Book List

Jakob’s list of 50+ books

A foundation for transformational experience design
My design is 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 endeavor 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
  • Biographies

My practice and thinking have 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. If you want to read the books that had the biggest impact on my behavior find the books with this symbol 🌀.



🌀 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)
Alchemy & Mysticism (2014)
Conversations with God (1995)

Games, play and playfulness

🌀 Pervasive Games (2009)
🌀 Play (2009)
Reality is Broken (2012)
🌀 The Art of Game Design (2008)
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)
The Transformative Power of Performance (2004)

Assemblage Environments & Happenings (1965)
The Fluxus Performance Workbook (1990)

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 (1990)
Phenomenology of Perception (1945)
The Phenomenon of Life (2004)
The Design of Everyday Things (2013)
Thinking with Type (2004)
Next Nature (2020)

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)
Atomic Habits (2018)
Discipline Equals Freedom (2017)


The Story of My Life (1903)
The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1927)
Steve Jobs (2015)


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