Inspiration Lab


10 tips on being a graphic designer
October 13, 2011, 7:45 am
Filed under: Inspiration, This and That

I was asked to create a list of 10 tips on being a graphic designer, listmaking is very hip huh? ;-) So I thought I’d share my list with you guys. Totally subjective of course, make your own!

1. Always take the road less travelled, sometimes take the road with the most obstacles and learn from overcoming them.

2. Never think what a solution SHOULD be, but what it COULD be.

3. Never let technology/craft be a hindrance of going with a good idea, figure it out!

4. See things from another angle; see it from far away, up really close, from underneath or on top, pull it apart and put it back together in a different way.

5. Do good with what you have available. There is beauty in everything, you might just have to look a little harder to find it!

6. Perfection is sometimes the imperfect.

7. If something is good enough, is it really good?

8. Breathe! Timeout!

9. See mistakes as detours rather than mistakes.

10. Helvetica is hardly ever the answer, merely a placeholder.



Gemma Correll
October 6, 2011, 7:26 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Inspiration

I really admire the people who are a part of this “Do something cretive everyday” wave. Taking time each day to do a continuing project. I applaud you! Like Gemma Correll. She has done visual diary entries and they are just so darn cute. She’s apparently starting to do a book and I’ll be excited to see that when it’s done.

See more: http://gemmacorrell-dailydiaries.blogspot.com/



Damien Poulain
September 26, 2011, 7:37 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art, Inspiration

It’s been  a liiiiiittle quiet here at the lab these days, have been super busy! But I’m back in full swing with Damien Poulain, it’s time for a bit of fun right? I noticed the work that Damien did in an exhibition curated by Erik Kessels exploring what graphic design is. Damien’s candy masks was a real treat (pun intended!) for me as I am a designer who loves to do stuff with my hands too. Enjoy! (sorry for any instant sugar cravings). Also LOVE the totem series that he did, they somehow seam like an homage to the Eames dolls.

See more: http://damienpoulain.com

 



Anthony Burrill
September 20, 2011, 7:33 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Typography

I don’t know what it is about the type work by Anthony Burrill I just really like the simplicity and strong colours…and in the words of Mr. Burrill “I like it. What is it?”

See more: http://www.anthonyburrill.com



It’s competition time!
September 6, 2011, 10:58 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Inspiration

Here’s a great opportunity for all you guys out there: to win a ticket to the CPH design 2011 conference!

The 21st of September will be a great day at our little school in Copenhagen and here’s your chance to attend. All of our speakers are from abroad and we’d like to give them a good stay in Copenhagen. That’s where I need your help! Write the best tip on Copenhagen that you would like to give our speakers and you might be rewarded a free pass to the conference (conference only, I’m not covering your travel expenses I’m afraid :-)). The tip can be fun, beautiful, educational or just plain nuts, give it your best shot! The winner will be announced on monday the 12th of september. Write your suggestion as a comment to this post.

Also, if you attend the conference make sure you come and say hello to me! :-)



CPH Design 2011
August 30, 2011, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Inspiration

Just a quick reminder that you should DEFINITELY attend the CPH Design 2011 conference. It will be a magnificent day with lots of my big heroes speaking. Don’t miss!

See more about the conference. Here’s just a little taste of a few of the speakers.

Hort (Eike König)

Marian Bantjes



Otherworldly
July 26, 2011, 7:11 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Inspiration

The other day I went to see the exhibition Otherworldly at MAD in New York. It is a strange collection of miniature scapes but definitely worth seeing. The craft of doing these pieces is nuts! Here’s just a few images I snapped on my iPhone.

See more on the exhibion.



Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
July 22, 2011, 11:31 am
Filed under: Inspiration

Am a little behind on the posting as I am enjoying scorching summer in New York. But I HAVE to share the McQueen exhibition with you as it is the most beautiful, sexy, creepy and inspiring thing I have ever seen! I actually cried when I reached the end of it! Has never happenede before. It’s at the Met and you should walk through burning coals to see it. These photos doesn’t really do it justice as the exhibition design in itself is also breathtaking (you can see a bit on one photo below) but you kinda get an idea of the pieces. The man was a genius!

See info on the exhibition and a few more pieces: http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/

 



Parliament
July 4, 2011, 8:02 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, This and That

OK I haven’t changed the focus of this blog to interior design but I just have to show you the wonderful settings of Parliament, a Portland based design studio. Isn’t it just lovely??? I’m sure it’s wonderful to work there. It reminds me a little bit of Hello Monday in Århus. Hey, send me links to pics of your spaces if you’ve made them all nice and inspiring.

See more: http://parliamentdesign.com/headquarters/



Nea Machina
May 21, 2011, 7:25 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art, Inspiration

Yesterday I went to see the most briliant talk at Typo by twins Martin and Thomas Poschauko. They’ve done a book about creativity and they showed various series from the book. Basically the book is about how many variations of one piece you can actually do, and it’s a BIG book. In this project they had two components, a portrait of a man and the words Nea Machina. Here’s just a few pages from the book and the trailer. Please go see the videos on the webpage to get the full Nea Machina experience!

See more: http://www.neamachina.com




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