52 Projects
Jeffrey Yamaguchi
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52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity
Jeffrey Yamaguchi
Perigee Trade
192 pages
November 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Stuck in a rut? Jeffrey Yamaguchi's 52 Projects provides inspiration and suggestions for freeing yourself from the mundane and doing something creative. None of the projects listed in this book are particularly expensive or time consuming, and many can serve as a springboard for further projects. Regardless if you do one project are all fifty-two, this book will definitely inspire creativity.

52 Projects is the culmination of Yamaguchi's website project of the same name. In the book, Yamaguchi lists all the ways in which people can make time for projects, even if lack of time appears to be an issue. The projects don't require more than basic skill or talent, and he includes all sorts of creative endeavors here: photography, cooking, painting, writing, music, etc. The goal is not to be a genius at these projects, but just to DO them.

While some of these projects seem like good ideas, others might seem a bit ridiculous. For example, sending perishable food through the mail might seem a bit sketchy. But that's okay. Even the more ridiculous projects will get the creative juices flowing. I found myself writing ideas for my own projects in the margins as I read. Yamaguchi even offers variations of some of the projects. 52 Projects is, in fact, a misnomer. There are many more projects than that suggested in this book. He even offers little ideas in the margins.

At the end of the book, Yamaguchi lists some resources - both print and online - that can further encourage artistic aspirations. While this is a short book and a quick read, the inspiration contained within is immeasurable. For those who feel that they have no creativity or talent, this book will convince them otherwise. Yamaguchi truly believes that creativity exists in everyone, and this book is a perfect catalyst to release it.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Karyn Johnson, 2006

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