5 One-Sitting Creativity Book By Hestia Istiviani

Chair / Chill

Translated By
Annisa Puspa Andira

Edited By
Fazrah Heryanda

Photo Cover
Fadhli Zaky

When you read the word ‘creative’ what comes into mind is how it is associated with anything that related to design—fashion designer, visual graphic designer or other design fields. But, before you jump into that conclusion, David Kelley, the founder of IDEO, said that all people actually already have a creative element within. It just they have no confidence to admit it (Creative Confidence, 2013). Kelly also said that “creativity” is not only owned by people with a design or art background. In fact, everyone should polish and improve their ability to think creatively to solve their problems. Then, is there a way to excite creativity in yourself? Well, perhaps you can learn it from these 5 books!

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite
by Paul Arden

Arden as the writer only poured his thoughts into short sentences. Along with anecdotes, quirky and witty photos, this book can be enjoyed by all – even those who don’t like to read. He began with an invitation to accept failure and error. This book convinces us it’s natural when every human experience it in the phase of his life. What needs to be done is to change the point of view in seeing that mistakes.

Make A Good Art
by Neil Gaiman

Looks like a book for children majoring in art? Not likely. Instead, ‘Make A Good Art’ can be enjoyed by anyone. Neil Gaiman is famous for his productivity in composing fantasy fiction books. In 2012, he gave a commencement speech at Philadelphia’s University of Arts and said those who graduate from university must work as well as possible. For Gaiman, making a good creation is not only about art. The first trial mostly failed and it can be ‘Fantastic Mistakes’. Errors that should encourage someone to continue to try and finally be able to create ‘A Good Art’.

Steal Like An Artist
by Austin Kleon

In his writing, Austin Kleon said that there is no need to be a genius if you want to be creative. Instead, try to be yourself and that’s enough. Kleon gives 10 shorts straight to the point tips about being a creative person. He presents his word in an interesting way by arranging it as if it directly talking to us. Followed by a funny doodle that makes us more comfortable to continue reading it. Also, the page layout and design are made as if we are reading Kleon’s notebook. Like listening to tips from the “thieve”!

Things are What You Make of Them
by Adam J. Kurtz

‘Things Are What You Make of Them’ can be categorized as a self-help book. In opening it is indeed mentioned that this book is not only intended for those who work in the creative field, but also to anyone with any job. Kurtz wrote everything clearly and his advices are applicable whether you work in home or in the office. He divided his book into sections that made it easy for readers to follow. Don’t worry being bored, because his messages are fun to read.

The Shape of Ideas
by Grant Snider

Grant Snider, an illustrator, wants to share his experience looking for ideas. Through comics, he tried to “describe” what the idea was like. Snider also tell his story and experience in a way that was far from boring and related to our life. There was a time when Snider felt he could get an idea just by sitting in the garden. But there was also a time for Snider to take a long time for that inspiration to come. This 100+ page book in color is quite exciting to read. Snider’s depiction of “ideas” as an abstract helps us to believe that being creative can be developed by anyone regardless of the background.