The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

by Grant Snider


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What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? Grant Snider’s illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers and, like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions. Whether you are a professional artist or designer, a student pursuing a creative career, a person of faith, someone who likes walks on the beach, or a dreamer who sits on the front porch contemplating life, this collection of one- and two-page comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

Also Available: The Shape of Ideas 2018 Wall Calendar (ISBN: 978-1-4197-2456-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419723179
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 393,314
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an artist by night. His comics have been featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, and the New York Times Book Review, as well as The Best American Comics in 2013. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife and three children. Visit him online at

Table of Contents

Dear Reader 7

Inspiration 9

Perspiration 22

Improvisation 36

Aspiration 50

Contemplation 68

Exploration 88

Daily frustration 102

Imitation 114

Desperation 128

Pure Elation 138

Index 140

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