Tag Archives: inspiration

Evan Stremke

13 May

Evan Stremke is a Madison, WI-based graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative thinker. He’s currently working for Planet Propaganda, but does a fair amount of work on the side. Evan seems to have somewhat of an obsession with history. What was the reason it happened, the impact it caused, and the aftermath of the event all seem to be part of each piece he creates. One of his on-going projects is the Invitation to an Assassination series. Not only does it glorify the person who’s life was cut short, but what role these powerful leaders had in our society.

Another project Evan is working on and just announced earlier this week is his Momentus Project. He describes it as “The visualization of the most defining moments in United States history.” This list includes wars, expeditions, the birth of flight, natural and man-made catastrophes, and presidential elections. I can’t wait to see some of these summed up in one image. It’s bound to be strong and meaningful.

Check out Evan’s thoughts on twitter, shots on dribbble, and his DesignerMX mix, too.

Thank you for the inspiration, Evan. I’m excited to see what’s to come.

(via Darren Booth/twitter)

Grain and Gram

29 Apr

Grain and Gram: the New Gentleman’s Journal, is a website that features true craftsman. The layout of this site is very mathematical. Clean, crispy, full of wonderful illustrations/graphs, white space, and nice typography. The videos and photos are absolutely beautiful. While watching the video of Nick Sambrato, a letterpress printer from Orlando, FL, I kept looking behind me because it felt like I was secretly looking at something I shouldn’t have been. It’s like craftsman porn. My favorite thing about this site is that through these profiles, you can tell these guys truly love what they do, and that means a lot.

I can’t wait to see more from Grain and Gram.

(via Parliament)

Designers.mx

18 Apr

If you haven’t seen/heard of Designers.mx before, consider this your introduction. Designers.mx was started and run by graphic designer Blake Allen and web designer/developer Josh Sullivan, both based in Nashville, TN.

Here’s how they explain what this is all about:

Mixes created and designed, by designers. Designers.MX is about discovering new music. Music that drives our favorite designers, and allowing them to create a unique cover design for each of their individual playlists. A daily music and design masterpiece.

So each chosen designer picks ten songs, and designs album art for that mix. I have been listening and admiring these mixes and pieces of design since I found out about the site. A fantastic idea that keeps growing. Plus, if indie rock isn’t your thing, there are other types of music represented…but there is plenty of indie rock, from what I’ve listen to so far. I’m excited to watch this site and community grow. Music and design are two peas in a pod, which has been laid out over a 3/6 grid, using a sans serif typeface and utilizing white space.

Mig Reyes

8 Apr

Mig Reyes is a Chicago, IL-based interactive designer, graphic designer, illustrator, instructor, writer, advice-sharer, cookie-eater, and the list goes on and on. It’s safe to say, Mig has a well-balanced, design-centered head on his shoulders. Not only does he work for one of the coolest companies out there (Threadless), he also is all about sharing. He started Humble Pied, a website featuring practicing design professionals sharing their words of wisdom to anyone who will listen, but mostly aimed toward creative types. Being able to see and hear well-known designers/thinkers contribute personal advice makes it feel like I’m sitting down for a chat with them. What a fantastic concept! I’m definitely adding this site to my “I suck at design and am a pointless person with giant ears and an ugly face” inspiration bookmark folder.

I’m extremely excited to hear Mig speak at Ad2 Roanoke’s Student Portfolio Review tomorrow. Maybe I’ll even touch his hand with my hand and we’ll move them in an up-and-down motion.

See more of Mig’s work at dribbble and flickr.

Where do ideas come from?

3 Mar

(comic via D&AD)

This comic made me think; where do most of my ideas come from? Sometimes I look at design books, magazines, read blogs, or scour the intertubes. For me, websites like Creattica, FFFFound, and Under Consideration can do wonders if I’m burnt out and need something to give my creative mind a jump-start. Other times, I’ll get an idea when I’m away from my desk; playing dodgeball, playing cars and blocks with my 2-year old son, folding laundry, taking out the trash, or feeding the cat. Sometimes, I’m not sure where the next idea is going to come from. Then again, there’s always last-minute panic.

Where do your ideas come from?