Currents 9 Influenced, part 4
May 20, 2005 at 3:15 PM
Tina Roth is up on stage now. For those who don't know, she's the design director for Thinkmap (formerly Plumb Design) and, as we like to refer to her, the creative designer behind the Visual Thesaurus. She's talking about the influences in her life. She's showing Swiss design, simply amazing typography, simplicity and high-level functionality. She's talking about people who have influenced her in life. Quoting Henry Miller, but I can't recall the quote. Now there was one example that really surprised me, she showed Flickr not because of the technology or social aspects, but because of the design. She is showing the thesaurus now. "I need to see it visually." I think the point here is that some people are visual learners and there needs to be more opportunities for different types of learners. "I was asked what I do when I get stuck? I answered, at the time, I walk around the block" Showing her most inspirational sites. She's got a catalog of these sites, amazing examples. Even more impressive is her elements file, which is a compilation of special little bits of things that inspire her... "it's the perfect file for giving you ideas when you need inspiration." ..I am now motivated to make one of these... in fact, I'd say every designer should do this. Links coming soon on her site.
Here is the Miller quote: "The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. "
Thank you Mark!