Michael Doret, Graphic Designer, Illustrator and now font designer shared his inspiration at a seminar at the Art Institute of California "It Began in Brooklyn" (photo: Heather, Danielle, Michael & Lyndsay)
Growing up in New York, he spent much of his childhood at Coney Island (an outdoor amusement park by the sea), unbeknown to him this would become a subliminal source of inspiration throughout his life's work. The bright neon signs, the flashing lights, the fonts and styles, the Steeplechase face.
These are a selection of Michael's logos, print work and a very famous record cover for the band KISS. Can you see the Coney island influence?
For most of his career, he designed one off solutions to the design brief he received, but in recent years has branched out to font design. Inspired by the old metal Gevaert photo sign Michael saw in a Paris flea market, he created his first font "Orion" with an Art Deco, geometric style.
The quirkiness appealed to him and that was the main challenge to create a font whose letters joined seamlessly with it's strict angular connectors yet the outcome remained unique, like a commissioned logo.
We used Michael's "powerstation" font for our blog title, Michael was inspired by a piece of work he did for Hershey's Time's Square Flagship store in NYC.
If you still haven't seen anything you recognize.... here is a very famous logo, designed by Michael for the NY Knicks basketball team.
Inspiration for design comes from anything and everything, you may have been influenced by things you've seen and you don't even realise it, just like Michael.