I really admire Kyle Lambert as an Illustrator, Radim Malinic as a Branding Expert, Graham Smith as a Logo Designer, David and Sara Cousens as a husband and wife Digital Artist team that manages to balance a family, and Ryan Weiber as Digital Effects Artist. These people have probably inspired me the most in my career.
jon wozencroft for his thinking
ian anderson for capturing the zeitgeist of a generation
I'm always inspired by individuals and teams who call their shot early and who hit their mark. For example, Babe Ruth would use the tip of his bat to show the pitcher he was facing exactly where he was going to hit their next pitch. When he did this, it was usually a home run. Seeing far enough ahead to make a difference with design is one of the thinking experiments that drives me--and helps me make better implementation decisions once a design is nearing completion.
There's so many: Cassandre, Mucha, Rand, Jessica Hische, Dana Tanamachi, David Airey, Alberto Seveso, Adhemas Batista, Echo X, Stuntkid, Hydro74, just to name a few.
Designers that I admire are Barbara Kruger, Bruce Mau and Glasser. Not only do their designs give me inspiration, but their life stories are very compelling and comparable.
I admire Chip Kidd because his designs reflect his personality and he has a very individual style. He has simple designs that reflect the titles of the books in a way that makes people think about it.
This are too many
Nakashima, Eames, Bottega Veneta, Nigel Cabourn and I would say most of the early designers from the great silversmith Georg Jensen, especially Harold Nielsen would make the list. The Danes and Scandinavians sense of design where keeping designs simple and without over-ornamention is how we approach design.
Present: Stephen Jones is the love of my millinery life. Past: hundreds of unsung milliners who toiled by candlelight over ostrich plumes to make the Gilded Age so magnificent.
Carlos Lerma "Lerms" from GolpeAvisa. His work is beyond amazing