Inspirations from art

4 May 2009 - 6:23pm
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Alan James Salmoni
2008

When it comes to designing, is anyone here greatly influenced by
things outside of what we normally design? By this, I mean primarily
any particular artists or movements (eg, minimalism, abstract,
Picasso etc) If so, how did your design change? Or does music play a
role? We've discussed what music we listen to when working but I
sometimes find that listening to particular types of music influences
the mood of my designs. For example, listening to Mark Hollis' solo
album inspires a stark look, but this gets richer with David Sylvian,
and more 'out there' (rock and roll!) when listening to the
Stereophonics.

I'd be interested in seeing any examples of things designed by
IxDers with a particular influence behind.

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4 May 2009 - 6:37pm
Angel Marquez
2008

The first mac I ever owned was sold to me by a friend/co-worrker etc. When I
first booted it up a dialog box appeared that said "Bow down to the Almighty
Andrew" and their was two buttons one said "Amen" and the other said "No".
If I clicked No the system shut down. I think this teaching tactic belongs
in the inspirational art category.

4 May 2009 - 6:59pm
Mike Myles
2009

I'm a avid musician - I've been making music longer than I've been
designing. For me there are many parallels between music and design.
Most of my musical 'career' has been dedicated to writing and
performing original material. I find the act of composition, or of
arranging someone else's material to fit the band I'm working with
to be very informative to my work as a designer. I've definitely
learned more about design from music than any other source.

Frank Lloyd Wright saw music as a metaphor for architecture. He
demanded all his students study and perform music. The immediacy of
musical performances forces one to focus attention and make split
second judgements about balance, aesthetics, movement, timing, and so
much more. I don't think I would have become a designer if I wasn't
first a musician.

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4 May 2009 - 9:10pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

Strong influences on my current work include backlit indicator lights,
jewel boxes with hidden little drawers and compartments, international
signs and icons, telephones, and two-way radios. Nothing I can show
yet, apologies for the tease,

Michael Micheletti

On Mon, 4 May 2009 16:59:41, Mike Myles <mmyles2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm a avid musician - I've been making music longer than I've been
> designing. For me there are many parallels between music and design.
> Most of my musical 'career' has been dedicated to writing and
> performing original material. I find the act of composition, or of
> arranging someone else's material to fit the band I'm working with
> to be very informative to my work as a designer. I've definitely
> learned more about design from music than any other source.
>
> Frank Lloyd Wright saw music as a metaphor for architecture. He
> demanded all his students study and perform music. The immediacy of
> musical performances forces one to focus attention and make split
> second judgements about balance, aesthetics, movement, timing, and so
> much more. I don't think I would have become a designer if I wasn't
> first a musician.
>
>
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4 May 2009 - 9:42pm
jasonrobb
2009

I was fairly unfamiliar with the Bauhaus movement until I redesigned a
web site for a fashion designer that was, herself, inspired by Bauhaus
design.

I got a book from Taschen on the subject. I then realized that I was
a fan of Bauhaus as well.

The final site design for the fashion designer is here:
http://barbarawellsstudio.com

Inspiration for the web site was further inspired by this site:
http://www.bauhaus.de/english/bauhausarchiv/index.htm

My designs still retain some of the pure graphic elements inspired by
Bauhaus design. See any of my personal sites listed below for more
examples.

That's how I was inspired by an artistic movement and how it's
become apart of my personal style.

Good subject, thanks for bringing it up! I might have to blog about
this at some point.

Cheers,

Jason Robb
http://jasonrobb.com - Personal site
http://uxboston.com - UX Book Club Boston
http://uiscraps.tumblr.com - UI Scraps

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4 May 2009 - 10:34pm
Dave Malouf
2005

First, I want to say that my recent post on JohnnyHolland.org
(http://johnnyholland.org/magazine/2009/04/function-to-connection/)
relates to this in so far as to looking to art as the source/soul of
design.

More personally, I have looked a lot to traditional craft, art &
design by some native cultures. People may look to the Bauhaus, but
before I knew of the BH I was inspired by Japanese craft,
architecture, and art. It's mixture of minimalism with naturalism
has always appealed to me.

But other artists for palette and texture and use of metaphor have
also inspired: Chagall & Picasso have been long time faves of mine
whom I return to over and over for inspiration. This isn't
inspiration to derive direct translation into my work, but for the
"possible" and the beautiful.

-- dave

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5 May 2009 - 12:08am
Stephen Holmes
2009

I'm aware that different countries call there mobile phones (as we
call them here in Australia) different names.

In the USA it seems to be a "cell phone", in parts of Asia where
I've worked it is a "handy phone".

Any others?

I need this for a way of a user differentiating mobile phone numbers
from land-line phone numbers.

thanks

Stephen

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5 May 2009 - 12:09am
Stephen Holmes
2009

Sorry about that - meant to be new posting!

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5 May 2009 - 12:40am
Angel Marquez
2008

Salt water and reef tanks/aquariums.
The entire process is a good ecosystem example.

Preparation to sustainability... environment, tank methods, species,
quarantine etc..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_fish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Method

The art of fish tanks?

5 May 2009 - 8:45am
gfrances@iconta...
2008

Probably depends on the project. For where I work I tend to be most cognizant of minimalist structures/approaches.

For non-commercial projects (especially where an international audience is involved) I find international graphic communication of great interest.

Strangely enough, I've recently noticed a quirk developing where I find myself asking the question: WWBD? ("What would Blizzard do?") Their game designs tend to handle complex interactions flawlessly.

A very interesting thread. I hope it continues to grow.

5 May 2009 - 11:52am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 4 May 2009, at 16:23, Alan Salmoni wrote:

> When it comes to designing, is anyone here greatly influenced by
> things outside of what we normally design? By this, I mean primarily
> any particular artists or movements (eg, minimalism, abstract,
> Picasso etc) If so, how did your design change? Or does music play a
> role? We've discussed what music we listen to when working but I
> sometimes find that listening to particular types of music influences
> the mood of my designs. For example, listening to Mark Hollis' solo
> album inspires a stark look, but this gets richer with David Sylvian,
> and more 'out there' (rock and roll!) when listening to the
> Stereophonics.
[snip]

Depending on your definitions.... I get a lot of inspiration from
physical architecture. Walking and working in really nicely designed
buildings is wonderful, life affirming experience. The opposite...
well... isn't.

Bad buildings make me feel bad. Good buildings make me feel good. I
try and remember that when I'm building software. What I do can affect
how somebody feels. It can make or ruin somebody's day.

I also remember that being respected and winning awards doesn't
necessarily make for good design. For example, while I think Coventry
Cathedral is a wonderful building, having worked in some of Basil
Spence's other creations.... while they look nice... not nice to be in
9-5.

Adrian
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