Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

by Adam J. Kurtz
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This novel was donated by a lovely supporter of our library!


From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he's created for Design*Sponge, this handwritten and heartfelt little book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. The advice is organized by topic, including:

  • (How to) Get Over Comparing Yourself to Other Creatives
  • Seeking & Accepting Help from Others
  • How to Get Over Common Creative Fears (Maybe)
  • How to Be Happy (or Just Happier)

As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple, vibrantly full-colour book will be a touchstone for writers, illustrators, designers, and anyone else who wants to be more creative — even when it would be easier to give up act normal.

About the author 

Adam J. Kurtz (aka @adamjk) is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages and his work has been featured in the New Yorker, VICE, Adweek and more. He enjoys smiling at dogs. He loves bread. He lives in Honolulu with his husband who is a writer. 

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