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New York: The Sketchbook Project

This post, is a part of my thinking and research for my new book, HUSTLE & FLOAT that centres around the tensions between productivity and creativity. You can follow other related entries here


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One of my best friends, Dan, organized an amazing surprise for me during my last trip to NYC: a visit to the Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn, a crowd-sourced library that features more than 33,000 artist sketchbooks from around the world. Free to the public, you can use the handy mobile site to search through the massive collection using keywords, locations or artist names.

If you’re a creative, this place is pure heaven. I’ve been obsessed with perusing people’s sketchbooks online for years, and we easily spent a few hours diving into the imaginations of strangers. It. Was. Awesome. If you’re headed to NYC in the near future – add this to your list of must-sees! If you’re too far away to enjoy, worry not! There’s  a digital version of the library too.


I was so inspired by the experience – there’s nothing like being surrounded by creative work. The space just had a vibrant energy that had be eager to get back home and work on my own stuff! It was incredibly useful for my Hustle & Float research and I’m already trying to figure out when I can go back to spend some more time there. I’m even toying with the idea of submitting my own sketchbook! 😉


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