- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (14 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062266764
- ISBN-13: 978-0062266767
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 19 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,46,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Make Good Art Hardcover – 14 May 2013
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
While I do love the speech, and think it has applicability beyond the arts, the presentation of the message is simply terrible. The colors and fonts used for the text are distracting at best and impossible to read at the worst. Major failures are white font on a light blue background, or layered red/aqua font which is like trying to read 3D without 3D glasses.
I definitely will not be purchasing a second as a gift, and I may actually return my current copy. I cannot at all recommend this book. It's a shame, as the message the speech conveys is an important one for anyone embarking on a new beginning (whether career, personal, or educational).
So I wonder, how come the design of this book was so poorly executed? Someone needs to give this book a redesign and do it some justice. After all, the title is "Make Good Art" - this is a bad example of that for sure!
I can see if they were going for bold and perhaps quirky, but this is plain ugly and in no way allowed me to fluently read the speech that has so much impact on it's own. The contrast of the colors, arrangement of text, changing font sizes, is incredibly distracting.
I do not recommend this product, I recommend simply watching the speech until they redesign the book!