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Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process: Strategies for print and new media designers

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Editorial Reviews


"Design process is an elusive beast. Cloninger has tamed it, and has it doing tricks in his living room."
Casey Reas, Associate Professor, UCLA Design MediaArts,
Co-founder of

"When your sketchbookis empty and your imagination has run dry, Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process will help get your mojo unstuck and your creative juices flowing.
Jeffrey Zeldman, Author,
Designing With Web Standards, Second Edition

About the Author

Curt Cloning er is a writer, teacher, artist, and designer. He is the  author of Hot-Wiring Your Creative Pr ocess (2006) and Fresh S tyles for Web Designe rs (2001). His work has been featured in The New York Time s and I.D. Magazin e, on ABC World New s, and at exhibitions from Korea to Brazil. Curt frequently speaks at international art and design conferences, and is a Lecturer of Multimedia Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His sites are,, and

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321350243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321350244
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Curt Cloninger is a writer, artist, and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He has been published on a wide range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, network culture, and continental philosophy. Recent topics have included glitch art, the "new aesthetic," electronic voice phenomenon, bodily affect, object oriented ontology, process philosophy, and artistic lying. His articles have appeared in Intelligent Agent, Mute, Paste, Tekka, Rhizome Digest, A List Apart, and on ABC World News.

His own art uses an array of media combinations to undermine language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. His art work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Granoff Center for The Creative Arts (Brown University), Digital Art Museum [DAM] (Berlin), Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and the internet. He is the recipient of several grants and awards, most recently a grant from National Endowment for the Arts (via

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diane Cipollo on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Being creative is very difficult for me. The movie actor and singer Judy Garland was called "one take Judy" because she could act a scene or record a song perfectly in one take. Creativity doesn't come that easily for me. Sometimes it becomes so difficult that I want to give up, close up Photoshop and just write computer programs for a living. Programming is comforting. There are rules to follow and as long as you don't break them, your program will work. But eventually, I find myself back into Photoshop trying again to be creative. If you want to be a professional artist, you need to be creative "on demand" and, to make things even more difficult, the project concept is usually not yours. So what do you do? I am always in search of that "secret" which will help me become and, even more importantly, stay creative. One thing that can help, until you find that magic pill, is to study how other artists are creative.

This book, by Curt Cloninger, has some very useful ideas for increasing your creativity. He uses quotes, tidbits and interviews to share his and other artists' creative process. He begins by breaking down the creative process into four steps; predesign, design, development and implementation. He discusses how each step is influenced by the needs of the artist and client. He then shows several ways to stay creative from brainstorming to using a set of cards by Peter Schmidt called Oblique Strategies: Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas.

Another source of creativity is what has been done before. Cloninger discusses how to recognize good design and ideas from history and how they might be applied to your current project. He then moves on to software and grids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 8, 2007
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HOT-WIRING YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: STRATEGIES FOR PRINT AND NEW MEDIA DESIGNERS tells how to recognize and believe in creativity, using inspiration past and present to evaluate work, develop new experimental applications for standard tasks, and more. Any designer who would streamline creativity and develop more efficient work habits will find HOT-WIRING YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS comes packed with tips on how to put into practice an array of creative techniques.
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By Girl Nerd on March 13, 2013
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This book was used in a course on Design Concept Development. Provides a good overview of the design process as well as the designer's relationship with various parties in the design process and design product development. Not as much a "how to" as it is a concept book. Good basics for the aspiring professional graphic designer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Truong on August 27, 2007
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I have several books designed about creativity and this is the best one that I've read. It is filled with solid information, not gimmicks.
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