Failed It!


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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. 

About the author:
Erik Kessels is Creative Director and Co-Founder of KesselsKramer, an independent communications agency with offices in Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles. As an artist and photography collector, Kessels has published several books of his found photography. He writes regularly for numerous international magazines and is editor of the alternative photography magazine, Useful Photography.

  • Paperback
  • English
  • 17.8cm x 12cm
  • 168pp
  • 100 colour illustrations