I had the privilege of working on a brand that was positioned in the Cold & Cough category. We spent a few weeks getting up to speed on all things “flu” as this product was launching at the start of 2012’s flu season. I wasn’t a germaphobe before this process but became one afterward and the…
One day I will make a window, that is really just a large monitor, that will play this on loop.
real rock n’ roll
education: blowing minds.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery
A quote from Robert Brault (via luna-et-hazel)
Thank you St. Louis!!! First night of Clean Cut Tour - so fun!! Great city.
thank you internet.
26 of #52n52 - Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
Well, I’m halfway through this project but more than halfway behind. I’ve read the books, but not in the time allotted. Don’t get me wrong I’m going to press on, but not at the rate I started (a book a week).
I read Steal Like An Artist over two months ago and while the recall isn’t the best, I wasn’t overly excited about it either. Artist is one of a few dozen books available with the topic of “quick tips” and will surely be the last one I read and review.
Austin Kleon wrote Artist as a lecture that he gave to Broome Community College and it was received well enough that he turned it into a blog post that went viral. Seeing a community embrace his idea, he then turned it into a book – this book.
Like the subtitle says, Kleon breaks Artist down into 10 principles or thoughts to doing great work. Here’s the thing, they’re not earth shattering or innovative. You should already know them or at least know of them.
Now, I don’t want to completely shit all over this book. Kleon has some good things to say and the his style of writing is easy to follow and quick to digest, but all in all I just didn’t come away from this read that I haven’t already gotten from guys that did it better and wrote it more succinctly - Paul Arden, Alex Bogusky & Claude Hopkins (see previous reviews).
If you’re looking to really glean something new and actionable from a book on creativity pick up one from the above authors. If you’re looking to appear to learn something on creativity or are a new student to the craft, then pick up Steal Like An Artist.
Just my two cents.