3 Degrees of Inspiration: Kurt Woerpel, Caroline David & Brie Moreno


Editor’s Note: This is part 48 in Emily Potts’ inspirational series (previously called “Design Links”). Every other week she features three artists whose work offers fresh, fun, and stimulating creative inspiration. Each artist picks the next link—someone who personally inspires him/her. Check out the forty-seventh part in the series, featuring Steph Davidson, Scott Gelber & Mason Lindroth.

Scott Gelber chose two people last time for inspiration, and his second pick is …

Kurt Woerpel

It’s easy to forget that illustration/design can be fun, but not when you’re looking at Kurt’s work. IT CAN BE FUN, IT IS FUN!

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Here’s a fun doodle. I imagine this was as fun to make as it is fun to look at.

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Here’s a fun design. When was the last time you did something like this?

Kurt Woerpel is inspired by ….

Caroline David

Caroline is one of my favorite designers (and artists and illustrators and animators), and she’s my friend. She succeeds in a big way in putting her personality into everything she does, be it personal or professional work (something that I think makes her work stand out in our saturated image culture). Beyond this, I think she’s one of the most well-adjusted designers I’ve met, and is a great inspiration in keeping others level-headed and focused on self-care and bigger-picture-of-your-life pursuits. She took time off after graduating to work on her Mom’s farm. Lots of respect for that.

She’s doing some really amazing work at Bloomberg Businessweek, making stuff that is consistently funny and visually striking, and in general filled to the brim with offbeat references and inspiration that, I can imagine (and would hope), confounds some of the magazine’s readership. She did an illustration about car insurance that featured five or six hidden bumper stickers, one of which said “Honk If You Honk,” which I still think about all the time. An article on 3G capital had 3D horses with cereal logos being wrangled by a pursuing businessman. Amazing. She did another, a feature opener on Air Force One vs. Marine One that was designed in the style of the overwhelmingly odd children’s show “Planes.” So gooood.

I love Caroline’s Riso prints and ceramic work, which have a good deal of formal overlap in the lumpy forms and grain. I think the treatment of the ceramics feed back into her treatment of 3D in a way that makes it more personal to her hand, setting it apart from other other 3D artists who work more with out-of-the-box models. Her blending of the organic and digital somehow having a greater connection between them, many ceramics being made by hand and translated into a digital space (and vice versa). I think this speaks more broadly to her work, opening the channels that are usually so divided, and allowing water into a dirt-filled area (so to speak) and allowing something beautiful to grow there.

Caroline David is inspired by ….

Brie Moreno

Brie has created such a beautiful, perfect world that I have a lot of love and respect for. Not only does Brie consistently bring the stylistic heat, but her work always tells the most pure stories. I think it’s really rare for work to be smart, attractive, and unwavering in individual style… and Brie’s work is all of that. She’s really bringing a lot of life and an important charming, irreverent voice to contemporary illustration.


I love the work that she just contributed to Gouffre, published by Lagon Revue. I’ve never seen sequential work handled quite like Brie handles it, and I really admire that.

Brie is incredibly prolific while never feeling repetitive, which is also amazing.

Tune in next time to see who inspires Brie Moreno.

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