Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
Being “creative” is never an easy task. For a person who’s job is to design, believe me, it is hard to get your creative juices working 24/7. There will always be days when you’re in the mood and are able to make those drawings going non-stop. And there are days when you just cant get a grip no matter how hard you try. More or less, I can say that I have been there, done that and being creative in so many ways is not as easy as 1,2,3.
This book provides readers some tips, realizations and some notes about being creative. It gives a glimpse of simple things to do to help you gain a more productive, imaginative and creative work. Steal Like an Artist also focuses that nothing is ever original nowadays. We just have to find the perfect inspiration to do things.
Here are some of the things I find very helpful from the book:
- Categorize your work area into Digital and Analog – Have a table where you’re not supposed to put any gadgets. This is a table where you do all things manually, where all the dirty works are actually. Then have a separate table where you can work on with your computer and other digital stuff.
- Travel – “Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brain works harder”
- Always carry a sketchpad – Always have a sketchpad where you can draw, write, paste and paint on whenever and wherever you are because there are times when inspiration strikes you when you’re in unlikely places. Its always good to be prepared.
- Share – Don’t be afraid to share your ideas.
- The trick is to enjoy what you’re doing. Don’t do things for the sake of having more work done. Do it because you love it and you feel passionate about it.