DIY : Design it Yourself, Paperback Book

DIY : Design it Yourself Paperback

Edited by Ellen Lupton

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 195 pages, approx. 250 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Graphic design
  • ISBN: 9781568985527



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If ever there was a book that epitomized the DIY movement, this is it. Others have disappointed because they were comprised of no more than craft projects that looked sadly homemade. There is an aspect of DIY that speaks (or should speak) to artistry and even (gasp!) commerce. This book is not only full of great innovations, it is thoughtfully produced. There is a wealth of well-exhibited examples.

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A fun book, full of inspiration. What's presented is good design from people who already know what they're doing, so you won't read this book and then run out and design things as well unless you're already a designer or have a latent design aesthetic, but it's fun and encouraging.