Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things

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Macmillan, May 12, 2009 - Design - 192 pages
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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 Things

User 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 Things

User Review  - Lorraine - Goodreads

I loved this book. It's a rarity and it's creative. Well, it should be. It's called Design Your Life and the authors' (two of them and they are twin sisters) assertion is that design is creativity ... Read full review

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Contents

ABOUT THIS BOOK
7
Here and There
9
Moving the Furniture
13
The Death and Life of the Living Room
17
View Findings
21
Porch Envy
29
Getting Out of the House
35
Are Toasters Necessary?
41
Homeland Security
107
Holidays and Hospitality
111
The Permanent Holiday
113
Misgivings
117
Strange Stuffies
123
The Sex Life of Flowers
129
Serving Suggestions
133
Mommy Where Do Baby Carrots Come From?
149

Computer in the Kitchen
45
Baggage Claims
51
Bedtime Readings
55
Raising the Honor
61
Underwear Architecture
65
Messy Situations
71
How Objects Explain Themselves
73
Everyone Gets Them
83
The Lure of Multitasking
91
The Art of Procrastination
93
Shoe Wars
97
The Myth of the Working Mother
103
Graphic Content
155
Garage Branding
157
Eat Fonts
165
Signs of Failure
169
Why No One Wants to Read Your Blog
175
Dodging Bullets in Powerpoint
179
How to Make a Manifesto
183
READING LIST
187
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
191
INDEX
192
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About the author (2009)

ELLEN LUPTON is curator of contemporary design at the Cooper- Hewitt Museum and director of the MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of Thinking with Type and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself.
JULIA LUPTON teaches at the University of California, Irvine and is co-chair of the Design Alliance. She is the author of several books on Shakespeare and co-authored D.I.Y. Kids with her sister Ellen.

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