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Finding Humor in Design: Design Your Life

9780312532734.jpgTwin sisters and mb alums Ellen and Julia Lupton released their latest book, Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things, today.
Design Your Life gets big blurb love from Kurt Andersen, who says, “I’ve never encountered a book about design so smart and fun and unpretentious and easy to love.”
Design your Life is an irreverent take on objects and how we interact with them. Illustrated with charming original paintings, the book argues that design is “much more than what’s bought at high-end stores or the modern look at IKEA” — it’s critical, creative thinking. Read it to find out what’s wrong with potted plants, pillows, bras, and “the other hopeless stuff you use, buy, water or put away everyday.”
The sisters took Brett Leveridge‘s online humor writing course together. They credit Brett with helping them “develop a light, direct tone for this book about how stuff works and fails to work in ordinary situations.”
The twins also write the popular Design-Your-Life blog and have separately and together authored a number of other books, including Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students and DIY: Kids.
Lisa Fraser
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