Last updated 27th July 2020

This reading list is intended for automotive designers who are interested in widening their perspective and practice. I will gradually add to this list, which is in part derived from my own research, but is not reflective of any one particular project. It is not an exhaustive list of the literature available, some texts have been deliberately ignored. I aim to include non-text based sources in the future. See here for an essay on why this reading list was created.


MEADOWS, Jordan. 2018. Vehicle Design: Aesthetic Principles in Transportation Design. New York, NY: Routledge.


AMADO LORENZO, Antonio. 2011. Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

PARISSIEN, Steven. 2013. The Life of the Automobile: A New History of the Motor Car. London: Atlantic Books.

VOTOLATO, Gregory. 2015. Car. London, UK: Reaktion Books.


LIPSON, Hod and Melba KURMAN. 2017. Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead. First MIT Press paperback edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

MITCHELL, William J., Chris BORRONI-BIRD and Lawrence D. BURNS. 2010. Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century. Cambridge, Mass: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


FRY, Tony. 2009. Design Futuring: Sustainability, Ethics, and New Practice. English ed. Oxford New York: Berg.

SPERLING, Daniel and Deborah GORDON. 2009. Two Billion Cars: Driving toward Sustainability. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.


COOTE, Anna and Andrew PERCY. 2020. The Case for Universal Basic Services. Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA: Polity.

FRY, Tony. 2011. Design as Politics. English ed. Oxford New Yorjk: Berg.

FRY, Tony, Clive DILNOT and Susan C. STEWART (eds.). 2015. Design and the Question of History. London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

SPENCER, Douglas. 2016. The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Contemporary Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance. London Oxford New York; New Delhi Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsburry Publishing Plc.


CRIADO-PEREZ, Caroline. 2020. Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.

FINE, Cordelia. 2011. Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. Norton paperback. New York London: W.W. Norton & Company.

SPARKE, Penny. 1995. As Long as It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste. London: Pandora.


CROSS, Nigel. 2007. ‘From a Design Science to a Design Discipline: Understanding Designerly Ways of Knowing and Thinking’. In Ralf MICHEL (ed.). Design Research Now. Basel: Birkhäuser Basel, 41–54.

FRASER, Murray (ed.). 2014. Design Research in Architecture: An Overview. Burlington: Ashgate.

KOSKINEN, Ilpo Kalevi (ed.). 2011. Design Research through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom. Waltham, MA: Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier.

VAUGHAN, Laurene. 2019. Practice-Based Design Research.