Comments on: A Frame of Reference, Part 1: Finding Ideas http://designm.ag/resources/a-frame-of-reference-part-1-finding-ideas/ Articles and Resources for Web Designers Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:54:12 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 By: Dan Pieperhttp://designm.ag/resources/a-frame-of-reference-part-1-finding-ideas/#comment-35928 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:57:27 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=41040#comment-35928 Fantastic post and I agree, but if you think about it, colours, type, textures and even your own sketchbook can be just reference material as well. I would recommend using your design’s purpose as inspiration. Ask yourself WHY a lot. Why would anyone come to this website? Why should anyone care about this logo? Identify the greatest BENEFIT of the product or service that you are designing for and tell its story. Now when you search for reference material, let that story be your guide and you will feel inspired.

I tell other creatives at my company that inspiration is like the roof of your house. You are trying to sell your house, and if it doesn’t have a roof, no one is going to buy it. If the benefit is not guiding your selection of reference materials, then you are going to end up with a mismatched roof made out of straw, old chewing gum and other stuff that you just found and liked that doesn’t serve the purpose of the design. If your inspiration is coming from the right source (the BENEFIT) then you’ll have a nice, beautiful roof that matches the rest of the house perfectly.

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By: Hannah Hursthttp://designm.ag/resources/a-frame-of-reference-part-1-finding-ideas/#comment-35904 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:03:23 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=41040#comment-35904 This is a great article to read. I think inspiration from outside is much more unique and you can add your own spin on it, rather than it being very similar to an already existent cad version.

Not to mention, your other senses other than your eyes can also get inspiration. Especially when creating a textured effect. With the added bonus of fresh air and exercise :-)

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By: Amelia Johnsonhttp://designm.ag/resources/a-frame-of-reference-part-1-finding-ideas/#comment-35895 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:55:52 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=41040#comment-35895 A great article. The outdoors has been the main inspiration for creatives since we can remember and some fantastic work has been made in that time. We are just lucky these days that we can gather inspiration from so many other places.

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By: Zethhttp://designm.ag/resources/a-frame-of-reference-part-1-finding-ideas/#comment-35894 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:38:57 +0000 http://designm.ag/?p=41040#comment-35894 Hehe, yeah – I know Heidi. It’s incredible how much you actually miss by sitting in front of this freaking screen :D. But then again, I think it’s worth it. It’s important to learn whilst you can. Inspiration is everywhere to be found.

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