Four Creators I Draw Inspiration From as a Graphic Designer

Feb 16, 2021, Written by Madelyn Curtis

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Have you ever heard of writer’s block? I’m convinced that visual artists experience the same thing. Let’s call it creator’s block. I can’t count how many times I’ve stared at a blank canvas and felt anxious as to where to begin. Luckily there are millions of places to draw inspiration from. Here are some of my favorite artists I draw inspiration from when I hit a block.

Kati Forner

Kati’s minimalist design style has such an elegant touch that communicates timelessness. She has a deep understanding of contemporary and classical design. Kati has more than 12 years of experience bringing brands to their fullest expression through identity, print, digital design, and production. Check out her flawless website here.

Joshua Noom

Joshua Noom’s web bio describes him as a “designer specializing in detailed and bold illustration combined with an organic sense of typography.” Noom’s witty illustrations and playful topography really draw in the observer. You can see more of his work on his website.

Tad Carpenter

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, and even an author. He even teaches graphic design at The University of Kansas. His team at Carpenter Collective has worked with major brands like Coca-Cola, Adobe, and Hallmark. Their goal is to “create powerful brand experiences and unique visual storytelling with a whimsical wink”. His design and branding studio is arguably one of the best in the country. Check out the work of Carpenter Collective here.

Sam Larson

Sam Larson is a freelance artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His designs are inspired by “the American west, road trips, and pizza”. What’s not to love? Some of my favorite pieces by him are his simple cohesive linework illustrations. I even own one of his prints. Check out more of his work via Instagram @samlarson.

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Madelyn Curtis

Madelyn Curtis

As the Graphic Designer at Crossroads, my job is to create visual pieces for our clients. I design everything from print and electronic advertisements to brochures, presentations, logos, and social media posts. I ensure that our client’s information is communicated in a unique and effective way.