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 what’s 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 don’t.Writing
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 people’s 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.
Very well done from a writing standpoint. I found the short chapters to be very readable and understandable, even to someone as ignorant about the world of design as myself. I feel like both experts and neophytes can get something from this book, though, particularly because it is so cleverly done and so funny. The author makes her subject, everyday items, interesting and appealing, and presents her design information in a way that's easily accessible to all readers.
As you can tell from my assessment of the writing, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm interested in design, but have no knowledge, skills, or experience to base that interest on. I was pleased with how easy it was to read this book and how I was able to grasp the concepts being presented, particularly as they were presented in a manner that was really enjoyable to read.
I thoroughly enjoyed my read and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in design. It's definitely not going to appeal to everyone though - it's exactly what it says it is: a book about the design, function, and use of everyday objects. A great read with very nice illustrations, but will appeal to a limited audience.