Things That Inspire Me

I like this little mini-meme that swept through the blog-world about listing–in stream-of-consciousness form–what things inspire you on an everyday basis. So I decided to try and create a list of my own on the bus down to Philly last saturday. Reading the lists by Caterina Fake [link], Dennis Crowley [link] and Christina Cacciopo (of Union Square Ventures) [link], I thought at first “wow, no way I can remember back my childhood like that and dig up random and powerful things/people/places/events that stuck with me.” But the exercise of trying produced an astonishing amount of stuff, stuff I hadn’t thought of in a long time but are obviously powerful enough to stick with me. It’s kind of a neat little experiment in memory, I highly recommend it.

So, here it is:

the blacksmiths at colonial williamsburg, heavy construction equipment, building blocks, eBay, MAD magazine, Vermont, Nashville thrift stores, wired magazine circa 1996, playstation cheat code message boards, municipal airports, Apple Computer, skylines, sam ash catalogs, someone else’s drum kit, 1967 stingray, tracing paper, smith optics, goosebumps, redwall, pierre omidyar, kaZaa, hardy boys, Etnies, go-gurt,, sand sculptures, North Shore BC, flag football, j.crew/Mickey Drexler, sharpies, photobooths, captain planet, south park, spaghetti westerns, the spectre computer game, mechwarrior, breathless, the beach boys, asbury park nj, svpply, dribbble, lib tech snowboard graphics, mark messier, early 2000’s snowboard movie soundtracks, my mom,, songza, songkick, Roland MC-505, reddit, deer tick (the band), jef razkin, steve jobs, independent movie theaters, new york city, muchmusic, glastonbury, tumblr, kickstarter, jeff bezos, takashi murakami, marissa mayer, jack dorsey, david heinemeier hansson, Hamdi Ulukaya, sherlock holmes (the books), industrial design, design blogs, marshall amplifiers, first snowfall, RV’s, keith richards, spreadsheets, Keynote, TextEdit, Vic Firth.