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  • Published: 8 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448126286
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Creativity, Inc.

an inspiring look at how creativity can - and should - be harnessed for business success by the founder of Pixar




Part autobiography, part history of Pixar, part business book, Creativity Inc is an inspiring look at the role creativity plays in one of the most successful media businesses the world has ever seen

Part autobiography, part history of Pixar, part business book, Creativity Inc is a stimulating, feel-good, insightful and highly inspirational collection of lessons in creativity and business from the president of Pixar and Disney Animation, Ed Catmull.
'Just might be the best business book ever written.' -- Forbes Magazine
'Great book. Wish I could give it more than 5 Stars' -- ***** Reader review
'Incredibly inspirational' -- ***** Reader review
'Honestly, one of the best books I've read in a long time' -- ***** Reader review
'Read it and read it again, then read it again and then again' -- ***** Reader review
'Great book!! Fantastic read' -- ***** Reader review

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This is the story behind the company that changed animation forever. Here, the founder of Pixar reveals the ideas and techniques that have made Pixar one of the most widely admired creative businesses, and one of the most profitable.

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the world's first computer-animated movie. When an early partnership with George Lucas led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986, he couldn't have known what would come. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released. It was the start of a new generation of animation.

Through its focus on the joy of storytelling, inventive plots and emotional authenticity, Pixar revolutionised how animated films were created.

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights - a manual for anyone who strives for originality, with behind-the-scenes examples from Pixar itself. It is a book about how to build and sustain a creative culture with a unique identity.

And through this story, we learn what creativity really is.

  • Published: 8 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448126286
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He earned a B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. He lives in San Francisco.


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Praise for Creativity, Inc.

Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity. What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn't strictly a well of ideas, but an alchemy of people. In Creativity, Inc. Ed reveals, with commonsense specificity and honesty, examples of how not to get in your own way and realize a creative coalescence of art, business and innovation.

George Lucas

This is best book ever written on what it takes to build a creative organization. It is the best because Catmull's wisdom, modesty, and self-awareness fill every page. He shows how Pixar's greatness results from connecting the specific little things they do (mostly things that anyone can do in any organization) to the big goal that drives everyone in the company: Making films that make them feel proud of one another.

Robert I. Sutton, Professor of Management Science at Stanford University, author of The No A**hole Rule and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence

Just might be the best business book ever written

Forbes Magazine

Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of Creativity Inc., Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits such as the Toy Story trilogy, Up and Wall-E. . . . [Catmull] uses Pixar's triumphs and near-disasters to outline a system for managing people in creative businesses-one in which candid criticism is delivered sensitively, while individuality and autonomy are not strangled by a robotic corporate culture

Financial Times

Achieving enormous success while holding fast to the highest artistic standards is a nice trick-and Pixar, with its creative leadership and persistent commitment to innovation, has pulled it off. This book should be required reading for any manager

Charles Duhigg - Author of THE POWER OF HABIT

Steve Jobs-not a man inclined to hyperbole when asked about the qualities of others-once described Ed Catmull as 'very wise,' 'very self-aware,' 'really thoughtful,' 'really, really smart,' and possessing 'quiet strength,' all in a single interview. Any reader of Creativity, Inc., Catmull's new book on the art of running creative companies, will have to agree. Catmull, president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has written what just might be the most thoughtful management book ever

Fast Company

It's one thing to be creative; it's entirely another-and much more rare-to build a great and creative culture. Over more than thirty years, Ed Catmull has developed methods to root out and destroy the barriers to creativity, to marry creativity to the pursuit of excellence, and, most impressive, to sustain a culture of disciplined creativity during setbacks and success. Pixar's unrivaled record, and the joy its films have added to our lives, gives his method the most important validation: It works

Jim Collins - Author of GOOD TO GREAT

A wonderful new book . . . Unlike most books written by founders, this isn't some myth-heavy legacy project-it's far closer to a blueprint. Catmull takes us inside the Pixar ecosystem and shows how they build and refine excellence, in revelatory detail. . . . If you do creative work, you should read it, now

Daniel Coyle - Author of THE TALENT CODE

A fascinating story about how some very smart people built something that profoundly changed the animation business and, along the way, popular culture . . . [Creativity, Inc.] is a well-told tale, full of detail about an interesting, intricate business. For fans of Pixar films, it's a must-read. For fans of management books, it belongs on the 'value added' shelf

Wall Street Journal

Business gurus love to tell stories about Pixar, but this is our first chance to hear the real story from someone who lived it and led it. Everyone interested in managing innovation-or just good managing-needs to read this book

Chip Heath - Author of SWITCH

What is the secret to making more of the good stuff? Every so often Hollywood embraces a book that it senses might provide the answer. . . . Catmull's book is quickly becoming the latest bible for the show business crowd

New York Times

Too often, we seek to keep the status quo working. This is a book about breaking it

Seth Godin - Author of ALL MARKETEERS ARE LIARS

For those brave enough, Creativity Inc. is a call to strive for the very best, with, just as importantly, precuise instructions as to how to go about it

Independent on Sunday

Fascinating...A smart guide to getting the best out of employees and therefore the business

The Times

A great book for anyone interested in inspiring and managing creative talent (Books of the Year)

Financial Times, Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times

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