Content tagged with "creativity"

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Book Review
September 21, 2021
193

“The title is accurate: this is a meditation (an ‘observation’) about making art. It’s not a practical book, it’s just a series of thoughts about the struggle of people who make at to do it in spite of…”

The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday
Book Review
December 10, 2019
110

“An absolutely lovely little book detailing 131 interesting and sometimes absurd ways to notice more things. Exercises like coming up with a script for random video footage you’re watching,…”

Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last
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Book Review
January 1, 2019
189

“I really wanted to ‘get’ this book…but I didn’t. The text didn’t live up to the title – I come away from it no more prepared to create a ‘thing that matters.’ The author purports to explain ‘aesthetic…”

The Idea Book
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Book Review
January 28, 2019
92

“An interesting book – more of a scrapbook or workbook, really. It’s 300 pages….but really like 100. There’s 2-3 blank pages for your own ‘ideas,’ then a page of motivation/inspiration that gives you…”

The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World
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Book Review
March 13, 2022
137

“A lovely analysis of why stories matter so much to us. The book dissects the concept of ‘story’ into these areas: Author Audience Journey Character World Detail Voice Platform Immersion The author…”

Simply Brilliant: Powerful Techniques to Unlock Your Creativity and Spark New Ideas
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Book Review
May 19, 2019
162

“Mixed bag here. The book is equal parts (1) practical techniques, and (2) motivational speaking. A big part of it is that the author wants you to know that you can be creative. If you already know…”

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
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Book Review
October 16, 2021
298

“This is one of those motivational/inspirational type books. It doesn’t really present a lot of new information, and it’s formatted all funky with weird fonts and colors and stuff (a la Tom Peters),…”

A Technique for Producing Ideas
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Book Review
June 12, 2014
144

“A tiny book – not even sure it was actually a book. An essay? It was written by an advertising executive in the …40s? 50s? It’s a wonderful method for coming up with ideas in five steps. There’s no…”

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
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Book Review
February 14, 2019
219

“This is sort of a ‘Devotional’ about the art of creating anything. The chapters are very short (1-2 pages), and they’re written in a lyrical style, center-aligned down the middle of the page. Some of…”