Paperback  /  Published by 10 Speed Press  /   256 Pages  /  6.5 x 8.5

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

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.

"Ayse's book costs very little money, takes almost no time to go through and may have a gigantic impact on your life. This is good design: a tiny investment featuring enormous possibilities."          – Stefan Sagmeister, Sagmeister & Walsh

"Remember when people used to tell each other impatiently to 'Get a life!'; Well, with this engaging book Ayse Birsel provides a well-wrought strategy for doing precisely that. In the process, readers gain some precious insights into what design is and what designers do." - Ralph Caplan, Critic and Author

"The beauty of Ayse Birsel’s book is that it gives the reader a strategy for gathering all the dreams and detritus of her lackluster current life, and for reassembling those random bits into something original, brilliant, and wholly personal. Birsel reminds us that the components of the life we desire are already there; we need only to lay them out, sort them differently, inject a bit of imagination, energy and love, and voila! A new, better life is before us, ready to be lived." - Linda Tischler, Senior Editor, Fast Company

"Ayse's talent as a designer and her unique worldview collide perfectly in Design The Life You Love. For anyone who is looking for an imaginative yet logical way to think through life's challenges, this is for you. Learn how to shift your perspectives with design-thinking, and be inspired by her illustrations along the way."  - Beth Comstock, CEO Business Innovations, GE

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