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Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses

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An indispensable and inspiring guide to creativity in the workplace and beyond, drawing on art, psychology, science, sports, law, business, and technology to help you land big ideas in the practical world.

Anyone from CEO to freelancer knows how hard it is to think big, let alone follow up, while under pressure to get things done. Inventing Point B offers practical principl
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Harper Business
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Sassafras Lowrey
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
there were aspects of this book that I was really excited to see exist in the world and felt really appropriate to so many of the realities i juggle as an author who also has a dayjob. the parts of the book that felt most meaningful and interesting were when she spoke about her MFA and MBA and the interelatedness, particularly the idea that those of us working day jobs have a diversified portfolio that pays into your life in different ways. I would have liked a LOT more of that, and descrptions ...more
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Best business book I've read this year. Love the part on finding your metaphor.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essential reading for anyone seeking more high-minded ideas about the intersection of creativity and business than what's typically offered in your book store's how-to section.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love everything in this book. Whitaker effectively draws inspiration from a variety of fields, while building clever frameworks for understanding "art thinking". It bridges theory and practicality seamlessly. That said, there's an element of cramming too much into a chapter--you have to work to remember each chapter's thesis. And frankly I prefer this to the usual breed of highly redundant business and innovation books.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my cup o tea. I'm an artist, looking for ways to be a better business person. This leaned more toward business people who need to loosen up and get their creative side going. Some interesting anecdotes.
Eric Klein
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this is a great book for creatives, but as a savvy entrepreneur many of the lessons in this book are more obvious. I love the depth of the examples and there were a couple of key points I took away from the book that expand my vocabulary.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a seminal book for me. Some thoughts that I had, starting five years ago, about art in my work, were articulated in Ms. Whitaker's excellent book. I think everyone should read it, craft and business people, as well as artists, because has Amy says, art pervades our thinking.

Here's a great quote from her final chapter: "Ultimately in that process, we are all, alone and together, makers. We make things all the time. We make friendships and lives and mistakes and attempts and repairs and p
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As an artist and an arts administrator, I was amazed and delighted with Art Thinking. Amy Whitaker has a talent: she is able to take complex ideas and present them in a clear and concise manner that keeps the complexity intact. Before I had finished this book, I was purchasing extra copies to give to friends, family members, and colleagues. This book is focussed on making room for creativity in the workplace, but it is also applicable to education, child rearing, and how to live your own life. I ...more
Wan Shoo
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have trouble understanding the relationship between art thinking and management even after reading the book. There are useful tips for managing a business and people but the author failed to define the correlation of it with fine art thinking.
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An interesting read that really resonated with me.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I find myself losing interest in this book after chapter 2, so I didn't finish it. I find the introduction part - the art thinking framework is helpful enough for me.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
if you want start a business if you want to know what questions you muat to ask yourself you should read this!
Leigh Anne
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Long on theory, short on how-to.

The phrase "how-to" in a title implies that you're going to be given concrete tips for doing things. However, in this case, the word "thinking" comes first for a reason: Whitaker is long on thought models and theory, short on practical advice.

That's not necessarily a complaint. Theory has its places, and employers trying to inject creative thinking into their companies will benefit from Whitaker's explanation of what art thinking is and how you can go about imple
Megan Griswold
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why aren't there more books like this? For those of us on the decidedly nonlinear path, weaving back and forth over the line between practical money-making endeavors and imaginative passion projects, being given the space and permission to think in something other than dualities is really liberating. I did find this book a bit theory-heavy, but it turns out that's exactly what I wanted it to be-- it's truly a guide for learning a new way of thinking, and to ask for that to be broken down into st ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book's title is misleading. Too many examples and theory and not enough practical application.

Perhaps it would be better suited for someone in a different occupation.
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Slowly paced but contains some good tools for thinking about your life and career.
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