The Shape of Ideas

The Shape of Ideas

An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

Book - 2017
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"Whether you are a creative professional, a student, or a front-porch dreamer, this collection of comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Comicarts, 2017.
ISBN: 9781419723179
1419723170
Branch Call Number: 741.5697 SNIDER
Characteristics: 141 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm

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wen5302
May 27, 2018

Loved this; a delightful, thoughtful, and beautifully illustrated series of one page ponderings on the nature of the creative process. A great book to pick up when looking for a short, creative lift. I'm planning to pick up my own copy, since I think this book would be best enjoyed in short bursts rather than reading through in one go. Many thanks to the thoughtful librarian who suggested this one!

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mclarjh
Oct 01, 2017

Cute drawings, but no characters, stories or dialogue.

forbesrachel Aug 09, 2017

An amusing and thoughtful collection of comic strips about the very broad concept of ideas. Snider gets quite creative visually in order to explore the topic. He is also quite adept at looking at it from many different angles. The book is helpfully split up into a number of sections which break apart the concept. These are: Inspiration, Perspiration, Improvisation, Aspiration, Contemplation, Exploration, Daily Frustration, Imitation, Desperation, and Pure Elation. The headings alone give you a clear idea of what to expect. Throughout, Snider never says that any one way is the correct way to spark ideas and be creative, rather he shows that there are an infinite amount of ways. However, people usually face many of the same frustrations and pitfalls, joys and successes in the process. The Shape of Ideas is just one of those books to just pick up on a daily basis for a bit of inspiration, comfort, and humour. For more, you can check out Snider's comics at incidentalcomics.com

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