There are some days when a kick start of inspiration needs to be reached on multiple sensory levels and a simple stroll through the web is far from satisfactory. My winter blues inspiration resolution: Hit the concrete for a wicked run with Eye of the Tiger on repeat or, watch my favorite inspirational (some might even say RAD) music videos. Its freezing outside, its my birthday, and today, especially TODAY, I need as much inspiration as possible. It should be illegal to have to work on your birthday - isn’t there a spa somewhere that’s missing me? Commence with the video love! (Note: Parentheses below indicate inner dialog pep-talk of crazy designer.)
Jay-Z, On To The Next One, starts me off with a strong monochromatic palette, gorgeous visuals and a stiff and steady beat (You-can-do-it. You-can-do-it.).
Kanye West, Runaway, is a moving composition of beauty and uninhibited creativity. The sets are AMAZING. (I’m feeling it!!! Amazing sets…OK…I can make amazing sets. Right!).
N.E.R.D., Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom), although the song's topic and lifestyle escapes me the rhythm and quickly flickering gritty underground images lure me in (Oh its on now!!!).
Gwen Stefani, What You Waiting For? Well hello…what the hell are you waiting for?! The costume design is whimsical with a mix of sex and fantasy. The vivid colors and punky nature makes for a fantastic midday-mandatory-studio-dance-party (Go Niki GO!)!
And finally we reach our video montage conclusion saving the best for last with Whitesnake, Here I go again. The lyrics sound an artist anthem for creative minds the world wide reminding us all: Pursuing our dreams may be a wild ride but at least we have Really Good Hair! (Thank you God that my boyfriend does not have a perm.)
Swift kick to the hinney for the birthday girl…Check! Time to design. Production beginning in five, four, three…Go Me!