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Guest Blog Post by The Creative Group

As part of this year’s Creative Team of the Future, we asked more than 750 designers to name the one person, living or dead, who most inspires them creatively. Following are five of the most interesting answers (in no particular order) along with thoughts from survey respondents on why these people are so inspiring.

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Photo by Kari Orvik/Photobooth SF

1. JESSICA HISCHE
“I love her work, and her professional story inspires me. She’s done a lot of esteemed work, but she also seems accessible. That makes me feel like I have the power to push my own career in whatever direction I choose.”

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Late last year, we conducted a Readers Choice survey — asking thousands of very tolerant readers to identify a few of your favorite things — artists, movies, books, apps, colors, typefaces, and the like. Obviously, all of these responses depend on context as well as project and client. But many of you were kind enough to attempt an answer in the spirit of the moment. My initial thought was that the survey results might provide insights and story ideas for 2015 but, as I wrote recently in the Jan/Feb GDUSA magazine, it is wondrous and scary how little you all agree with each other. About anything. Nevertheless, some of the data are suggestive, amusing, even intriguing. I present some of the results here and will do more later.

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Favorite Fine Artist

1. Andy Warhol

2. Vincent van Gogh

3. Leonardo Da Vinci

4. Pablo Picasso

5. René Magritte

6. Piet Mondrian

7. Andrew Wyeth

8. Paul Cézanne

9. Henri Matisse

10. Roy Lichtenstein

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“Tooling Around” is an ongoing series of letters crafted out of tools by typographic illustrator Joseph Alessio, publishing one glyph daily through the end of February.

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Have you ever considered using aerial photography in your designs? Beautiful photos taken from way up high convey a sense of scale that nothing Earth-bound really can.

Whether you’€™re trying to communicate vastness, love nature-made geometric patterns, or just want something that’s ideal as a full background image, these 23 gorgeous aerial photographs from the 500px Prime collection are perfect.

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