Steal Like An Artist

The Cinnamon Roll

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            Despite its eyebrow-raising title, this book will not incite you to break intellectual property laws. But what it does is to push you to re-examine your beliefs about the creative process. Bold and provocative pronouncements such as ‘Nothing Is Original’ and ‘Be Boring’ pepper Kleon’s book, but don’t make the mistake of dismissing them as idealistic fluff. Delve into the often quirkily-lettered pages and what you encounter is a well-crafted manifesto that has much to offer to anyone involved in creative work – artists, white-collar workers, *cough USP cough* students…basically anyone who is a part of the knowledge-based society and economy of today.

This book is an expansion and deepening of a talk that Kleon delivered to a group of students, where he first outlined a list of ten ‘rules’ of creation which he had come to formulate over the course of his career as an illustrator, designer and…

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