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Publishing in the Realm of Plant Fibers and Electrons. By Brett A Bloom. Make Every Man Want You. By Quy Doan. Lego Serious Play applications to enhance creativity in participatory design. In a field so focussed on process and creativity, this book lacked detail into either. Jan 25, Tamara rated it it was amazing.
I read this book while I was backpacking through Europe right after I finished 5 years of Architecture school. I was in a place where you realize you've been pushed into the real world and you barely know how to swim. You haven't figured anything out yet. This book gave me 'Damn Good Advice' that I still go through at times when no one else can say the right thing.
It's fresh and in-your-face. I loved how clear and to the point his writing style is. No BS, just like talking to the author in his l I read this book while I was backpacking through Europe right after I finished 5 years of Architecture school. No BS, just like talking to the author in his living room, sitting right across from him. I'm glad I bought this book, very randomly, when I picked it out of a few hundred books.
It struck me as BOLD at first sight. Mind you, I spent a couple of hours in the book store before I made my choice. Aug 31, Jasia rated it it was amazing. Clear, specific, bold advice for making things happen in your career and feeling good about yourself every step of the way.
Written by George Lois, who can only be described as the original Mad Man He vehemently denies any connection to the show, but if you subtract the philandering, drinking in the workplace and other generally frowned-upon activities, some of the stories Lois tells could be right out of the T. Brilliant and inspiring words from a truly brilliant man. Apr 25, Daniel Siegel rated it really liked it. Damn Good Advice isn't exactly a guidebook to achieve advertising success like its author George Lois has - it's more like advice to shore up your general life fundamentals.
In that regard this book definitely hit the mark for me, and its clean design made for enjoyable skimming. Lois definitely doesn't shy away from tooting his own horn, but based on his body of work, a bit of fanfare doesn't seem inappropriate.
A fine addition to the shelf of a creative. Oct 08, Slim rated it it was amazing. A great book! Feb 10, Keely rated it really liked it. Picked this up yesterday afternoon while in the library aimlessly looking for inspiration and ended up reading the whole thing. He claims to take the show Mad Men as a personal insult, but it's hard not to be reminded of just a teensy little bit of Don Draper while reading Lois' thoughts on having absolute confidence in your work and selling your ideas.
Anyway, it's a visually striking b Picked this up yesterday afternoon while in the library aimlessly looking for inspiration and ended up reading the whole thing. Anyway, it's a visually striking book to go through, and many of Lois' tips and proclamations resonated with me. Here are a few favorites: "Think long. Write short" Be confident of your own, edgy solo talent" If it looks like shit, and it smells like shit, and it tastes like shit Jan 08, Dan Nietsche rated it it was ok.
The tragedy of this book is that of a man who continually tells you to have the 'big idea' or go home actually sells you old rope. The book is what I'd consider quite 'American'. But the man is so clearly a product of his time. He shuns teamwork - it's all about the great ego, which I suppose is his'. As I apparently don't know the man, I couldn't verify it, but he comes across as a massive douche. Now, not a lot in this book is factually wr The tragedy of this book is that of a man who continually tells you to have the 'big idea' or go home actually sells you old rope.
Now, not a lot in this book is factually wrong, there is a lot of sense in there, but you will have to get rid of the added bombast. There are valid points in here, but please take your time and your mind whether you want to be that kind of 'creative'. An no, not being out for a cheap, sensationalist, quick solution to everything does not make you 'mediocre'.
Nov 12, Kevin Kelly rated it liked it. This is the book version of George Lois. Short, sweet, blustery, tons of ego and a couple of nuggets if you're not too turned away from his confidence.
Anyone can see that is not an impossible scenario by reading thru this book. He represents an old method of cranking out effective advertisements - his logos tend to make me cringe a bit - but by being so singularly focused, he lose This is the book version of George Lois.
He represents an old method of cranking out effective advertisements - his logos tend to make me cringe a bit - but by being so singularly focused, he loses a bit of nuance. Is that good or bad?
I don't know. It's easy to be a critic, but hard to produce the amount of good work this guy did. Jul 17, Afnan rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , However, it also contains worthy general advice.
The writer's passion for his field is spilled all over the pages which provides a great inspiration for the reader. George Lois mentions his own experiences and the secrets to the success of many of his work. As for myself, My mind started thinking like advertiser and I started drafting ideas right away. I'm very glad I had purchased this book and I plan to read it again every once in a while. Nov 21, Sophie rated it liked it. George Lois is an American art director, designer, and author.
In Damn Good Advice , Lois offers a guide to creativity and success heavily influenced by his time spent working in advertising. While the book's advice heavily leans towards design work and advertising skills, there are pointers and advice that can benefit anyone working in a creative field. Apr 14, Fa6amie rated it liked it.
This book was pretty good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to because I couldn't relate to it. It was more targeted for people that could use their creativity at work; artists, marketing, graphic design, etc. Jan 07, Dani rated it really liked it. I am a big fan of these books. I have been given this and 'It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be' as gifts.
Great quick reads for short journeys to inspire. I also like giving these books as gifts to fellow creatives and those in creative industries. Aug 29, Patrick DiJusto rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't know why -- they're all exactly the same, and they're all exactly useless. Sep 20, Gord rated it really liked it.
Lois is gruff, perhaps even rude at times, but when he knows what has to be done, he gets it done. I'd work for him. May 09, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it.
Nov 30, Ray rated it really liked it. I felt like in a way he was more of attacking the reader not advising them and I was repulsed by it.
The words he used and the style was just so different from any book I have read before in this same category. Fast forward to this week, I have decided to take on the entrepreneurial road and figured I need a good dose of motivation and also advice from books and people who have been down a similar road. I picked the book and was going to start from where I last stopped, thinking I cannot really endure rereading those pages again, I got through them with a miracle!
I will learn something from this book whether or not I like the guy and his odd style. I started reading around 11 AM and I did not move until it was finished at around 3 PM does that make me a slow reader? To my surprise, at some point into the reading I started laughing at his humorous style, after a while I realized I was actually enjoying the read, instead of just going through it because i feel like I have to, I was looking forward to what will be on the next page, the advice and the jokes.
Certainly a rich book, it is mainly focused on the advertisement business as he takes us on this ride of his career and his achievements, the people he met and collaborated with, but he pulls a lesson out of every one of those experiences that could very much apply to any other creative field. And some you can even apply to your own life regardless of your career or your field. To be honest that is not a feeling I was expecting to get reading this type of book.
But I did and it was refreshing and it made me like the guy and love the book. Aug 21, Helsy Flores rated it liked it. It is a book that gets your mind excited and eager to go out there and do something great - right now! The design is clean and makes it easy and enjoyable to read.
However, it should be noted that Lois is from another time, from the old school. First, his hatred towards Mad Men, especially when he states the campaigns shown in the series are dumb. Mad Men is a masterpiece, I have found great inspiration in it, and there is absolutely no denying that the cinematography is outstanding.
Second, the part where he says we should all start sleeping one hour less than we currently sleep. If you sleep 8 hours, by all means, you can sleep 7. But suggesting that if you sleep 5, you should sleep 4? Imagine a person who sleeps 4 hours everyday, then gets into a car in that state, putting everyone around him in danger? A must-have spine stiffener for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Basket 0 Checkout Sign in. Sign in Subscribe.
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