Is it fair to say we live in a society where beauty is a priority? I certainly think so. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or the writer’s at Us Weekly, E! Network, and the like), we are often inspired by the most unlikely of sources.
There’s a reason everyone knows that fashion inspires art inspires music. The world of creativity bleeds inspiration.
So, let’s stop being graphic designers, web designers, and artists for a minute……
…..and get inspired by ……………
In the past few decades, street art/graffiti art/etc. has formed a tight knit community and world of respect amongst creative individuals at large. MASTERPIECES, literally masterpieces, don the backs of buildings in the projects, railroad underpasses, and sometimes residential fences.
Design inspiration doesn’t have to be so literal. Sometimes, it’s not what you see, but rather what you hear or feel. Music is the perfect example of this. You might be Jones’ing on some super awesome singer/songwriter, but busting your melodic cycle is a phenomenal way to gain insight. It’s the reason I listen to dirty hip-hop when I’m boxing and classical music when I work. Different styles breed different products – sometimes with a refreshing outcome.
Foreign Package Design
Package design is definitely a more literal source of inspiration, but still inspiration nonetheless. Products that we use, hold, touch are special because they are not “cool” for the sole sake of being, or looking, cool. They offer more than what meets the eye.
I know it’s cliché to reference the Chrysler building in terms of architecture, but it really is a wondrous creation. The avant-garde nature screams fashion and innovation.
Textures & Colors
I am always so mesmerized by a particular stone. It’s called a Druze and it looks like a synthetic cluster of gems, but it exists naturally in all of its “bling-a-riffic” glory!
I consider design on all levels everyday at my New York web design firm. However, it’s certainly a lot more interesting to consider design from places that find us, as opposed to us searching for them.