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344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment [Flexibound]

Stefan G. Bucher
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Book Description

July 31 2011 Voices That Matter
The secret to creative success lies not in knowing the right answers, but in knowing how to ask the right questions–and this little book is full of them! A veritable therapy session on paper, 344 Questions is composed entirely of questions designed to help you determine where you are in your life and career, where you want to be, and how to get there. Hopefully, you'll also laugh along the way.

Each spread in this colorful, pocket-sized book contains a series of several questions illustrated in Stefan Bucher's unique, whimsical, hand-lettered style. The questions are designed to get you thinking and drawing and writing with room on each spread to fill in the blanks and jot down ideas. Sample questions include: Can you name 10 things that reliably stress you out? Do you need 10 more spaces? Was filling out lists on your list? Or the decimal system? What happens when you get stressed out? Do you think stress is heroic? Can you please convince me that that's really stupid?

In addition to the questions provided by Bucher, the book features questions from creative celebrities who share some of the questions they were asked on the way to success, or, in some cases, the questions they wish they had been asked. The talented group of writers, musicians, and artists contributing to the book include:
  • Jed Alger
  • Judd Apatow
  • Marian Bantjes
  • Ken Carbone
  • Tim Carvell
  • Deanne Cheuk
  • Wayne Coyne
  • Russell Davies
  • Arem Duplessis
  • Dave Eggers
  • Karen Fowler
  • Ze Frank
  • Jona Frank
  • Jill Greenberg
  • Stanley Hainsworth
  • Peter Hannan
  • Debbie Millman
  • Rick Morris
  • Seth Morris
  • Christoph Niemann
  • David Norland
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Martha Rich
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Meredith Scardino
  • J.J. Sedelmaier
  • Dave Stewart
  • Lara Tomlin
  • Jakob Trollbäck
  • Rick Valicenti
  • Esther Pearl Watson
  • Lynda Weinman
  • Jan Wilker
  • Doyald Young
  • Tarsem
If you answer even half of the questions in this book, it will change your life.  

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About the Author

Stefan Bucher is a writer, graphic designer and illustrator who leads the California design studio 344 Design. Bucher is also the creator of the popular online animation series Daily Monster, which culminated in the book, 100 Days of Monsters. Bucher is also a sought-after speaker on life, love and graphic design. He is the author and illustrator of several books. Learn more about Bucher at www.344design.com, www.dailymonster.com and www.stefangbucher.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Expected Dec 17 2012
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
You can't help but get excited when you flip open the pages of this book. It's small, yes, but it can crack your life wide open. It asks big questions, little questions, silly questions, deep questions, and even bonus questions. There are plenty of guest question-askers too, so you get lots of different perspectives.

There are small areas in the book where you could write in some answers, but really, you either need to have a blank journal to work in, or use the book as a jumping off point in your own regular journaling and writing. Or just let it make you think! There are plenty of questions to get you un-stuck as well.

The design of the book itself is colourful and done entirely in hand-drawn fonts - it's luscious and inviting. Just to add some class, there's also a ribbon bookmark so you can remember where you left off. It's small enough to carry with you and keep your creative mojo going whenever you have a moment to dip into it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars everything it said it would be Oct. 7 2013
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
This book is everything it claimed to be. yes its hard to read, it could benefit from being larger. Also its more of a workbook than something casual you could pick up.
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The idea of the book is actually not bad, but the lay out was too confusing. I aswered the questions honestly for mysself, but it made me feel bogged down rather than freer to choose directions for myself. I tfelt as though the author tried too hard to include too much.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, thought-provoking, useful and fun Aug. 21 2011
By Dr. Worthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
This book is the best! Got one for myself, and I'm now making a list of people to buy it for. It's like the little voice in your head that tries to guide you to a better and better-lived life, but funnier, more probing, and better looking. (Well, better-designed.) It kind of hurts to write in a book that looks this good, but I recommend it - really thinking through these questions has given me new insights on how to envision and jumpstart my creative life. Also enjoyed the sets of guest questions (with some pretty shmancy people in there). I've learned a lot about myself, and had fun to boot.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Book Nov. 16 2011
By JMR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
I randomly stumbled across this book and decided to order it and I'm glad I did. This is a book of questions geared towards designers, but applicable to anybody. There are questions in this book I've never asked myself and there are others that I can't seem to stop thinking about. This book is written in interactive flowcharts, so you write your answers directly in the book. It took me about three days to fill it out and during that time, I found myself rather introspective. It's extremely helpful if you're interested in doing a life evaluation or are at a crossroads and are unsure about what to do next.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think... Jan. 15 2012
By Mother of Zeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound|Verified Purchase
Buy two copies.... one to use now, and another sometime in the future. At first the questions may seem off-the-wall, but they make you think, they make you examine things and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than therapy!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book, but don't buy the Kindle version!! May 14 2012
By C. L. Hauri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an update to my original review... I originally purchased the Kindle version. I really liked the book a lot, even trying to read it on my Kindle Fire. In my original review I complained about the challenges of reading it on the Kindle and warned others not to purchase this version. The author was kind enough to reply to me, tell me how to get a refund (I'm new to the Kindle, didn't know I could do that!) and that he has asked for the Kindle version to be removed.

I purchased the Flexibound book and I love it! I wish it was a bit bigger, though that would likely increase the price of the book (love the price, so I'm stick with this size!). I have been writing on the pages, as intended, and I find this book to be very helpful. I am a mom of 16 month old twins and I often feel scatterbrained from all the chaos of raising twins, working 2 jobs, and keeping up with day-to-day life. I have forgotten about my own goals, desires, thoughts, etc. This book is helping me remember and allowing me to actually write down these goals/desires/thoughts. While you could do this without the book, the questions that this book asks really get you to think about your life and what you want, which is important to me. I'm really enjoying this process and I'm trying to write in this book every night. Not only do I plan to revisit this book every few years (it will be fun to look back at my answers), but I think it might be a great book for my daughters to look at one day.

This is a fun, helpful book that I will be recommending to others! I also really appreciate the responses I received from the author, as I've never had an author respond to me before providing assistance. It was greatly appreciated!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely design, intelligent, interesting, fun. May 5 2012
By emily johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Flexibound
I'm only on page 46, but filling the pages in when I can. I like that it's filled with "non-standard" not dull run-of-the-mill fare. It's creative and provocative. Plus, it's just damn pretty to look at and entertaining. My one and only critique is that I wish the pages were larger so there would be more room to scibble. (Or maybe I just need to learn to write smaller. Who can say?)

My suggestion to other readers:
1. Keep a scrap of paper under the page you are writing on if you are using a ball point pen. This will keep any ink from being pressed off if, like me, you get excited and put too much pressure on your pen.
2. Have an extra note book handy to continue ideas, inspirations, and other bits in. I found that I often have "spill over" - ideas that spring to life from the questions often grow with further exploration beyond the given pages.
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