I listen to a lot of music while I work, and throughout the day. It's common to find me listening to jazz one moment and then rap the next. I also have an office filled with books on David Ogilvy or Mary Well Lawrence, not to mention the rows of design annuals and logotype publications. Everyday life and my obsession with the creative industry constantly feeds into my work.
old films, new films, musik, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows - only thins from speak directly to my soul
I would hope that we'd all try and search for references from all sources. I don't really put much appreciation over another. I think everything is relative and relevant in different ways for different reasons.
I have pulled from different recorded sources from different places, and also from my own community. I have thought of the internet as it's own unifying tool, or attempt at one, to bridge the cultural gaps, at times.
I feel less compelled to state one source over another. I try to be open minded and really learn what something means before I put myself into judging it for it's worth in my life. What can I draw from someone else's work, reasons, or thoughts, I'd say it's better to think what I can learn from them.
But if the internet is to be considered a source of it's own technologically advancing culture in the making, I'd say I learn the most online. And thus, am also creating a new culture as I exist and am awarded attention.
Specifically and most strongly (what I know the best) my internal landscape composed of 56 years of living. THen there is what I observe passively through reading or even having intact senses.
When I cook, of course it is from my traditional ways, Italian. When I design or make a piece of jewelry it from acient civillizations....the Romans (Byzantine), Egyptians and also other periods such as the Renissance, Art Deco and Nouveau. Traveling is always the best way for me to find new ideas and sources for inspiration.
Life, Travel, non verbal communication,dance and music from around the world.
Television, plays, video games, comic books.
Art, Music, Literature,philosophy,biographies of great men,spirituality
I am very active in my local community and we try to attend many of the cultural activities and events. We also travel around the state to learn about other areas in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
I live in South Africa which has such a diverse set of cultural backgrounds that it's hard not to be faced with different ideologies and languages and customs on a daily basis. My experiences in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East has given me another taste of different cultures that merge into maelstrom of flavours that constantly sit at the tip of my tongue.
Reality it's the number one, period. Musics are probably another great inspiration.
the hive, colour, nature, music, art
music and movies.
I try to find the most interesting (for me at least) aspects of a culture and bring that into my creative pipeline. If something stands out in a culture, I am more likely to keep that in my head. Games and other media that bring out interesting pieces of culture I would normally not notice, inspire me to try the same thing in my own designs.
That's difficult to answer. On the one hand, I'm a great fan of all things classical but on the other I'm not afraid of the contemporary or the innovative. Seek culture in all forms is what I would say. Avoid the cynical, crass exploitation of mass production in everything - the street, nature, history, other cultures, art, music, film, theatre, books, dance, science - life's rich tapestry, as they say.