Friday, March 4, 2016

Journal Review: Design the life you love

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.

My Review:
I love the feel of this journal. The cover is sturdy and smooth to touch, plus the elastic bookmark is built into the back cover so it's easier to find your place than a ribbon is.
I also love how the author includes warm ups and examples of the activities, and takes time to explain how you can apply designing strategies to a life plan. On several activities where you write things down there are two templates so you can choose to revisit the activity later and redo it, or if you make a mistake or have two ideas there is plenty of space.
The art style in this book is simple and while not quite elegant, it is classy and not at all patronizing.
This is a great gift to give to journal lovers and self improvement enthusiasts, as well as to have as a copy for yourself to envision and plan your own success in life. And even though this journal is for self improvement, it never comes off as doing homework. Each step is creative, easy, and fun.
I got this book through the publisher for an honest review.

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