Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
Design Your Life is a series of irreverent and realistic snapshots about objects and how we interact with them. By leading design thinker Ellen Lupton and her twin sister Julia Lupton, it shows how design is about much more than whatís bought at high-end stores or the modern look at IKEA. Design is critical thinking: a way to look at the world and wonder why things work, and why they donít.
Illustrated with original paintings of objects both ordinary and odd, Design Your Life casts a sharp eye on everything from roller bags, bras, toilet paper, and stuffed animals to parenting, piles, porches, and potted plants. Using humor and insight Ellen and Julia explore the practical side of everyday design, looking at how it impacts your life in unexpected ways and what you can do about it. Speaking to the popular interest in design as well as peopleís desire to make their own way through a mass-produced world, this thoughtful book takes a fresh and humorous approach to make some serious points about the impact of design on our lives.
Find out what's wrong with the bras, pillows, potted plants, and the other hopeless stuff you use, buy, clean, water, or put away everyday. Discover how to secretly control the actions of those around you by choosing and placing objects carefully. Find out how roller bags are threatening civilization, and how the layout of your own house might be making you miserable. Use the tools of self-publishing to take the power of branding into your own hands.
Taking a fresh, funny look at parenthood, housekeeping, entertaining, time management, crafting, and more, Design Your Life shows you how to evaluate the things you use, and how to recognize forms of order that secretly inhabit the messes of daily life, be it a cluttered room or a busy schedule. Use this book to gain control over your environment and tap into the power of design to communicate with friends, family, and the world.
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Review: Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday ThingsUser Review - Marcie Lovett - Goodreads
The layout and illustrations alone make the book worth reading. The authors discuss the history and uses of things we see every day but take for granted. Read full review
Review: Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday ThingsUser Review - Matthew - Goodreads
Sparkling wit and a curiosity for everything "everyday" characterize this quick, entertaining read. Read full review
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Here and There
Moving the Furniture
The Death and Life of the Living Room
Getting Out of the House
Are Toasters Necessary?
Holidays and Hospitality
The Permanent Holiday
The Sex Life of Flowers
Mommy Where Do Baby Carrots Come From?
Computer in the Kitchen
Raising the Honor
How Objects Explain Themselves
Everyone Gets Them
The Lure of Multitasking
The Art of Procrastination
The Myth of the Working Mother