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Who is this book for?,
This review is from: D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Design Handbooks) (Paperback)
I know a little about Lupton's career -- teaching, writing, and curating shows. She seems very intelligent, but I don't understand who this book is really for. Beginning or advanced people? Crafters or designers? Some of the ideas in this book (wrapping paper) are so obvious that I think anyone with an ounce of creativity has already figured them out. Some things (commercial embroidery) seem very advanced and specialized, and not useful to most people. The layout of the book is nice, but the content is very inconsistent. Was this really a student project, as someone mentioned? If so, I think Lupton should have made more of an effort to make sure that everything came together and made for a coherent whole. I think there are better DIY books out there.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2008 3:56:27 PM PDT
Your comment on this book has definitely made me reconsider buying this book, so I'm really glad that you posted it. It's so disappointing to spend money on a book only to discover it isn't what you'd expected or hoped for. I've been wanting to buy a DIY type book for some time now, but it seems like everyone thinks this particular book is the best one available. From what you've described, it is so not what I have in mind. However, I can't help but wish that you'd included some titles of other DIY books that you think are better. Not that it's your job or anything, but since you mentioned that there are better ones, I assume you have specific books in mind, and I really would've liked to know some examples.
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