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Sources of Inspiration

Sources of Inspiration

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In this lesson, you will learn about sources of inspiration for visual designers.

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Tutorial

What's Covered

  1. Nature Exploration
  2. Chance Operation
  3. Remix
  4. Homage

1. Nature Exploration

Having sources of inspiration at hand can help the designer achieve creative flow. Nature exploration is a technique for observing patterns in systemic and formal design.

Term to Know

    • Nature Exploration
    • Nature exploration is a technique for observing patterns in systemic and formal design.

This is simply done just by observing nature. You look around, see something interesting, go up for a closer look, and you start to see all these beautiful patterns and designs and things that are going to inspire. 

Nature is a really great designer, and although it sounds too simple and not super-technical, it really can, and often does, provide you with a source of inspiration for color, or for texture, pattern, and much, much more to aid you in a design.



2. Chance Operation

Another technique for inspiration is called chance operation. Chance operation is a system by which one adheres to set conditions, allowing chance to factor his decisions.  Chance operation allows the designer to lose control of his or design and experiment with unpredictable results.

Term to Know

    • Chance Operation
    • Chance operation is a system by which one adheres to set conditions allowing chance to factor his decisions.

The definition sounds a bit technical, but really it's just about leaving a design up to chance initially, and then making decisions based on the result.

IN CONTEXT

Imagine you're making an abstract geometric piece. You have all these colored pieces that you want to use, but you're not really sure where to start on that design. Why not leave it up to chance to find inspiration?

So you'll grab all the pieces and they're either in your hands or in a bucket. You just throw them in the air, and they land on your canvas. Now that's a really great start, and from here you can go on tightening up the design.

Maybe there's too much blue in one area, or there's too much orange, or you want bigger pieces grouped together in other areas, and so on and so forth.

Pollock is said to have used this method a lot. He would initially leave it to chance to dictate where the paint would fall on the canvas, and then evolve and build a piece from there.

3. Remix

Yet another form of inspiration is to remix, which is taking a finished work and adding to or subtracting from it.

Term to Know

    • Remix
    • Remix is taking a finished work and adding to or subtracting from it. The motivation is to create something new and unrecognizable from the original work.

The motivation is to create something new and unrecognizable from the original work.


IN CONTEXT

Someone makes a neat stencil, and sprays it on the street, and you happen to walk past it.

You really like the design, and it inspires you to do something creative with it in your own way.

So you go home, you get crazy, and colorful, and creative, and you end up with something. So you've made something out of original work.

4. Homage

An homage is a piece of work made to pay tribute to the style of another artist or designer.

Term to Know

    • Homage
    • Homage is a piece of work made to pay tribute to the style of another artist or designer.

So take the very iconic style from Andy Warhol below.



This may inspire to create a peace similar to it, and by doing so, you created a piece that's an homage to Andy Warhol's work.


So it's a throwback to his work. You're giving tribute to his work by making your own work, but following such iconic style like Andy Warhol's.

Summary

This tutorial discussed nature observation, which involves seeing patterns in nature.  Chance operation is when an artist loses control of the result and allows unpredictability shine through.  Jackson Pollock is an artist well-known for chance operation.  Remix is taking one piece of art and adding or subtracting elements to create a new perspective, and homage is paying tribute to an artist by creating something similar.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: SOURCE: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Nature Exploration

    Nature exploration is a technique for observing patterns in systemic and formal design.

  • Chance Operation

    Chance operation is a system by which one adheres to set conditions allowing chance to factor his decisions.

  • Remix

    Remix is taking a finished work and adding to or subtracting from it. The motivation is to create something new and unrecognizable from the original work.

  • Homage 

    Homage is a piece of work made to pay tribute to the style of another artist or designer.