Justin Kropp

Notable reads

08 Feb 2024

What follows is a compilation of select reads from this past year — books and articles. My reading habits are more sporadic with regards to articles I find online. I much prefer to read from physical books as much as possible and I generally aim for a book a week.


  1. Radical Technologies, The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield
  2. Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowles
  3. Continuous Discovery Habits by Teresa Torres
  4. Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson
  5. Mismatch by Kat Holmes
  6. Zag by Marty Neumeier
  7. On Revolution by Hannah Arendt
  8. Too Late to Awaken by Slavoj Žižek
  9. Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
  10. The Art of Leadership: Small Things, Done Well by Michael Lopp
  11. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R Hofstadter
  12. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  13. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García
  14. Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition by Everett M. Rogers
  15. The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens
  16. Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans by Melanie Mitchell
  17. Josef Müller-Brockmann Suttl: Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann
  18. The Graphic Design Reader by Teal Triggs
  19. About Graphic Design by Richard Hollis
  20. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander
  21. The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
  22. *Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics* by Thomas Sebeok
  23. Elements of Semiology by Roland Barthes
  24. Course in General Linguistics by Ferdinand de Saussure
  25. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
  26. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel c. Dennett
  27. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
  28. The Greatest Story Ever Told-So Far: Why Are We Here? by Lawrence Krauss
  29. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
  30. Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley
  31. Design as Art by Bruno Munari


  1. This Will Change the Way You Think About Ambition by Anne Helen Peterson
  2. Some thoughts on writing by Dan Luu
  3. People don’t work as much as you think by David R. Maciver
  4. Desperation-Induced Focus by Ravi Gupta
  5. To Get Out of Your Head, Get Out of Your House by Arthur C. Brooks
  6. The straight dope on cholesterol by Peter Attia (read the entire series)
  7. Unbundling AI by Benedict Evans
  8. AI Is Becoming a Band-Aid over Bad, Broken Tech Industry Design Choices by Ed Zitron