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CreativeMornings Community Book List No. 4: Rebelling and Creativity

For CreativeMornings theme for February 2014, we put together a list of books on rebelling and creativity. Feel free to add your favorite books to this list as well.

Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?

Metahaven is a Dutch graphic design firm that explores controversial methods within identity solutions and branding tactics in the geopolitical and corporate arenas. Its most recent publication, the ebook Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?, published by Strelka Press (Moscow), is a dissemination of Metahaven's approaches to identity design and a worthwhile read for the sake of intellectual freedoms as well as for a greatly needed undermining of conventional corporate identity-design practices.

Dada: Art and Anti-Art

From the Publisher (Thames & Hudson). ''Where and how Dada began is almost as difficult to determine as Homer's birthplace," writes Hans Richter, the artist and filmmaker closely associated with this radical and transforming movement from its earliest days.

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $9.95 From the Publisher. Damn Good Advice is a look into the mind of one of America's most legendary creative thinkers, George Lois (the original "Mad Man" of Madison Avenue). Offering indispensable lessons, practical advice, facts, anecdotes, and inspiration, this book is a timeless creative bible for all those looking to succeed in life, business, and creativity.

Design Revolution

From the Publisher. In January of 2008, with a thousand dollars, a laptop and an outsized conviction that design can change the world, rising San Francisco-based product designer and activist Emily Pilloton launched Project H Design, a radical non-profit that supports, inspires and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design.

The Fountainhead

The struggles of brilliant young architect Howard Roark locked in a conflict between creative genius and social convention, a theme that author Ayn Rand would later develop into an idealistic philosophy known as Objectivism.

Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book

"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic," Carl Sagan memorably asserted, and nowhere is the physical making of a book more akin to the making of magic than in the work of Dutch book designer and artist Irma Boom-the youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Gutenberg Prize and a denizen of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, which includes more than 50 of her books.

The Medium is the Massage

From the Publisher (2008 edition). Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage remains his most entertaining, provocative, and piquant book. With every technological and social "advance" McLuhan's proclamation that "the media work us over completely" becomes more evident and plain.

Mirko Ilić: Fist to Face

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $29.25 From the Publisher. Mirko Ilić has a reputation as a rebel, but his iconoclasm is matched with tremendous gifts as an illustrator, a designer, and an educator. Ilić is a visionary and a leading voice of visual culture across disciplines and continents.

Steve Jobs

From the Publisher. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years-as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues-Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Dada: Art and Anti-Art

From the Publisher (Thames & Hudson). ''Where and how Dada began is almost as difficult to determine as Homer's birthplace," writes Hans Richter, the artist and filmmaker closely associated with this radical and transforming movement from its earliest days.

Things I have learned in my life so far, Updated Edition

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $45.00 From the Publisher. In 2006, Stefan Sagmeister published Things I have learned in my life so far, a book born from a running list he keeps in his diary.

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $9.95 From the Publisher. Damn Good Advice is a look into the mind of one of America's most legendary creative thinkers, George Lois (the original "Mad Man" of Madison Avenue). Offering indispensable lessons, practical advice, facts, anecdotes, and inspiration, this book is a timeless creative bible for all those looking to succeed in life, business, and creativity.

Design Revolution

From the Publisher. In January of 2008, with a thousand dollars, a laptop and an outsized conviction that design can change the world, rising San Francisco-based product designer and activist Emily Pilloton launched Project H Design, a radical non-profit that supports, inspires and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design.

The Fountainhead

The struggles of brilliant young architect Howard Roark locked in a conflict between creative genius and social convention, a theme that author Ayn Rand would later develop into an idealistic philosophy known as Objectivism.

Irma Boom: The Architecture of the Book

"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic," Carl Sagan memorably asserted, and nowhere is the physical making of a book more akin to the making of magic than in the work of Dutch book designer and artist Irma Boom-the youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious Gutenberg Prize and a denizen of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, which includes more than 50 of her books.

The Medium is the Massage

From the Publisher (2008 edition). Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage remains his most entertaining, provocative, and piquant book. With every technological and social "advance" McLuhan's proclamation that "the media work us over completely" becomes more evident and plain.

Mirko Ilić: Fist to Face

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $29.25 From the Publisher. Mirko Ilić has a reputation as a rebel, but his iconoclasm is matched with tremendous gifts as an illustrator, a designer, and an educator. Ilić is a visionary and a leading voice of visual culture across disciplines and continents.

Steve Jobs

From the Publisher. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years-as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues-Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Things I have learned in my life so far, Updated Edition

Nonfiction, Graphic Design Suggested Retail Price: $45.00 From the Publisher. In 2006, Stefan Sagmeister published Things I have learned in my life so far, a book born from a running list he keeps in his diary.