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Inspiration

When searching for items that would fit my Inspiration Stream I have been collecting a special collection that deserves a post on their own I think. I'm referring to a fine selection of book cover designs that I'll share with you after the jump.
On May 22th (2012), I spoke at MultiMania in Kortrijk, Belgium. My talk was all about the experimentation phase during the design of a project. This presentation was mostly based on my talk at An Event Apart Boston (U.S.) last year. I decided to talk about this subject because people often wonder how I end up using that particular composition, pattern, or that particular set of colors etc. There is never a straight answer to these questions, because it's always different for each project or design. A lot of variable factors are at play during the design phase, but one thing is certain, it all connects to experimenting, trying out stuff… To me design is a lot about experimenting, to try to push boundaries, and following your instinct. Today I'll give you a brief overview of what I talked about, with the focus on sharing the resources I shared in my presentation.

Ville vs Vélodrome

31 May 2012
Guilherme Henrique is a graphic designer & illustrator currently residing in Paris, France. I first spotted these fine illustrations at the end of 2011 on Guilherme's Dribbble account. My first reaction was adding them to my ideas for a post list. Problem with that list is that there's always much on it so I sometimes forget about certain items on it. Time to correct that mistake now.
CS6 has just shipped & just like we did in 2010 we'll take a closer look at the design goals of this Creative Suite release. An inside look at how it is to do design work for a big company like Adobe. Each Creative Suite release starts with a list of technical requirements and design goals. Our host is Shawn Cheris, he will guide us through the process just as he did with the CS5 branding.
Most of you that visit here often know that I have a soft spot for geometrical shapes. In this post you'll get plenty of those and you'll have the option to download it as a wallpaper for your shiny new iPad 3 with the retina display.
Time to talk about color inspiration today. Each image in my Inspiration Stream contains a color that is handpicked. No ingenious automation process in action here, as I want to have full control over this. I even try to choose my colors so I end up with an interesting palette at the top of each page. Even though, each time I add a new image to the gallery, the colors move one position per page as the images move one position as well. Still, I try to watch that the neighboring colors are in harmony.
With the Waalse Pijl/La Flèche Wallonne race going on today it seems like the perfect timing to combine my passion for cycling and the love for vectors. Just like we did with Neil Stevens aka Crayonfire and his Tour de France Series.
The true inspiration seekers will have noticed some illustrations in my Inspiration Stream from the All Day Everyday Project. A fun project with a mission to design something cool everyday. A fun way to escape from a bit of client work. I bet you'll find what follows inspirational.
As some of you might know, music plays a major role in finding my daily inspiration. Last year I wrote a short article about which albums inspired me the most in 2010. These albums are still helping me a lot in finding that inspiration sweet point, but I thought it could be fun to renew this short list of favorites...
Most of the folks here know that I have a great affection for vectors. I'm always on the look-out for great work that involves iIllustrations. The result of that hunt is shown on my Inspiration Stream that I try to update once a week. I just came across this beautiful illustrative retro-styled animated commercial that made my heart skip a beat.
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