Our Director of Transformation, Marty Neumeier, has done it again: He’s taken an extremely complex subject—creativity—and compressed it into a very simple book marked by Marty’s trademark simplicity and wit. The project started as a weekly blog series, but drew so much attention that the publishers at Peachpit turned it into a book. “The 46 Rules of Genius” is the first “quick start guide” for genius, a collection of thought-provoking ideas for developing the creative talents that drive innovation.
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What is a genius?
We think of a genius as someone with an IQ of 140, but intelligence scores have little to do with creativity. What makes a genius, according to Neumeier, “is a facile imagination driven by a passionate will towards a narrow goal.” He defines a genius as “anyone who turns insight into innovation, and in the process changes our view of what is possible.”

Like his earlier bestsellers The Brand Gap and Zag, 46 Rules dishes out the straight scoop on the skills we need for innovation, design, and brand excellence. It’s peppered with dozens of witty illustrations by the author himself.


What kind of genius will you be?

“How can I innovate?” offers insightful guidance such as “Feel before you think,” “See what’s not there,” and “Ask a bigger question.” Rule #1 gives the paradoxical advice: “Break the rules.”

“How should I work?” offers down-to-earth tips on craft: “Use a linear process for static elements,” and “Express related elements in a similar manner.” The reader is also reminded: “Don’t be boring!”

“How can I learn?” contains practical advice including “Do your own projects,” “Invest in your originality,” and “Develop an original style.”

“How can I matter?” deals with the deeper questions of a career in creativity, such as “Overcommit to a mission,” “Build support methodically,” and “Become who you are.”

The 46 Rules of Genius serves as a reassuring lighthouse in the swirling tides of change and opportunity. Would-be geniuses from every discipline will want to keep it in sight.


What do the other geniuses say?

“Here are 46 tips that have helped shape our greatest practitioners from every discipline and generation. Best of all, Neumeier takes his own advice from rule 18: Don’t be boring!”
Paula Scher, Partner at Pentagram, winner of the Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design

“Creativity can be hard work, but it just got easier with Neumeier’s clear-thinking guidelines. Use them to build your own unique creative confidence.”
Tom Kelley, Parter at IDEO, Co-Author of Creative Confidence

“Status quo disrupted! It’s bound to happen if you apply these simple yet profound rules to your ideas, your business, or your brand.”
Anaezi Modu, CEO of REBRAND, Founder of REBRAND 100 Global Awards



  1. Alfredo Muccino

    Marty, you’re a genius!
    As always you amaze me (and many others) with how you can make the most complex of ideas simple to understand. Thank you for continuing to share with us tips that enable all of us to take our creativity to new levels.
    “The 46 Rules of Genius” is my new favorite Marty Neumeier book.

    May 29, 2014
  2. Colin

    Will there be a kindle version of the book?

    May 29, 2014
    • Marty Neumeier

      Hi Colin—we’re finishing it up today. Kindle and iBooks versions should be available next week.

      May 30, 2014

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