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D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Design Handbooks)

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

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
- the history and theory of the DIY design movement
- hundreds of innovative and beautiful projects for inspiration

No more excuses. With this book, virtually any design task is within your grasp. Just do it (yourself)!

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3 to “D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Design Handbooks)”

  1. Claire Monet says:

    Who is this book for? 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.

  2. Mindy Elle "Do-It-Yourself-er at Heart" says:

    Excellent Book for Already Talented Readers This is a terrific book for ideas all across the board! I bought this book after flipping through it at a friends and was excited to see so many hip and unique ideas. I modeled my wedding invitations after an example from the book and have gotten compliments from all of the invitees! This is an amazing “get you thinking” book. The only drawback, there are no instructions or tips for carrying out the projects, so… you should have some crafting/design knowledge before picking this book up. I would highly recommend it for adventurous souls who want to create something out of the ordinary, or for anyone looking for fresh, new ideas. I’ve even purchased another copy to give as a gift to a design-oriented friend!

  3. andrei says:

    it’s good for the price It’s a good book for a good price, nothing too special. There is not too much of a good text in it. This book reminds me a British design magazine “Computer Arts”, especially its tutorial section, with a lot of pictures and very few words describing it. This book will be a good source for a beginner designer. But for intermediate and pro designers it will probably won’t be useful at all, in my opinion it would be much better to buy one of “Communication Arts” Annuals. But as I said before, for starting-out designers it will be a great book.

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