5 One-Sitting Creativity Book By Hestia Istiviani

Translated By
Annisa Puspa Andira

Edited By
Fazrah Heryanda

Photo Cover
Fadhli Zaky

When you read the word 'creative,' what comes into mind is how it is associated with anything that related to design—fashion designer, visual graphic designer, or other design fields. But, before you jump into that conclusion, David Kelley, the founder of IDEO, said that all people actually already have a creative element within. It was only they have no confidence to admit it (Creative Confidence, 2013). Kelly also said that "creativity" is not only possessed by people with a design or art background. In fact, everyone should polish and improve their ability to think so that they can solve their problems creatively. Then, is there a way to ignite creativity in yourself? Yes! You can read these five books in one sitting, but talking about the impact, you will spend months or even years practicing it!

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite
by Paul Arden

If you aren’t a big fan of long paragraphs, Arden’s work could be your perfect pick as he is only poured his thoughts into short sentences. Along with anecdotes, quirky, and witty photos, this book can be enjoyed by everyone, even those who don’t like to read. It begins with an invitation to accept failure and error. Because failure is a matter of perspective—this book encourages the readers to change the direction as a way of learning. In conclusion, you would find Arden’s statement is understandable and relatable.

Make A Good Art
by Neil Gaiman

Does it look like a book for children majoring in art? Not likely. Instead, ‘Make A Good Art’ can be the next everyone’s fun read. Neil Gaiman is famous for his productivity in composing fantasy fiction books. In 2012, he gave a commencement speech at Philadelphia’s University of Arts and said those who graduate from university required to work as skilled as possible. For Gaiman, making a good creation is not only about art. The first trial mostly failed, and it can be Fantastic Mistakes. Meanwhile, errors should be a constant encouragement that eventually can open a path for ‘A Good Art.’

Steal Like An Artist
by Austin Kleon

Only genius who has the right to pursue creativity is a misthinking that Austin Kleon wants to point out in his book. Try to be yourself, and that’s enough. Kleon gives ten shorts straight to the point tips on how to be a creative person. He interestingly presents his word as if it directly talking to the readers completed with funny doodles. Also, speaking from the page layout and design, it gives the readers experience to read Kleon’s notebook. Like listening to tips from the “thieve”!

Things are What You Make of Them
by Adam J. Kurtz

Things Are What You Make of Them can be categorized as a self-help book. Again, this book is not only intended for those who work in the creative field but open from different backgrounds. Kurtz wrote everything as bright as the sky and his pieces of advice are applicable whether you work in-home or in the office. He divided his book into sections and made it easy for readers to follow. Don’t worry about being bored in halfway, because his messages are fun to read.

The Shape of Ideas
by Grant Snider

Grant Snider, an illustrator, wants to share his experience when he was looking for ideas. Through comics, he has described what the idea was like. Snider also tells his story and experience that was far from boring and related to our life. There was a time when Snider felt he could get an idea just by sitting in the garden. But there was also a time for Snider to take a long time for that inspiration to come. This 100+ page book in color is quite exciting to read. Snider’s depiction of “ideas” as an abstract helps us in believing that everybody can be creative, and creativity is bound to grow.