Austin Kleon's Blog
September 3, 2015
I’m continuing to have fun taking an X-Acto to the newspaper instead of a marker, though I fear the TSA will make me leave it at home for the upcoming tour…
August 14, 2015
This week I traded my marker for an X-acto blade. It was one of those switches that seems obvious in hindsight, but I can’t say there was anything intentional about it. Just sort of happened. (Certainly inspired bythe work of Brian Dettmer, Kelli Anderson, and Andrea Dezso.) Follow along as I make them on Twitter or Instagram.
August 11, 2015
July 30, 2015
Ted Weinstein interviewed me for his new podcast, The Work Of Art.
In part one, we talked aboutlimitations as a source of creativity, how to take more artistic risks, the value of old fashioned tools as well as social media to build community, and how to keep one’s art fresh:http://www.twliterary.com/audiofiles/TWOA/TWOA_20150722_AustinKleonPart1.mp3
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July 22, 2015
Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb. They want the job title without the work.
“Forget about being a Writer,” says novelist Ann Packer. “Follow the impulse to write.”
Let go of thething that you’re trying to be (the noun), andfocus on the actual work you need to be doing(the verb).
Doing the verbwill take you someplace further and far more interesting than just wanting the noun.
July 7, 2015
Kelton Reid invited me to chat and I blabbed so much he had to post the interview in two parts. Here’s part one:
And here’s part two:
Topics we discussed:Why You Should Read More Than You Write How a Paper Dictionary Can Improve Your Writing The Difference Between Little Writing and Big Writing Why You Should Research Out in the Open How Your Daily Ritual Can Save You from Failure 3 Symptoms of Writer’s Block and How to Cure Them Why You Should Print Your Work and Read It Aloud How to Ha...
June 14, 2015
I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself… It often happens that two schoolboys can solve difficulties in their work for one another better than the master can… The fellow-pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago that he has...
June 2, 2015
Last weekend in NYC, PBS’ Book View Now interviewed me at BookCon 2015, and then asked if I would guest host and interview my friends Jessica Hagy and Elle Luna about their work. I had a lot of fun—I like interviewing and would like to do more of it.
Video of my interview:
Video of me interviewing Elle:
Photo by Bruce Tracy
Last weekend in NYC, PBS’ Book View Now interviewed me at BookCon 2015, and then asked if I would guest host and interview my friends Jessica Hagy and Elle Luna about their work. I had a lot of fun—I like interviewing and would like to do more of it. Watch the video here, or below. (Our segment starts around 02:05:00.)
Photo by Bruce Tracy
May 21, 2015
I first read Edward Tufte’s booksin 2006 when I was a 23-year-old librarian who didn’t even know there was such a thing as a designer. (Here are the maps I drew ofBeautiful Evidence and Envisioning Information.) The books hada big impact on me, so much so that I appliedto Carnegie Mellon’s information design program. (I got in, but wound up movingto Texas and becoming a web designer instead.)
Last weekend I had some Tex-Mex with E.T. and walked around the alleys of Austin taking photos of f...