Thursday, April 10, 2008

Design Principles for Self Improvement (Part II)

While I was thinking about this post last night, I was also watching one of my favorite shows, The Big Idea on CNBC. One of the guests was Ty Pennington that hyper yet creative carpenter on those home improvement shows. He talked about how the principles of home design can be used to create our dream life. For instance, he talked about choosing colors and objects for our homes that reflect our personality.

Karim Rashid, a designer and author has a similar philosophy in his book design your self: rethinking the way you live, work, and play. Rashid is best known for his innovative home product, furniture and interior design. Early on, he writes that humans are here to create and that living in such a mass produced world entitles us all to use design, not only to create our environments but also our lives.

Covering topics ranging from life, love, work, and play, this colorful book also includes a section at the end with a yearly guide to getting the most from your life. Despite loving this book and it's advocacy for leading a creative and individualized life, I found it odd that it was also filled with prescriptive lists and Rashid's own strict guidelines of how that life should be lived. Still, it's a must read book to learn how this contemporary creative genius lives and works.

  • How are you using design principles in your daily life?


Ottayan said...
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Ottayan said...

I spend all my energy creating a 'conflict free' day/life.

Susan GT said...

I am very aware of creating good flow, color and texture in my living space as well as my studio. Adding water elements to create a flow of abundance. Candles for energy. Plants and flowers for growth. I really feel connected when I do a few small things to honor the change of the seasons. One of the biggest things for me is to remain clutter-free as much as possible. Too much clutter/projects laying about and I feel stressed and overwhelmed. Just cleaning and clearing, clears my mind.
Susan Gallacher-Turner

MELANIE said...

Great tips, Susan! I couldn't agree more.