Many creatives, such as writers, painters, photographers, and stylists, often immerse themselves in their work without taking breaks. This can be exhausting and leave the mind feeling starved. It’s like fueling your mind with a few creative bites to get through the project, but you’re not sustaining a natural flow of ideas. So we’ve decided to compile a short but valuable list of books that’ll help you enrich your mind and inspire you.

Let’s get to it.

١. “Navigating The Art World: Professional Practice for the Early Career Artist” by Delphian

This book is a great resource for anyone interested in learning about modern art curation. It offers insights from creative professionals within the art world, including interviews and personal perspectives. The book also covers how the curation process and art consumption have evolved over time and provides tips for reaching the right audience. The writing style is conversational and easy to read, almost like you’re listening to coffee table conversations. I bought this book two years ago and keep returning to it occasionally. I can’t recommend it enough.

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٢. “You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation” by Sarah Urist Green

I once interviewed an artist who mentioned he enjoys working with restrictions because it presents a fun challenge for him to test his creativity. This book offers a variety of prompts that may seem random or different from what you’re used to, but that’s the beauty of it – creativity often comes from unexpected places. By working through these prompts and coming up with your own interpretations, you’re essentially exercising your brain and pushing yourself to express your unique perspective.

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٣. “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is known for his work with some of the biggest names in music, and in this book, he shares his insights and reflections on creativity, drawing from his own experiences in the industry. The book offers a unique perspective on what it means to be creative and how creativity is something that can be cultivated and developed over time. Being creative can be a solitary pursuit, and it’s not uncommon for artists to feel isolated and struggle to express the complex emotions that come with their work. This book can help you untangle those mental knots.

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٤. “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Edited” by Sharon Louden

Sometimes, all we need is a bit of perspective. This book offers insight into the practical, day-to-day realities of making a living as an artist. The diverse perspectives of the artists featured in the book are refreshingly honest, uplifting, and often humorous. My recommendation? Read one essay every night before going to bed. These personal stories from people who have been through it all would probably help you validate your own creative struggles.

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٥. “Design as Art” by Bruno Munari

For anyone fascinated by the intersection of design, branding, fashion, and other creative fields, “Design as Art” is a visual feast. Originally published in 1966 by graphic design luminary Bruno Munari, this book challenges the notion that art is reserved for the elite. Munari’s exploration of the relationship between form and function in ordinary objects invites readers to view the world with fresh eyes and appreciate the design choices that go into even the most mundane objects.

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Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.