INSPIRATION People

List designers and others who inspire. Include some information about the designer or artist, and provide links and/or supporting images.

Eleanor Grosch

Graphic Designer - Print and Fashion
(http://www.pushmepullyoudesign.com/)

Eleanor Grosch is a wonderful designer with a fresh style that incorporates animals in humorous, simplistic geometric forms. Her colour choices are very pleasing to the eye, and her characters are cute with a retro-flare. You may have seen some of her designs featured on Keds slip-on shoes, as well as Alien Workshop Skateboards.

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A concert poster for the band Death Cab For Cutie



Chris Guthrie

Graphic Designer - Web Design
(http://www.simplisticdesigns.com/index.php )

Chris Guthrie is a graphic designer who has been in the field for over 12 years. He specializes in web design (using HTML and CSS), but also does print design, application development, and 3D animation.

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GETWISE WEBSITE



Gerard Way

My Chemical Romance(http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/graphic-books-best-seller-list-april-11/#more-8465)

Readers who prefer their superheroes to be a little off-center and semi-dysfunctional should look no further than “Umbrella Academy,” which hits our paperback list at No. 5. The series, written by Gerard Way, the lead singer of the rock band My Chemical Romance, is about the adulthood reunion of seven special children who were protectors of the world.

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Lorraine Wild

Green Dragon Office
(http://www.greendragonoffice.com/ )

Lorraine Wild is a graphic designer based in Los Angeles, who owns the design firm Green Dragon Office. The online portfolio showcases the designers' work within publications, websites, posters, and videos. I really like the green dragon website itself - it's organized and really easy to navigate.


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Andrew Bell

(http://www.drawnline.net)

Andrew Bell is an grahpic designer whose interests lie between art and coding. His online portfolio includes projects he's worked on professionally as well as on his own. He is a really inspiring artist and you should really check out the type of movements and interactivity he can create. Have fun playing around with his works!

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Douglas Bowman

(http://www.stopdesign.com)

Douglas Bowman is a graphic designer currently working as the Creative Director for Twitter. He works in a small design team and his work can be seen in websites like Google and Blogger, where he does interface design for the websites themselves, as well as some web-based applications like Google Calendars.

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Bowman's design for Blogger
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Bowman's design for the Wired News website


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Hillman Curtis

(http://www.hillmancurtis.com/)

Hillman Curtis is an American new media designer, author and filmmaker. His website features short films about artists, designers and musicians including Milton Glaser, David Carson, and Philip Glass. A really good place to visit if you need some inspiration or a reminder as to why you're in design (pickmeup) !
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Christian Faur

(http://www.christianfaur.com)

Christian Faur is an artist who works with many different mediums, from paintings to crayons. He tries to challenge the idea of art by finding new ways of creating art. His latest exhibition is his crayon series, where he uses hand-cast crayons to create an image.

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- Impressive works, very inspirational. His crayon pieces are especially interesting.


Nicholas Feltron

(http://www.feltron.com)

Nicholas Feltron is a graphic designer based in NYC. He creates entertaining and highly informative personal annual reports about his own life. He also develops Daytum, 'a home for communicating and developing your daily data.'

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Jeff Han


Jeff Han is a research scientist for NYU, and he is one of the main developers for the multi-touch interface.
“After years of research on touch-driven computer displays, Jeff Han has created a simple, multi-touch, multi-user screen interface that just might herald the end of the point-and-click era.”

I think it‘s amazing how he managed to create an interactive platform between computers and humans. It has been three years since the debut of this video, and we have seen this concept being used by companies like Apple (itouch). I think it's time that they finally introduce the multi-user screen interface for the computer! Honestly, I can't wait to use it, because I really think it's an amazing idea.

Jeff Han: Human-computer interface designer


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Jonathan Harris

(http://www.number27.org)

Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist who works primarily through the Internet. He creates some really interesting tools that convert information on the web into a more graphic, visually interesting format.

ALSO CHECK OUT: An exploration of human emotion, in six movements by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar @ (http://www.wefeelfine.org)

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Audrey Kawasaki

(http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com)

Audrey Kawasaki is a Los Angeles-based painter who specializes in oil painting on wood. Her style is reminiscent of Japanese Manga and can be described as Art Nouveau. She is considered a rising star in the Los Angeles art scene.

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Karl Kliem

(http://www.dienststelle.de)

I've just come across the work of Dienststelle, or Karl Kliem. as his website states:
"Karl Kliem is a founding member of Frankfurt based media lab MESO. He is developing realtime audio and video systems. Diverse works in the area of multimedia, webdesign, TV-design, music- and soundproduction for films and interactive installations. He is also a member of Involving Systems and founder of the label Dienststelle. Since 2007 he has a lectureship at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach within the faculty of Electronic Media."

From what I've seen, his visual work is extremely beautiful and simplistic, especially those concerned with music. for instance, the video below is called Berlin, which is a video he created for Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto. some of my other favourites are Geschlossene Kist and Trioon I, another video created for Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto.



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Ken Rinaldo

(http://www.kenrinaldo.com)

Ken Rinaldo is an American interactive artist who uses a combination of robotic technology and life to create interactive art installations. His works are influenced by living systems theories, inter species communication, artificial life research, and the concept of emergent properties. He is best known for his work Augmented fish reality where the installation allows Siamese fighting fish (Betta Splenden) to move robotic fish bowls under their own control.

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Benjamin van Dyke

(http://www.benjaminvandyke.com)

Benjamin van Dyke is a designer that works a lot with typography. Van Dyke worked in the advertising industry for a while and has been involved in more than 30 exhibitions around the world. He has designed many posters and book covers for various events and has done many inspiring projects.

All of the ideas presented in his portfolio are very unique and contemporary! I really recommend checking his webpage out when you have time.

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Jared Tarbell

(Complexification)

Jared Tarbell is a computer programmer who specializes in Processing. All of his works are breathtaking - they are really amazing. I highly recommend checking out his site - he has a vast collection of the stuff that he has created. One particular thing that I absolutely love is the inclusion of his thought processes, and the images that lead up to his final piece. If there is one guy you should check out today, it should be this guy.

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John Thackara

(http://www.thackara.com)

John Thackara, described as a "design guru, critic and business provocateur" by Fast Company, is the Director of Doors of Perception, a design futures network based in Amsterdam and Bangalore. He is the author of twelve books, among others Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (1987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s Tale (1995). He has lectured in more than forty countries. If you are interested in design and sociology, I would suggest reading his book, "In the Bubble".

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Edward Fella

(http://www.edfella.com/index.html)

Edward Fella is an artist and graphic designer whose work has had an important influence on contemporary typography here and in Europe. He practiced professionally as a commercial artist for 30 years before receiving an MFA in Design in 1987. He devotes his time to teaching and his own unique self-published work which has appeared in many design publications and anthologies. His work is currently in the National Design Museum and the MOMA in New York.

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David Carson

(http://www.davidcarsondesign.com )

David Carson is principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc. with offices in Del Mar, Aalifornia and Zurich Switerland. The International Center for Photography in New York singled out Carson as the "Designer of the Year" for his use of photography and design. Print Magazine proclaimed his work "Brilliant," while USA Today described it as "visually stunning." Carson currently serves as Creative Director for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. His work continues to be subjective and largely driven by intuition, with an emphasis on reading material before designing it, and experimenting with ways to communicate in a variety of mediums.

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Julie Joliat

(http://www.joliat.net )

Julie Joliat is a freelance Graphic Designer who pursues her career between the two key graphic centers of the Netherlands and Switzerland. Based in Zurich, she works mainly with artistic and cultural medium in the field of design. Abroad, she has been accumulating valuable experience by working in different studios (Lust and Barlock, and Hague), and later on by freelancing mostly for the art and fashion magazine 'BABY!,' (as well as other magazines). More recently, she has worked with 'Work in Progress' for 'Self Service Magazine,' and with Angelo Cirimele for 'Magazine' and 'Le Printemps de Septembre,' both located in Paris.

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Stefan Sagmeister

(http://www.sagmeister.com )

Stefan Sagmeister studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and later received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York. He began his design career at the age of 15 at "Alphorn", an Austrian Youth magazine, which is named after the traditional Alpine musical instrument. In 1991, he moved to Hong Kong to work the Leo Burnett's Hong Kong Design Group. In 1993, he returned to New York to work Tibor Kalman's M&Co design firm. His tenure there was short lived, as Kalman soon decided to retire from the design business to edit Colors magazine for the Benetton Group in Rome.

Stefan Sagmeister proceeded to form the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner. Sagmeister Inc. has employed designers including Martin Woodtli; and Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker, who later formed Karlssonwilker.

Stefan Sagmeister is a long-standing artistic collaborator with musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed. He is the author of the design monograph "Made You Look" which was published by Booth-Clibborn editions.

Solo shows of Sagmeister Inc.'s work have been mounted in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Japan, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, and Seoul. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Arts in New York and has been appointed as the Frank Stanton Chair at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. He has received a Grammy Award in 2005 in Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for art directing Once in a Lifetime box set by Talking Heads.

His motto is "Design that needed guts from the creator and still carries the ghost of these guts in the final execution."
Sagmeister goes on a year-long sabbatical around every 7 years, where he does not take work from clients. Currently on one in Bali, Indonesia, he is resolute about this, even if the work is tempting, and has displayed this by declining an offer to design a poster for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Sagmeister spends the year experimenting with personal work and refreshing himself as a designer.

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Marc Atlan

(http://www.marcatlan.com )

Franco-American Creative Director Marc Atlan is the founder of "Marc Atlan Design, Inc.," where he conceptualizes and produces ad campaigns and catalogues, logos and brand identities, perfume packagings, magazine designs as well as store displays and installations. His diverse roster of clients features Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford, and many more. Over the course of almost two decades, Marc Atlan has been recognized internationally by more than thirty competitions and designations, including winning a Gold Award at the One Show, winning Best Packaging of the Year by I.D. Magazine and receiving a Best Packaging Design at the European FiFi Awards. He holds the honor of having his work being featured as a Top 10 Design of the Year by Time Magazine, and he is also a prize-winning published photographer.

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Jeff Kleinsmith

(http://www.patentpendingindustries.com )

Jeff Kleinsmith is a designer from Seattle. He is the art director for sub pop records and I have been a fan of his work for a while. He has done hundreds of concert posters for bands such as The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie and more. Check it out!
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