Austin Kleon, the influential “writer who draws”, is kicking off SXSW Interactive 2014 today at 2:00pm. Kleon is the author of two best selling books: Steal Like an Artist, an illustrated manifesto of exuding creativity in this digital age, and Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poetry created by redacting a newspaper with permanent marker. His third book, Show Your Work!, was released yesterday, just in time for his keynote presentation.
SXSW Interactive strives to create an atmosphere of innovation, inspiration, and creation. Austin Kleon is the ideal kickoff keynote because has proven to possess all of these traits and focuses on inspiring others to find their own creativity. Not to mention, he has the perfect SXSW forename and he also resides in Austin.
In Steal Like an Artist, he states:
“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. If we’re free from that burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.”
His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour. The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.”
Kleon has been a speaker for TedX, The Economist‘s Human Potential Summit, Google, and UXWeek, to name a few. Check out his presentation from TEDxKC: