Design Links: A Chain of Creative Inspiration, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This is part three in Emily Potts’ new series, Design Links. Every other week, will feature 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 second part in the series, featuring Jenn David Connolly, RaShelle Roberts, and Laura Zollar here

Laura Zollar is inspired by …

Victoria Hart

I have worked in design for quite some time and one of the people I admire most is Victoria. She truly moves to her own tune, a consistent creative spring of inspiration. Self-made, Victoria has years of experience in design, and throughout the years has had a definite impact on the community. Her company, Pink Kitty Creative, offers a seasoned and professional portfolio. She also works with local art galleries and helps local artists with events, networking, and advice.”

three square art

Three Square is a well-known charity that provides support for the hungry. When I look at this logo, designed by Victoria, I see a community working together. It’s a brilliant logo and I love well-crafted branding that has a great purpose at its core.


BLVDs Magazine is a Las Vegas publication that informs readers in an upbeat sophisticated format. The covers often feature local artists including my Pomegranates of Demeter painting on this cover.

Victoria Hart is inspired by ….

Jen Mussari

I gravitate towards Jen’s work because I love fine art in design, and Jen has merged the two beautifully with her art of drawing letters. A lot goes into making lettering look right—every arm, bowl, counter, ascender and descender has to be just right or your eye quickly discards it as amateur and incomplete. Jen makes lettering look effortless.


I love the type treatment on these Shopify Coasters printed by Holstee. It has wonderful flow, the design is busy without being overwhelming, and the letterpress printing gives it a wonderful texture.


This reminds me of my older brother Dale, who was always on his Triumph cruising with a joint in one hand and long hair blowing in the wind. He was a child of the ‘60s and this graphic is symbolic of that freedom. She took the biker phrase FTW (F$%k The World) and turned it into a positive with Fare Thee Well. I love that spin too.

Jen Mussari is inspired by …

Julianna Brion

Julianna’s work hits the mark between crisp modern design and tactile handmade textures. She uses a visual language that just makes perfect sense in its balance and feel. We went to school together at MICA in Baltimore, and shared some of the most formative times in what would lead to my career path. In class, I was always most excited to see Julianna’s work because it challenged me to think outside of trend and style, and made me want to be a better illustrator. I admire her ability to create striking, unusual shapes that somehow also feel effortless. When Julianna creates new work, I get so excited to see the way that she resolves illustrative concepts for a wide array of clients and uses.


Julianna has a series of pinup illustrations that are just gorgeous. I love these illustrations so much, in fact, that I got one tattooed on my back! The figures in this series are beautiful to me for their modern style and handmade texture. They make me reconsider what a “pin-up” is, as well. Instead of catering to the male gaze, this series shows women in a way that is beautiful on their own terms.


One of her newer series is a collection of illustrations that show the duality between situations perceived with anxiety and without. The series focuses on the experience of Dylan, a young Californian who sought treatment for his anxiety and depression. The illustrations use a clever slider to toggle between two variations on Dylan’s experience: showing the difference between his perception of the world around him and the actual world around him. The illustrations describe the experience of battling with mental illness, but when paired with the words of Dylan, they are truly powerful. The drawings themselves, even out of context, are beautiful and use color and shape in truly interesting ways.