Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things
This playful book 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. 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.
Ellen Lupton and Julia Lupton Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things St. Martins Press, 2009