Sunday, April 3, 2016

Design the Life You Love - Book Review

Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with OptimismDesign the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism by Ayse Birsel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published October 13th 2015 by Ten Speed Press

A joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you've always dreamed of, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer.
     Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints--time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You cannot have everything, and if you want more out of it, you have to be creative about how to make what you need and what you want co-exist. This requires design thinking. Design the Life You Love uses a simple but proven creative thinking and design process to give ordinary people new tools to think about life differently, and also includes fascinating examples from the world of art and design that relate to each step of the process, plus guided creative exercises. Turn constraints into opportunities with optimism and holistic thinking using four simple steps: taking the whole apart, forming a new point of view, putting it back together, and giving it form. The striking design and Ayse Birsel's hand-drawn art and type set off her brilliant, life-changing design process, empowering and inspiring readers to create a better life.




As a designer, it discouraged me. Of course I'm more of a promotional (aspiring book cover) designer, so totally different thing.

It's a great way to look at life in a different or new life; but at the end most everything it's telling you isn't very new. This is not the  self-help that will change your life.
Or at least it didn't change mine.

I will say that's because I don't think this book was meant for someone at my point in life. I do hope that one day it might help change my life if I need it.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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