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Steal Like an Artist – My Favorite Creative Textbook

Most of my favorite books are fiction, but this little, charming, easy-to-read textbook from my design classes is one of my favorites. It’s nearly spring, and the sun is starting to peek out, and I couldn’t wait any longer to share Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon, with all of you.

Before you run away from the idea of a textbook for my book club pick this month, let me tell you a few reasons I think you’ll love it.

Steal Like an Artist is no ordinary textbook

One of the awesome things about studying design is that the textbooks are often unconventional. Steal Like an Artist is full of illustrations, ideas, quotes, and really great advice.

It’s like chatting with a creative mentor on a lunch date. Can a book be approachable and friendly? This one really is.

You’re way more creative than you think

“I’m just not creative.” It’s one of the most common reactions I get when I tell people what I do. People underestimate their own natural creative abilities all of the time.

If you are a creative genius, this book is for you.

Do you feel stuck behind a creative block? You’re going to love this book.

If you find yourself wishing you were like all of your creative friends please read this book. Soon.

Spring is for growing

The snow is melting and the world is waking up again. Spring is my favorite time of year for turning over a new leaf. The soft sunshine invites us to play, and that’s really what creativity is, isn’t it? Playing with purpose?

With chapters like “Be Nice. (The World is a Small Town.)” and “Creativity is Subtraction,” you’re going to be amused and entertained by this book. But more than that, I truly thing you’re going to feel inspired.

“Quit picking fights and go make something.” – Austin Kleon

“But first read the book.” – Barbara Williams

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