Failed It!

Out now

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 put 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.

Failed it! by Erik Kessels is a celebration of failure and imperfection. From the happy accidents of amateur photographers to major blunders by professional designers , this pocket-sized guide proves that making mistakes and having the courage to fail results in both original ideas and creative success. The book is illustrated by artists that inspire Erik and that have mastered the art of celebrating mistakes and oddities like no other. Among them are Matt Stuart, PutPut, Joachim Schmid, Kurt Caviezel, Lucas Blalock and many others.

Published by Phaidon.
Available in 8 different languages.