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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (December 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339961
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Noah Scalin is an artist, designer, author, and activist. He is the creator of the Webby Award--winning art project Skull-A-Day and the founder of the socially conscious design firm Another Limited Revolution, and his fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His other recent books include 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & In Your Studio. Noahscalin.comwww.alrdesign.commakesomething365.blogspot.com

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Noah Scalin is a Richmond, Virginia based artist/designer/activist. He is the creator of the Webby award-winning daily art project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally including the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Noah also founded the internationally recognized, socially conscious design and consulting firm Another Limited Rebellion. In addition, Noah often gives talks on the subject of generating creative energy at conferences and universities, and he teaches a course on socially conscious design at Virginia Commonwealth University. His first book, Skulls, was honored by the New York Public Library and as a "Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers" by the Young Adult Library Services Association and was featured on The Martha Stewart Show. His latest book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal, from Voyageur Press, is designed to help people reap the benefits of making a yearlong daily project.

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What it does is train you to work EVERY DAY.
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If your creativity is a little "stuck" or if you just want to try something new, this is a great daily idea/crafting book!!!
amy karoly
This book is his way of encouraging others to be creative.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Dersch on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was earning a BFA, I had a painting professor who forced me to severely limit my color palate. I grumbled about it at the time, but I found that the creation of forced guidelines freed me and taught me the significance of self-imposed rules.

Fast forward some years, and I have just completed day 37 of my year-long project using 365: A Daily Creativity Journal. So far this process has given me, through structure, a similar, freeing experience.

Scalin's process, as laid out in his book, has made me accountable for daily, completed creative production and has forced me to let go by midnight. I cannot put it off, and I cannot over analyze my work or give up on it.

I have been forced to work quickly and to accept my work for what it is. The creation of a blog and being a member of the 365 online community created by Scalin have reinforced this. The result has been increased productivity, yes, but more importantly, a new set of eyes for my own work.

The book gives examples of diverse daily projects as inspiration and ideas for daily projects, so one never feels stranded without an idea. However, the book is not imposing, and people can use it in different ways: as a journal, as a place to keep notes, as daily inspiration, or as a jolt of inspiration when it is needed.

The book's suggestions are unconventional and varied. Some are more challenging while some are gentle prods. Nothing requires expensive materials or equipment. Every suggestion is accessible and open-ended, so there are myriad approaches to each one. Scalin approaches projects as puzzles and explorations and not as controlled activities or rigid guidelines.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Berna on November 21, 2010
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I have been waiting for this book to come out for awhile and it was well worth the wait. I'm a creative type and this book is very inspiring. If you need inspiration, and even if you don't, this makes a wonderful addition to anyone's library. There are great ideas sprinkled throughout the book and the journal section leaves plenty of room to write ideas and thoughts down. I'm so glad I got this book and I highly recommend it. I normally don't reviews books I buy but this one definitely deserves a review. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Irene Ziegler Aston on January 25, 2011
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This book is for the person who may have uttered, "I'm not very creative." We're all creative people; perhaps not all of us are producing, or leading creative lives. This journal is not intended to do your creating for you, or even lead you toward Scalin's idea of the creative life. Instead, like any good teacher, Scalin introduces you to your own creative muscles and shows you how to turn ideas into art, one day at a time. That the process is fun, thoughtful, and often challenging gives this substance beyond other how-to books, which are usually too precious for my liking.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MoSaysNo on February 28, 2011
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I really enjoy this book. The author is very positive and encouraging. I have found that after doing projects every day for the last month that I dont need the book as much to be creative. It has served as a tool to help me get my creative juices flowing and is an inspiration on the days that I am lacking any real direction. I would definitly recommend this book to anyone that needs a little ispiration, or just some help in thinking outside of the box.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Ross on December 26, 2010
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I bought this for my 12 year old daughter for Christmas. When it arrived, I flipped through it and didn't think too muck about it being one of her favorites. She really loves this book. It contains 365 days of really fun craft projects. She is going to try to wait until Jan. 1 to start the crafts and activities because thats how the book is laid out. Great book!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B on February 5, 2011
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This book is perfect for anyone who's creative and needs motivation or who isn't creative and needs inspiraion.

It's easy to read (which is great if you're dyslexic like me) and full of great ideas. The bulk of the book is in a diary format, with each day giving you an idea to create something.

The great bit is that this is not just a book, there is an amazing online community, where you can share your daily creations, and get great support.

I've been trying to be more creative everyday, and this book has encouraged me to do thing's i'd never dream of before ... and i'm still doing it into February (a resolution first!).

Sarah [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By amy karoly on February 25, 2011
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This is exactly what I was looking for!!! If your creativity is a little "stuck" or if you just want to try something new, this is a great daily idea/crafting book!!! I was so excited when it finally came!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zig on April 23, 2011
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I was hooked on this author's concept right away! The journal inspires you to take a few minutes each day to make something, document the results, and then share the results with others for an entire year. The prompts listed in this journal encourage a few minutes of creativity every day. Many prompts are open-ended and seem written for teens and older, but could easily be adapted for all ages. The author's original concept was to follow a theme for the entire year; he made a skeleton a day, and documented his results daily. His concept grew into this journal filled with prompts on different topics, art forms, and media that encourage the creative spirit. I'm inspired to use this book and its concept in my middle school art classroom.
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