A good book…or 50000

I think almost 92.65% of designers* would be insanely envious of  people who actually have a huge space to fill with books and magazines and a whole bunch of creative inspiration like Karl Lagerfeld’s studio. (pictured above) If there was no visual inspiration around for designers then to put it simply, there would not be designers (or good ones for that matter). Books are one of my favourite tools as a designer, anything from illustrations, typography, colour palettes, photography. Absolutely anything visual, which doesn’t always have to be directly related to the Graphic Design industry can be so inspiring and beautiful. Surrounding and immersing yourself  in a world of inspiration takes both time and money. Building up a vast collection of wonderful books, magazines and zines can be a never-ending endeavor. If you have been into our design studio and attempted to find a patch of wall-space that isn’t covered by either an artwork or a bookshelf, then you know what I mean. I find myself always collecting pieces of loveliness, even if its a page out of a magazine with genius type-setting or a flyer in the local coffee shop, it all helps to keep the design juices flowing and allowing us to grow and develop into happy-design-a-saurus-rex’s. There’s also talk of a new design intern at DPM which should be fun.

*statistic may not be 100% accurate. But it looks good on paper!

by Radi Safi

Radi Safi is the Creative Director at IYBI. In 2012 he launched Happy, a music blog and media company.
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