In addition to the books below, please see also this list of chapters contributed to other peoples’ books.

dottcover_icWouldn’t It Be Great If: The Dott Manual
Download the pdf here.

Our Planet Tonight. ThingLink. Car-Free Mobility. Mapping Landscapes. Low-Carb Lane. Eco Design Challenge. Our New School. better Lives With Dementia. Urban Farming. Our Cyborg Future. Design projects that explored what life in a sustainable region could be like – and how design can help us get there. Published by Designs of the time (Dott 07), the UK’s social innovation biennial; the author was its Commissioner.



In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. (Available at


In the Bubble:
Designing in a Complex World

We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff, and more on people.

“John Thackara’s brilliant book about quotidian design describes innovation driven by social fiction instead of science fiction.”  Paul Hawken

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Winners! How Today’s Successful Companies Innovate By Design
* 49 company case studies, in 32 sectors from 15 countries
• 55 checklists and charts about trends, ratios and statistics
• 162 books, websites and periodicals selected for your library
• 74 national and overall winners of the European Design Prize

‘fascinating…best practice as the smartest way to beat the competition” Financial Times


designaftermodernismDesign After Modernism:
Beyond the Object

London, Thames and Hudson, 1988
Japanese edition, Tokyo, Kajima, 1992

With essays by Marshall Berman, Kenneth Frampton, Christopher Alexander,  Peter Fuller, Peter Dormer, Jean Baudrillard, John Chris Jones, Peter York and others


newbritishh_icNew British Design.

Co-edited with Stuart Jane.
London, Thames and Hudson, 1987

Published in a book for the first time are Ron Arad, Fred Baier, Judy Blame, Tom Dixon, James Dyson, Georgina von Etzdorf, John Galliano, Jasper Morrison, Paul Priestman, John Richmond, Seymour Powell, Daniel Weil and others.


Other Books

The New Geographies of Learning
 Amsterdam: University of Professional Education (HvA), 2003

Lost In Space: A Traveler’s Tale
. Haarlem: De Grafische Haarlem, 1994

DoP Rom
 Doors of Perception CDRom; co-editor) Amsterdam: Mediamatic, 1994

Architects’ Data: Handbook of Building Types
 Ernst Neufert, (ed John Thackara,Vincent Jones) London Wiley, 1992

 Co-edited with Riiche Miyake. Brussels: Europalia, in association with Architectural Association, 1991

Leading Edge (ed) 
Tokyo, Axis 1990 

Image and Object: Nouveau Design de Londres. 
Paris, Centre Pompidou, 1990

  • Translated Editions

    SPANISH EDITION of "In the Bubble".
    Diseñando Para un mundo complejo. Acciones para lograr la sustentabilidad
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    DUTCH EDITION of "In the Bubble".
    Buy at publisher or at Amazon.

    FRENCH EDITION translated by Anne Despond-Barre and published by Marc Partouche for Cite du Design Editions. Buy at


    ITALIAN EDITION "In the Bubble" translated by Niels Betori and published by Pier Paolo Peruccio for Allemandi.
    è stato selezionato per la pubblicazione nell’ADI Design Index 2009.


    PORTUGUESE EDITION, "In the Bubble"
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    "In the Bubble", POLISH EDITION