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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761169253
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Jayne Taylor on 1 April 2013
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Read in one hit. As soon as put it down wanted to start creating and exploring. Thoroughly recommend especially if you find yourself stuck in a rut.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cherrie Coutts on 7 April 2014
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Was sceptical going into this but then found myself loving every word and relating to everything in it. It caused me to look at my own process and I could really relate to the "Impostor Syndrome", as well. While someone else mentioned there's nothing ground breaking or new, I feel that's not the point of the book. I didn't go into it expecting it to change the way I think. Instead it reminds you that it's okay to THINK the way you think. It's meant to be read and prompt you to think about your own situation and analyse it. It's a quick read, so it's good for those little procrastinations to get you back into what you were supposed to be doing.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2012
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A 12th century French monk, Bernard of Chartres, once observed, "We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants." I thought of that observation as I read Austin Kleon's brief but insightful discussion of ten "things nobody told you about being creative," with the first serving as this book's title. There are dozens of quotations throughout the narrative that reaffirm Kleon's thesis: Almost anyone can become more creative in what they do and how they live by applying the lessons that Kleon learned during the past decade. What he learned, of course, is what he stole from others and then applied...and the world wisdom they possessed had been stolen from still others and then applied...you get the idea.

In his thought-provoking book, Ignore Everybody, Hugh MacLeod identifies and discusses a total of 40 "keys to creativity" and, of course, the first is to Ignore Everybody. Taken literally, that would include both MacLeod and Kleon. However, in each of his several books, MacLeod duly acknowledges his appreciation of countless others who have helped him to become the best Hugh MacLeod he could be. My own opinion is that Kleon has a similar objective: To help his reader think more creatively about becoming more creative by introducing his reader to a variety of different perspectives that will help the reader to become more alert, more aware, of how to live a more productive, a more enjoyable, a more fulfilling life.

The quotations he includes are indeed excellent. Several have become classic insights. Here is a representative selection:

o "Art is theft." Pablo Picasso
o "The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from." David Bowie
o "What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reza Hamedi on 17 Mar. 2013
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Exceptional little book which you would probably finish in one sitting. Includes many small ideas that can have a big influence.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rutherbooks on 27 April 2012
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At first look, it's high energy and born out of love. The drawings are fun and there's some sage advice about getting started and working with others and keeping a day job and being physical in a digital world. And yet...after... I still felt hungry. No big take-away from the work. Perhaps I've been round the block too many times: I gave it to my painter-photographer son; he thinks it's cool. What do I know?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Way on 16 Oct. 2013
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This book has given me the confidence to get back into the flow of making work. I feel it breaks things down and destroys all the enemies of self doubt!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yiann on 2 Dec. 2013
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It's very difficult to cope, in this day and age, with a perceived lack of creativity. This book has put me in from a different perspective that I'm sure was just under my nose. Thank you Austin, just what the doctor ordered. Highly recommended to anybody struggling with coming up with "new ideas".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By toyz on 12 Oct. 2013
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Excellent lessons to cherish!
You can always recite this book whenever you loose courage
As an artist. I certainly would recommend it to graphic designers
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