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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312532733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312532734
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Design your life is an utter pleasure, like a delicious tray of warm brownies that also happen to be nutritious. I've never encountered a book about design so smart and fun and unpretentious and easy to love." - Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday And Turn Of The Century."

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

Ellen Lupton is the author, coauthor, or editor of 13 books with PAPress, including Design Culture Now; Skin: Surface, Substance + Design; Inside Design Now; Thinking with Type; D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself; and D.I.Y. Kids. She is Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York and Director, Graphic Design MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. she is hte recipient of numerous awards including I.D. Forty, 1992; Chrysler Design Award, 1996; and AIGA Gold Medal, 2007.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Blakeslee on November 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Design Your Life" is an excellent, entertaining read. It is funny, very clever, interesting, and useful. The wit is woven into humorous and critical examinations of the items and structure that is the context of our daily lives.

If you read this book, you will have a series of great "Aha!" moments as you gain a deeper understanding of how the design of your environment and the items you use influence and effect your behavior.

There is also a confortable amount of how-to and d.i.y. info to balance the humorous and historical.

As you read it you will feel your own ideas begin to spring forward. You will also think of people for whom it would be a perfect gift. Give it a try.
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Not sure what I enjoyed the domesticity in design but still wondering what I learnt here,
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Folkenflik on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a delight to share in the experience of having this brilliant, savvy, funny, practical, beautiful book in hand: an invitation to play,
construct, imagine, chat, reconfigure, connect. Both voices in this book
encourage us to open a conversation with them -- visually, verbally -- and with our multiple selves, with the people in our lives, with designers who
offer us opportunities to re-think the way we live now. A treat for
ourselves and for anybody we might want in our lives.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Millman on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ellen and Julia have done it again! This is a marvelous, life-affirming book. A must read for designers, and anyone that enjoys creativity and beauty in their lives.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carrol Cowan on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found nothing useful in this book. It seemed like a puff piece for the authors, and I'm surprised it received positive reviews. Maybe it was creative - that is, a creative way to get me to part with my money. But there was little substance, and I wasn't impressed with the few ideas presented.
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