Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel

25850562Life, 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. – Goodreads

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a deep love for “fill in” books. You know—the kind where you fill out lists, or answer questions about yourself, or answer writing prompts? Those kind. Like the geek I am, it feels like homework…and I dig it.

So, when I saw this as an option on Blogging for Books, I was like, hell yeah. A fill in book. And not just any fill in book—a fill in book about my second favorite topic—goals and self improvement.

I had a few qualms when I initially flipped through this book—it seemed a little bit doodly and disorganized. Generally overwhelming. But, as with any book, it’s important to flip through page-by-page.

Though there are some fill in bits, most of it is random, doodled stuff. Overall, I didn’t feel that I got much out of the designing my life experience—at least, I didn’t reveal anything crazy or amazing.

I wasn’t terribly pleased with this book. The marketing is great on it—but it didn’t deliver.


I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


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