I am kind of obsessed with vintage stuff. I collect vintage ads, ephemera and art supplies. I look to these historical references for inspiration, and know I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulder of giants.
The graphic design tools I have at my disposal to create with today are amazing (Adobe Software! MacBook Pro!), but the earlier tools were a reminder that they are all just tools — objects we use to implement our ideas. They have and will no doubt continue to change rapidly. Being a creative person and a graphic designer to me is not just about knowing how to use the tools of the trade, but more importantly about how to be a problem solver, an idea generator. A great design solution is not tool dependent, it starts with a great idea and the tools come later.
“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.”
― Massimo Vignelli
I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment from the recently departed Massimo Vignelli. Sure, as designers we all have our niches or specialties, but when it comes down to it a good designer can design anything (or everything). A good designer understands the basic elements and principles of design and uses them to communicate effectively no matter what the design. The possibilities are endless; that is why I love being a designer!