All over the world, parents are raising kids to get active and embrace the "design-it-yourself" spirit of homemade arts and crafts. D.I.Y. Kids encourages young readers to use basic design principles and on-hand materials to express their individuality through more than eighty imaginative projects. The book is divided into four sections--"Graphics," "Toys," "Home," and "Fashion"--each packed with fun ideas for making T-shirts, party supplies, pop-up cards, bracelets, stuffed animals, and dozens of other fun and useful items. Each project is explained with step-by-step instructions and colorful photographs of cool designs and the kids who made them. The projects--rated by difficulty, time, mess, and cost--are intended for ages seven through twelve, but can easily be modified to suit all ages.
D.I.Y. Kids is designed to trigger imaginative play, without requiring fees, teams, or a minivan. It's for parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, friends and babysitters, neighbors and citizens--anyone who wants to create a better world not only for, but also with, the next generation. Most of all, it is for kids who want to make their mark by exercising the arts of design with wit, intelligence, and style.
Ellen Lupton is adjunct curator at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and co-chair of the design department of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a Chrysler Design Award winner and the best-selling author of D.I.Y Design It Yourself, Thinking with Type, Design Culture Now, and Mixing Messages.
Julia Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology and Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature and co-author of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis.
Designing woman Ellen Lupton brings graphic design back home, Venus Zine :
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— Angie Vo
"The thrill of anonymity and adding to the environment creatively is quite appealing."
Lets D.I.Y. Together!, Publishers Weekly:
"D.I.Y. Kids is packed with fun ideas for making T-shirts, party supplies, pop-up cards, bracelets, stuffed animals, and dozens of other useful items. "
For Fans of Video Games, Miami News-Record:
"DIY Kids, is just the thing to bring out the creative side of technology-loving kids. Its got a section devoted to using high-tech gadgets (a scanner, Photoshop) for low-tech fun. Turn a small drawing into a repeating patern and print it on a mousepad..."
Scholastic Parent & Child:
"Best Books of 2007: This book of kid-friendly projects that use basic principles and on-hand materials. Packed with ideas for T-shirts, pop-up cards, stuffed animals, etc."
i is for Imagination, Miami News-Record:
"DIY Kids by Ellen and Julia Lupton is just the thing to brng out the creative side of technology-loving kids."
M (Melbourne) Magazine:
"Easy to use and inspirational, DIY Kids will probably shape the next generation of designers."
Traverse City Record - Eagle:
"Its full of ideas to inspire both boys and girls..."