Thoughts on the art of communicating with pictures and words.
We still have 30 days or so left in the year. Make them count.
My last talk of the year, the culmination of all the speaking I’ve done for the past eight months or so.
Give them money. Share their work with others. Leave them alone so they can make more of it.
Every time I hold office hours I am reminded that what most of us need is both a kick in the pants and a gentle nudge of encouragement.
Last weekend at the Texas Book Festival I had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of one of my favorite books of the year, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. I had a hunch that we’d have a lot to talk about, so I recorded our discussion […]
Having a tool lying around will inspire me to find some use for it.
Came home from a walk with my wife and wrote down this list. It’s going on the wall in my studio.
“What do you want your days to look like?” forces you to imagine the day in, day out realities that making such choices will present you with.
My inbox is full of more questions than I could possibly answer and still get any work done, so once a month, I try to schedule some time to hold office hours.
Last Friday I played designer Kelli Anderson in a match of Layer Tennis, moderated by Jason Kottke.
Some mornings, after our walk, my 21-month-old son and I will sit on our front steps and draw on a little square of the sidewalk with chalk. Birds (“brrr!”), trucks (“chuck!”) and maybe the letter S (“esh!”) or B (“buh!”) It never gets old, but it gets hot, so when we’re sweaty enough, I stick […]
I think our days have shapes — each has a beginning and an end, and we go through good and ill fortune as it progresses.
Half of the year is gone, half of the year is still to be.
The story behind my newspaper blackout poems.
Filmmaker Ondi Timoner came out to the house last September to interview me for her series, A Total Disruption.
An excerpt from my book Show Your Work!
When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about it.
Be cautious. Be smart. Save danger for the work.
If you share the work of others, it’s your duty to make sure that the creators of that work get proper credit.
On David Hockney, time travel, and keeping a notebook.
This year, forget about the year as a whole. Forget about months and forget about weeks.
Focus on days.
If the last book was about stealing influence from others, this one is about influencing others by letting them steal from you.
The year is a baseball game with twelve innings and I want to play until the last out.
Illustrating is my favorite phase of the book-making process.
A good life is not about living within your means, it’s about living below your means.
I finished the first draft of Show Your Work! today.
It was my pleasure to give the inaugural talk at the first Creative Mornings here in Austin last month.
5 things that have helped me get more writing done.
You owe your kid food, safety, and love, but you also owe him your example.
When I was 13, I wrote to my favorite artist and he wrote back. 15 years later I got to meet him. Here’s the story.
I’m writing a new book.
I’d like to be a chain smoker when it comes to projects — using the end of the last one to light the next.
Video of a talk I gave for designers, musicians, and anybody who wants to get better at writing.
Lessons I learned while on the road touring behind Steal Like An Artist.
How I learned to write by copying other people’s handwriting.
My new book is in bookstores today!
Why I’m discarding my own advice and quitting my day job.
I had too many great quotes to include in the book, so here are 25 of the best that got left out…
I am very happy to announce that Workman Publishing will be publishing my new book in March 2012!
A few weeks ago I gave a talk on Newspaper Blackout and Steal Like An Artist at The Economist’s Human Potential summit in New York City. Enjoy!
A simple list of 10 things I wish I’d heard when I was in college.
Don’t wait until you know who you are and what you’re about to start making things.
“trying to get goldilocks / to go home”
“everything is telling you punt…”
Everything always comes back to the simplest beginning: write something good.
Quotes about appropriation, plagiarism, borrowing, culture, and art as collage.
Tonight I’ll be giving a slideshow about Newspaper Blackout as part of Austin Pecha Kucha night #7.
Next time you’re stuck, think of your work as a collage. Steal two or more ideas from your favorite artists and start juxtaposing them. Voila.
How to use index cards to brainstorm ideas, using graphs to understand story structure, and the power of adding captions to pictures.
The best writing project I took on last year was what I call my logbook: a simple Moleskine daily planner in which I kept track of the little details of my day.