This is an on-going collection of people that (have) influence(d) me through their work.
Enki Bilal: beautiful balance of visual development infused with a strong cultural background (and awesome name!)
Guy Delisle: great illustrator, I only read one of his comics for now but I love how he goes from depicting everyday life events to explaining political situations with the same simplicity and care
Bastien Vivès: has a very rich exploration of line weight and the still image in the process of storytelling
Dominic Wilcox: very clever, quirky and quick designer that has opened to a variety of medium
Naoto Fukasawa: a designer with a incredible eye for affordances that he often introduces into his designs
Enzo Mari: very dynamic designer, opened to a form of blue-print-centered designs, a sort of ancestor of open-source designs
Casey Reas + Ben Fry: creators of processing! all that needs to be said!
Jean Hamburger: great surgeon and medical researcher who wrote amazing essays on the process of research and the ethics behind his work. A lot of what he says about medical research and problem solving can be paralleled with the current evolution of modern design thinking (which only makes me feel like it is a marketing strategy, packaging nicely what should only be referred to as ingenuity.)
Joel de Rosnay: clairvoyant thinker and teacher who foresaw trends of social media before the internet had gone mainstream (among many other things)
Jan Chipchase: head of design research at frog design, he has a very active blog where you can see his great eye for details in the way we use things
Thomas Thwaites: independent researcher who studies the relationships between objects and society
Toulouse Lautrec: painter from the end of the 19th century, “exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent life of those times” Apart from my love for the (over) romanticized time period he is known for depicting, I have always been in awe of his color palettes but above all his line work and his play with revealing his process in some of his works, displaying less polished areas .
Swoon: visually stunning wood prints, I enjoy observing her work with detail and the constant back and forth between figurative components such as portraits and patterns or more abstracted forms.
Ernest Pignon-Ersnest: beyond his mind-blowing technical skill, he used the street and outdoor open spaces in his work very early on to create “contextualized” pieces taking into consideration light, space, colors “as well as what cannot be seen, history, buried memories.”
Anish Kapoor: a sculptor who’s work I have started looking into just recently after seeing his Leviathan in Paris, but I have come to appreciate the almost consistent growth (linear growth?) of his later work. It seems to me his pieces are almost like samples of a process often involving reflective surfaces, little by little these processes evolve only a few elements at a time: scale, color, form making it a very fluid body of work to dive into.
Lykke Li: very interesting singer – song writer, I don’t know her but I admire her energy, the character she projects. I just finished reading an article about her describing her struggle in the way she was perceived at first. I think above all I appreciate the strong aesthetic considerations and above all experimentations in her work.