Looking for some inspiration? Look no further than our list below. We’ll be continuously adding both inspiring creators, as well as creations themselves that inspire. Reading about the titans of creative inspiration will surely spark your next great idea.
Postage stamp design.
The first postage stamp designs were produced in the 1840s. Designers needed to maintain the standards of shape, identity system, and contents. Usually, the designs were centered around illustrations of royalty, presidents and other political figures.
Gradually, new designs began to be created; some were accepted, and some weren’t. It was a very conservative sphere; therefore, changes took time.
One element of the postage stamp, perforations, was adopted only ten years after its first appearance in 1850. Before then, it was necessary to use scissors or other cutting mechanisms.
Stamp design usually fall into one of four categories:
- Portrait bust – profile or full-face
- Emblem/logo – coat of arms, flag or national symbol, for instance
- Numeric – a design built around a numeral value or a date
- Pictorial – plants, animals, public figures, history, landscapes, artwork, and more
Today, postage stamps aren’t widely used any longer; therefore, good stamp design does not receive extensive publicity. However, if you are a designer or an artist and you get a chance to create a new stamp design, it will most likely be an exciting project in your professional life! We want to share with you our best inspirations, and we invite you to collect them and share your own with us!
Anyone who looks at this post may understandably think to themselves, “Yes, I saw these designs once upon a time!”
Well, the name of the creator behind these classic beauties is that of Alexander Girard. Though he studied and practiced architecture, much of his work focused primarily on textile design.
His many pieces prominently featured geometric patterns and abstract forms in various bright colors. He frequently collaborated with big firms like Vitra, Maharam, AMMO and Herman Miller.
An innovative designer, Massimo has brought beauty to many different fields.
His most well-known work has literally helped millions of people figure out where they are, where they’re going, and how to get there. How many designers have been able to manipulate the form-follows-function paradigm as well as he did with the iconic NYC subway map?
Pelican Books is our latest visual inspiration, and though it may seem like an odd choice, it will become much more obvious why we love them when you see their designs.
Pelican Books was created to be an inexpensive line of paperback books by the Penguin publishing house. It helped make reading accessible for many people and covered a broad spectrum of subjects including architecture, music, science, and more.
The covers of Pelican Books are ingrained in our heads, due to their simple and intuitive designs, which we believe is the best way to make design make sense for the masses. Just look at them, and maybe it will help you create something beautiful this week!
British designer, Peter Saville, became famous due to his great work with Factory Records.
It all started with the first Factory poster, FAC 1, and from there Saville continued to influence the design of all Factory products (album covers, singles, t-shirts, and more). So a Factory design catalog was born.
His album covers are among the most famous in the world. He pioneered some major changes to the priorities of album design, for example, moving the track list from the cover to the inside. He made imagery the center of the album cover and gave us all visual cues to match with the music inside.
Saville famously refused to cooperate with deadlines. One time, when asked to design a card for a party, he spent a lot of time creating a beautiful card. People loved it when they finally saw it – one week after the party.
His style is a 2D-format – like a faithful graphic designer! So many times, people have accused him of plagiarism, but he disregards these claims as irrelevant in the postmodern era: he finds it interesting to rework things that already exist, without parodying them.
Saville has collaborated with and been contracted by many iconic clients, including Jil Sander, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and more.
What do you think of Saville’s design?
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames created timeless design pieces that are so iconic you have definitely seen them over and over again adorning TV sets, featured on the big screen, and framing photoshoots. Here at the IM Creator office, we have all dreamt about having a lounge full of Eames furniture
These talented brothers succeeded in creating a grid format that we still see across modern furniture and storage units inspired by their design. The passage of time can be marked by dates, events, times, and even design – the Eames brothers iconic work certainly left an indelible mark on history.
We’d like to introduce you to graphic artist and master of Japanese graphic design, Kazumasa Nagai
He is one of the major pioneers of graphic design in Japan. From the first time you experience one of his innovative works, you can’t forget it. Despite their individual impact and influence, there’s also a good chance that you won’t recognize all of his works, as he has a varied style.
We are really in love with his animal creations. He didn’t try to be regular or even understood, even when doing an ad for Nikon!
Don’t laugh yet, there is more than meets the eye here. Let’s take a look at the evolution of Emoji and you’ll understand exactly what we mean.
Since the Tower of Babel, people have been seeking to create an international language. Esperanto was one such attempt, but unfortunately it never quite took off :/
Almost accidentally, we have come up with a language that just might fit the bill – emoji!
In this post, we going to see how is advance from 1997 to our day!
1982 – Scott Fahlman was the first to use the emoticons 🙂 and 🙁
These were his suggestions for showing emotion in text.
1997 – The first emojis were made for the SkyWalker DP-211SW mobile phone
1999 – The second generation of emoji was created by Shigetaka Kurita for mobile service i-mode in Japan. 176 emojis in color!
2008 – Emojis got the Apple treatment – but only in Japan, unless you jailbroke your iPhone.
2009 – Apple released emojis for worldwide use.
2011 – Emoji became part of the keyboard on iPhones!
2012 – Because sharing is caring, now we have couples in our keyboard!
2015 – While not quite 50 shades of grey, emojis did get new, non-yellow skin tones! Also, new emojis were added and a few were removed or modified. For example, the revolver evolved into a squirt gun.
Today we have 157 emojis from the last upgrade in 2018. With so many symbols available to use in our communication, emojis have entered the regular lexicon of nearly every smartphone and social media user.
Feel free to comment on this inspiration choice – in emoji if at all possible 😉