Category: Staff Picks

Staff Picks: Outrunning the Wolves – Predatory Thinking

Predatory Thinking PREDATORY THINKING by Dave Trott

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

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Anyone who has struggled with the demands of a creative life–or one unfortunately peppered with more problems than most–will get a kick out of this new book on our shelves. Predatory Thinking is the result of a lifetime of experience from Trott, a copywriter and creative director involved in many memorable ad campaigns, former Chairman of The Gate London, and recipient of the 2004 D&AD President’s Award for lifetime achievement in advertising. You don’t live your lifetime on the cutting edge of creativity without amassing incredible insights, presented here for all creative minds to mull over and turn into actual practice.

At the heart of the book is the idea that even the most unsurmountable problems can be outrun or outthought, and changed into problems you can solve. All these paths and examples are presented through stories and anecdotes instead of raw lessons to be memorised. The result is a leanly-edited collection of true tales from history and design, encompassing Eastern and Western philosophies, and a wide range of characters from wartime fighter pilots to modern artists and powerful economists.

Trott’s simple, uncluttered and incisive writing will get your gears turning in a whole new way–or even just a slightly different way. But that change can be enough to overcome creative challenges, outwit and outlast your competition, and enrich your mind for life. Check it out at BookXcess now, and take a big bite out of your obstacles!

Sheer(an) Delight: Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

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RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has captivated international audiences, both with his raw voice and lyrics that sound innocuous but end up delivering a sucker-punch to the gut. While he is adamant that at the age of 24 (23 when the book was published), he is too young and too private a person for an autobiography, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is a well-crafted retrospective of his musical career, accompanied with illustrations from Butah, a friend of his from childhood who also produces the artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles.

416iCMQaBpLThe book presents Sheeran’s own account of his life, spanning early childhood experiences (including the time a family friend bought an Eminem album for a nine-year-old Ed), the music that influenced his own artistic journey, his start busking, recording and touring, and the eventual release of his second album, x. He also writes about the forces that drive him to create, how he strives to constantly evolve, and coping with success in the music industry.

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The straightforward prose, paired with Butah’s evocative illustrations, provides a fascinating journey through the life of this bright young star. With almost 100 photos and illustrations, this book is a must-have collectible and visual treasury for all his fans!

Staff Picks: Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!)

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DAMN GOOD ADVICE (FOR PEOPLE WITH TALENT) by George Lois

RRP: RM35.90
BookXcess: RM17.90

Creativity is the not-so-new key to unlocking new professional and selling breakthroughs, far more so than plain drive and dedication (and maybe a nice shirt). Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out on your own journey, everyone could use a creative jolt in the bottom every now and then–and for this purpose we recommend DAMN GOOD ADVICE (FOR PEOPLE WITH TALENT) by George Lois.

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George Lois has several feathers in his cap: he’s the only person ever to be inducted into The Art Directors Hall of Fame and The One Club Creative Hall of Fame; he’s garnered Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers; he’s also a subject of the Masters Series at the School of Visual Arts. Having worked with various major brands and personalities, his experience proves a strong jumping point to those with dreams of creative glory.

Equal parts provocative and humorous, Lois lays out his years of experience in punchy bite-sized pointers. If you have a creative person in your life, or someone in need of the motivation, this book is for you! Check us out at Amcorp and fahrenheit88 for big discounts, big savings, and the cheapest prices around. You can also get Damn Good Advice on our online bookstore, BookXcess Online.

We might not all be creative professionals or advertisers, but what ‘damn good advice’ do you wish you’d given your younger self?

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