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Things Are What You Make of Them
Life Advice for Creatives
By (author): Adam J. Kurtz Foreword by: Grace Bonney
9780143131519 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SELF-HELP / Creativity Oct 03, 2017
$19.00 CAD
Active 4.24 x 6.35 x 0.4 in | 0.41 lb 144 pages - 4/C ILLUSTRATIONS FROM AUTHOR Perigee TarcherPerigee
The Artist’s Way for millennials—insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up

From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he’s created for Design*Sponge, this hand-lettered and heartfelt little book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. The advice is organized by topic, including:

(How to) Get Over Comparing Yourself to Other Creatives

Seeking & Accepting Help from Others

How to Get Over Common Creative Fears (Maybe)

How to Be Happy (or Just Happier)

As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple book will be a touchstone for writers, illustrators, designers, and anyone else who wants to be more creative—even when it would be easier to give up act normal.

Adam J. Kurtz is a graphic designer, artist, author and illustrator. His first book,1 Page at a Time, has been translated into ten languages, and his work has been featured in ArtReport, Cool Hunting, Design Sponge, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Time Out New York, AdWeek, Paper, and elsewhere. He has collaborated with Urban Outfitters, Strand Bookstore, the Brooklyn Public Library, and retailers and cultural institutions. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

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Author Social Media: Instagram @adamjk: 89,135; Facebook: 6,641; Twitter @adamjk: 9.902

"Funny, wry, straightforward advice" --Adweek

"Serving up optimism and hope" --NYLON

"Advice from someone who's been there" --Teen Vogue

"Kind, generous and empowering" --Cool Hunting

"Delivers the big pep talks you need" --HelloGiggles

"This brilliant, life-affirming book is chock full of audacious advice to help creative people make sense of rejection, failure, false starts, fame, happiness and collaborations." --Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters

"All of Adam J. Kurtz's words are filled with wit, warmth, wonder and wisdom." --Alanis Morissette

"Artist and author Adam J. Kurtz does a great job of expressing the unique anxiety that often comes with being a creative person. Things Are What You Make Of Them is page after page of notes that serve as little nudges out of creative slumps and the negative self-talk that often accompanies them." --BuzzFeed

"In Things Are What You Make of Them, Kurtz shares mini-essays of how he deals with the intangibles that can keep people stuck, overwhelmed, or afraid to move forward. He also confronts the idea of what concepts like happiness and success look like to people in creative or more traditional industries." --Refinery29

"The book is divided into 12 color-coded sections, which run the gamut from the practical -- How to Stay Sane When You Work from Home and Working with Friends and Family -- to the existential -- How to Begin Again and How to be Happier. The advice is geared towards creatives, but honestly, these nuggets of wisdom are valuable mood boosters for people in any career path." --Bustle

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