Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby Almo50 » February 3rd, 2013, 6:04 pm


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Who are your hero's and inspirations in your industry?

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby yo » February 3rd, 2013, 9:26 pm

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I'll put mine into a few personal categories, an incomplete working list:

The Architects:
Eliot Noyes
Charles Eames
Eero Saarinen
Achille Castiglioni
Arne Jacobsen

The Founders:
Raymond Loewy
Walter Dorwin Teague
Brooks Stevens
Norman Belle Geddes
Jacob Jensen

The Practitioners:
Richard Seymour and Dick Powell
Hartmut Esslinger
Bill Mitchell
Dieter Rams
Giorgio Giugiaro

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Postby tltoledo » February 4th, 2013, 5:33 am


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Walter Gropius
James Dyson
Yves Behar
Chris Bangle

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby engio » February 4th, 2013, 6:26 am


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Aesthetics wise, something attributed to the following individuals usually makes an impression on me:
Arne Jacobsen
Zaha Hadid
Ross Lovegrove
Marc Newson
Jasper Morrison
Naoto Fukasawa

My design heros - those who designed the products I love and use everyday - are usually nameless . I don't care much either, knowing that designers quite often claim (or get) far too much credit for anything successful on the market. Kinda like the iPod clickwheel is wrongly attributed to Jony Ives.

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Postby tltoledo » February 4th, 2013, 6:42 am


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But cant we attribute it to Steve Jobs?

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby Mr-914 » February 4th, 2013, 8:07 am

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My dad
Louis Sullivan
Koen de Winter
Prof. Paul Rothstein

I can be inspired by the work attributed to some of the other names, but I can't say I'm inspired by the designers. I don't know them or how they work. Therefore, my list is made up of people that I know to some degree, other than Louis Sullivan. I keep running across stories about Sullivan that inspire me, so I'll give him the credit for that.
Ray Jepson

"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at...." Thoreau

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby iab » February 4th, 2013, 9:25 am


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Newton
da Vinci
Michelangelo
Mendel
Einstein
Giacometti
Tesla/Edison

I realize that Giacometti really doesn't fit in with that crowd. It's more of a personal indulgence.

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby Damien_ » February 4th, 2013, 8:27 pm


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Luigi Colani

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby sondre_m » February 4th, 2013, 8:59 pm


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Massimo Vignelli
Arne Jacobsen
Jan Tschichold
(can I be cliché and add Jonathan Ive? And Le Corbusier?)

...my head is frozen. I'll add more when they reappear ;)

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby slippyfish » February 5th, 2013, 12:59 pm

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Kenya Hara
Lebbeus Woods
Scott Wilson (even before KS)
Marc Newson
Santiago Calatrava
Tadao Ando
Herzog & de Meuron (the de Young museum in SF)

I seem to get a lot more inspiration from architecture than from ID. There is much more written/printed about buildings and the practice of architecture; this is probably due to the permanence and large-ness, rather than just this season's new gadget/brand/trend.

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby pier » February 7th, 2013, 6:31 pm


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For a life commitment to total design: the duo of Antoni Gaudi and Josep Jujols, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

The first industrial designer, and still the most impressive, Leonardo daVinci.

Maurits Escher because "All art is regular division of the plane." and "Perspective: my best friend and my greatest enemy."

I am constantly motivated by nameless and faceless designers toiling away on no-profile projects that show brilliant design in unlikely products and unexpected locations.

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby zippyflounder » February 10th, 2013, 5:03 pm


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a un sung hero Jim Hall the creator of so many system's, aspects and even look of modern racing (and some production cars too) cars.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaparral_Cars

Re: Your Design hero's / inspirations

Postby davidwhetstone » February 11th, 2013, 2:32 am

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Michael Jager. JDK.

Only met him twice, but his talk at a conference I attended flipped my thinking completely.

On how he evaluates work, "Would I steal it?" I'm not sure if I'll ever get to the point I'd steal something I've made, but I'm sure trying.

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