Summer 2022

So wrong it’s right

How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Bring Chaos to Your Order

Written and illustrated by Laurie Rosenwald. Hachette Go, $24, £18.99
How to Make Mistakes on Purpose: Bring Chaos to Your Order

Written in her signature playful prose style, artist and designer Laurie Rosenwald’s How to Make Mistakes on Purpose is an expansive take on the concept of lateral thinking and aims to rid us of any fear we may have of the blank page. Rosenwald is on a lightning mission to convert, promising no more staring into space while waiting for inspiration. Instead she offers up numerous ways of thinking and visualising ideas, coupled with plenty of devices to arm us in whichever creative path we choose to operate in.

Having witnessed a couple of Rosenwald’s ‘Mistakes on Purpose’ workshops over the years, I had an idea of what her book might be like, but soon realised I couldn’t have been more wrong. How to Make Mistakes on Purpose defies any easy categorisation and teasingly keeps you guessing on every page, with its collection of well researched histories and instructions for creating visual chaos …

Ian Wright graphic artist and DJ, Do!! You!!! Radio, London

Read the full article in Eye no. 103 vol. 26, 2022

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