Design Links: A Chain of Creative Inspiration, Part 14


Editor’s Note: This is part 14 in Emily Potts’ inspirational series, 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 thirteenth part in the series, featuring Michael Cina, Hamish Muir, and Carolyn Sewell.

Carolyn Sewell is inspired by …

Kate Bingaman-Burt

I’ve been a major fangirl of Kate’s for about 10 years now. It started when I received a newsletter from the Art Department of my alma mater, Mississippi State University, highlighting new faculty. I was immediately drawn to Kate’s Obsessive Consumption work, where she drew every credit card statement until it was paid off, and she drew everything she purchased. Her style was so quirky, her mission was so relevant. And her format? Well she basically invented the concept of daily drawings, way before Instagram and hashtags. Add to her talent, she’s a seriously wonderful human being who really cares about her students. I’m just so bummed I graduated before having her as a teacher. How can you not adore someone whose tagline is “high-fives since forever”?


Kate had folks send her pictures of their favorite mix tapes and she drew them. It’s analog on top of analog. I just love it. I have her blue and silver edition hanging on my office wall. You should do the same.


KBB_Bedsider_02I love everything she’s done with Bedsider, but the Sex Facts are my personal favorite. She makes a taboo topic feel approachable and friendly.

Kate Bingamn-Burt is inspired by …

Taryn Cowart

Everything she touches is SMART and well executed. She is one of the most generous and positive people that I know and it shows through her thoughtful work. Her day job is being a senior designer at Atelier Ace and she spends her nights and weekends smartly jamming out projects and just generally getting good stuff done for people and organizations as well as joining forces that turn into projects like Day Job, a publication that features work from women about making art and making a living. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.



This compilation from Day Job is beautifully designed, and the content is rich and intelligent. These qualities embody the type of work that Taryn chases after in much of her work. Day Job was a collaboration with the graphic designer Corbin Lamont (who I also admire very much).



Taryn’s work for the Ace Hotel is exceptional as seen in this series of broadsides, her typework is strong and smart as evident in these posters, and I freaking love the simplicity of this billboard.

Taryn Cowart is inspired by …

Ellen Wilde

Ellen inspires me because she’s a really kind, thoughtful, and funny person in real life, with super design talent to boot. She’s one of those designers who can do anything in any style, and who approaches each project with clarity and positivity.


modern love pattern

I love the work she’s done for Modern Love Omaha, a vegan restaurant by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. You know how you feel really great when you drink a fresh juice? The patterns and palette she created for this restaurant make me feel like that.

Club no quiet

Love the relationship between hand-done typography and dramatically-lit photos for Club No Quiet, her friend’s feminist record label.

Tune in next time to see who inspires Ellen Wilde.


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