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A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. 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 A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. 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 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 with 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'.


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A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. 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 A fun and fabulous take on the art of making mistakes. Erik Kessels celebrates imperfection and failure and shows why they are an essential part of the creative process. 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 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 with 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'.

30 review for Failed It!: How to Turn Mistakes Into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    What an interesting book. I found myself laughing at some of the photos included. There are many fails and amateur photographs that are relatable but also inspiring, which is the entire point of the book. Failed It! is a good motivator and will keep the creative flows going.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arnied

    A quick read on happy accidents in art and photography. For me there weren't enough great examples or enough insights. The books big message is that mistakes and failures often lead to genius. I believe that. So for everyone I know out there reading this...I promise to make more of them. A quick read on happy accidents in art and photography. For me there weren't enough great examples or enough insights. The books big message is that mistakes and failures often lead to genius. I believe that. So for everyone I know out there reading this...I promise to make more of them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer

    One extraordinary book. One creative mind. The perfect match to craft something new.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ellis

    This is a quick read with some interesting insights on creativity and imperfection. It made me laugh, but also made me think differently about the creative process. I only wish it was a little longer and more in depth. I feel like it just skimmed the surface and would have liked the author to have gone a little deeper into the subject matter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    In this book, Kessels describes a wonderful, inspiring and mind-changing perspective on failures and the importance of making mistakes in order to achieve success. No success without failure, as if failure leads to success. Or is failure our success?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    imperfection is always closer to reality.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaelynn Jenkins

    Stories of failure are good for the soul. Seek failure and you'll find success. Stories of failure are good for the soul. Seek failure and you'll find success.

  8. 5 out of 5

    S

    Equal parts art book and motivational treatise, Kessels describes how many of our strongly held opinions about success and failure — that the former requires perfection and the latter should be avoided at all costs — only work to impede our creative process. Everyone fails, he says, and only through such unsuccessful attempts can truly imaginative progress be made. "f you don't feel like an idiot at lest once a day," he suggests, "you need to work less and play more." All that is required is a m Equal parts art book and motivational treatise, Kessels describes how many of our strongly held opinions about success and failure — that the former requires perfection and the latter should be avoided at all costs — only work to impede our creative process. Everyone fails, he says, and only through such unsuccessful attempts can truly imaginative progress be made. "f you don't feel like an idiot at lest once a day," he suggests, "you need to work less and play more." All that is required is a modification of what we view as success, and he urges readers to think out of professionally lit-and-shot box by finding the beauty in imperfection. It's boring to be too clean, too neat, too predictable; finding worth in the unconventional provides all the ammunition required. Charming and an easy read, highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Bianca

    I picked this book up thinking it was a motivational book. It was but on the contrary it happened to be a book on photography. But hey, it has some great insights that could be applied to not just art but life. It was fun, witty & brilliant. He spoke about living outside the norm and accepting you're failures & turning them around. He put me at ease in my thinking about perfection. The biggest thing I took from it is that there isn't a thing such as "perfection." Perfection was merely a creation I picked this book up thinking it was a motivational book. It was but on the contrary it happened to be a book on photography. But hey, it has some great insights that could be applied to not just art but life. It was fun, witty & brilliant. He spoke about living outside the norm and accepting you're failures & turning them around. He put me at ease in my thinking about perfection. The biggest thing I took from it is that there isn't a thing such as "perfection." Perfection was merely a creation from people that think they need to put measures on life. What I may think is odd or a big flop could actually be the start of something beautiful or successful. Don't put measures on life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rick Marcello

    "Dare to be disliked", is my favorite quote from this book. If you like to win popularity contests, chase perfection, or uphold the status quo, then this book ain't for you. Failed it main concept is to embrace mistakes and "failures", especially within the context of art. The book balances thought with visuals of mistakes and screw-ups. It is a great book because it challenges the reader to think differently about perceived mistakes and embrace the abnormal to foster creativity. "Dare to be disliked", is my favorite quote from this book. If you like to win popularity contests, chase perfection, or uphold the status quo, then this book ain't for you. Failed it main concept is to embrace mistakes and "failures", especially within the context of art. The book balances thought with visuals of mistakes and screw-ups. It is a great book because it challenges the reader to think differently about perceived mistakes and embrace the abnormal to foster creativity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    A funny, inspiring and quick read that will instantly help you to feel better about your artistic work. Because who hasn't felt like a failure before? Kessels shows that great artwork wouldn't be possible without making mistakes and that perfection will mostly lead to boring art. A funny, inspiring and quick read that will instantly help you to feel better about your artistic work. Because who hasn't felt like a failure before? Kessels shows that great artwork wouldn't be possible without making mistakes and that perfection will mostly lead to boring art.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jabali Sawicki

    Great quick read on creativity and failure. Full of wisdom and thoughtful photography. Will definitely go back to it like those Austin Kleon books...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is less a review than it is a "spoiler" in that I'm going to share my favorite parts without really critiquing the structure of quality of the writing. But I do recommend having in on your shelf if you're a designer or any other human being who is required to come up with ideas as part of your occupation or because it's part of your native substance. For newcomers to creative works or for the anally retentive perfectionist, yes, the cover is put on backwards on purpose. Anyway, It's a quick This is less a review than it is a "spoiler" in that I'm going to share my favorite parts without really critiquing the structure of quality of the writing. But I do recommend having in on your shelf if you're a designer or any other human being who is required to come up with ideas as part of your occupation or because it's part of your native substance. For newcomers to creative works or for the anally retentive perfectionist, yes, the cover is put on backwards on purpose. Anyway, It's a quick read, covering some familiar territory for me. By which I mean, many of the ideas presented are familiar, and some of the images presented are things that have been shared in epic fail type blogs, but still some fun points. The three takeaways I enjoyed most were new, or seemed new at least in the way they were phrased were 1) Confidence is overrated - "great ideas come from doubting them, interrogating them and allowing other possibilities to take root." 2) "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." ~ Winston Churchill Considering the author it seems like something I may have stumbled across before, but stayed with me this time. 3) My favorite example of "creative failure" or "doing it wrong" was the example of Kent Rogowski who realized that some jigsaw puzzle companies use the same die-cut pattern to make all of their puzzles, making the pieces interchangeable from puzzle to puzzle. So he interchanged the pieces in what the author rightly refers to as beautifully "stunning imperfection". Makes me want to die cut puzzle pieces out of many things and interchange the pieces.

  14. 5 out of 5

    June Kweh

    Brilliant short book. Found inspiration for both work and art. My favourite parts: - "If you're anything like me, you're called an idiot at least once a day. And that's okay. Because making mistakes, flirting with disaster and pure, outright failure is how you get better. Without it, you're stuck in a zone of mediocrity and 'meh'. Sure, you probably won't be nervous, self-conscious and potentially mortified, but you won't be admired, either. You'll be... Boring. If you want to be creative, do original w Brilliant short book. Found inspiration for both work and art. My favourite parts: - "If you're anything like me, you're called an idiot at least once a day. And that's okay. Because making mistakes, flirting with disaster and pure, outright failure is how you get better. Without it, you're stuck in a zone of mediocrity and 'meh'. Sure, you probably won't be nervous, self-conscious and potentially mortified, but you won't be admired, either. You'll be... Boring. If you want to be creative, do original work and surprise the hell out of someone every once in a while, you need to get over your fear of looking stupid." - "Feel humiliated? Get used to it. If you're not making mistakes. If you're not regularly feeling stupid. If you don't believe your ideas are inadequate. If no one is arching an eyebrow while slowly, condescendingly asking why on earth you're doing this. If your ideas aren't routinely mocked when shared with those who follow the rules. You're probably doing it wrong." - With the bravado I have newly acquired from reading this book, I did experiment around quite a bit at the risk of looking stupid. But I'd take looking stupid over being mediocre and boring any other day.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Slow Culture Magazine

    Bought after our visit at the ADAM Brussels Museum for the Punk Graphics exhibition, we found Failed It!: How to Turn Mistakes Into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up at the gift shop. Didn't expect much at first. Just a souvenir. Phaidon never disappoints, and Erik Kessels continued along that path. A clever, enriching, critical book to possess, read, and stain with coffee. What we loved the most is that this title goes beyond the dull LinkedIn philosophy by giving real tools an Bought after our visit at the ADAM Brussels Museum for the Punk Graphics exhibition, we found Failed It!: How to Turn Mistakes Into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up at the gift shop. Didn't expect much at first. Just a souvenir. Phaidon never disappoints, and Erik Kessels continued along that path. A clever, enriching, critical book to possess, read, and stain with coffee. What we loved the most is that this title goes beyond the dull LinkedIn philosophy by giving real tools and food for thoughts.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fouad Kazan

    This is a ridiculously funny and inspiring small book. Even the front and back cover are switched with one another. Hence, if you have screwed up so much in your life, you will find this work comforting (unless you are narcissistic, have an over-inflated ego, and assume that every damn thing you do is a work of God). It shows us how you can simultaneously screw up and succeed at the same time making it excellent for entrepreneurs, immerging artists, etc… It mentions stories of popular business m This is a ridiculously funny and inspiring small book. Even the front and back cover are switched with one another. Hence, if you have screwed up so much in your life, you will find this work comforting (unless you are narcissistic, have an over-inflated ego, and assume that every damn thing you do is a work of God). It shows us how you can simultaneously screw up and succeed at the same time making it excellent for entrepreneurs, immerging artists, etc… It mentions stories of popular business men and artists who kept brutally failing until things started to turn around. Emphasizing that failure can be an actual prelude for full-out blown success, mistakes and screw-ups can unexpectedly turn into something beautiful. The trick is to keep experimenting until you get it right. If you doubt yourself and your greatness, I recommend getting this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A quote from the book: If you’re anything like me, you’re called an idiot at least once a day. And that’s okay. Because making mistakes, flirting with disaster and pure, outright failure is how you get better. Without it, you’re stuck in a zone of mediocrity and ‘meh’. Sure, you probably won’t be nervous, self-conscious and potentially mortified, but you won’t be admired, either. You’ll be … Boring. If you want to be creative, do original work and surprise the hell out of someone every once in a A quote from the book: If you’re anything like me, you’re called an idiot at least once a day. And that’s okay. Because making mistakes, flirting with disaster and pure, outright failure is how you get better. Without it, you’re stuck in a zone of mediocrity and ‘meh’. Sure, you probably won’t be nervous, self-conscious and potentially mortified, but you won’t be admired, either. You’ll be … Boring. If you want to be creative, do original work and surprise the hell out of someone every once in a while, you need to get over your fear of looking stupid. Seek out failure. Train yourself to recognize it all around you. Get to know it and take it away for a romantic weekend. Failure isn’t fatal – quite the contrary. It’s downright fabulous.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    As a student of all things Leadership/Personal Development, it seems every non business book has made my "Best books of 2020" list. So far we have "Outlearning the Wolves", "Shark and the Goldfish" and now "Failed it". The expression we hear frequently is "Fail big". I hate that expression. We need to remove it from our every day vocabulary today! What makes this book great is sure we fail, but look at what possible treasures may come from your mistakes. With the many examples (The Hans Eijkelbo As a student of all things Leadership/Personal Development, it seems every non business book has made my "Best books of 2020" list. So far we have "Outlearning the Wolves", "Shark and the Goldfish" and now "Failed it". The expression we hear frequently is "Fail big". I hate that expression. We need to remove it from our every day vocabulary today! What makes this book great is sure we fail, but look at what possible treasures may come from your mistakes. With the many examples (The Hans Eijkelboom example will have you looking twice) this book was an easy,quick read and in some places had me laughing out loud. Its printed by Phaidon which means it will be excellent!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thordur

    Well this is rather strange book to read and it is actually supposed to be a strange book. It tells you that failure is ok, the beginning of something good or a possible new opportunity raising from the failure. Then you have a lots of photos which are either mistakenly taken or show you things that are surely down mistakenly done. It takes 20 minutes to read this book, you simply run through it in no time. But that is no it. This book is made by an artist creating a different kind of a book the Well this is rather strange book to read and it is actually supposed to be a strange book. It tells you that failure is ok, the beginning of something good or a possible new opportunity raising from the failure. Then you have a lots of photos which are either mistakenly taken or show you things that are surely down mistakenly done. It takes 20 minutes to read this book, you simply run through it in no time. But that is no it. This book is made by an artist creating a different kind of a book then we are used to. This one is an upside down book and not mend to be perfect in any way.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin M

    Very inspiring. Especially since recently I noticed that I wanted more stimulation for my brain. This book talks about this: Finding stimulation in your and other's failures. I read it within about an hour and started turning something shitty into something interesting right afterwards. This book is a great example of curation turning into creation. And in the progress it doesn't only encourage, but, inevitably causes curation and creation. A must have for pretty much anybody who enjoys creating, w Very inspiring. Especially since recently I noticed that I wanted more stimulation for my brain. This book talks about this: Finding stimulation in your and other's failures. I read it within about an hour and started turning something shitty into something interesting right afterwards. This book is a great example of curation turning into creation. And in the progress it doesn't only encourage, but, inevitably causes curation and creation. A must have for pretty much anybody who enjoys creating, wants to create more or simply shows a fondness for the weird, unusual or broken.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bula

    At a first reading this book may seem a collection of curious examples in which one or a series of errors have brought innovation or some kind of success, but digging deeper leads you to discover some interesting concepts on how to deal with the fear of failure and insecurity in your abilities. A word of advice: don't underestimate it because of its simplicity of reading or for certain passages that may sound banal. It is true, it would have been nice to go deeper about some points, but in my opi At a first reading this book may seem a collection of curious examples in which one or a series of errors have brought innovation or some kind of success, but digging deeper leads you to discover some interesting concepts on how to deal with the fear of failure and insecurity in your abilities. A word of advice: don't underestimate it because of its simplicity of reading or for certain passages that may sound banal. It is true, it would have been nice to go deeper about some points, but in my opinion this gives way for a more elastic self-reflection. Satisfied.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Prudence (Marina Puente)

    A quick light read, recommended to me by a creative. The book helps to unlock creativity and stop perfection seeking. I found Kessels’ take on confidence really interesting: confidence is overrated - when it comes to creativity, insecurity is essential. However I was slightly underwhelmed at the examples given, I thought they would be more insightful and less product-focused.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tim Belonax

    A quick, entertaining read full of cherry-picked examples that range from clever to epic. If you’re a perfectionist or someone stuck in a rut, this might be helpful. If you travel in this world a bit, you won’t be surprised by what you read, but you may be comforted knowing that you’re not the only one paying attention to the world in the same way as Mr. Kessels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I enjoyed the variety in the photography and the brevity of the accompanying explanations. In general, the messages seemed to be about embracing imperfection, avoiding the common and finding opportunities for creativity. I see the connection to failure, but failures didn't stand out as the central theme, for me. I enjoyed the variety in the photography and the brevity of the accompanying explanations. In general, the messages seemed to be about embracing imperfection, avoiding the common and finding opportunities for creativity. I see the connection to failure, but failures didn't stand out as the central theme, for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    OIivia Mitchel

    Easily read, finished it in two hours. It’s more like a brochure, for me it felt like a ‘break’ from the more difficult books that I’m currently reading. I couldn’t say that it helped me but it opened my eyes a bit, when it comes to failure. I’m still a perfectionist though (and still hating it 🤦‍♀️)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yassir Jbari

    I really like the the general idea of the book: making mistakes is a good sign of improvement and it may lead to great creations. The examples makes it more fun to read. However, I felt like the book don't go deep enough in explaining ideas. Whenever I get hooked, amazed and more curious about a certain idea the book stops there and moves on to another one. I really like the the general idea of the book: making mistakes is a good sign of improvement and it may lead to great creations. The examples makes it more fun to read. However, I felt like the book don't go deep enough in explaining ideas. Whenever I get hooked, amazed and more curious about a certain idea the book stops there and moves on to another one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eszter

    The whole book is an epic failure. The pages are not numbered correctly, it does not follow the western reading style but the Japanese one as you read it from the back to front. The many wonderful pictures show the beauty of imperfection and shows very effectively that instead of always pursuing perfection you could also try basically the opposite.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandru Mititelu

    Compilation of authentic photos, along with a non-bullshit motivational voice. The takeaway: Mistakes are always being made. If they happen twice, then they become a choice. If they happen thrice, you might become a failure. if you keep on making them, they might become your style. Owning your mistakes is the ticket to artistic authenticity/success. Own your life and whatever comes with it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jason Machinski

    This book is going on my recommended reading for my Visual Perception & Design course. The book really makes one think differently about creativity. Which is great for all those looking to be more creative. No spoilers here read the book to get the most out of it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shufi H

    Finished it only in less than 1 hour during train commuting, what a fun book! It told us how imperfection or failure can be turned into ideas, inspirations and other unique form of creativity - somehow it reminds me of lomography or analog photography.

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