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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st (first) edition (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761169253
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 15.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of Steal Like an Artist and Newspaper Blackout. He speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas, and online at austinkleon.com. 



Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of the found poetry collection, Newspaper Blackout (“brilliant,” New York Magazine), and his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, The Wall Street Journal, and the art website, 20x200.com. He speaks about creativity and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin and online at www.austinkleon.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wang Yip on April 17 2012
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Only joking about the stealing. A fantastically short and simple read with lots of great advice on how to be creative. Ideas like copying artists (the right way), sharing what you have created with others. The best quote in the book: Conan O'Brien in his commencement speech: "It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JulzB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28 2013
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This is a fun,easy and visually appealing book with lots of images, graphics, quotes and words with handwritten appearance. There are some good ideas and useful reminders (i.e. get outdoors to get in touch with your creative side - nobody ever really gets inspired at a keyboard).

The ideas presented are simple: write every idea down, take naps, collect ideas to steal, get outside, and find hobbies as examples. All easy to implement no matter who you are and what you do.

If you buy this book expecting a fun little read then you will be happy. It is a great reminder of some basic creative principles many of us forget as we get busy in our businesses/lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on March 17 2014
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Lots of goodpoints. Pick your 5 close friends average their income = close to your income. Stress's the importance of selection in all aspects of life & creativity. How to use jobs to increase your skills for moving your passion forward as a business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Anaconda on Oct. 1 2013
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A great inspiration for anyone who is involved in a creative process at work or in their personal life! Austin Kleon has a very unique and visual way of delivering his tips. After the reading you will want to get your hands dirty, literally!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mehrad Ahari on April 9 2013
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Smart, sweet, concise, inspirational, and to the point. This book is a pleasure to read, or even just to look at. Loved it, and I'm planning to buy a load to give to my friends as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MrAwesome on Dec 2 2013
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Great read and illistration. This book was uplifting and just a positive feel from front to back.it really is a must read if you are looking to add to yoyr awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marla Berg on Dec 19 2013
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Encouraging and entertaining--loved it. Bought it for my nieces and nephews as gifts. A great book to share and pass on to others.
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