Designers' Reading List: Sarah and Schooling

Posted on June 24 2017

Hi Sarah and Alison, tell us more about yourselves!
Sarah and I own a graphic design company called Sarah and Schooling, where we find meaning in designing books and other printed matter. We do digital work as well, but our heart lies in print. Getting to know the authors before working on their books and then holding the printed copy in our hands, give us great joy. We also run a workshop arm called Itchy Fingers, supporting local crafters and the work that they do. In five years, we hope to stay involved and connected to the things we love to do.

Our greatest pet peeves are people who walk slow and people who stop in front of escalators.

Fun facts: Alison is capable of falling asleep while eating. If Sarah had a feeding tube, it would contain only coffee.

What are you currently reading?

Sarah: Singapore Love Stories edited by Verena Tay
Alison: The Broken Wings by Khalil Gibran 

Can you recommend your best five titles to us?

Singapore Love Stories edited by Verena Tay
Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
The Three-Cornered World – Natsume Sōseki
The Man Who Grew His Beard – Olivier Schrauwen
Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse 

And why?
Singapore Love Stories
is a wonderful compilation of writings from all kinds of characters living in Singapore, it widens the definition of what being Singaporean is.

Modern Romance is a blend of Aziz’s humour and sociological insights on dating in the modern world. An interesting irony at the fact that it is based on texting and social media, but written in a book.

The Three-Cornered World is a calming story about nature, beauty and poetry from a Japanese perspective.

The Man Who Grew His Beard contains the most bizarre situations in comic book form – the illustrations only get stranger and stranger. Lastly, Narcissus and Goldmund is an explanation of two medieval men in the exploration and conflict of the spiritual life and the worldly life.

What's one quote you live by?


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." – Maya Angelou

Bonus question for book designers: Which book would you like to, or wish you designed? 
We are both fans of Jeanette Winterson's work and have attended one of her intriguing talks in 2016 London Book Fair. We would love to design a book for a renowned writer like her.


More about Sarah and Schooling at sarahandschooling.com

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