cponeill: I have re-read this book constantly since purchasing it well over 10 years ago. The chapters on facing resistance and how to deal with it constantly resonate with me when working on my own projects. read comments

formalsystem: I went into this book expecting to be blown away by how much smarter Da Vinci was than me. Instead I was blown away by how human and hard working he was and it taught me valuable... read comments

acheron: 12 different medieval manuscripts the author goes to visit. Describes their history, where they are now and what it's like to see them, contains many detailed reproductions of pages, etc. Not at all dry... read comments

convexfunction: He's an architect/philosopher who coined the term "design patterns". Beautiful book, got me thinking very hard about how to create artifacts and environments that make the people who... read comments

fsloth: Purports to be about architectural theory but has actually deep things to say about systems design and organizational learning in general. read comments

andrewartajos: It's such a quick read perfect for my short attention span. It packs so much advice without the fluff. read comments

bo_Olean: This book could/will change the way we see things. Not only for drawing or art, principles from the book can be applied to any creative profession. read comments

arthurjj: This is a book nominally about the relationship between artists and how they go about making art but it is useful for anyone creative. It's about how to go about making when you have... read comments

nichodges: A unique and refreshing take on creating music that can be applied to the creation of anything. Byrne leaves the mysterious & ethereal world of 'creativity' for dead, and looks at how... read comments

zedshaw: Taught me how to paint what I see accurately. read comments

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swamy_g: The first chapter especially blew my socks off. I never have been able to see nature and man's relation to it in the same way after that. read comments

thirdtruck: If you're an aspiring freelancer or working on creative projects of your own, in particular, then her story has a lot for you. read comments