The Shape of Ideas (Hardcover)

An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

By Grant Snider

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419723179, 144pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2017

List Price: 16.95*
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About the Author

Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an artist by night. His comics have been featured in the Kansas City Star, the New York Times, and the New York Times BookReview, as well as The Best American Comics 2013. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife and two children. Visit him online at

Praise For The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

"'What do ideas look like? Where do they come from?'... Surprisingly, Snider’s beautifully composed cartoons have cogent answers to those questions — or if they don’t, he’s at least an urgent asker. He’s created something unique: a synthesis of comics, philosophy, and poetry: a thoughtful new way of packaging eternal ideas in cartoon boxes."

— The Los Angeles Review of Books

"The tongue-in-cheek wit and self-deprecating style make this a pleasant introduction to the joy and frustration of making any kind of art, and the beautifully designed presentation—with a charming die-cut cover—is a fine proof of concept."

— Publishers Weekly

"Grant Snider’s The Shape of Ideas is a creative kaleidoscope of humor, insight, and truth. An inventive window into the creative experience filled with hope and encouragement for daydreamers and doodlers, sketchers and scribblers, inventors, explorers, and spinners of yarns."

— Clare Vanderpool

“...a lighthearted visual examination of the labor behind the creative process.”

— Hyperallergic

"Grant Snider's work delivers introspection, humor, and inspiration in visually stunning drawings. They are a colorful look into the creative process—from the moments of quiet contemplation to the days of frenzied desperation."

— Susan Cain

"A friendly, encouraging depiction of the creative process, with its highs and lows, from a comics creator."

— The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"The Shape of Ideas is a book about looking, process, struggle, and how one creative orthodontist in Wichita has no choice but to create, and has done so since he can remember."

— NPR Wichita