Cultivating creativity and trying to evoke that ever allusive “inspirational breakthrough” is tricky, to say the least. Everyone has their own creative process, and one of mine would be compiling imagery (that’s pretty much how CK began tbh) and trawling through Tumblr on pretty much a daily basis.
One piece of advice I’ve given, and stand by whole-heartedly to this day, is that the most creative and innovative footwear concepts are inspired by anything but other shoes. With a lot of today’s footwear, you can see each brand blatantly swapping and sharing design details from each other. Whether it be interchanging certain parts, slightly altering proportions, etc…there’s a lot of “borrowed” inspo – and there’s nothing really wrong with that. But, if you want something truly innovative and transcendent, you’re probably going to have to dig a little deeper and see how you can connect products, ulterior materials and development processes from entirely different fields and see how they inspire your next footwear creation.
Tumblr for me is a great place because the content has been fairly well curated (mainly because I’m very careful with whom I follow). That being said, these are 8 of the inspiring Tumblrs I follow, each having their own unique vibe and flavour, as mentioned below –
(We also have our own Tumblr page, here)
Follow for: Beautfully curated, minimal and clean product and fashion foward imagery.
Follow for: De-saturated, emotional and unique imagery.
Follow for: Playfully dystopian, digitally infused futuristic imagery.
Follow for: Super curated fashion/streetwear content & colour palettes.
Follow for: Playfull, product driven, clean and minimal imagery.
Follow for: A mixture of innovation-related content.
Follow for: Super clean, fashion and product related imagery.
Follow for: Well curated product design imagery.
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