Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist coverWhen asked to talk to students at a community college in upstate New York, designer and author of Newspaper Blackout Austin Kleon sat down and wrote a simple list of 10 things he wished he’d heard when he was in college: 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. Be Boring. Creativity is subtraction. After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his blog, and it quickly went viral, with more than 1.5 million 1.8 million 2.0 million page views. Now Kleon has expanded his original manifesto into Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, including new insights, drawings and exercises which offer a comprehensive guide to being creative and original in art, work and life. (Workman)

The Doodle Revolution

Sunni BrownOne of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” co-author of Gamestorming, and presenter of one of the 50 most viewed TED Talks, visual thinking and creativity consultant Sunni Brown‘s The Doodle Revolution, a guide to help even the most non-visual person use the power of the pen to clarify and visualize complex concepts, solve business problems faster and elevate cognitive performance, at auction in a significant deal to Adrian Zackheim at Portfolio/Penguin.