How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)

Austin Kleon, Weblog, Apr 03, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an outstanding list of helpful hints for creative people. There are some really good nuggets in here - the idea that creativity is based on building on others, the idea that you learn to create by creating, the need to focus on what interests you and on what you like, the need for routines and hard work and a focus on quality. Probably the best idea is the last: creativity is subtraction. That's the genesis behind the newspaper blackout site, but is also the basis of logic and critical thinking (from which we infer, art and creativity are logic and critical thinking - they are two sides of the same coin). Via Andy Rush. See also: commentary from Sui Fai John Mak, and more commentary from Alan Levine.
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