3 thoughts for the week of April 26, 2010 (what inspired Shea)

Lately, we’ve been pondering what inspired us to become designers. We thought it might be interesting to take a look at some of our influences and showcase pieces of graphic design that shaped us.  This week we’ll post 3 of Shea’s inspirations and next week Matt will give it a go. Let us know what inspired you to do what you do.

3 of Shea’s Design Inspirations:


1. Mother & Child by Herb Lubalin

I remember sitting in my sophomore design fundamentals class when my professor threw this logo up on the projection screen. She talked about how it was a good example of nesting techniques. I just thought, Damn, that’s brilliant! It was so simple in concept, but perfectly executed. It doesn’t rely on any special effects or photoshop filters. It just is. The strength of concept and timeless form are something I will always aspire to create.
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2. Bullfighter Ink Drawings by Picasso

I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Spain while I was in high school. I was able to see so many amazing pieces of fine art in all the museums and cathedrals.  That trip is still one of the most significant experiences of my life. While there, I purchased a t-shirt with this image on it – seemed very “Spain.” I loved that it was Picasso, but not one of the masterpieces. It was a doodle. I was drawn to the gestural quality of the lines and the bold graphic shapes. So much emotion could be communicated in so little. The influence of this style can most recently be seen in the At Your Service logomark.
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3. Rent Poster by unknown

This poster captured its moment in time so perfectly. I loved the way it was such a simple composition that revealed so many layers as you continue to look it.  I loved the slightly off-color palette that seems to fight itself, but harmonizes instead. The grungy photo treatments give a hand-worked feel that was so appropriate for the themes of the production. At the time it was created, it fell perfectly into the sweet spot between trendy and fresh. I was unable to locate the designer’s name at the time of this post, so if anyone knows, please leave a comment so I can give them credit for the inspiration.