Do you think constant visual consumption of other designers work can lose its inspirational quality and stop being constructive?

04.26.2010 / Question submitted by: Michael Lassiter

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Graeme Stephenson:

Keeping an eye on what your peers are up to should never regarded as a negative thing in any respect, but it’s easy to get lost trying to follow trends or replicate others and that isn’t constructive. I think it’s important to allow yourself time away to think on your own. The rest is just the current environment.





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  1. Gedy

    If a designer does nothing to maintain themselves creative and current, but always copies and imitates what others are doing (mistaking it for inspiration), then their work will remain stagnant. People can easily tell when design is not creative and genuine.

    With that being said, I truly believe that iron sharpens iron. Not only does my own creativity and skill play a big part in my designs, but as I look at other designers’ work, I believe it helps me see what areas I want to grow on, what areas I’m lacking and sometimes even, what areas I’m better than them at.

    If you look at some of the largest organizations that build and create things like cars, clothes, electronics, houses, buildings, etc., in many instances, what they create is very similar to the guy next door has already created because the public seems to love it – the thing that they have done different is put their own twist into it and made it their own.

    The key is to be innovative. See what others have done and add your own twist, make it personal.

  2. Phil Chairez

    When I sit down to a new project, I do my best to immerse myself in visual inspiration, mainly from other designers and artists. I think this is a key step in starting a new project and I put a lot of value is seeing other work that has been done before.

    But a designer’s skill doesn’t come from their ability to copy and repeat, but to learn and push things to new heights. I agree with Gedy in that seeing other work helps you see the areas you can improve in and even spark ideas you never would have thought of.

    I’m a supporter of researching what’s been done, but as with anything, all in moderation. Who’s to say you won’t get inspiration from taking a day to go fly a kite or throw a frisbee.



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