Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list often things he wished he'd heard when he was their age: 'Steal like an artist; Don't wait until you know who you are to start making things; Write the book you want to read; Use your hands; Side projects are important; Do good work and put it where people can see it; Geography is no longer our master; Be nice (the world is a small town.); Be boring (it's the only way to get work done.); and, Creativity is subtraction.' After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog, where it quickly went viral. Now Kleon has expanded his original manifesto into an illustrated guide to the creative life for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, musicians, and anyone attempting to make things - art, a career, a life - in the digital age. Brief, direct, and visually interactive, the book includes illustrative anecdotes and mini-exercise sections calling out practical actions readers can take to unleash their own creative spirits.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 152 x 154 x 14mm | 249.48g
- 01 May 2012
- Workman Publishing
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
Unlock your creativity.Steal like an artist.Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.Write the book you want to read.Use your hands.Side projects and hobbies are important.The secret: do good work and share it with people.Geography is no longer our master.Be nice. (The world is a small town.)Be boring. (It's the only way to get work done.)Creativity is subtraction.
You don't need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That's the message from Austin Kleon,...
"The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon's experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove. - Fast Company co.Design "Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make." - TheAtlantic.com "Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential." -- Thrillist
About Austin Kleon
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! His work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for such organizations as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas, and online at austinkleon.com.