Design Inspiration

Feed your brain.

Besides the usual online research that every designer and student does fairly routinely, there is a tremendous amount of inspirational creative material in the form of books and movies.

It is equally important to know what is going on currently vs. what has happened in the past.

This Professor3D curated list contains some of the most noteworthy books and movies that every designer should know; whether your design field is product, architecture, games, vehicles, or anything else in digital content creation.

If you aren’t familiar with most of these, you just might embarrass yourself!

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M O V I E S

starwars_ep4
1977
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
starwars_ep5
1980
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
starwars_ep6
1983
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
starwars_ep1
1999
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
starwars_ep2
2002
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
starwars_ep3
2005
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
thefifthelement
1997
The Fifth Element
avatar
2009
Avatar
theincredibles
2004
The Incredibles
A masterpiece of retro everything!
monsters_inc
2001
Monsters Inc.
Original everything!
walle
2008
WALL-E
Robots in space with great story.
up
2009
Up
thematrix
1999
The Matrix
Vehicles
blade_runner
1982
Blade Runner
Neo noir classic
the_minority_report
2002
The Minority Report
Forecast several now-real technologies
skycaptian_and_the_world_of_tomorrow
2004
Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow
Retro Futurism
2001_a_space_odyssey
1968
2001 A Space Odyssey
Masterpiece of film with style

alien
1979
Alien
Giger at his best

iron_man
2008
Iron Man
Suits, interface and gear
district_9
2009
District 9
Hi Tech meets Hi Grunge

B O O K S

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Scott Robertson
Lift Off: Air Vehicle Sketches and Renderings
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Scott Robertson
Start Your Engines: Surface Vehicle Sketches and Renderings
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Scott Robertson + Others
Concept Design
dougchiang_mechanika
Doug Chiang
Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction
dougchiang_robota
Doug Chiang, Orson Scott Card –
Robota
artofstarwars_ep4
Carol Titelman
The Art of Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope
artofstarwars_ep5
Valerie Hoffman
The Art of Star Wars, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
artofstarwars_ep6
Carol Titelman
The Art of Star Wars, Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
artofstarwars_ep1
Jonathan Bresman
Art of Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace
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Mark Vaz
The Art of Star Wars, Episode II – Attack of the Clones
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J.W. Rinzler
The Art of Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

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