How Designers & Artists Get Inspiration From Everyday Life


Great designers and artists know where to look for inspiration. They don’t have to go to showrooms or museums every time they need an idea. They learn how to be keen observers. They know how to find inspiration in the everyday.

Designers find inspiration and creativity in the streets, in music, in movies, and by watching people. They see the inspiration all around them, they become the inspiration. A ball of creativity.

"Whether It Be Personal Or Musical, I Just Think I'm A Walking Art Piece, Just A Ball Of Creativity." ~Chris Brown

How can you use inspiration from the every day like a designer?

Work Your Way To Creative Thinking

“You don’t think your way to creative work. You work your way to creative thinking.” George Nelson

How? By becoming a master observer. Start to notice what is around you. Look at your city like you are visiting it for the first time. What do you see? What would someone else see? What sounds do you hear? What colors POP out at you? Don’t take anything too literally. Realize that what stands out to you can be transferred across mediums and translated in different ways.

A fashion designer, for instance, may see some graffiti on the nearest wall and turn the boldest colors into a fabulous hat like this one: Color Block Nautical Hat. Or see a sunset over the desert and think, “What a great printed tee.”

Make Your Statement

Art makes a statement whether it is the clothes you wear or a painting hanging on the wall. An artist has a statement in mind that he or she wants to make. The Black Pyramid collection is nautical and sports inspired with a splash of street. Wearers make the statement that you can be hip and chill all at the same time.

Designers know that elf-expressions is crucial in their art. Their art is a part of them and makes a statement about who they are, how they feel, and what they do. Discover the emotion you want to convey with your art and express that.

“True artistic expression lies in conveying emotion.”  Angel Haze

Question Everything Around You

Something that the elements above have in common is questions. Question what you see. Question your emotions and your statement. Why did that designer combine navy with green? Why did that artist use that particular angle for his landscape. Why did she write “declaration” instead of “articulation?” There can be slight nuances behind what an artist does that he or she may not even be aware of. But, by observing and questioning, you can fuel your own creativity and method of expression.

Expand your view by looking beyond the obvious. And know that there will always be more questions.

“A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question which has been asked, and asks a new question.” Robert Engman

Whether you express yourself through what you wear or what you paint, through what you write or what you create, stay curious. See every new day as an opportunity to find the inspiration that fuels your life.