Get inspiration from Designer and Scientist

September 1, 2009


David Gallo — under water astonishments, bioluminescence, caphalopod.

Robert Full — biologically inspired design, design secrets from nature (distribute control to smart parts; use hybird solutions; do not mimic nature).

nature inspiration: Ask Nature. org


  • Antoni Gaudi — pattern, shape, structure, sculpture, geometry, nature.
  • Santiago Calatrava — skeletal structure of buildings.
  • Cecil Balmond — surface, colours, shape, sketch, diagram, abstract readings.
  • Zaha Hadid — blurred the boundaries between fashion and atrchitecture.

Kinetic structure Designer:

  • Theo Jansen — kinetic structure, complex, robot liked structure.
  • Ben Hopson — kinetic design and animation of products.
  • John Douglas

Resource: KMODDL library from Cornell University

Fashion Design:

  • Hussein Chalayan — dynamic fashion design, transformation on the stage, fashion show, Nitional experiments .
  • Alexander McQueen — theatricality, dramatic , luxurious style, complex structure & layers ( oyster dress 2003) .
  • Jean Paul Gaultier — theatricality, performancing fashion show;
  • Yoshiki Hishinuma — bellow dress, Cubism dress, color, form, pattern, 3D folding structure.
  • Elena Manderdini — cutting, holes, shape, fabrics.
  • Givenchy Haute Couture — ( fall/win 2006-07) complex structure & layers;
  • Oliver Theyskens — (ROCHAS 2005-06) details, dramatic.
  • Arkadius — volume reinterprets tradional dress proportions.
  • Irina Shaposhnikova — Crystallogtaphica, Cubism.
  • Yeohlee — “urban nomad’ response the needs of the fostpaced city dweller of the 1990s.
  • Rei Kawakubo — inserted a series of voids between the body and the dress to create distinctire silhouette.
  • Junya Watanabe — looped fabric panels around the models and secured it in place with wire.
  • Issey Miyake (Comme des Garcons) — volume, fabric.

Reading update:

  • Transformation : basic principles and methodology of design / Roland Knauer.
  • The power of fashion : about design and meaning / editors: Jan Brand, Jos Teunissen in cooperation
  • Skin : surface, substance + design / Ellen Lupton ; with essays by Jennifer Tobias … [et al.].
  • Skin + bones : parallel practices in fashion and architecture / organized by Brooke Hodge ; essays by Brooke Hodge and Patricia Mears ; afterword by Susan Sidlauskas.
  • Nature design : from inspiration to innovation / edited by Museum Fr Gestaltung Zrich ; Angeli Sachs ; essays by Barry Bergdoll, Dario Gamboni, and Philip Ursprung.
  • Informal / Cecil Balmond with Jannuzzi Smith ; edited by Christian Brensing ; foreword by Charles Jencks ; preface by Rem Koolhaas.
  • Element / Cecil Balmond.
  • The sculpture of Ruth Asawa : contours in the air / Daniell Cornell … [et al.].
  • Design engineering : AKT Adams Kara Taylor / [edited by Hanif Kara]
  • Techniques and technologies in morphogenetic design / guest-edited by Michael Hensel, Achim Menges + Michael Weinstock.
  • Structure as architecture : a source book for architects and structural engineers / Andrew W. Charleson.
  • Santiago Calatrava : 1951 : architect, engineer, artist / Philip Jodidio.

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