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Posts tagged ‘inspiration’

Advice to Young Future Designers

In case you haven’t heard of the website, The Great Discontent, they do these really interesting, long interviews of awesome famous artists, designers, etc.  They also always have a great photo of their subject.  A couple weeks ago they spoke to Olimpia Zagnoli, a great Italian illustrator.

When asked about advice for kids starting out she said:
“Be different. Keep your eyes open. Record everything you see, process it, and then spit it back out in your own very personal way. Get inspired by something that’s not just illustration. Be serious. Be silly. Get drunk sometimes. Dream a lot. Don’t think you can’t do it, because you can.”
– Olimpia Zagnoli viaTheGreatDiscontent


Their most recent interview with Matthew Smith was great in its entirety, but here is my favorite quote about his advice to young future designers:
“I would say three things. One, spend time learning the visual language rather than just learning to style.

Second, learn to be a businessperson. Designers need to know how to solve business-oriented problems and ask questions that get at the heart of things. If you don’t already listen to The Businessology Show with Dan Mall and Jason Blumer, that might be a good place to start. Jason was my CPA for a long time and is one of the smartest, most interesting people I’ve ever met and Dan is a business owner who is doing amazing things. As designers, we need to be well-versed in marketplace and business issues, otherwise we remain stylists.

Third, for those designers who have a similar story to mine, limit your exposure to approval. Find the people you trust the most and stick with them. Ask them to help you build your own set of judgements to know when you’re doing great work because the guys who tell you that you’re one pixel off are not doing you any favors.”
– Matthew Smith viaTheGreatDiscontent


IMAGES: Olimpia Zagnoli illustrations here // here // here

The Inspiring Blogger Award

The Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for Inspiring Blogger Award by sonuduggal, and I am totally honored. Thank you so much for nominating me for this wonderful award.

The rules are simple: You MUST do this…
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

So here are 7 things about KaleidoscopeBrain :

1) I started this blog on my road from engineering student, to design grad student, and I am so proud to announce that I have gotten into to grad schools!!! WOO

2) I enjoy ‘practicing’ pretty much every single different type of fine art or design.  From crochet to sculpture work to fashion to film.

3) I love baking without pressure. :) While watching a bad tv show or listening to an awesome podcast.

4) Enjoy traveling and antique shopping/thrift hunting and photography.

5) I suck at most sports… mostly because I never did any sports growing up, except for the ones we did in gym class.

6) I like that, although I may not look it, I’m pretty tough.

7) I’d love to write a short film one day.

Choosing 15 other Blogger’s is really a difficult task.  Here are my 15 picks that apply to how I’m feeling today.  (No particular order, and I tried to make it a wide variety of big guys and little guys, and varying topics.) Enjoy!

1)  Truth and Cake

3) Seth Godin

4) The Middle Finger Project

5)  HeyLookAFellowWriter

6) Jackson Sees Georgia

7) Moddea

8) Swiss Miss

9) Quiet Cassandra

10) Chris Guillebeau

11) Alex Beadon Photography

12) Dezeen 

13) Smitten Kitchen

14) DesignLoveFest

14) 1000AwesomeThings

15) The Better Man Project

16) Style Bubble

Thank you all so much for inspiring me throughout my pursuits.


Dayna @KaleidoscopeBrain

Standing up for the Right to Feel Pain

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
–Jim Morrison

Great Entrepreneurs

“If you look at the careers of great entrepreneurs and you look at the moment they took their plunge, the plunge is rarely a great financial or material risk, it’s a social risk. At the moment they started their new businesses, everyone around them said ‘you’re an idiot’.”
— Malcolm Gladwell (via swissmiss)

John Cleese On Being Creative

One of my favorite blogs OF ALL TIME and SPACE is written by Maria Popova, and I recently finally watched this video posted on the blog of John Cleese talking about being creative.  He brings up many points which I thought were very true and fascinating, and were points that, at least I felt that, I had forgotten for a while and needed reminding of. For example, you need TIME and SPACE! to be creative. You have to let yourself ponder the situation a bit. You must separate productiveness, diligence, and savy, (on some level) FROM creativity. Both are important, and you must give your brain time for both.

” Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.  It is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
3.Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate thediscomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
4.Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
5.Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

Creativity is not an ability you either have or do not have.  It is, for example, absolutely unrelated to intelligence.

(All quotes were taken from the video and from the BrainPickings post found here!)

Link Round Up: Surrealist 1920’s

During exam time this past semester at school (Spring 2012), I totally was so deep into this idea of surrealistic, British-1920’s flapper (which, in my oppinion is totally a different take on the American 1920’s style… Downtown Abbey shows it SO well), mysterious-enchanted-forest theme… Here’s some of the stuff that was all up in my head..

This kind of dissonant, over-indulgent 1920’s feeling is a very popular idea and is often how I have found the 20’s to be portrayed.  Whenever you see these famous 1920’s-set films, they always take place in glamourous cities, showing off the wealth of the time period.  But something like the enchanted, unsettling forest of Snow White or Harry Potter would be an awesome combination with this shiny, chaotic, over-indulgent 1920’s vibe.  I think the disorder and confusion of a forest, with the corruption and chrome-finishings of the 1920’s era is such an interesting combination.

Round Up!
1. The have redone “The Great Gatsby“!  I do not know if this is a crime or not, but visually, the trailer looks incredible. Also, Leonardo de Caprio, in my humble opinion is such a fabulous actor.

2. To me, this song is the soundtrack of this inspiration board.  I once knew how to play this piece on the violin, but sadly, after not practicing for awhile I have lost it.  Either way, (although not from the time period in question) an incredibly intresting Debussy Sonata for violin and piano.
3. Downton Abbey.  Just, if you haven’t seen this show yet, see it.  I started watching it before the hype was going crazy all over the place, but I honestly think its worth all the hype. Stellar cast, character development, costumes, historical details and cultural accuracy, writing, sets…  And the 1920’s vibe that’s coming onto the show for the end of the second season/beginning of third season is pretty awesome.
4. Salvatore Dali paintings. ‘The Persistence of Memory’, ‘Elephant Reflection’, unknown. (If any of you know the name of that last painting, please let me know!)
5. Thoroughly Modern Millie – the second movie I think of, when I think of the 1920’s. Julie Andrews is so cute in this!
6. Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 this spring did a very 1920’s inspired line, with these amazing hats in pastel colors, and just the flowy-est evening wear… All that silk detailing! SAwoon
7. Tamara de Lempicka portrays the 1920’s in her dark stylings so well. here.

(Click on all images to go to their original webpages.)

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