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90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination
Alex Cornell

ISBN 9781616890391
Publication date 9/12/2012
5.5 x 7 inches (14.0 x 17.8 cm), Paperback
176 pages
Rights: World; ( 1,177 .0)

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All of us struggle at one time or another with creative block. Always striking at the worst moment, it can leave you feeling completely paralyzed. Take solace in knowing that you are not alone. It happens to everyone and is actually an inevitable part of the creative process.

Breakthrough! is a lively compilation of strategies for combating creative block offered by a who's who of leading graphic designers, typographers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals. Because every block is different, they offer a wide variety of solutions, from cleaning the house and eating spicy food to making a plaster cast of your hands and feet, that are surprising, amusing, at times weird, but always inspiring. Contributors include illustrator Christoph Niemann, graphic designer Paula Scher, author Douglas Rushkoff, musician Jamie Lidell, motion designer Jon Saunders, information designer Nicholas Felton, photographer Jesse Rieser, and Facebook creative director Ji Lee. Visually engaging typography makes the inventive suggestions accessible and digestible. Whether read in short spurts or front to back, Breakthrough! is rocket fuel for any creative individual in need of a catalyst to get ideas flowing again.


Editorial Reviews

Communication Arts:
"We can all relate to the frustration that ensues when we run up against creative block. Well, no need to fret. Alex Cornell has compiled 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination' from a line-up of stellar creatives. Christian Helms, Alexandra Lange, Debbie Millman, and others share what works for them to get over the block."

Fast Company:
"When color-coding your pens finally loses its appeal and the blank computer screen continues to mock you, borrow a tip from Alex Cornell's new book, Breakthrough! 90 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination. He surveyed creative leaders, who have plenty of tricks."

Brain Pickings:
"A small but potent compendium of field-tested, life-approved insight on optimizing the creative process from some of today's most exciting artists, designers, illustrators, writers, and thinkers. At once practical and philosophical, Breakthrough! promises to help you burst through your own creative plateaus. Whether or not it succeeds, one thing it's guaranteed to do is make you feel less alone in your mental struggles -- and what greater reassurance than that could there be?"

Mint Design Blog:
"...a delightful little book....the next time I get creative block I think I'll just sit down and read this book...When you are suffering from creative block, a few minutes with this book might just give you the boost you need."

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