Let's see what the inspirations for the month of February 2013 are...
There seems to be a very colourful theme to this months inspirations, I must either be in a good mood or it is a manifestation of my love for colour, I'd like to think it's both. This month also sees the addition of four, brand new categories to my Inspirations of the Month; Architecture, Product, Graphic and Fashion. Bon appétit!
LINK OF THE MONTH
One thing a designer can never have too much of is inspiration. I've recently come across a blog called KIND that presents a diverse cross-section of culture, digital media, design and art.
|WARNING! YOU MAY GET STUCK THERE FOR HOURS!|
IMAGE OF THE MONTH
This image seems artificial but it is in fact a tapestry of Tulip fields in the Netherlands. The photographer, Normann Szkop must have had endless amounts of images to go through after this shoot!
|Aerial Photographs of Tulip Fields in the Netherlands by Normann Szkop|
VIDEO OF THE MONTH
I think this video is simply brilliant at interpreting Munch's famous 'The Scream' painting. It doesn't take its self too seriously and this, contrasted with the painters dark thoughts makes for one hell of an experience. Quite easily my video of the month. By Sebastian Cosor.
The Scream from Sebastian Cosor on Vimeo.
“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”Edvard Munch, 1893
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
For my first product of the month I want to share with you a Kickstarter project called Yolkr. It's always the simple, yet clever and helpful products that get me excited and the Yolkr is exactly that; simple, clever and helpful.
The two young designers behind the egg-yolk-sapping product are Kiwi's, Hamish Dobbie (Founder/Engineer) and Darin Bogardus (Industrial Designer). It also might be worth mentioning that Bogardus is a graduate from the same degree and university as me! Go Unitec!
ARCHITECTURE OF THE MONTH
As you may know, I have a huge passion for Architecture, in fact I studied a Bachelor of Architecture for several years before crossing over in to Product and Furniture Design. Architecture is a world of it's own and it's a world that I'm always keeping an eye on. I thought for my first post on Architecture I would share a photo of my favourite residential Architects, Fearon Hay. What I admire most about Fearon Hay's work is there ability to mould or dissipate their structures in to the landscape.
|Island Retreat, Waiheke Island, New Zealand (2011)|
GRAPHIC OF THE MONTH
My first graphic is actually a video... But it's a video of a super-wicked-Picture-Book-sketching-extraordinaire, who goes by the name of Oliver Jeffers. Cool work and a cool guy, check him out!
Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.
FASHION OF THE MONTH
I'm a sucker for kooky-provokative fashion, and I think I've just discovered my new avant guard fashion hero! What I love about Kim's aesthetic is the fun factor and the love and passion for her work which is very apparent in her designs, it makes me want to be... Happy! What more could you ask for?"MINJU KIM is the winner of H&M's 2013 Design Award. The South Korean designer hails from the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, studying under Walter Van Beirendonck and Dirk Van Saene - who are known for being the original members of the infamous Antwerp 6 design movement and champions of concept-based design." - Kristopher Arden-Houser for Vouge UK.
The composition of textures and pattern and well-crafted garments puts her up there with the best! A well deserved winner, I'll certainly be keeping an eye on her future.