Saturday, 24 January 2015


Todays inspiration came from something completely unrelated to graphic design or illustration and in fact came in the form of an extreme sport.

The video, which was posted by Thrasher Magazine, features a German skateboarder named Michael Mackrodt, who is filmed ripping through the suburbs of Paris for five and a half minutes of fast paced, creative skateboarding. 

There are an assortment of reasons I find the part inspirational, from his flowing style to the rapid speed at which he skates throughout the whole video. However, by far the most inspirational aspects of Mackrodt's skating, and the reason he is featured on this blog post, is because of his creative interaction with the Parisian architecture and his combination of unusual tricks that he applies into interesting and stylish lines. 

As a graphic designer that is also heavily involved with skateboarding I can appreciate Mackrodt's creativity and skill on many levels. Moreover, such respect has allowed me to identify aspects of skateboarding that also have relevance to graphic design. 

One of the most important aspects of the video was Mackrodt's creative approach to skateboarding, which has relevance to both the way he approaches a spot and the tricks he does. It is this ability to think differently and approach obstacles and tasks creatively that has relevance in both skateboarding and graphic design, and is main the reason the video has relevance to my professional practice.   

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