Alex Cornell “Creative crisis again?”


Alex Cornell “Creative crisis again?”

krizis-bigAlex Cornell’s book is a collection of tips from people in the creative field: photographers, designers, fashion designers, writers and more. They all shared their methods of dealing with the creative crisis.

Initially, Alex Cornell planned to write a short note about the creative crisis on his friend’s blog, however, he was so carried away by this idea that a few years later it resulted in a full-fledged book, which I happily read.

What is this book about

If you are a creative person, then you are probably familiar with the concept of a creative crisis – when you are too lazy to get up in the morning, you don’t want to sit at your computer to finish a project, there are no ideas on how to finish the website design, and so on … Yes, all this is called a creative crisis.

In the book “Creative Crisis Again?” you will find 90 proven ways from people like you who, however, have already worked out a sequence of actions for themselves to help them cope with the crisis and get back on track.

Who is this book for

First of all, of course, for those who have problems coming up with ideas. However, if you are interested, for example, in reading about how creative people live and work in America – this book will be just as interesting to you.

Basically, in a book about “changing the type of activity”, “a week’s vacation without a computer”, “cleaning the house” and the like. However, some authors share their secrets in detail, which can also have a positive impact on your imagination and contribute to an early exit from the crisis 🙂

Book decoration

At first, I did not notice the subtle design technique that is used in the design of the book, or more precisely, when I first met, I did not like the design of the book:


Super massive frames on every page! Not only is a huge amount of ink wasted, but these frames also put a lot of pressure on the text!

However, as I read the book, I noticed that the frame began to lighten and, indeed, a gradient was laid in the frame:


Of course, this does not negate the fact that a lot of ink has been spent, however, as a design it is an interesting trick (but still the frame could be made 3-4 times thinner).

Interesting tips

I am sure that in the book you will find at least 5-10 interesting tips for yourself, which you immediately decide to implement.

For example, I liked the advice of illustrator Paul Madonna:
-draw blindly;
– start drawing something simple quickly and without hesitation.

“There is such an exercise – drawing blindly. It has many varieties, but the general rule is this: you draw an object, looking only at it and not lowering your gaze to the paper. It is best to do this quickly, for example, within 30 seconds. As a result, you will get a distorted image of the object. The genius of this exercise is that you cannot criticize yourself for drawing blindly. Being limited in time, you willy-nilly make quick, decisive movements, and the inability to see the lines at the moment they appear frees you from their subsequent criticism and rework. All blind drawings look like bad sketches. With them I begin to overcome the creative crisis “

The second exercise is to come up with some kind of easy “project” and do it every day before starting work. For example, Paul came up with the idea of ​​drawing a self-portrait caricature and in a few months created a series of 130 illustrations.


Book by Alex Cornell “Creative Crisis Again?” available for purchase in the Ozon online store in paper and electronic formats.

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