For this edition of MuseMATTERS we look at Austin Kleon's book, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things nobody told you about being creative.
As professionals in the creative
This week we decided to look at Austin Kleon's 10 pointers and apply a few of them to our studio, our process, our craziness and personal habits.
1. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST
Let’s be honest with ourselves there is very little out there that has not been done. So instead of being hard on ourselves we embrace our influences and our mentors. Our projects are designed keeping the client and brief in mind. If you look closely you’ll notice the faint touch of artists, writers and case studies that we admire. We attempt at speaking their visual language by translating it through ours.
In the book Kleon talks about saving your thefts for later – be it a notebook and pen that you carry around with you, recordings of talks that inspire you, poems or passages of books. Keeping a “morgue file” so to say, a place where you save all that inspires you to be used for a later day. Social media is a great place and source for this. Pinterest and Instagram are two great sources for being introduced to both upcoming and established artists.
2. DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TO GET STARTED
3. WRITE THE BOOK YOU WANT TO READ
4. USE YOUR HANDS
Guilty as charged. The computer is a great aid in communicating our thought process, but it has definitely become our crutch. The feeling of creating something with your hands is hypnotic once you get involved in the process. Nothing competes with that rewarding feeling of looking down at a finished physical model or a sketch, just not the same with a computer generated 3D model.
5. SIDE PROJECTS & HOBBIES ARE IMPORTANT
Although being trained as architects, we consider ourselves as designers first and then architects. When we are not busy designing spaces we make stuff.
7. GEOGRAPHY IS NO LONGER OUR MASTER
8. BE NICE (THIS WORLD IS A SMALL TOWN)
There is enough negativity in the world around us and so easy to go on the internet and vent our frustration. Anger and misery just drain us of our energy, instead of letting out all that energy in a negative rant why not channel it all in your work and make something? Start somewhere.
9. BE BORING (IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GET WORK DONE)
10. CREATIVITY IS SUBTRACTION
Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout and Show Your Work! His latest release is The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. New York Magazine called his work "brilliant," The Atlantic called him "positively one of the most interesting people on the internet," and The New Yorker said his poems "resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead." He speaks about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx and The Economist.He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio but now he lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and sons. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com
Muse MATTERS is a series of dialogues that as a studio we shall engage in– the purpose of the dialogues is for the studio to discuss matters, ask questions, share lessons learnt and may be in the process we can make a difference. Topics discussed shall not be restricted to the field of architecture and design necessarily; they could be about an experience, a journey, a comic strip and anything in between or beyond. We will use this space to share our thoughts and blurbs.