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Reader’s Corner book of the month: January ’22

Featuring publications of relevance to our industry, including those cited in SDS e-newsletter lead articles and suggested additional reading, we’ve recently relaunched the SDS Reader’s Corner book of the month page. Each month we will showcase a suggested read that relates to our professional areas of interest, be it a seminal publication or something more tangential. We hope the books we select will offer you insights and inspiration.

If you any suggestions of books, particularly newly published ones, that you think would be of interest to our community, please email us:

For January ’22 we feature ‘Designing Mind-Friendly Environments‘ by Steve Maslin (published in December ’21). Available to buy now.

Front cover of Designing Mind-Friendly Environments publication


“Exploring the impact of the built environment and design on people with a range of neurological experiences, including autism, dementia, dyslexia and dyspraxia, this comprehensive guide provides project commissioners, architects and designers with all the information and personal insight they need to design, create and build ‘mind-friendly’ environments for everyone. Assimilating knowledge from medical, therapeutic, social and educational spheres, and using sensory integration theory, the book explores the connection between our minds and our surroundings and considers the impact of the environment on the senses, well-being and neurodiverse needs of people.”


“An illuminating and thought-provoking book in which Maslin offers rich professional and personal insights into how design and the environment we live and work in affect our health and wellbeing. Teaching us much about our senses and the deeply personal act of perceptual experience along the way, Maslin’s book firmly places the person at the centre of design. This is a must-read for anybody interested in inclusive design and a sustainable future.”

(Ute Leonards, University of Bristol)

Buy your copy now! With a RRP of £24.99 ‘Designing Mind-Friendly Environments‘ is currently available for £20.99 at 10.01.2022 (including free P&P for orders dispatched to addresses within the UK) via Blackwell’s*.

Previous books of the month

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley (10th anniversary edition publication date August 2021)

Type Tells Tales by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson (publication date April 2017)

Airport Wayfinding (by Heike Nehl & Sibylle Schlaich, 2021)

Type Directory (by Peter Dawson and Tobias Frere-Jones, 2019)

A Field Guide to Getting Lost (by Rebecca Solnit, 2005)

Human Spatial Navigation (by Arne D. Ekstrom, Hugo J. Spiers, Véronique D. Bohbot and R. Shayna Rosenbaum, 2018)

Macdonald Gill: Charting a Life‘ (by Caroline Walker, 2020) – March 2021

Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design (by Mark Ovenden and Max Roberts, 2019) – December 2019

Jan Tschichold and the New Typography (by Paul Stirton, 2019) – November 2019

SDS e-newsletter lead article suggested book to read

Cognitive Mapping: Past, Present and Future (edited by Rob Kitchin and Scott Freundschuh, 2015)

Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (by Elisabeth B. N. Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers, 2012)

Graphic Design in Urban Environments (by Robert Harland, 2016)

Understanding Mobility as a Service: Past, Present and Future (by David Hensher, 2020)

Wayfinding (by Michael Bond, 2021)

Wayfinding: People, Signs and Architecture (by Paul Arthur and Romedi Passini, 2002)


[*NOTE: This page contains affiliate links. This means the Sign Design Society may earn a commission should you chose to make a purchase using SDS-generated links direct to Blackwell’s online bookshop.]