Designers strive to be original, forward thinking and unique but this can seem challenging when it feels like everything has already been designed. We all get stuck for ideas from time to time and tend to rely on the Internet for inspiration. Instead of turning to Google for help: take a more active approach and use the world around you to find your inspiration.
Some of the best design can be found in the natural world so it is not surprising that so many designers take their inspiration from within nature. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright are all known to use organic forms and shapes within their works. It is thought that the spiral stair structure of The Guggenheim Museum was based on the shape of a Nautilus shell and the radial symmetry of a spider web inspired the design of the skylight.
The Guggenheim Museum, New York 1937 – Frank Lloyd Wright
People, music, architecture and history are other great forms of inspiration. However, some designers have found theirs in more unusual places:
Swans Reflecting Elephants 1937 – Salvadore Dali
Louis Vuitton and Kusama concept store at Selfridges, London 2012 – Yayoi Kusama
Design inspiration can be found everywhere and the more you open your mind, the more you can discover. Fashion designers can find inspiration within history; artists can find it in music and architects can even take inspiration from nature. Don’t just stick to what you know. Great design encompasses a collection of ideas that flow from exploring different cultures, lifestyles and eras.
Explore outside the boundaries, take inspiration from something you love and look at things with a new perspective.