HOW TO GET YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION GOING

Whenever I introduce myself as a designer to people who don’t know me, one of the first questions I get asked is; Where do you find your inspiration? Such a cliché question to ask but I always know it’s going to come…

Here is my somewhat complicated answer plus hopefully some inspiration to the ones that want to get inspired:

WHO, WHAT, WHY, HOW

Since I’m a clothing designer, the human body itself plays a big role as well, because the garments I design will be used by a person/body. That means that the garments should facilitate the wearer’s experience. The pockets should be in the right place for you to be able to put your hands in, and the sleeves should be cut in a certain way so that you can move properly, etc. I also have a little obsession with outerwear. I drool over vintage military and workwear pieces. I guess it ties back to my preferences of form follows function.

I have noticed that I have a “no bullshit” approach to almost everything I do in my life, including design. Keep it simple and user-friendly. I prefer to design features that have a function, otherwise I edit.

WTF MOMENTS

I also get pretty angry and worked up when I see opportunities and things that can easily be improved, for example the service at a coffee shop, or the making and finishing on a product, or someones way to say hello. That’s when I go WTF…

LOOK AND SEE!

I also have a notebook with me at all times ( my problem is that I have to many and I have a hard time finding what Im looking for, cause I have 4–5 at the same time). I write stuff and draw stuff and tape things in them. I love my notebooks, and what I love even more is to flip through old ones from time to time.

OBSERVE BUT DON’T FOLLOW FASHION TRENDS

KEEP IT PERSONAL

STEAL WITH PRIDE…

STOP THINKING AND START DOING

GO FOR A RUN OR A WALK

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There you go, as you can see, it’s pretty simple. Just LOOK, SEE, SENSE and REGISTER. Now go make amazing things with that information!

Technical Apparel Design Expert and Co-Founder of Apparel Entrepreneurship. http://www.apparelentrepreneurship.com http://www.anakristiansson.com

Technical Apparel Design Expert and Co-Founder of Apparel Entrepreneurship. http://www.apparelentrepreneurship.com http://www.anakristiansson.com