When I think about what inspires me to design, I don’t think about blogs, annuals, websites, aesthetics, or typefaces, I think about Elvis.
In the span of the King’s career, he released 78 albums. That, is a lot. Every few months, teens would rush to buy the latest Elvis album, eager to see what new horizon of hormone-driven angst Mr. Presley could push next.
What does this have to do with design you ask? I believe that design shouldn’t be precious. Without forsaking quality for quantity, I believe that there is more room for design and imagery in our lives. Rather than be overly researched, full of forced conceptual ideas, or just plain stale, design should inspire and elevate ideas, brands, products, and objects to something beyond the status quo. This means being bold, taking risks, and not being afraid to follow one’s instincts - much like the King himself.