Title: Make Good Art (Fantastic Mistakes)
Author: Neil Gaiman
Source: Library (Hardcover)
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.
I don’t even know what to say about this book. I felt completely immersed in it when I started reading it. I loved that it was a book about being unique, trying hard, and being yourself. And I especially loved that the book isn’t laid out like a normal book. I mean, the publisher could’ve easily taken Neil’s speech and just written it out, but the way the typography and layout is, it’s just so unique. I loved flipping the page not knowing if I’d have the book turned to the side, or upside down. And that wasn’t even the direction of the font, but there was also colours and words jumbled together, or put in a different order …
This is a book that you take your time going through — you think about what you’re reading and the significance of certain words or phrases put forth in a certain way. It’s also so inspirational. This would be the perfect book to give to a graduate of high school or university, something to encourage them to find that spark that’s inside of them and just keep working at it .
Really, in my eyes, it’s like Neil can do no wrong and this book is a perfect example! I just loved it so much, from the typography, layout, colours, and the message that’s contained within.