As Thanksgiving approaches, we’ve been reflecting on the many creative people who’ve inspired and challenged us to grow, stretch our limits and be the absolute best designers possible. In the spirit of thanks and sharing, below are (in no particular order) 14 designers of all kinds who’ve influenced us throughout our careers. Whose inspiration are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below.
Not only has Bierut created some iconic work as a partner at Pentagram, but his approachable and thoughtful writing on design has left us contemplating how design fits into a larger world.
One half of the UnderConsideration duo, Armin has launched such excellent design-centric websites as the influential Speak Up, as well as BrandNew and FPO. In Cretaceous Period of blogs, Speak Up was a source of inspiration and conversation to us, an online design mentor of sorts.
While Carson might have a prickly reputation, his work surely upset the status quo in the ’90s by pushing the boundaries of convention and readability. Design trends have shifted, but the visual landscape has never been the same.
Founder of Landor, with a hand in many impressive logos of the era, including the identities for
FedEx, Levis, Coca-Cola, Del Monte, World Wildlife Fund, Cotton and others. (Hat tip to Shawn Hazen for that correction.)
Pop artist extrordinare, Lichtenstein’s work pulled from the “fluff” of comic books and advertising, to create wry, ironic works that were a commentary on commercialism, mass production and what was considered “high” art.
His Art Nouveau-styled work included a range of advertisements at the turn of the century, including those for Job cigarettes, theatre posters and bicycles. It seems common now, but his work elevated advertisements into the realm of artwork.
Creator of the long-running comic Cerebus, and one of the pioneers of independent comic publishing. His exquisite compositions used negative space to guide the viewer’s eye across the page, and his drawn-out characterizations still stand out long after the series’ finale.
His reductionist, Silver Age style of illustration is dynamic, human and powerful, a fresh breath of air in the crowded field of comic book art. His two-volume DC Comics work, “The New Frontier” is a landmark of modern comics.