Inspiration Lab

Zag Shahir
November 6, 2014, 12:20 pm
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Yesterday I did a talk about my dissertation on humour in graphic design. It was a great night. So now I just wanna pay  homage to one of the people who inspired me to do it a few years back, without even knowing him. I LOVE Mr. Zag Shahir, I feel he might be a long lost soulmate :-) Here’s a few of my fave Zags.

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Katja Windau
October 23, 2014, 7:27 am
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I do think creativity has a lot to do with being able to see beauty and possibilies in everything. Here’s a great example. These pieces by German artist Katja Windau are such beautiful compositions, but it’s “just” foamboards. The colours are so contemporary and I just love the large scale one.

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Chen Chen & Kai Williams
November 12, 2012, 11:27 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Inspiration

Something a little different today. But I just love when I can find inspiration in fields outside my own. Not sure what to call this dynamic duo, something in between product designers and artists. I came across their ‘meat on the bone’ project and was amazed with the texture and tangibility. But they’ve also done so much other great stuff always playing with what possibilities different materials have.

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George Michael Bower
September 14, 2012, 6:41 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Illustration/Art, Inspiration, Typography

Ohh how I just LOVE to see work like this. This is the stuff that I wish I saw much more of from my students, experimenting and getting their hands dirty. Unexpected great stuff always seam to happen when you go out on a limb. It’s made by pouring various coloured liquids over a transparent lasercut sheet of plexiglass. It looks amazing! Now don’t just sit there, go get your hands dirty! You have a whole weekend in front of you to do it! ;-)

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Sweet Meat by
August 17, 2012, 7:14 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Photography

OK it’s friday so I can do a weird post today right? How about a bit of meat dessert anyone? I really love this project because I think it’s so interesting to see how we react to contrast in content and execution and I think this is a brilliant example. Don’t you feel aesthetically fascinated and disgusted at the same time? And yes, it is real meat. The project was done by German Jasmin Schuller who calls what she does “visual entertainment”, how good does that look on a business card?!?! Nice!!!

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Stefan Sagmeister
March 15, 2012, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Inspiration

Another grand fave was of course my all time idol Stefan Sagmeister. I’ve seen this specific talk once before but I just don’t tire of hearing it. It is so uplifting! Stefan is doing a film about Happiness and he showed the first 12 minutes of it at the conference. Unfortunately it is nowhere online for you guys to see but here’s a little interview from Indaba (another conference) that explains a little bit about the reasons behind the project. I can’t wait to see the whole thing. The 12 minutes I’ve seen so far was freakin’ fantastic!!!

See more by The Man here:

Also check out the presentation video on the Kickstarter page (sorry, it won’t embed!). Kickstarter is a place you can use for microfunding and he he got the cash so we can only wait impatiently for the movie to be done.

The Concept Maker
November 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Filed under: Inspiration

My two brilliant colleagues Tine Kej and Katrine Granholm have just launched their first ever iPhone app. It’s FAB! If you were ever stuck in creative process (haven’t we all been?!) then here’s The Concept Maker to the rescue. Check out the case video to know more, go to the appstore and grab it, and let those good ideas come knocking!

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Yarn Bombing
November 7, 2011, 7:36 am
Filed under: Inspiration

I’m in the midst of a big knitting project in my sparetime at the moment so I’m just going nuts for everything knitted. That’s why I’m a HUGE fan of yarn bombing, street art done in yarn. How can this not put a smile on your face? Unfortunately I don’t know who did these (except for the motorcycle done by Kate Corbin) as I guess it’s kinda like graffiti. But Google the term and a world of colour and yarn will greet you!

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Antonio Roberts
November 2, 2011, 9:38 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Inspiration

I’ve been really fascinated with glitch art lately. I love when accidents turn out to be blessings in disguise and great unforeseen things happen. That’s why I was thrilled to find this little number by Antonio Roberts, a zine made entirely with glitch art. I think it’s really strong visually!

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Graphisms by Nebojsa Cvetkovic
October 28, 2011, 7:22 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Inspiration

These wonderful pieces have a few years on their back but I’ve only just come across them so I figure you might not have seen them either. I just love the little statements, really makes me laugh, especially the one that says “It’s the girl who likes my work. She’s so pretty and special”.

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