- designer self talk
- January 9th, 2014
Hey you. How do you expect to create anything new, boundary-pushing, and/or original if what you primarily derive inspiration from is interesting stuff that's already been made? Yeah yeah yeah great artists steal, but you have to look elsewhere; you have to look EVERYWHERE. Keep experimenting; try recreating feelings, expressions, experiences, thoughts, senses in your work, whether they're beautiful or not. Break convention -- you're being inspired by the work of people who already have.
Remember those gorgeous abstract paintings you discovered that you couldn't even believe were things that YOU had made? That was because you saw something interesting and tried to paint it in a way that no one had done before. You know the rules now; you've been doing this too long to play it safe. Forget the lines between design and art -- it's time to break things.