I don’t usually review graphic novels or collections of comics, but this one is a favourite that’ll be added to my small, permanent collection.
The Shape of Ideas is the graphic version of all the best creativity books out there. Snider explores creativity and inspiration by illustrating the good, the bad, and the ugly of trying to be creative. While his focus is on the arts, a lot of his thoughts could easily relate to many other areas (research, business, etc.). He explores ambition, frustration, exploration, and those elusive eureka moments.
His illustrations are lovely, fun and colourful, and his ideas are conveyed in a clever and clear manner. Best of all, he’s using visual creativity to convey the ups and downs of creativity.
If you haven’t already seen his work, check out Incidental Comics. These are some of my favourites from the past year: