Probably it happened to "many" of us, however this was my first time.
YIZU Magazine is a new voice based in Shanghai that write about fashion and new emerging designers and they contacted me to partecipate to the first publication as one of their writers. I was quite excited honestly and obviously I said YES! It was a personal challenge.
The magazine is just in Chinese language so here for you the english version of my article.
Hope you will find interesting,
Where to find inspirations.
Developing a meaningful concept is a crucial step in any creative project.
Does not matter if you are a fashion designer, an artist and architect, a writer or a chef, all those figures need to find ideas to create a new work.
A great design/project should have meaning behind it,
each element should express something.
Beauty without a soul will not deeply engage the public but it will probably fade away.
There are 3 important factors to keep in consideration:
1)Learn to really SEE things and not just give a fast and superficial look;
2) Research, not just digital but in books,newspapers, archives, ecc, A great source of inspiration is to try and stay away from your screen because internet does not have all the information.
3) Brainstorming: don’t dismiss any ideas and to help you, sketch them down, otherwise you could loose them.
The fields were to research are various; everything that surrounds us could be used as a starting point.
Here few places where inspirations come from:
Those are macro group, but it is important to decide at least a starting point of your creative process.
As example you could pick Architecture then you choose Europe - France, then the time frame,1890-1910 and the n you find out that the architecture at the time was Art Nouveau.
Start from a macro point and go micro.
Creating and following a methodology helps to improve the outcome of your works.
Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.
- John Berger, Ways of Seeing