From ever-inventive designer Stefan G. Bucher of You Deserve a Medal and Daily Monster fame comes 344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment -- a delightful pocket-sized compendium of flowcharts and lists illustrated in Bucher's unmistakable style to help you figure out life's big answers, in the vein of today's inadvertent running theme of self-help-books-that-aren't-really-"self-help"-books.
Besides Bucher's own questions, the tiny but potent handbook features contributions from 36 beloved cross-disciplinary creators, including Brain Pickings favorites Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister, Marian Bantjes, Doyald Young, and Jakob Trollbäck.
Let's be clear: I want this book to be useful to you. There are many great how-to books and biographies out there, and even more gorgeous collections of current and classic work to awe and inspire. But looking at catalogs of artistic success won't make you a better artist any more than looking at photos of healthy people will cure your cold. You've got to take action! --Stefan G. Bucher
Though Bucher designed the book as a sequence, it also works choose-you-own-adventure-style and, as Bucher is quick to encourage, asks for hands-on interaction -- dog-earing, marginalia, doodles. "If you keep this book in mint condition, I've failed," he says.
We are all different people, but we face a lot of the same questions. The point of this book is to give you lots of questions you can use to look at your life -- in a new way, with a different perspective, or maybe just in more detail than you have before -- so you can find out how you work, what you want to do, and how you can get it done in a way that works for you. Specifically. --Stefan G. Bucher
Thoughtfully conceived and charmingly executed, wonderfully playful yet infinitely useful, 344 Questions is the kind of treat in which anyone with a beating heart and firing neurons would find delight -- and, more likely than not, find some big answers, too.
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