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DIY: Design it Yourself (Design Handbooks) [Paperback]

Ellen Lupton
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Book Description

1 Dec 2005 Design Handbooks
No more excuses. With this book, virtually any design task is within your grasp. Just do it (yourself)! Not satisfied with the new t-shirts on sale at the local mall? Maybe you'd like a wedding invitation that expresses your own vision, not your party planner's? How about some personalized stationery? An upgrade to your website? A business card? A poster for your political campaign? A CD package for your band? Sound good? Then get up off your couch and "Design It Yourself". Avoid graphic identity theft: build your own. Ellen Lupton, bestselling author of "Thinking with Type", will show you how. "DIY: Design It Yourself", provides you with all the tools you'll need to create your own projects, from conception through production. Here you will find: simple ideas on how you can "think like a designer"; clear and coherent-explanations of design technologies, from silk-screening to web development; what materials you'll need to get your job done; where to find and buy them; how much time and experience your project demands; diagrams that show how to handle complex tasks; basic typographic dos and don'ts; suggestion - filled interviews with top designers; the history and theory of the DIY design movement; and hundreds of innovative and beautiful projects for inspiration.

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  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568985525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568985527
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 18 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 11 Mar 2007
This inspirational book was born and bred at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), under the direction of its graphic design director. There's no doubt that DIY design has been on the rise over the last twenty years, and this handbook does an excellent job of introducing the concept to the uninitiated. It starts with two sections, "Why DIY?" and "DIY Theory" which serve to set things up nicely without being overly dense. The excellent design and outstanding photography showcases tons of nice examples in 28 categories across a range of media, from blogs to zines. This is definitely not a step-by-step guide that holds one's hand through processes -- but it will help anyone understand how to start seeing the world as a designer. It's not perfect by any means, and experts in particular fields will find small details to quibble with. For example, the embroidery section doesn't provide complete DIY details, instead directing the reader to outsource it to commercial embroidery firms. Another example is in the web site section, which advocates the use of nested tables, a technique long out of favor in the web development community. But these are very minor quibbles about an excellent book that belongs in the hands of anyone (especially kids and teens) with the slightest interest in self-expression.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but not explaining 4 Sep 2009
By Alice
I really love this book - but mainly for the inspiration. It is simple without being patronising and is packed with tons of very refreshing ideas and projects. However it is not a manual or really a handbook and doesn't go into detail on how to actually make these things (although will explain very briefly what techniques were used). It is great though, I like to have a flick through it for ideas whenever I am stuck for inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars D.I.Y Design it yourself 18 Jun 2009
This book is exactly what i have been looking for, after studying A level Graphic design i never was really introducded to the theory side of the subject. This book explains the theory clearly and it is easy for anyone to digest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 5 Feb 2009
The title of my review says it all really. I bought my own copy some years ago and I go back to it every so often, for fun and inspiration. I bought another copy in December and gave it to one of my sisters who was instantly absorbed by it. D.I.Y. is for anyone interested in design, for anyone looking for inspiration for making gift wrappings, presentations, invitations... D.I.Y. is not a text book for people actually studying design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, clear, interesting, easy read!! 5 Feb 2006
I brought this book in London on the off chance it might be good. I'll start off by saying I am very pleased with my purchase! It covers a range of design possiblities perfect for a studying Graphic Designer; business cards, cds, flyers, logos, invitaions, stationary, zines, websites, and much much more!
Its easy to read no large chunks of text to shift through and at least 2 large full colour images on each page!
Terrific book for inspiration or simply ideas on how to advertise! BRILLIANT! MUST BUY!
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