101 influences

 

In high school, my art teacher used to make us write lists of 100 of our influences. I used to hate this assignment, I could barely get to 25. now, some years later, I love this assignment.

101 influences (in no particular order)

  1. systems
  2. sustainability
  3. people who work hard
  4. reading the newspaper in paper format not online
  5. public transportation
  6. the color orange
  7. security as danger
  8. security as protection
  9. artificial
  10. natural
  11. being program director
  12. social justice
  13. choosing which stamps to buy based on what I’d want to receive on a letter
  14. making jam
  15. the imagination in Moomin books
  16. Scandanavia
  17. thinking about organic technology
  18. places where your body hurts from sitting too long
  19. grad school
  20. having students go off to grad school and remembering my own
  21. remembering house-sitting for professors and now being that professor
  22. information visualization
  23. color theory
  24. getting a brand new box of art supplies
  25. drawing again
  26. doing things by hand
  27. doing things by machine
  28. flying
  29. the balanced researcher
  30. my ical
  31. to do lists
  32. thinking about the value of emotion in art
  33. viewing devices
  34. The Museum of Jurassic Technology
  35. interactive media
  36. what exactly interactivity means
  37. design for the other 90%
  38. Victor Papanek
  39. William Morris
  40. Agnes Martin
  41. The Albers
  42. Bruce Mau
  43. Pat Fredick
  44. Annet Couwenberg
  45. Kyle Jennings
  46. Alistair
  47. knitting machines
  48. structures
  49. sewing machines
  50. using plants
  51. the Science Fair
  52. being a board member
  53. The Lab
  54. having a studio
  55. finding a pad of brown paper at the art store
  56. the east bay
  57. lunching with colleagues at the salad bar
  58. that sounds incredibly 80’s.
  59. code
  60. sleep
  61. learning new things
  62. craft
  63. anti-consumerism
  64. Arts & Crafts movement
  65. changing systems of behavior for the better
  66. Edward Tufte
  67. Mad Men
  68. thinking about big changes
  69. materials
  70. Cut on the Bias workshop in Canada
  71. the economy
  72. WPA murals
  73. education
  74. noise
  75. mundane actions
  76. black pens
  77. globes
  78. maps
  79. lunch boxes
  80. new furniture
  81. living in a high rise
  82. trying to only buy clothes that are responsibly made
  83. paying more for fair trade
  84. summer fruits
  85. logos
  86. good
  87. polka dots
  88. grids
  89. the car wash
  90. re-upholstering chairs
  91. learning to darn socks
  92. back to school supplies
  93. cross stitch as pixels
  94. Allie
  95. traveling (did I say that one yet?)
  96. itch
  97. wood
  98. the daily recap
  99. cozy
  100. taking pictures as a means of framing
  101. collections

updated August 2011