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Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things Paperback – 2 Jun 2009


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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." --Kurt Anderson

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.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Design Your Life" is a wonderful book. 13 Nov. 2009
By Ian Blakeslee - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars just the thing to dip into again and again for fun observations, clever writing 7 Nov. 2015
By Diana Glyer - Published on Amazon.com
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A series of essays on design, beauty, pop culture, productivity, and the art of everyday life. A large format, glossy book, just the thing to dip into again and again for fun observations, clever writing, startling observations that elevate the ordinary. Recommended.

Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of BANDERSNATCH: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real delight to have and to share 28 May 2009
By Vivian Folkenflik - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Design and domesticity 30 July 2014
By Georgina Green - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure what I enjoyed the domesticity in design but still wondering what I learnt here,
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful book 16 May 2009
By D. Millman - Published on Amazon.com
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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