Where do designers find their inspiration? And how do we take inspiration from similar mediums, without copying? Some lucky designers just need to see great work to get inspired. Some designers can find inspiration in just about anything. Most of us agree that looking outside of the publishing industry gets our creative juices flowing, so there are some places in London that we would head to.
1. Design Museum, Kensington
The museum covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design and in December 2016 relocated to Kensington, from Shad Thames.
2. Tate Modern, South Bank
This is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group. An impressive new extension was unveiled in June 2016.
3. Artwords Bookshop, Hoxton
Artwords specialises in books on the contemporary visual arts and visual culture, covering the subjects; fashion, graphic design, architecture, photography, fine art and visual & critical theory.
4. The Barbican, Barbican
The Barbican Centre innovates with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow.
5. Material Lab, London
Material Lab is a materials resource studio in London where architects and designers can explore hundreds of materials, be inspired and get expert advice.
6. Cartoon Museum, Bloomsbury
The Cartoon Museum is a London museum for British cartoons, caricatures, comic strips and animation. It has a library of over 5,000 books and 4,000 comics.
7. The Hunterian Museum, Aldwych
The Hunterian Museum boasts unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures that reveal the art and science of surgery from the 17th century to the present day.
8. Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
The Serpentine Galleries are among London’s most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art.
9. The big four galleries
The Royal Academy of Arts, the V&A, The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. These long-established pillars to the arts exist to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
10. Alison Jacques Gallery
Alison Jacques has developed a unique exhibition program of both young and established artists, championing the Estates of artists such as Lygia Clark, Hannah Wilke and Ana Mendieta who had not been shown in the UK previously.