Inspiration can come from anywhere. Nearly every design challenge begins with some exploration and search for inspiration. Today, Ben Bruce shares where he finds inspiration.
The processes of restoration, painting, drawing, welding and smithing, boat building, cooking and athletes and their progression/training are all fascinating to me. But, when thinking further about sources of inspiration in my life, most of all it is people, both known and unknown, who inspire me.
I am inspired daily by creative people and the things they make; the process, how-to’s and evolution of a piece of work.
I am always inspired by contrarians, activists, disruptors, free thinkers and those with strong convictions. I think of Ai Weiwei, Thom Mayne, Zaha Hadid, Lebbeus Woods, Christopher Hitchens, Marina Abramovic, Bernie Sanders, Dave Chappelle and Allen Iverson.
As a fan of Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant was always my least favorite basketball player but his greatness as an unstoppable force was undeniable. His example of determination and hunger for excellence always inspired me as a child and he was the role model I dearly needed. May one of the GOATs rest easily, knowing that he impacted millions of little boys and girls across the globe who needed a little inspiration. Ball is life.
I’m inspired by those who migrate to the United States in search of a free pursuit of their goals and dreams. All those who aren’t native English speakers, who learn to navigate a new life while learning a new language in often extremely challenging and vulnerable states. I find it is most often these people who make no excuses, work the hardest and bring immeasurable value to every facet of our society.
Finally, I am inspired by the people most at risk in our society and the service workers, leaders and private citizens who make an effort to help. Anyone who chooses a path that diverges from addiction towards recovery and makes huge sacrifices to begin healing. The bravery of those who are forced to live on our streets every day and continue to fight with the hope of a better life in mind. It takes bravery and sets an example of humanity’s great capacity for hope, and this is the most inspiring of all.