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In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art. The book Make Good In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art. The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.


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In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art. The book Make Good In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art. The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.

30 review for Make Good Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A tonic for timidity and doubt, it balances enthusiasm with expectation, flourishing in spite of its own artistic design.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    ‘go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. break rules. leave the world more interesting for your being here. make good art.’ continuing my tradition of starting off the new year with some words of inspiration and much needed positivity (see last year). neil gaiman has such a charm to his words that he could tell me to jump off a cliff and i would legitimately consider it. luckily, his message in this commencement address is nothing to that ‘go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. break rules. leave the world more interesting for your being here. make good art.’ continuing my tradition of starting off the new year with some words of inspiration and much needed positivity (see last year). neil gaiman has such a charm to his words that he could tell me to jump off a cliff and i would legitimately consider it. luckily, his message in this commencement address is nothing to that extreme. instead, he challenges the reader/listener to make, to create, to live and live well, to not pay attention to the doubts but flourish in the dreams. such a message is not only applicable to graduates, but to everyone in all stages of life. so here is to 2019, to a year of making mistakes, and to a year of making good art. <3 ps. for those interested, here are links to the text and video of his speech. ↠ 4.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    emma

    Confession: I often find myself really funny. A lot of the time this is due to the fact that I have the same sense of humor as myself, so my internal monologue and occasional conversations between me and me have an advantage in being amusing. But some of the time, I am laughing at my expense. One such time is right now, because why did I think I needed to write a full review of a book so short it can be, and was, read aloud in under 20 minutes? Including pauses for laughter and introspection? I just Confession: I often find myself really funny. A lot of the time this is due to the fact that I have the same sense of humor as myself, so my internal monologue and occasional conversations between me and me have an advantage in being amusing. But some of the time, I am laughing at my expense. One such time is right now, because why did I think I needed to write a full review of a book so short it can be, and was, read aloud in under 20 minutes? Including pauses for laughter and introspection? I just don’t know. This book was originally a speech, and then it was a little gift book, presumably of the subgenre colloquially known as Things To Give Graduates You Don’t Know Very Well - a group popularized by the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go. I bought this for myself on Book Outlet, so I can’t say for sure. This was probably better as a speech, because as a book it’s brightly colored and overly stylized and has altogether too many pages with only a handful of words on them, and also because Neil Gaiman has a gorgeous speaking voice that allows him to record his own audiobooks, which must be very convenient from a moneymaking perspective. But as a book, it was fine too. Bottom line: This review might be longer than the full book. (Not the first time I’ve said that about one of my own reviews.) ------------ was just scared to my very core when i saw i was 1 book behind on my reading challenge...then i realized that i forgot to mark this as read lol crisis averted. review to come / 4ish stars? ------------ i'm definitely reading this right now simply because of how much i love neil gaiman, and not at all due to the fact that it's like 6 pages long and i really want to finish my reading challenge

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Wow! This was amazing. I wasn't going into it expecting much, but coming out of it I feel inspired and motivated. This speech really made me think about my life and what I'm doing with it. I'll definitely be returning to this book when I'm needing something to lift me up! favorite quotes: “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” "Somebody on the internet thinks what you do is Wow! This was amazing. I wasn't going into it expecting much, but coming out of it I feel inspired and motivated. This speech really made me think about my life and what I'm doing with it. I'll definitely be returning to this book when I'm needing something to lift me up! favorite quotes: “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” "Somebody on the internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Neil Gaiman is, if you'll pardon the coarseness of my language, a fucking genius. "So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. "And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would." Also. "Make good art." Seems simple enough, yeah?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cari

    Four stars for the content itself, I saw the speech previously and it is, of course, awesome. Worth having this around, and thank goodness Gaiman's speech is actually why I bought this, because... ...no damn stars for the awful layout and design of the pages. Some are upside down, others have the print too small, and others are designed so they're extremely difficult to read. I've heard Kidd is excellent on other projects, but this one resembles the creativity of a 12-year-old girl back in the he Four stars for the content itself, I saw the speech previously and it is, of course, awesome. Worth having this around, and thank goodness Gaiman's speech is actually why I bought this, because... ...no damn stars for the awful layout and design of the pages. Some are upside down, others have the print too small, and others are designed so they're extremely difficult to read. I've heard Kidd is excellent on other projects, but this one resembles the creativity of a 12-year-old girl back in the heyday of Geocities and Angelfire webpages (I know because, many many years ago, I was one of those girls). Very disappointing on that score.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I have learned that I enjoy these words of wisdom speeches that these artist make at graduation services. I read this and the one J. K Rowling gave. They are full of great bits of advice and wisdom. Neil talks about making your own rules. He says it's ok not to know what your doing, it's usually a good thing. He learned to write by writing. He learns more from his failures and he was scared of success. It's 19 minutes of good tidbits and advice. I will be looking for more of these and I want to I have learned that I enjoy these words of wisdom speeches that these artist make at graduation services. I read this and the one J. K Rowling gave. They are full of great bits of advice and wisdom. Neil talks about making your own rules. He says it's ok not to know what your doing, it's usually a good thing. He learned to write by writing. He learns more from his failures and he was scared of success. It's 19 minutes of good tidbits and advice. I will be looking for more of these and I want to own this little book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    s.penkevich

    Good art. Perhaps the hierarchy is the High Art key?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Make Good Art is the transcript of Neil Gaiman's commencement speech at the University of the Arts, Class of 2012. It's an inspiring message of encouragement to artists everywhere to keep doing what you want to do, no matter what, and contains some nice ideas and quirks that only Gaiman could conjure up to make it a memorable talk. The whole thing is worth reading as its kind of an instructional manual to creativity by being anti-instructional. If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do Make Good Art is the transcript of Neil Gaiman's commencement speech at the University of the Arts, Class of 2012. It's an inspiring message of encouragement to artists everywhere to keep doing what you want to do, no matter what, and contains some nice ideas and quirks that only Gaiman could conjure up to make it a memorable talk. The whole thing is worth reading as its kind of an instructional manual to creativity by being anti-instructional. If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do, he says at one point, which is both strangely poetic and true. He tells you how he became the successful writer he is today - by writing. If you want to be a writer, be a writer, and keep writing. It's a simple message, one that many writers have stated before, but it's worth hearing again for anyone not doing it but still wishing they could become writers. He talks about the lessons learned through the years, of dealing with failure, and to never do anything for money. His first book (I think it was on Duran Duran) was written because he thought it would be a commercial success, and was anything but. At least when you make something you love, even if you don't get paid, you've still got the art left. I also really liked the story he told about someone asking him for advice on doing something (I forget the particulars) and the solution was to tell her to pretend she was the kind of person who could do that. That's pretty brilliant. There's also a poignant moment when he reveals the best advice he ever received (from Stephen King no less) - but I'll let you discover that gem for yourselves. A quick note about the presentation of this book - I generally like Chip Kidd's designs but the way he's formatted the speech in this book makes it less readable than it would be if it were simply straight text, which I would've preferred. Instead it's got varying fonts, colours, and sizes that I suppose takes the message of creativity on board but makes reading it a less pleasant experience. Alternatively, if you haven't the cash for this book, the speech is also on Youtube and Vimeo for free so you can watch Gaiman give the speech instead (recommended). Make Good Art is a short but delightful message of art, choices, and the courage to do both - whatever happens, an artist makes art, whatever happens, you should make art too: so do it. Well worth a read for anyone really but especially for those who might need a good kick up the bum to get creating, whatever form that takes. Keep going towards that mountain.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)

    “And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you “And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art. Make it on the good days too.” I'm inspired.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ioanna

    Brilliant!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Neal

    I will never NOT tear up reading or listening to this speech.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paola Ramos

    ALL THE PRAISE TO NEIL GAIMAN!!!!!!!!!!! I literally would read his grocery list if I could. I feel very inspired rn!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tisha

    The first read of this year and it was quite inspiring! :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    ashleigh

    For 2019: I saw this going around on my dash, and felt a very strong urge to watch it again. I then went back and looked at a transcript as well. This is just such a wonderful speech. I think I need to print out bits a hang them up. I forgot about my work for a larger part of 2018, and thanks a class I found my way back to it. There truly is nothing I love more than I love creating even when it's difficult and not turning out how I want it to, and this speech is a great reminder of that. That ev For 2019: I saw this going around on my dash, and felt a very strong urge to watch it again. I then went back and looked at a transcript as well. This is just such a wonderful speech. I think I need to print out bits a hang them up. I forgot about my work for a larger part of 2018, and thanks a class I found my way back to it. There truly is nothing I love more than I love creating even when it's difficult and not turning out how I want it to, and this speech is a great reminder of that. That even when it isn't working out, that it's worth it because I can do it and I love doing it. I'm thinking this will be a new tradition of mine to watch/read every year. For 2018: I actually just watched the speech cus heard the typography in the physical edition was shit. Maybe I'm cheating but I like to think of it as audiobooking but I get to look at a moving picture. Anyway, I adored this. It was inspiring and clever and wise, and I'm glad I have this to think about going into a new year. Maybe it's cheesy and time is just something humans made up, but I'll always think the new year as a beginning and a means to start again. I find comfort in that. Here's to 2018 and to making good art :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayla (BOOKadoodles)

    Super inspirational! The typography is outstanding and definitely outside-the-box, which is just an added bonus. This would be perfect to give as a gift to any aspiring creators out there!

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Q: Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. (c)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard Wright

    A written transcript of a speech Gaiman delivered in 2012 (and which is easily found online, but I wanted a copy over of it). The speech is a glorious thing, about courage, and choices, and art. Everybody should read it. The book? It's basically an attempt to practice what Gaiman preaches, a exercise in visual design. It fails on every front to impress, or even just to FUNCTION, because it makes reading the actual speech extraordinarily difficult. It gets in the way. It's a barrier, where if it A written transcript of a speech Gaiman delivered in 2012 (and which is easily found online, but I wanted a copy over of it). The speech is a glorious thing, about courage, and choices, and art. Everybody should read it. The book? It's basically an attempt to practice what Gaiman preaches, a exercise in visual design. It fails on every front to impress, or even just to FUNCTION, because it makes reading the actual speech extraordinarily difficult. It gets in the way. It's a barrier, where if it were to work it would have to be a complement. Deeply, deeply annoying.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rosangela

    Lovely edition! Nice quick read! It's Gaiman’s inspiring speech designed by the graphic artist Chip Kidd. It's a really good book to read when you feel sad. It'll cheer you up. "The old rules are crumbling, and nobody knows what the new rules are, so make your own rules."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A beautifully designed, hardbound edition of Gaiman's famous commencement address. Inspiring for authors, artists, anyone who is or wants to be in a creative field. The design of the book is sumptuous and fun, and makes for a perfect gift.

  21. 4 out of 5

    laura (bookies & cookies)

    Exactly what I needed after a disheartening day. Brilliant for anyone feeling uninspired, lost, or aimless with their creativity. I'll definitely have to check out the actual speech soon!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka

    Neil Gaiman's soul-stirring speech on the essence of art, spurred such wide resonance that it was soon adapted into a small and lovely hardcover book titled "Make Good Art". He imparts several pieces of life-wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts. A summarized version, courtesy Open Culture, appears below: - Embrace the fact that you’re young. Accept that you don’t know what you’re doing. And don’t listen to anyone who says there are rules and limits. - If you know your calling, go t Neil Gaiman's soul-stirring speech on the essence of art, spurred such wide resonance that it was soon adapted into a small and lovely hardcover book titled "Make Good Art". He imparts several pieces of life-wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts. A summarized version, courtesy Open Culture, appears below: - Embrace the fact that you’re young. Accept that you don’t know what you’re doing. And don’t listen to anyone who says there are rules and limits. - If you know your calling, go there. Stay on track. Keep moving towards it, even if the process takes time and requires sacrifice. - Learn to accept failure. Know that things will go wrong. Then, when things go right, you’ll probably feel like a fraud. It’s normal. - Make mistakes, glorious and fantastic ones. It means that you’re out there doing and trying things. - When life gets hard, as it inevitably will, make good art. Just make good art. - Make your own art, meaning the art that reflects your individuality and personal vision. - Now a practical tip. You get freelance work if your work is good, if you’re easy to get along with, and if you’re on deadline. Actually you don’t need all three. Just two. - Enjoy the ride, don’t fret the whole way. Stephen King gave that piece of advice to Neil years ago. - Be wise and accomplish things in your career. If you have problems getting started, pretend you’re someone who is wise, who can get things done. It will help you along. - Leave the world more interesting than it was before. The talk in its original delivery can be seen here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Deborah O'Carroll

    I love this little book so much. I'm so very very glad that I picked it up at the library. Now I want to own a copy of my own so that I can read it whenever I like. Every writer should read this. EVERY WRITER. Every artist of any kind. Read this. Or, if you don't, at least go watch the video of the author speaking (in a fabulous British accent) all of the words in this book and a few more, at the commencement address at which he presented this speech. It's 19 minutes long, and well worth every sec I love this little book so much. I'm so very very glad that I picked it up at the library. Now I want to own a copy of my own so that I can read it whenever I like. Every writer should read this. EVERY WRITER. Every artist of any kind. Read this. Or, if you don't, at least go watch the video of the author speaking (in a fabulous British accent) all of the words in this book and a few more, at the commencement address at which he presented this speech. It's 19 minutes long, and well worth every second. https://vimeo.com/42372767 Four things: -Inspiring. -Funny. -Fraud police. -Make Good Art. This has all of those, and I'm extremely glad I read and listened to it. :) However you consume it, whether through reading the delightfully original and art-like arrangement of the words in this book, or listening to the author saying them online, I do hope that you will take 20 minutes out of your day to absorb these words. Because they are inspiring and funny and just a little perfect, and it will be some of the best 20 minutes you've spent. That's what I think, anyway.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Books: A true story)

    I liked how Neil Gaiman talked about how he made life choices. He had a goal of becoming an author that he imagined as a mountain in the distance. He looked at the choices in front of him and decided whether they got him closer or farther to that mountain. I thought that was great advice. This is a great gift book. It has beautiful typography. In a nutshell, here's the six pieces of advice he gave: 1. When you start art you have no idea what you are doing. This is great. 2. If you have an idea, do I liked how Neil Gaiman talked about how he made life choices. He had a goal of becoming an author that he imagined as a mountain in the distance. He looked at the choices in front of him and decided whether they got him closer or farther to that mountain. I thought that was great advice. This is a great gift book. It has beautiful typography. In a nutshell, here's the six pieces of advice he gave: 1. When you start art you have no idea what you are doing. This is great. 2. If you have an idea, do that. 3. Deal with the problems of failure 4. I hope you make mistakes 5. Make your art. 6. Get work how you can and do two out of these three things: good work, easy to work with, work on time. Other tidbits of advice that I liked: make up your own rules since you don't know what you are doing. Pretend to be the person you want to be. Enjoy where you are.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aj Sterkel

    I watched Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech on YouTube soon after he gave it. It’s a pretty good speech, so when I saw the slightly battered book version of it for $1 at a scratch-and-dent sale, I picked it up. This little book contains the full text of the speech. The text is beautified by a graphic artist who makes it artsy and colorful. Unfortunately, the beautifying of the text is the book’s biggest issue. If you have eye problems (like me), then you’ll know that light blue font on shiny whi I watched Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech on YouTube soon after he gave it. It’s a pretty good speech, so when I saw the slightly battered book version of it for $1 at a scratch-and-dent sale, I picked it up. This little book contains the full text of the speech. The text is beautified by a graphic artist who makes it artsy and colorful. Unfortunately, the beautifying of the text is the book’s biggest issue. If you have eye problems (like me), then you’ll know that light blue font on shiny white paper is no fun. Red font on white paper isn’t great, either. The book is only 80 pages long, but I got eyestrain from reading it. The graphics also chop up the speech in odd places. I backtracked a few times because I felt like I missed something. The speech itself is inspirational. Neil Gaiman talks about how mistakes are inevitable. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything worth doing. Mistakes aren’t always bad. You learn from them, and some amazing things have been discovered because someone screwed up. Go forth and screw up. I know this is a tiny review, but Make Good Art is a tiny book. I’ll leave you with my favorite quotes: “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.” – Make Good Art “The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked . . . that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” – Make Good Art “And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art.” – Make Good Art

  26. 4 out of 5

    jeremy

    after a video recording of neil gaiman's 2012 commencement speech at the university of the arts in philly went viral, it only made sense that it would soon find it's way into print. make good art, designed by chip kidd (of dust jacket/cover art infamy), is an inspirational message relevant to anyone pursuing creative endeavors and/or a life in the arts. throughout the address, gaiman, now of course at the peak of his craft, recounts his own early trials as he set out writing, as well as the doub after a video recording of neil gaiman's 2012 commencement speech at the university of the arts in philly went viral, it only made sense that it would soon find it's way into print. make good art, designed by chip kidd (of dust jacket/cover art infamy), is an inspirational message relevant to anyone pursuing creative endeavors and/or a life in the arts. throughout the address, gaiman, now of course at the peak of his craft, recounts his own early trials as he set out writing, as well as the doubts, frustrations, neglected advice, and lessons learned along the way. life is sometimes hard. things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. and when things get tough, this is what you should do. make good art. i'm serious. husband runs off with a politician? make good art. leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? make good art. irs on your trail? make good art. cat exploded? make good art. somebody on the internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? make good art. probably things will work out some how, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. do what only you do best. make good art.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The speech, if you haven't seen it, is worth seeing: http://vimeo.com/42372767 The book version is an interesting exercise in graphic design (all aqua and red text). Some pages work better than others. I liked the reminders of some of my favorite parts of the speech: "Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be -- an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics, and supporting myself through my words -- was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal. A The speech, if you haven't seen it, is worth seeing: http://vimeo.com/42372767 The book version is an interesting exercise in graphic design (all aqua and red text). Some pages work better than others. I liked the reminders of some of my favorite parts of the speech: "Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be -- an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics, and supporting myself through my words -- was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain. I said no to editorial jobs on magazines, proper jobs that would have paid proper money, because I knew that, attractive though they were, for me they would have been walking away from the mountain. And if those job offers had come along earlier I might have taken them, because they still would have been closer to the mountain than I was at the time." "The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you may be starting to get it right."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    "And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." Honestly, I can't picture a better story - well, speech in this case, - to begin the year with. Technically, this isn't the first thing I've read in 2020, but it's right at the beginning, so we'll count it. I absolutely adored this speech, mostly because of how purely brilliant this is. Neil Gaiman is one of t "And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art." Honestly, I can't picture a better story - well, speech in this case, - to begin the year with. Technically, this isn't the first thing I've read in 2020, but it's right at the beginning, so we'll count it. I absolutely adored this speech, mostly because of how purely brilliant this is. Neil Gaiman is one of the most imaginative writers of our time, so this advice is naturally, quite wonderful. Creating art is, at its core, imperfect, and - as the cover illustrates - going to be full of mistakes. I always think of Bob Ross and his 'happy little accidents' when I hear that, and it's so very true. We have to learn how to exist without the fear of failure, without the conventional lines or boundaries people have created for us. Instead, we have to learn to play by our own rules, to become creators and artists and dreamers. It sounds dramatic, and perhaps quite cheesy, but if there was one book I'd recommend to an aspiring writer (like myself), this would be it. Really, though, its something everyone should hear. It's the hope and encouragement we all need this year.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I have not watched the speech that this is based on. Commentary on the book solely. meh. This was recommended to me as inspiration for any artist or creative-type. To me it is just another bit of coffee table-gazing. A momentary ah-ha that quickly fades into a "oh yeah, I've thought about all of this before" leaving you back where you started. Back in your own head trying to figure out what the hell to create and where to start. Perhaps I ask too much! This is a very short read, so pick it up if I have not watched the speech that this is based on. Commentary on the book solely. meh. This was recommended to me as inspiration for any artist or creative-type. To me it is just another bit of coffee table-gazing. A momentary ah-ha that quickly fades into a "oh yeah, I've thought about all of this before" leaving you back where you started. Back in your own head trying to figure out what the hell to create and where to start. Perhaps I ask too much! This is a very short read, so pick it up if you like. The layout is somewhat interesting, but if you are familiar with Chip Kidd it's nothing new. This book just isn't very great and it is shame that a work like this can be considered "great art" just because people admire the artists behind it. Super-stardom sells I suppose. The publishers/editors know best.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    A Neil Gaiman commencement speech to artists, designed and illustrated by Chip Kidd. The advice is solid from someone who has written dozens of books, comics, screenplays, without going to art school or even college to become a writer. HE LEARNED TO WRITE BY WRITING, and failing, and not following whatever rules art/writing programs seem to put in place, which is why he has been particularly successful. He's unique. You can see the speech on Vimeo or Youtube if you want, too.

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