Design It Yourself
Last year, design educator Ellen Lupton's book "Thinking with Type" was published by Princeton Architectural Press. It is a fantastic introduction to the world of typography: well-written, informative and entertaining, and well-designed. It is must-have book in any design student's (or typophile's) library. (Available at UPPERCASE.) This year, Lupton has edited a design handbook entitled "DIY Design it Yourself"($26.85 at UPPERCASE.) A collaboration with her students at the Maryland Institute College of Art, this book is one page of inspiration after another. From blogs, zines, books, cds, invitations, t-shirts, posters... this lavishly photographed and illustrated guide offers ideas and tips on everything you might want to create or promote. Even if you're an experienced designer, the exuberance of ideas will definitely light some creative fires!
Lupton, along with her sister Julia, is working on her next book. "Design Your Life" will apply "ideas from design theory and practice to some of the basic problems of daily living, from organizing a household and thinking creatively in the workplace to achieving a relaxed and satisfying erotic life." Sounds ambitious... I look forward to participating in their online component and adding their next book to my design library.