Jan 25, Stef rated it really liked it A bunch of great ideas for useful crafts that you could actually sell and display, although the how-tos are very sparse. Apr 19, Erika Reyes rated it really liked it Had some good information, if a little dated for the current technological age. Jun 17, Bailey rated it really liked it This book is laid out in a very user-friendly way. Each chapter clearly lets you know what will be discussed. Skipping one section and reviewing another would be simple and would not leave the reader at a loss. The graphics, images, diagrams, and system for explaining expense and time are stellar.

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Created with Sketch. Ellen Lupton Before Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt and the author of a pile of books on the topic, DIY was not considered legitimate.

It was for punky types with access to a Xerox and little regard for the mainstream. It was scruffy, unglossy and deliberately under-the-radar. In the past 5 years since Design It Yourself was published, the DIY movement has exploded in a way that benefits pros.

Admittedly, I was a bit cynical. Yes, DIY culture has greatly benefitted from the technology age. After all, here I am. But part of me, which always sides with the underdog, wonders if a more plugged-in culture kind of ruins the unselfconscious original spirit of the movement. You only have to look at the big Renegade-type markets to see why the free exchange of ideas can lead to only a few "acceptable" design concepts.

Helvetica and Futura, the names of more than a few Brooklyn babies. The deliberate use of white space that yes, looks visually pleasing, but also has the disconcerting effect of making every indie biz look like an ad for a Scandinavian design studio. The use of "etsy" as an adjective instead of a noun.

And then there are the owls. Anyone who has pointed their browser towards the handmade marketplace knows the owls are inescapable but thankfully on the way out. Put a bird on it indeed. Lupton laughs. The example is hand-drawn-lettering.

Illustrated lettering looks better with illustration than regular text. I spend my day on Drawn, Drawger and Illustration Friday. The illustrated subject is an oasis in a medium where text rules and stock photos tend to dominate. But overall, the internet has been nothing but beneficial to the DIY culture, creating a community for people who ordinarily are normally stuck at their desks for hours at end. A community that yes, produces owl crafts in droves occasionally, but overall gives rise to amazing things like toy sailboats that can mop up oil spills.

Of course. The desire that people not only can learn something but share their knowledge, and it relates to that social impulse. And it also encourages people to get together. So, connect. What do you say? Suggest a correction.


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