To solve new problems in new ways, it helps to look beyond the typical design reading list and get a sense of historical perspective. Here are a few books and articles that address the nature and importance of language as well as what it means to create useful systems for humans.
Know your history
To create the future, it’s necessary to understand the past.
- Orality and Literacy, Walter J. Ong.
- “The Gutenberg Parenthesis,” Thomas Pettit. Pettit argues that the invention of the printing press was simply an interruption to conversational culture (http://bkaprt.com/cd/06-01/).
- “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell. No one knew better about the uses and misuses of the power of language (http://bkaprt.com/cd/06-02/).