Make Good Art

Gaiman, Neil

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Make Good Art
In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman stood at a podium at Philadelphia's University of the Arts to deliver the commencement address. For the next nineteen minutes he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength: he encouraged the students before him to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to make good art. This book, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman's inspiring speech. Whether bestowed upon a young artist beginning his or her creative journey, or given as a token of gratitude to an admired mentor, or acquired as a gift to oneself, this volume is a fitting offering for anyone who strives to make good art.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 0062266764
Characteristics: 80 pages ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Kidd, Chip


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Apr 17, 2014

Gaiman packs a career's worth of valuable advice into a short, clear speech. Chip Kidd's wild typography will no doubt annoy many readers, but the young creative types this book is aimed at won't mind.

Feb 26, 2014
  • BLeboe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While it is always easy to give advice from the successful side of things, many of his comments are encouraging and inspiring.

Feb 10, 2014

This is a fabulous, FABULOUS book!

Dec 28, 2013
  • Evamach rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Gaiman's advice is simple but not simplistic and applicable to anyone doing creative work. I found it uplifting even though I am hardly just starting out.

Chip Kidd has designed some book covers that I hugely admire. However, I think that this book design is one of his mistakes. The design gets in the way of the text and tries to take over. I almost gave up several times to search out the video, but I did stick it out as reading allows me to set the pace.

Nov 26, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gaiman has made me want to sort through all my fabric and yarn, finish abandoned projects, and start some new ones. Inspiration!

Jul 05, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The graphic design of this highlights and emphasizes Gaiman's sometimes deceptively simple but wise advice. A perfect title for graduating students or any creative person needing a boost or encouragement.

Jun 14, 2013
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kidd's text-based art brings a unique dimension to Gaiman's already simple but inspirational speech. His message is applicable to anyone, not just artists or graduates. A word of caution to ebook readers: Because the visual aspect is as important as the verbal, the font cannot be adjusted as it typically can with ebooks. This means that some of the text may be especially tiny if you’re reading on a small mobile device.


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Jun 14, 2013
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“And now go, and make interesting amazing glorious fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”


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