How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up
Following in the footsteps of Phaidon's bestselling titles Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want To Be and Damn Good Advice, this indispensible guide is a fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. Showcases the best and most hilarious examples of failure across photography, art, design and architecture. This inspirational and highly illustrated book for creatives, students and young professionals will take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation. Features more than 100 visual examples from Kessels own collection of found photographs, along with work by international artists, photographers and designers inspired by failure. Interspersed with lively and humorous text, advice, quotes, anecdotes and wisdom for embracing failure.
Erik Kessels is Creative Director and Co-Founder of KesselsKramer, an independent, communications agency with offices in Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles. As an artist and photography collector Kessels has published several books of his found photography: Missing Links (1999), In Almost Every Picture vol.1-15 (2001-2015) and Wonder (2006). He writes regularly for numerous international magazines and he is editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography. In 2012 he lectured at the D&AD Presidents Lecture and has given talks at several international design conferences, including Singapore, Goa, New York, Toronto and Bangkok. He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, where he also curated a celebration of amateurism. In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts and in 2012 he was named the most influential creative of The Netherlands.