Monday, March 7, 2011


Daniel Pink

The single example of design thing that inspired him most was the eraser, “in all of its carnations.” Because it allows you to make a mistake and when you can make a mistake you can create.

He wants design to solve systems. He talks about education, health care, housing, and system of transportations. Saying that if we had design thinking applied to those systems it would make it better.

Jessica Hische

The thing that influences her the most is the new students in design. Because she grew a lot as a designer while she was in college and graduated in 2006 and she is excited/frightened/motivated to see what the new batch of design students have.

What inspired her most is the Smashing Pumpkins Album. What inspired her most about it is the style, the cohesiveness, and the typography.

She thinks we need to solve the death of print. How she thinks to solve it is the pricing of print and how they pay designers to design for this medium.

Jake Mccabe

The thing that most inspires him is an 8.5 x 11 sheet of uncoated paper. To him it represents the opportunity. . It’s more of a luxury now because we’re looking at our resources and thinking of different things to use. He loves when his pencil hits the paper.

The thing to solve as designer is the issue of sustainability. Create something that we haven’t been told to create.

Khoi Vinh

What inspires him most is the Internet. It’s organic, unpredictable and at the same time it’s man made. It’s going to change everything.

Design should solve the crisis of identity. Designers need to stop selling things and transform themselves into the makers of things. Don’t think about selling to the consumer but making better products for the people.

Ze Frank

The design that inspired him most is the game Werewolf. It is Social design that is most fascinating to him.

He thinks the thing that could be solved is everything. He would like to see many to one design, which is when many people come together to solve one problem.

These designers gave examples that applied to me as inspirations of design, the eraser, paper, and Internet. I think that they all had good problems to solve but the most important one to me was what Khoi Vinh said and that is to design for the people rather than just designing to sell.

If I had to answer these questions I would say that the single example of design that inspires me most is, I have to say it, the PENCIL. Without it I wouldn’t be the designer I am today. At a young age I picked it up put it on a sheet of paper and drew. The issue I think we should solve is, I agree completely with Winh, to design for the people rather than just trying to sell to the people.

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