Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future

Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future

by Ayse Birsel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607748816
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 266,820
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

AYSE BIRSEL has been designing award-winning products for over twenty years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies. She teaches at SVA and has taught at the Pratt Institute. Her work is in the permanent collections of the MOMA and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. She has received numerous design awards, including the IDEA Gold Award, ID Magazine Excellence Award, and Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from RISD.

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Dear reader,


If you are reading this book, it means that you want to be the designer of your own life; that you are interested in thinking about your life proactively; that you have things to explore and changes you want to make creatively.

This book is for anyone who, like me, thinks that your life is your most important project. It does not require that you have any design or creative experience, just the desire to explore your life from a new point of view and to learn to think like a designer. Welcome to designing the life you love.

Table of Contents

9 Dear Reader
10 About Design the Life You Love
16 What Is This Book?
18 How To Use This Book
20 Why Design?
22 Thinking Like a Designer
24 My Process
26 From Product Design
36 Ok, Time to Get Started
38 What Will We Do Together? 
00. Warm Up
42 Let’s Warm Up
54 Designing Life Using DE:RE Is Like Making Soup

01. Deconstruction
68 Let’s Deconstruct
80 DE: Four Quadrants

02. Point of View
102 Heroes as Inspiration
116 Metaphors 
138 Before You Reconstruct, Let’s Take Stock . . .

03. Reconstruction
152 Let’s Reconstruct
158 RE: Four Quadrants

04. Expression
172 Vision Map as Expression
178 Vision Letter as Expression
184 To-Do List as Expression
188 Manifesto as Expression
194 Poem as Expression

living the life
202 Let’s Retrace Our Steps . . .
204 Living the Life! 
210 Design the Life You Love
212 The Purpose

the end is only the beginning!
218 Templates
250 Reading List
252 About the Author
254 Thank You!

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Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, when I first got this book I was a little disappointed. For whatever reason I thought it was going to be different than what it actually is. I thought that it would be a bit more on the artsy/craftsy side of things to help me figure out how to build a meaningful future. And while it is this to a certain extent, I had wanted it to be more so. However, once I got to looking at it closer, I do really like the concept of the book. The purpose of Design the Life You Love is to help you, the reader, look at your life and the things in your life differently. To have a more proactive approach to it. This book is more like a workbook than anything else. Design the Life You Love is set up into differing sections: an introduction, warm up, deconstruction, point of view, reconstruction, expression, living the life, and the end is only the beginning. Each section works to guide you to the over all goal of the book - changing the way you think about your life. There are activities, sayings, and things to think about in each section. It is really quite cool. I really like also that Design the Life You Love repeatedly tells you to use a sketchbook to continue on with certain activities once you run out of space in the book itself. It also has templates for you to follow for later. This really lends to letting you use this book over and over again. I think that is absolutely fantastic. So while Design the Life You Love didn't end up being what I thought it was going to be, it is still a really great and useful book. If you are looking to find something to help you get a new outlook on your life and to help get you thinking proactively, you should really check it out. This review is based on a copy provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here: