Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

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If you are an artist or a creative type, Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman will likely appeal to you right off the bat. Originally given as an address at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the speech was adapted to this playful little tome. I say "playful" because it was designed by Chip Kidd (if you don't know who he is, I think there is a good chance you'll recognize his design work) and it is certainly not mere words on a page. The text is often layered, angled, colored, or sized to convey or emphasize part of the message. Some pages are stark white with a bit of text, where others are boldly colored and filled to the brim with information. Part of the beauty of this reading experience is that it's so short, meaning that nothing has time to feel superfluous, extraneous, or annoying. I can't imagine reading a novel like this, but this speech is ideally suited to a comical, light-hearted format.

In addition to the visual appeal (which is great), the book is very engaging. Neil Gaiman gives some really dynamite advice; which might be advice you've heard before, but it's also likely advice you still need to hear. He talks about his life as a creative person, and the perils of doing a job just for the money. Even if you're not creative for a living, "what do I want to do with my life?" is not a question you answer once. It's a question you ask, answer, or are confronted with constantly. Frankly, good advice is good advice. As a bonus, you can also watch the original speech online:

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

Allie @ Central

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