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Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination Paperback – September 12, 2012
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"A small but potent compendium of field-tested, life-approved insight on optimizing the creative process from some of today's most exciting artists, designers, illustrators, writers, and thinkers. At once practical and philosophical, Breakthrough! promises to help you burst through your own creative plateaus. Whether or not it succeeds, one thing it's guaranteed to do is make you feel less alone in your mental struggles -- and what greater reassurance than that could there be?" -- Brain Pickings
"When color-coding your pens finally loses its appeal and the blank computer screen continues to mock you, borrow a tip from Alex Cornell's new book, Breakthrough! 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination. He surveyed creative leaders, who have plenty of tricks." -- Fast Company
"We can all relate to the frustration that ensues when we run up against creative block. Well, no need to fret. Alex Cornell has compiled '90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination' from a line-up of stellar creatives. Christian Helms, Alexandra Lange, Debbie Millman, and others share what works for them to get over the block." -- Communication Arts
About the Author
Alex Cornell is a San Francisco-based designer and musician. He currently works as cofounder and designer at Firespotter Labs and ÜberConference, an Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures-funded startup. Recently he passed over three million views on YouTube, where he maintains a periodic online musical presence.
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Many of the writers wer artistic designers, graphic artists and writers. For my own part, I am a teacher, writer, and musician. I also like to knit teddy bears and paint pictures (although I haven't done it for quite a while). And sometimes it seems like in all of these endeavors, I feel "stuck" and I fiund this book to be a greaet place to go for ideas -- not for my projects, but for ways to handle this feeling of dryness and feeling like I'm gettting nowhere.
A lot of the ideas are surprising. Some people find deadlines to be scary, but Ben Barry, Grapic Designer at Facebook says that sometimes creating an artificial constraints as quickly as possible on a projecct -- especially open-ended ones where there'sno particular time to have the project fnished -- "A deadline is always the best cure." While this may not work for everything, it certainly is an option. Page 86 says to allow for error. The discusision by "Experimental Jetset" about the difference between a "bloc" and an "block" is worth the price of the whole book. And get this -- the writer on page 72 tells you to "enjoy" your depresion!
This book goes with me a lot. It's fun to read when I want to enjoy my MacDonald's vanilla ied coffee and get good ideas to keep on moving on.
It's many, MANY times the price of the book.
Other people tend to go for the stiff upper lip approach: doggedly persisting with the project and routine, toughing it out until something is released inside of them. Other contributors mention that they keep a stash of sketches and ideas for future projects, and that looking at these things could stimulate ideas. A fourth group of writers seem to not take the whole thing very seriously and wrote ideas that were more whimsical than substantial. Then there is a small number of people who have offered solid, practical ideas, communicated step-by-step. A common theme through the book is the idea that the deadline itself could be stimulating if handled correctly.
Looking through this book, I had some reservations about it at first: the layout and the graphics, the short chapters, etc. made it seem kind of superficial. However I was happily surprised to find the book fun, useful, and pleasant to read. Reading it is very much like enjoying an informal conversation with a bunch of friends: many will agree on certain ideas. Some will have positive, constructive ideas that really stand out while others will just joke around. Still, the effect of the conversation is stimulating.
As a bonus, I was also surprised to find myself spontaneously trying out some of the ideas presented as I read. At the time a difficult and tedious work project loomed, by no means creative but definitely important, and several of us at work were actively resisting it. I found myself automatically facing, rethinking, and even enjoying this project as I made my way through the book; its ideas kind of seeped into my mind without any conscious decision to try them. That melted my skepticism.
So this is indeed a nice book and, taken in the right spirit, it has something to offer.
"Breakthrough" is a small book - about 5x7 inches. The size makes it very portable and user-friendly. Each page of the book (sometimes two pages) is dedicated to a particular creative person (graphic designers, musicians, writers, etc) and these people are listed in the table of contents by their names. Quite honestly, I haven't a clue as to who most of these people are, but I guess that doesn't really matter. What matters are the words of advice that each person gives. As I mentioned before, some of the advice is useful (example: have a personal archive of information/photos that you look at in times of creative block)...while other advice is quite silly ("watch Law & Order SVU marathons and revel in the ferocious beauty of Olivia Benson"). Actually, I was surprised at the number of people who suggested watching t.v. Really? Seems to me, that would be a waste of time and stifle creativity (ask yourself - how "original" are things on television?). From the words of Marc Johns (one of the submitters): "Access to too much information and too many digital tools and resources can take you off track too easily."
Bottom line: I gave the book four stars because there IS some useful, inspiring advice within the book. However, this is not a book that gives step-by-step instructions on how to get your creativity flowing (i.e. by utilizing various techniques).
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