I used to get my design ideas from magazines like House & Garden and Belle. I still like reading them but there was a sameness that meant i could pick up a magazine from 3 or 4 years ago and not always get a sense of movement in design.
It led me to look for other sources of inspiration that didnt have quite the single focus on interior design. What about furniture design, architectural impossibilities, 3D manufacturing….?
So where have I been inspired over the past year?
ABC Radio National’s ‘By Design‘ has been great. I love that show! Great interviews (even if the presenter, Alan Saunders, occasionally tends to sigh deeply in the background when women are the guests! Funny he doesn’t edit that out on his podcasts!).
Podcasts have changed my world! It’s truly amazing that I can listen to anything and everything from around the world whenever and wherever I want. My car has become my comms suite, flicking between podcasts from the BBC, ABC anywhere around the world… subjects like project management, Entrepreneurs from the UK.
Indesign, online magazine, is very interesting and looks forward and backward with stimulating articles, stories on design, talks about current projects, global designers, parties! Fun.
Audible gives me talking books… more for my comms suite I can download the latest novels, non-fiction, classics (I listened to Wuthering Heights recently and had never remembered it being so bleak! GAD! I wanted to exile Heathcliffe AND Cathy!) and to do this i have to thank….Apple.
Apple’s beautiful, clever smart phones have given me accessibility to information on design and everything else the digital world can provide. What did we do before we had the world in our hand?! I love it and I hate it! It takes up my time while filling my hours with wonderful information and ideas i would never have been able to access just three years ago. I read a stat recently that 90% of the data existing in the world today was created in the last 2 years. A wild world we’re living in.
As if all that wasnt enough, I travelled for a month this year. And that is the greatest creative inspiration one can experience in my opinion. France, Germany, Holland, Norway, England…. I visited them all this year. I saw the rebuilding of Berlin, the decay of Amsterdam and the noise and aliveness of London… all so stimulating.
So the year was full of ideas, full of change, full of depressing people trying to convince us the world will end because it’s too hot, too cold, too full, to mean, too selfish……..yes, it probably is but it’s also full of ideas and creativity and novelty and mad crazy designers and creators turning the impossible into the possible. Roll on 2012….. whatever will happen next!?