I’m always on the lookout for design inspiration. It can come from anywhere, and take on many forms. I think it’s that always curious about learning new things, or looking for new ideas. One of the latest things that has sucked up a huge amount of my time is the AIGA Medalist playlist on YouTube. If you’re looking to be inspired, look no further. 44 videos averaging about 3 and a half minutes in length. The latest video is below. All 44 are at the link above.
Don’t think of the video below in terms of firearms. I don’t care if you are for them or against them. That isn’t what this is about. The film below is a collaboration between Kessler Crane and The Delivery Men about the art and craft of hand engraving. Their goal was to capture the story and art form of engraver, Gerry Beathard, and they have done it. Through out the short film Beathard narrates how he became involved, why he does it, and where the satisfaction comes from. I think his words, are applicable to any profession. It’s all in the details.
Back in the early to mid 1980’s CalArts was my college of choice. Unfortunately I had no scholarships, or financial aid to get me there after being accepted, so I went to art school elsewhere. I have no regrets, it hasn’t hampered my career or creativity in the slightest. At the end of the day, what you learn in college isn’t what you practice in your career of choice, and that is especially true in the ever shifting world of design and the visual arts.
The video below is John Lasseter’s commencement speech for the CalArts graduating class of 2014. It is presented to fresh faced, eager to start their career, wide-eyed graduates that will go on to create amazing works of art and design in ways we can’t even imagine yet. We have all been there. If someone had told me back then, that I would be working with the tools I have today, making the things I make, I probably would have laughed at them. Here is Lasseter’s words of wisdom on making the transition from student to pro, and staying inspired along the way. The first five minutes are introductions, just incase you want to skip to the core of the speech.
Located in West Centeral France Domaine de Boisbuchet holds a summer exhibit related to design and architecture. This years show “The Fabric of Life” focused on Boro the art of traditional Japanese patchwork textiles. If you happen to be traveling to France, you can see the exhibit first hand through September 15th.
“The Fabric of Life” comprises approximately 50 pieces that is composed of a collection of ingeniously repaired futon covers, kimonos, work garments, and other hand made, household textiles. These items were created by Japanese peasants between 1850 and 1950 using leftover, indigo dyed cotton.