The principal of IJP Architects, George L. Legendre (that name is amazing) is intrigued by how pasta looks, how it is made, and even the mathematical formula behind each shape. He developed a book that reveals the hidden beauty of pasta, Pasta by Design. Only $18 on Amazon.
Jon Hicks' 'The Icon Handbook' will become the go-to book for the modern designer; for uncovering the thought processes, the skills and the reference for designing your own icons. Paperback copy is £32.00.