Things Are What You Make Them

Things Are What You Make Them

Life Advice for Creatives

Book - 2017
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From the creative mind and heart of designer Adam J. Kurtz comes this upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular essays, this handwritten and heartfelt book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple, vibrantly full-color book will be a touchstone for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who wants to be more creative--even when it would be easier to give up and act
Publisher: New York, New York :, TarcherPerigee,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780143131519
Branch Call Number: 153.35 KUR
Characteristics: 130 pages ; 17 cm


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JCLEmmaF Jan 25, 2019

Wow wow wow. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is a person, a creative, or a person doing creative work. Rather than giving you every answer, sometimes Kurtz simply asks you the good questions. I love the way it's handwritten and quick. I love the way it addresses relationship with self, relationship with work and people, and also the creative and business sides of things. I just love this quick, colorful, motivating little book.

Some quotes I appreciated:
"You are both a tool and a weapon with the ability to choose how to wield yourself in every situation. The continued act of existence is an ongoing manifestation of this power."
"You're kind of an idiot, but it's going to be okay."
"'I'm too--' Really? That's the fear we're going with? You could let this rule your entire life... what doesn't work in one place is exactly right in another. Let your work speak for itself."

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