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Book List

Jakob’s list of 50+ books

A foundation for transformational experience design
I design for playfulness through new tech, rich media and sensory experience. If you are on the same path to release new forms of play or want to be part of this beautiful endeavour I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration here. I have indexed the books:

  • Mysticism
  • Games, play and playfulness
  • Body, movement and acting
  • Storytelling, ritual and performance
  • Creative and artistic practice
  • Design thinking
  • Personal development
  • You can also see my ‘To Read List‘ in the bottom – a list of books that I want to read.

My practice and thinking has been greatly influenced by this list of books. Many of the books are recommendations from world-renowned experts, PhD’s and industry leaders.

I look for the best of the best.



Psychomagic (2004)

Manual of Psychomagic (2009)

Liber Null and Psychonaut (1987)
The Joyous Cosmology (1962)
The Book Of Symbols (2010)
The Highest State of Consciousness (2012)

Games, play and playfulness

Pervasive Games (2009)
Play (2009)
Reality is Broken (2012)
The Art of Game Design (2014)
A Playful Path (2014)
The Well-Played Game (2013)

Rules of Play (2003)
Challenges for Game Designers (2008)
Games for Actors and Non-Actors (1992)
The Rainbow of Desire (1995)
Impro (2007)
Impro for Storytellers (1999)
Man, Play and Games (1958)
Homo Ludens (1949)
Theory of Fun for Game Design (2013)
Game Design Workshop (2014)
Play Matters (2014)

Body, movement and acting

To the Actor (2014)
The Viewpoints Book (2005)
Body Language (1989)
Through The Body (2001)

Storytelling, ritual and performance

From Ritual to Theatre (1982)
Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual (2005)
Performance Studies (2006)
Performance Theory (2003)
The Visual Story (2008)
Writer’s Journey (2007)
The Hero with A Thousand Faces (1949)

Creative and artistic practice

Mastery (1991)
The War of Art (2002)
Making Ideas Happen (2011)
The Big Leap (2010)
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (2010)
The Dip (2007)
Big Magic (2015)

Design thinking

Developments in Design Methodology (1984)
Design Thinking (2011)
Thinking Design (2013)
A Pattern Language (1978)
Flow (2002)
Phenomenology of Perception (1945)
The Phenomenon of Life (2004)
The Design of Everyday Things (2013)
Thinking with Type (2004)

Personal development

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
The Four Agreements (1997)
Walden (1854)
Meditations (1559)
Personality Types (1996)
Principles of the Enneagram (2013)
The E-Myth Revisited (2001)
The Richest Man in Babylon (2013)
Awaken The Giant Within (2001)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying (2014)
Spark Joy (2016)
The 4-Hour Work Week (2007)
Radical Honesty (2005)
The Power of Now (1999)
Metagenealogy (2011)
The Way of the Superior Man (1997)

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