Austin Kleon's Blog
September 19, 2014
I posted this picture of my studio on Instagram the other day, and people immediately began asking me about my “clipboard system,”assuming that I actually have a clipboard system.
I wish I had some cool clipboard system. The truth is, when we were converting my garage, my wife saw a Pinterest board with clipboards used as picture frames and thought it’d be a neat look for the new studio. I said, sure, cool, go for it. (I even have a picture of her installing them.) For a long time, I just use...
August 31, 2014
August 30, 2014
When my dad brought home girlfriends, my grandpa,rather obnoxiously, would quiz them from his arm chair. I’m told the first question was usually, “So, what’s your philosophy of life?” (I’m not sure what my mother answered.)
I was thinking of my grandpa last week when I was asked a similarly baffling and broad question during an interview: “What is your definition of success?”
I hemmed and hawed a bit, until I finally said, “I suppose success is your days looking the way you want them to look.”
August 29, 2014
August 19, 2014
August 13, 2014
My inbox is full of more questions than I could possibly answer and still get any work done, so once a month, I try to schedule a set period of time to hold “office hours” over on my tumblr, where people can ask me anything they can’t google.
Oftentimes, the answers are just remixed thoughts from my books (how much more is there to say?), but sometimes I hit on something interesting. Below are a few answers from yesterday’s hours minus the questions…
August 11, 2014
It was definitely one of the most intense afternoons I’ve had in a while. I used to hateplaying in competitive sports. The only sports I ever enjoyed taking part in were pretty solitary: golf and long distance running. Practicing bothof those sports, mostly you’re just trying to beat your own score or time. (Honestly, I hated them, too.Just not a sports du...
August 5, 2014
July 30, 2014
July 22, 2014
Reading books makes me happy. Being on my phone makes me miserable. So, I made a wallpaper for my iPhone’s lock screen to remind me that I have a choice. You can download a copy for yourself right here.