Collection of 60 Handwritten Letters



What’s Worth Preserving? is a book of 60 handwritten responses to a broad, philosophical question. It was published on Kickstarter as an effort to preserve voices through handwriting.


Its first edition is sold out.


Includes responses from: Dave Eggers, Art PaulJane Goodall, Nick Cave, Bob FaustJodi PicoultChristoph NiemannDebbie MillmanSeth Godin, John RonanDavid BohnettElizabeth CraneGeorge LoisMatthew HoffmanDavid Spadafora, Wallace Paprocki, Jerron Herman, Cody Hudson50,000ftDaniel EatockElissa TennyMatthew ShlianJonathan SolomonSusan Jackson KeigJoseph Michael EssexJohn GreinerLauren Boegen, Rhonda KokotJustin Ahrens, Ava PuckettKim KnollDavid HillerBart CrosbyAlisa WolfsonDuffie Adelson, James VictoreJ.P. GrazianoChristen CarterChris Froeter, Brian Mansfield, Louise Sandhaus, Bobby Reichle, Borough+BlockJason WhiteJessica Barrett SattellRussell LordMig ReyesHunter TuraJohn TiptonJeanne LongEdwin C. KruppDr. A. Hope JahrenMartha MurrayBrad WhiteRuss MakiVictor MargolinRob DeweyLeon LedermanIvan Chermayeff, and Alice Legendre.


Peak inside:



300 Kickstarter backers pledged $22,455 to help bring this project to life.

This book is dedicated to current and future Chicago Design Museum members, volunteers, staff, and interns, without whom it (and work like it) would not be possible.

Thanks also to its 60 talented and open contributors for answering the call, and to the 300 generous, big-hearted Kickstarter backers for giving the book life.


Watch the Kickstarter Video by Bowie:




Printed by Classic Color in Chicago:


The first edition is sold out.

Book Cover:



Edited by Christopher Jobson.

December 16, 2017