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Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives
Designing-Women’s Lives

Designing-Women’s Lives

By (author) Toby Israel


Publishing 25th Jan 2023
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    • Autobiographical accounts of women overcoming odds to “make it” in a man’s world
    • Ideal for Design Professionals: “Equity,” “diversity,” and “inclusion” are top priorities in professional design circles today
    • For Self-Help readers, Mental Health Professionals & Life-Coaches: DWL’s thematic thread, “Design for Emotional Well-being” will appeal to both women and men seeking to be nurtured by home while going through life-passages/crises. Design Psychology’s “design from within” methodology also positions this book as a unique, useful ‘design therapy’ resource for the half a million mental health professionals working in the US and the 17,500 life-coaches in that one billion-dollar-plus industry. This includes fans of Dr. Israel’s Psychology Today, “Design on My Mind” blog
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    Designing Women’s Lives calls for a place-making revolution based on women’s culturally nurtured “feeling” sensibility. Women too often have had to repress that sensibility in order to become designers. Now, rather than struggle to fit-in, women can break new ground by using Design Psychology as the foundation for creating emotionally satisfying place.

    To encourage such a heart/mind shift, the author discusses how she took architecture Gold Medalist Denise Scott Brown and interior design legend Margo Grant Walsh through a series of Design Psychology exercises. The process revealed ways these renowned women unconsciously embedded their heroic struggles as minority females in their designs: Grant Walsh’s journey from her Chippewa childhood home with only one green couch to her plush NYC residence reflected her embrace of her Native American + designing-woman’s identity. Scott Brown grew up in a more privileged South African household, yet she translated the oppression she witnessed during Apartheid and the bias she experienced as a Jewish woman into the inclusive approach to architecture that made her famous. 

    Interweaving such designing-women’s stories, feminist design thinking and her personal vignettes, the author inspires readers to “design from within” their personal psychology as a form of personal liberation. Project case studies further demonstrate how Design Psychology helped women create a nurturing – even transformative – home during life-passages such as partnering or grieving. Such case studies provide inspiring examples of how colour, shape, texture, space layout, and special objects can be catalysts for such personal evolution. 

    About the Author

    Toby Israel, Ph.D., is the founder of Design Psychology, a field that’s gained international attention in the LA, NY and Financial Times, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Trained as an environmental psychologist, she is a multi-disciplinary design, psychology, arts, and education professional who applies scholarship to the “real-world” practice of place-making. 

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    25th Jan 2023
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding USA, Canada, Australasia & Asia (except Japan; China non-exclusive)
    254 mm x 203 mm
    200 Pages
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