For a long time, I’ve been wanting to write a new book on creativity that would follow up my previous books; but this time, I wanted to try a completely different approach and do something never seen before.
For months, I’ve played with different ideas, but nothing seemed to lead me into the right direction. Then, out of the blue, I woke up one morning with this curious title in mind: “You Are a Circle,” then I saw this visual in my head: a big, black circle on a white cover. Something very minimalist.
As you may know, I teach at Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena. There, I always invite students to take extra care in their designs by making them unique. More often than not, it means spending a few extra hours creating something by hand instead of just working on the computer.
When I started working on the cover (I always create a cover first, before I start a new book—for motivation), I naturally followed my own advice and I carved a circle on a linoleum block and started experimenting with block printing. It meant playing with paint and getting my hands dirty (which I love).