Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways
ISBN: 1984858165
EAN13: 9781984858160
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 21, 2021
Pages: 304
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

A vibrant, illustrated resource of captivating and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face, from Stanford University's world-renowned d.school.


Filled with ideas about the art of learning, discovery, and leading the way through unknown creative territory, plus memorable stories and innovative assignments, this provocative and highly visual manual is a definitive resource for people who choose curiosity in the face of uncertainty.

Creative Acts for Curious People contains more than eighty assignments hand-picked from the d.school's history by executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg from some of the world's most inventive and unconventional minds, including d.school and IDEO founder David Kelley, Readymade magazine founder Grace Hawthorne, innovative choreographer Aleta Hayes, Google chief innovation evangelist Frederik Pferdt, and more.

Exercises like Expert Eyes test your observation skills, How to Talk to Strangers fosters understanding, and Designing Tools for Teams builds creative leadership. The assignments are at once lighthearted, surprising, tough, and impactful--and reveal the hidden dynamics of design including learning, feeling, making, exploring, experimenting, and collaborating.

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5
   Playful mindset, things to make you more creative today
In this book, there are so many helpful exercises. Lots of play in engaging ways so that you 'll be immersed in helpful learning.
 
4
   Unlock your creativity!
This is a how-to manual, covering a wide variety of topics that all fit under the banner of creativity. The activities are grouped in categories and could be used in one of two ways as a path to creativity within the category or by jumping from one topic to another as suits the needs of the reader. These activities are self-paced and can be completed individually or in groups. It was authored by the executive director of Stanford's d. school, a program designed to help people find their own creativity. Think of this as a book or manual and use it in whatever way you desire to unlock your creative potential. I write this review in exchange for being given a preview copy of the novel by NetGalley.
 
5
   Useful and delightful!
A treasure-trove of visual and beautiful thinking strategies and stories and such creative work.
 
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   Trite and overly simplistic
This book is trite and overly simplistic, promising to be full of unconventional and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face, but is really just a collection of glorified listicles that wouldn't be out of place in a reader's digest article. This book is heavy on Kumbaya-ing your way through life and short on any real insights into human psychology. Probably most surprisingly, a professor of design managed to land on a visual style that is both dated and uninspiring at the same time.
 
5
   The manual for problem-solving you didn't know you needed
If you're trying to solve, solve or rethink just about anything and hitting a wall, opening this book to just about any random page would be a good place to start. It used to be that you had to get inside the d. school itself to learn these helpful practices for building creative muscle and unlocking new ideas, but this book is really like its own trip to the d. school. For people like me, who don 't think of themselves as creative first, this stuff can be a game-changer by making it easy to get out of your own way and tap into abilities and attitudes that you didn 't know you have. The narrative that Michael Hirshon weaves throughout and the awesome illustrations by Sarah Stein Greenberg are all just icing on the cake. Get the book just in time!
 
5
   A treasure trove of delightful inspiration
Besides being gorgeously illustrated and an absolute pleasure to flip through, Creative Acts has so many activities and exercises that I am excited to start incorporating into my classes as an educator. From novel approaches for finding inspiration to innovative techniques for coming up with ideas, there is so much here that I know can help my students grow their creative confidence. I have had the book for a few weeks only, but I think I have already got more bookmarks in it than there are pages.
 
5
   A fantastic reference tool for expert facilitators and casual practitioners alike
Not only is it full to the brim of practical tools for expanding your creative practice, it is also beautifully designed and easy to pull. As a university educator, I am always looking for ways to push my students to look inward, as they build their creative confidence. I think I could make this book for my class just reading required.
 
5
   I love books that make me stretch
There are so many great and doable exercises in this book that I use not only to get my team thinking more creatively, but also to help us build a more creative culture. Don 't let the title scare you -- everyone is a creative people.
 
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