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DIY: Design it Yourself (Design Handbooks)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | DIY: Design it Yourself (Design Handbooks).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Ellen Lupton(Editor)

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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.

Ellen Lupton is Princeton Architectural Press's all-time bestselling author. Her titles include Thinking with Type, Skin, Design Culture Now, Inside Design Now, and more. This book is produced with her students at the Maryland Institute College of Art,

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Book details

  • PDF | 195 pages
  • Ellen Lupton(Editor)
  • Princeton Architectural Press; 01 edition (1 Dec. 2005)
  • English
  • 6
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Martin Schöön on 5 February 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.

  • By Ms S. K. Brien on 1 April 2011

    Mostly this is a portfolio of past projects from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. A softly gritty picture book. You could leave it on your coffee table for a guest to flip through...

  • By Patrick on 18 June 2014

    There are some useful tips in this book but overall it doesn't go into the sort of depth that I'd have liked. There is basic info for beginners in a range of areas, but also a lot of pretty craftsy, throwaway ideas that take up space that could have been better used - for example, re-using old postcards by writing over the original writing in black marker, replacing your bathroom product labels with hand lettered office stickers, making a lost cat sign (one example of which features no info on what the cat looks like).There is also an emphasis on recycling items, and so it feels like the handbook is partially aimed at people who are looking for cheap options. Although it's positioned as a design book, given the DIY theme I'd have liked to have had some more info on, for example, how to set up screenprinting t-shirts for myself rather than outsourcing it. If you're looking to be creative in many aspects of your life (esp on a budget) from wedding invites to blogs to clothing, it's a starting point, but if you're looking to go into one or two areas (web design, t-shirts etc) you might be better finding a book dedicated to those

  • By Alice on 4 September 2009

    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.

  • By Liz-In-Design on 18 June 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.

  • By Filipe Catraia on 3 February 2009

    Dazzled by the pictures and description of this book, I saw it as a must-buy to get me on the way to making something of my own, leaving a mark. Unfortunately, this book isn't prone to telling you how to DIY. The projects are all there, loud and proud. The whole thing is there for the taking, but only if you're willing to undig the instructions from some other place, like the internet.Well, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter how inspirational and wonderful all those projects may be, if you don't know how to get them done. And, DIY stands also for Dig-It-Yourself, as in - if you want to know how to get most of this stuff done (with decent/proper instructions) - look somewhere else. It shouldn't be that way, in my humble opinion.*sigh* Honestly, I really love this book. It's an astounding creation that gets you started on the stuff you were planning on doing. On the other hand, it merely points the direction, without even trying to get show you the way to do it. Written light-heartedly and with a small touch of humour, DIY: Design It Yourself is a nice way to expand your horizons. Too bad it doesn't teach you how to design (the D in DIY) all this stuff, nor how to get it done.

  • By F. Sullivan on 5 February 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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