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Every other week we invite someone from the creative industries to share a rundown of their five favourite books in the whole ruddy world, which have inspired, excited or educated them.

  1. Julia-kahl-archive-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list2 Bookshelf Slanted’s CEO Julia Kahl’s Bookshelf features Bambi, Arles and international writing systems
  2. Yoshi-sodeoka-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Yoshi Sodeoka’s Bookshelf is all about design that gets better with age
  3. Two-points-net-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf TwoPoints.Net presents its Bookshelf highlighting the importance of studying other disciplines
  4. Merijn-hose-bookshelf-work-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf An insight into Merijn Hos’ favourite artists, through his Bookshelf
  5. Laura-coombs-graphic-design-regulars-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Laura Coombs presents her Bookshelf, and it’s all about attention to materiality
  6. Yarza-twins-regulars-bookshelf-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf “Brexit is the dumbest error in the history of the UK”: the Yarza Twins presents its Bookshelf
  7. Charlotte-ager-bookshelf-archive-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Books are more than visual reference for Charlotte Ager, they are studies in how to tell stories
  8. Tom-etherington-regulars-bookshelf-graphic-design-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Penguin’s in-house designer Tom Etherington talks us through his most influential titles
  9. Viktor-hachmang-bookshelf-work-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Viktor Hachmang’s Bookshelf is “a physical database of obsession”
  10. Studio-hyte-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Radical education and political activism design history: Studio Hyte presents its Bookshelf
  11. Letterform-archive-bookshelf-graphic-design-itsnicethat-01 Bookshelf The team at Letterform Archive reveal their favourite type-filled books
  12. Mother-london-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Mother Design's team pick out the books that keep them inspired
  13. Seb-agresti-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Seb Agresti picks the books that taught him more than art school ever did
  14. Martina-paukova-may-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Martina Paukova's Bookshelf features childrens' illustrations of Japan's most-wanted criminals and more
  15. Team-thursday-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Team Thursday's Bookshelf is full of souvenirs, zines and exhibition catalogues
  16. Liza-enebeis-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Eros and Playboy Braille edition feature among Liza Enebeis' Bookshelf
  17. Ken-hollings-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Writer and educator Ken Hollings outlines the cheap paperbacks that were his earliest inspirations
  18. Jamie-wolfe-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Jamie Wolfe's Bookshelf focusses on the process and thinking behind filmmaking
  19. Glasgow-womens-library-bookshelf-international-womens-day-itsnicethat-list International Women's Day Glasgow Women’s Library talks us through their favourite books for International Women’s Day
  20. Fantastic-man-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf The Fantastic Man team gives us a run-down of its favourite books
  21. Querida-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Which books inspire the beautifully considered work of Querida studio?
  22. Apartmento-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Apartamento's Bookshelf echoes “the spirit of the magazine”
  23. Regular-practice-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Regular Practice's Bookshelf helps inform its microscopic attention to type and print
  24. Thomas-traum-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Thomas Traum's Bookshelf provides a glimpse into his thoughtful and pragmatic practice
  25. Craig-oldham-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Craig Oldham's Bookshelf brings together Dracula and Louis Theroux's brother
  26. Davebell-kesselskramer-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Dave Bell's bookshelf provides unlikely sources of inspiration
  27. Charlie-fox-bookshelf-itsnicethat-1 Bookshelf "I just wanna be hit with something extreme that bewilders me": writer Charlie Fox's Bookshelf
  28. Indhira-rojas-bookshelf-world-mental-health-day-2018-itsnicethat-7 World Mental Health Day “Five books that bring me calm”: Anxy Magazine's Indhira Rojas' Bookshelf
  29. Johannaburai-bookshelf-politics-punk-list-int Bookshelf Politics, punk, and perverse optimists sit together on Johanna Burai's Bookshelf
  30. Francois-prost-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Alarm clocks, pillows, toothpaste and penises: François Prost's Bookshelf (NSFW)
  31. Mikedemspey-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Design legend Mike Dempsey shares the treasured books of his career
  32. Stefan-sagmeister-bookshelf-itsnicethat-1 Bookshelf Stefan Sagmeister's Bookshelf includes the survivors of years of clear outs
  33. Superimpose-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list-alt Bookshelf From data collection to the role camo plays in fashion: Superimpose's Bookshelf
  34. Daniel-stier-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf "A bizarre mix of playfulness and seriousness": photographer Daniel Stier's Bookshelf
  35. Clifford-jago-bookshelf-itsnicethat-12 Bookshelf "Shout out to Hannah Montana's forward-thinking design": Clifford Jago's Bookshelf
  36. Parallel-practice-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Parallel Practice's Bookshelf provides insight into its thorough understanding of graphic design
  37. Out-of-print-bookshelf-itsnicethat-42 Bookshelf A Bookshelf of out-of-print, hard-to-find and rare books from Callin Mackintosh
  38. Michael-beirut-bookshelf-regulars-itsnicethat-4 Bookshelf Michael Bierut shares the second-hand books which have "truly influenced" his practice
  39. Department-of-new-realities-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list-alt Bookshelf A 3D-rendered Bookshelf from Wieden and Kennedy's Department of New Realities
  40. Wilfred-van-der-weide-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Franziska Morlok and Miriam Waszelewski's Bookshelf explores the most interesting and unique bookbinding techniques
  41. Tea-uglow-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Google’s Tea Uglow’s Bookshelf includes “Second-wave cyberpunk” and “print wizardry”
  42. Luke-powell-jody-hudson-powell-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list-alt Bookshelf Pentagram's Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell's Bookshelf from their teenage years
  43. Charlie-engman-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list2 Bookshelf Charlie Engman's eclectic bookshelf includes Japanese display design, London barber shops and bugs
  44. Max-siedentopf-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Max Siedentopf shares the books that have influenced his downright hilarious work
  45. Books-from-the-future-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Books From The Future's Bookshelf: from Gay Sunshine Interviews to Eat This!
  46. Migrant-journal-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf From 3D scans to musical soundscapes: Migrant Journal shares its favourite books
  47. Peter-funch-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Peter Funch shares the photo books that inspire his own practice
  48. Natasha-jen-pentagram-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Pentagram partner Natasha Jen shares her most inspirational books
  49. Benjamin-nieves-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Nieves founder Benjamin Sommerhalder shares his passion for books and zines
  50. Simpsons-library-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Lisa Simpson’s bookshelf: from the curator of Instagram’s Simpsons Library
  51. Buffalo-zine-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Buffalo Zine editors Adrián González-Cohen and David Uzquiza on their favourite books
  52. Benedict-redgrove-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Benedict Redgrove shares the books that have helped shaped him
  53. Nina-manandhar-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Photographer Nina Manandhar shares her most inspirational books
  54. Joe-kessler-breakdown-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books
  55. Emily-and-alice-stein-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Creative duo Emily and Alice Stein’s bookshelf is packed with photographic gems
  56. Mit-technology-review-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf The MIT Technology Review design team share their love of printed matter
  57. Cynthia-pratomo-wolff-olins-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Wolff Olins creative director Cynthia Pratomo talks about her favourite books
  58. Nadine-redlich-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Illustrator Nadine Redlich on her most-loved books
  59. Drme-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Design studio DR.ME shares its most inspirational books
  60. Studio-output-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Studio Output’s bumper bookshelf full of design and art inspiration
  61. Steven-heller-bookshelf-itsnicehat-list Bookshelf Renowned art director, author and editor Steven Heller on his favourite books
  62. Steph-davidson-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list1-compressor Bookshelf Bloomberg digital designer Steph Davidson shares the books she’s kept hold of
  63. Jon-burgerman-bookshelf-jackal-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Illustrator Jon Burgerman's bookshelf is full of absolute corkers
  64. Ian-kenneth-bird-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
  65. Colophon-bookshelf-letraset-itsnicethat-list Bookshelf Type foundry Colophon talks about its most-loved books
  66. Mike_perry_jaybird_bookshelf_int_list Bookshelf Artist Mike Perry shares his favourite art and photography books
  67. Wilfrid_wood_int_list Bookshelf “The great thing about this book is you don’t have to read it”: sculptor Wilfrid Wood on his favourite books
  68. Tracy_ma_bookshelf_itsnicethat_graphs_list Bookshelf Graphic designer Tracy Ma’s bookshelf is chock-full of gems
  69. Cecile_dormeau_bookshelf_int_list Bookshelf Cheeky, French illustrator Cécile Dormeau shares her favourite books
  70. Lizzy_stewart_artefacts_int_list Bookshelf Illustrator Lizzy Stewart shares some gems from her bookshelf
  71. Tony_brook_spin_bookshelf_int_list Bookshelf Founder of design studio Spin, Tony Brook shares his bookshelf of first editions
  72. Michael_mack_bookshelf_int_list Bookshelf Founder of publisher Mack, Michael Mack shares his most-prized books
  73. Parallel_teeth_rob_wallace_bookshelf_int_peeler_list Bookshelf Director and animator Parallel Teeth shares his favourite books
  74. Reto_moser_grillitype_bookshelf_int_arhitektid-arhitektuurist_list2 Bookshelf Grilli Type designer Reto Moser shares the books that inspire him
  75. Janet_hansen_bookshelf_itsnicethat_list Bookshelf Penguin book cover designer Janet Hansen on her favourite books
  76. Otegha_uwagba_bookshelf_int_list International Women's Day Founder of Women Who, Otegha Uwagba on her most inspirational books
  77. Andrew_rae_bookshelf_int_list_steinberg Bookshelf Illustrator Andrew Rae shares the pictorial tomes that have inspired him
  78. Rob_flowers_tip_top_int_list Bookshelf Illustrator Rob Flowers shares his treasure trove of books
  79. Group-shot-alt-03 Bookshelf The New Yorker's design team shares its favourite books in this mammoth Bookshelf
  80. Mat-maitland-bookshelf-s1_int_list Bookshelf Collage artist and creative director Mat Maitland on his most-prized books