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Making Things Beautiful / Making Beautiful Things

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Making Things Beautiful / Making Beautiful Things is an interactive book that investigates the difficulties and delights associated with the human drive to create.

This is an exercise in "writing to learn" as I attempt to codify a lifetime of lessons into a working philosophy for myself, for readers dealing with similar issues and for anyone else interested in the creative process. It would be impossible to write a comprehensive book on the subject, so I focus on aspects of creative work that I have found either particularly difficult or particularly rewarding. These ideas—such as perfectionism, inspiration and resonance—are supplemented by interactive illustrations, work by other creative people and quotes and concepts from artists, philosophers and authors.

This book was created for my master's thesis at NYU's ITP. You can watch a video trailer and learn more at You can view more of my work at or follow me on Twitter (@scottgarner).

What's New in Version 1.1

Formatting fixes. Updated annotations. New interactive illustrations for "Perspective" and "Limits".


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Making Things Beautiful / Making Beautiful Things
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Apr 11, 2014
  • Publisher: Scott Garner
  • Seller: Scott Garner
  • Print Length: 52 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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