An Intern’s Inspiration

Designer Erika Bird, a student at Art Center College of Design, left us with some inspiration before completing her final day as an intern here at Blind.

“I love sharing inspirations,” she said, “so I have put together a series of images from various artists, all of whom inspire me in some way or another.”

Erika also noted that she looks to a variety of arenas for inspiration including taking trips to the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits and LA Arboretum. “I’m also inspired by the improv comedy podcast ComedyBangBang, and podcasts such as RadioLab and FreshAir.

My Inspirations, by Erika Bird

Shaun Tan’s “The Arrival”: Without any words, hundreds of charcoal drawings tell an immigrant’s story in this graphic novel. My mom actually found this book and surprised me out of the blue with it. It remains one of my favorites.



Yumi Sakugawa’s wonderful comics and zines. Each of her pieces is filled with positive energy.

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Rex Ray – a longtime inspiration. He mainly uses cut paper and a lacquer to create his unique patterns and collages.



Jesse Tise is a master of both printmaking and the surreal.






A.M. Cassandre‘s art deco posters from the 1920’s and 30’s are still timeless.




Micah Lidberg, my favorite artist for a long time now, has many pieces themed around nature, animals, physics, science. He also has a truly unique color sense. I admire him greatly.




Sophia Arnold‘s work often has enigmatic female figures in a weirdly alive world. It feels very mysterious and animist.