Hardworking pictures: Put yourself in someone else's shoes

Our studio is packed to the rafters with books by artists, designers, philosophers, writers, engineers, historians, scientists, captains of industry... and we've learned something from them all. 

We might be in the business of producing illustrations and animations, but we couldn't do it well without a magpie's eye for inspiration. 

There might be something in their choice of typeface, the way they organise information, the way they make data feel human, or the metaphor they've chosen.

Take a leaf from this great of British illustration, Brian Grimwood - and while you're at it, you might enjoy this lovely profile of him. Never be afraid to seek inspiration or influence from far and wide. Confronting a blank page is hard enough - a blank mind won't help you! 


If you want to learn more about the power of hardworking pictures, visit our Academy page. It's full of visual thinking tips and the latest from our workshops team. Or experience the extraordinary problem-solving power of pictures by checking your team into a bespoke Inktank workshop.