Design Links: A Chain of Creative Inspiration, Part 15


Editor’s Note: This is part 15 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 fourteenth part in the series, featuring Kate Bingaman-Burt, Taryn Cowart, and Ellen Wilde.

Ellen Wilde is inspired by …

Monica Ramos

Monica’s work has this level of deep understanding that is really inspiring. Her illustrations have huge emoting power, plus they’re technically amazing. Also, she’s a very cool, funny, smart person.


This is the first piece I ever saw of Monica’s, in an issue of Good Magazine. The article was about an emerging sustainable burial movement, and the nuance captured in this piece astounded me. I love the way she depicts death so rhythmically here: a gentle fading in and out of people and plants in soft, overlapping color.

Ramos view art

This illustration is called “How to View Art,” and like her other work, it provides a ton of little discovery moments when you look at it closely. I love seeing the work of artists like Duchamp, Degas, and Matisse recreated through the eyes of Monica.

– written by Ellen Wilde

Monica Ramos is inspired by …

Rachel Levit

Rachel is probably the coolest person I know. She never does just one thing, but everything she touches is precise, smart, and layered in a sophisticated poetic mystery that I can’t get enough of.


This is a drawing from Obvio Si, a solo show that she put up in Mexico City. I love how this one is gross and elegant at the same time.


I love the contrast between how full and detailed this print feels—the dot pattern, all the individual women and swirling shapes, with the limited colors and simple composition that hold it all together. It’s also only $6!

– written by Monica Ramos

Rachel Levit is inspired by …

Harriet Lee Merrion

Her color sensibility and her subject matter really speak to me. Her work is quietly poetic yet powerful.


This piece is one of my favorites because of its surreal quality. My favorite illustrators are the ones who have really strong concepts. Harriet is very graceful about conveying an idea and a strong sentiment at the same time.


Some pieces are very minimal, which I appreciate a lot. Hundreds of images compete with each other to catch our attention every day so this one caters to my need for clarity, simplicity, and elegance.

– written by Rachel Levit

Tune in next time to see who inspires Harriet Lee Merrion.

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