Blog Tour: Design the Life You Love + GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Today I have something for you that is a little bit different than what I would normally post! This is my first blog tour with Hannah from The Irish Banana! I'm going to be sharing an excerpt from the intro of Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel!! This book is so much fun! You should definitely check it out!


Design the Life You Love started as an experiment. I had just finished putting my creative process on paper, as a tool to share with my team at Birsel + Seck, the design studio I lead with my husband, Bibi Seck, in New York, and our clients. But first I needed a test project. What better testing ground than my own life, something I have come to consider as my biggest project? I first shared it with my friends, who’ve helped me to fine-tune the steps and given me the confidence to go do it. Then I did my first workshop. And things started to grow from there. Which brings us to this book you’re holding in your hands!


Design is about identifying and working within given constraints to arrive at new and better solutions. Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints: time, money, age, location, circumstances, etc. You cannot have everything. If you want more, you have to be creative about how to make what you need and what you want coexist. This requires design thinking.

Here is how to think like a designer: 
- think positively; 
- put yourself in the shoes of other people and see things from their perspective; 
- see the big picture; 
- collaborate with others, as this makes the ideas so much richer; 
- and last but not least, always ask yourself “what if?” and take your answers seriously. 
As you design your life, remember to think holistically and collaboratively, like a designer, with optimism and empathy. And to ask yourself, what if I did this?


In this book I will share how to apply my design process, Deconstruction:Reconstruction, to your life in four simple steps.

Taking the whole apart.

Seeing it differently.

Putting it back together.

Giving it form.

Deconstructing and breaking current reality is necessary to enable us to shift our perspective-to see the same things differently-in order to reconstruct a new reality that is more than the sum of its parts.

About the book:

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 can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. Design the Life You Love is a joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Through four steps that reveal hidden skills and wisdom, anyone can design a life they love!

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The Giveaway:

You could win one of two finished copies of this book! US only!


  1. This book will have so much wisdom for me to apply to all aspects of my life. I have to read this!

    1. It is a really enlightening read! I would recommend it!


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