program directors. Intended for incoming students regardless of department, the books and essays below cover a wide range of subjects related to art, design and culture.

Recommended reading

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

“From Work to Text” by Roland Barthes

Int|AR, Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse: The Experience Economy vol. 06 edited by Markus Berger and Liliane Wong

Int|AR, Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse: Art in Context vol. 07 edited by Markus Berger and Liliane Wong

“The Pleasures of Eating” by Wendell Berry

Basics Interior Architecture 01: Form and Structure edited by Graeme Brooke and Sally Stone

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Sexuality & Space edited by Beatriz Colomina

“The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Intervention” by James Corner

Why Our Schools Need the Arts by Jessica Hoffman Davis

White Noise by Don DeLillo

On Jewellry: A Compendium of International Contemporary Art by Lisbeth den Besten

“Figures, Doors and Passages” by Robin Evans

Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism vol. 1 1900-1944 and vol. 2 1945 to the present edited by Foster, Krauss, Bois, Buchloch, Joselit

Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Technique Handbook by Pablo Helguera

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Powers of Horror by Julia Kristeva

The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski

The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig

The Upcycle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Nature and Art of Workmanship by David Pye

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective by Damian Skinner

Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University by Howard Singerman

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Adaptive Reuse. Extending the Lives of Buildings by Liliane Wong

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Native Son by Richard Wright

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara