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Failed It! How to Turn Mistakes Into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up by Erik Kessels Phaidon Book

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Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation.

It showcases the best and most hilarious examples of imperfection and failure across a broad range of creative forms, including art, design, photography, architecture and product design, to inspire and encourage creatives to embrace and celebrate their mistakes.

We live in an era when everyone is striving for perfection and we have become afraid of failure, which limits our potential. Mistakes help us find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions, and failures can change our perceptions and open up new ways of looking at things. This book transforms mistakes from something to be embarrassed about into a cause for celebration.

It includes over 150 visual examples drawn from Kessels' personal collection of artworks and found photographs, along with tips, quotes, anecdotes and wisdom for celebrating failure. To quote Kessels: "The ubiquity of Apple + Z means that we can literally undo any mistake before it has had time to breathe, be considered and — perhaps — evolve into something else: a fascinating, strange, provocative or even original piece of work. This book asks readers to embrace their fuck-ups, learn from them and celebrate their tawdry glory."

The author

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.

Paperback, 7 x 4.75 in., 168 pages, 100 illustrations

ISBN: 9780714871196