Friday, February 20, 2009

The Objects of Inspiration

Many Artists and Designers can agree that the most mundane everyday items can be a source of inspiration. Sometimes the inspiration lies in the way these items are constructed, the color of the item, or simply the material used to make them. Below are some examples of items that inspired some of my designs. For instance, an ordinary metal IKEA trash bin served as inspiration for a perforated mesh sign face for MAC Fitness.
The material and construction of metal venetian office blinds was my inspiration for a restaurant entrance sign.
The edge of my laptop's monitor served as my inspiration for construction of a fabric awning frame.
The translucent material of a ballpoint pen inspired some of my translucent sign letters. Lastly, the translucent cutting mat with printed surface served as my inspiration for a custom, translucent, matte finish ADA elevator floor level indicator.
Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. You just have to be open to finding it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Design by Committee

This is just a random post linking to a YouTube video clip of one of my favorite scenes of 'The Fountainhead'. It is a good scene. Not as good as Howard Roark's defense speech, which I also highly recommend taking the time to watch. There are also clips of his courtroom speech on YouTube.

Design by Committee - 'The Fountainhead'