Design It Yourself
This past Thursday, curator, professor, and author, Ellen Lupton, gave a short talk in Philadelphia. Most of her presentation revolved around her latest two books, 2004’s wonderful Thinking With Type, and her newly released, D.I.Y.:Design It Yourself. Her latest was created with help from her students at the Maryland Institute College of Art and focuses on design for the creative minded; seeking to inspire those who may be fearful of design or creating things they believe only a professional is capable of making.
D.I.Y. is a great place to start for those who are new to design or those who just want to play and have some sort of goal in mind. You will quickly learn how to make things unique to yourself: business cards, party invitations, t-shirts, books, and on and on. D.I.Y. will empower you and show you that anyone can think like a designer.
A very good point was also brought up in the discussion following Ellen’s presentation. Someone asked something to the effect of (severely paraphrased) Do you think that all of these people getting involved in hands-on design will promote more connoisseurship and respect for good design in general? And he is absolutely right. I have often thought about this myself, but it’s always nice to be reminded; knowledge and respect go hand in hand. I know I instantly develop more reverence for the pros when I try something new and invariably fall flat on my face. *cough* snowboarding *cough*
So, if you have that significant other who shakes their head and sighs as they walk by you working like mad on your computer, slip them a copy of D.I.Y. and spread a little bit of your obsession around.