Encyclopedia of influence. Self published book. Edition of 500.
Forewords by Yorgo Touplas. 2011. PDF version here.
Being creative is dependant on a state of mind known as inspiration. Inspiration, however, is just as beautiful as it is elusive, like a decidedly unquantifiable variable in a world of deadlines and targeted objectives. Because fertile ideas are rarely found on demand, or when expected, the quest for inspiration is ongoing, often long predating the project immediately at hand. Ill-Studio may be working on diverse projects, which results in sometimes very different modes of production, but our creative process always walks the tracks of both innovation and lineage.
The goal of this book is to present part of the "raw inspiration material" used for creative purpose by the members of the Ill-Studio in 2010. this material rarely appears to be strictly graphic, instead it covers all kinds of fields and moments. our inspiration thrives on references that we specifically research and look for or simply chance upon; it is found in expected places such as art, architecture and music, and in unexpected encounters such as finding a rock in a forest or observing the shape of an office plant.
No matter its origin, importance or meaning, each compelling reference is archived in visual form in the ill-studio's inspiration folders. When working on a project, digging in this ever-expanding catalogue of not-so-general knowledge is often key to our creative process, whether in a central manner or as an ariadne's thread leading us to yet another idea.
Whilst our works are the products of our savoir faire as a multidisciplinary creative studio, our influences are much more inti- mate. it is this introspection that we share today, as this book also accounts for the memories of those short or long lasting passions that drew us, at various points during the year 2010, to explore and learn about specific items.
Ill-Studio / 2011