Where do designers get their inspiration? We were recently asked to speak on this topic for an upcoming industry event. We had to decline the invitation because we were inundated with working on and perhaps “too inspired” by our upcoming ELECTRO Neo Dance Party. It seems ironic that the very topic that we were asked to speak on is the reason that we could not accept the opportunity.
This dance party is an event that we have wanted to do for some time now. Above are different inspirational pictures which ideas may or may not show up in our final event design. One thing is true; all these pictures have inspired us for this upcoming party. As far as inspiration goes, Burning Man (an artist community that congregates in the dessert once a year) is what truly inspired the beginnings of this party.
So for our Electro Neo dance party what do we have in store? Well for one it’s going to be a light show. We are having Julio from JL Imagination (link) come in and trick our warehouse out with lighting. We are also having a friend do some video mapping over the dance floor. Of course it’s a dance party, so Aaron LaMorte from AVL Sound Design is going to rock the house (neon style). We also have Sydney Ember who is going to perform aerial tricks from our ceiling. And my long time friend Erin, of Archival Photo Booth is going to have neon inspired set up. Everybody has been great about coming in and donating their time and effort to make sure that the event is a success.
Finally Linnae and I will be hosting the party and heading up the design. We are still collaborating on ideas, but we are excited about what’s to come. We envision neon trees and cubes to dance on. We are looking to create some Neon inspired design elements through out the space and I can also say this; Urban Outfitters has also been one of our inspirations for this party. It’s our vision that everybody that comes becomes part of the design. We are asking our guests to wear white with accents of neon. Erin from Archival Photo Booth is also going to helping our guests look the part by passing out some neon swag.
This is where our inspiration comes from: life experience and those around us. When I first started inviting people to this party I was asked: “why am I having a party?” At first I didn’t even know why. My guess was to bring people together to have a good time. As the production for this party continued I realized that I also wanted to bring more art into this world. I wanted to do it in a tangible way that people could experience the art. I am now realizing that the vision of bringing people together in art and community is happening. It’s been fun dreaming this one up.
Be sure to make it out to this party if you can. It’s June 2nd. You can email me (jonathan@asieldesign) to RSVP and for more details. Also check back in a few weeks to see pictures of this event.