Jennifer Boles Talks ‘Inspired Design’

Although Jennifer Boles’ background is in business, she have had an interest in design—specifically, design history — for a very long time. When blogging was first introduced, Jennifer realized that it would provide her with a creative outlet, one that would allow her to share her passion for history and design. One thing led to another, and now she devotes all of her time to writing, research, and promoting the design industry.

Take a look at our interview with Jennifer Boles below.

Tell us a bit about your day-to-day – and what you love most about what you do.

My daily routine varies, but one part of my day that I always look forward to is doing research, whether for a book or magazine article or simply out of curiosity. A design education is never complete; there is always some interesting long-gone designer or prominent house just waiting to be discovered.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in art and design books, vintage magazines, such as House & Garden and Architectural Digest, old movies (movies from the 1930s are especially inspiring), travel, and time spent at ADAC.

Your book is coming out on October 2, and I personally can’t wait to see it! What challenged you most about creating “Inspired Design”?

The book was a labor of love. I spent a great deal of time compiling the list of designers, writing about each of them, and doing photo research.

Crossing paths with so many inspiring designers in your career and in your process of writing this book, did it change how you see or approach design?

I have already had a great deal of respect for designers, and after having written this book, my respect for them is even greater. It takes a great deal of talent and skill to be a good designer.

Do you have a specific person that’s inspired you or mentored you, that one specific person that’s really influenced you?

I owe a number of opportunities I have had over the years to Stephen Drucker, who was most recently my editor for Inspired Design. He is immensely talented and knowledgeable, which makes working with him a dream.

What apps or software can you not live without?

I’m old-school. I love spending my time reading books and vintage magazines. I could not live without both.

What 3 pieces of advice would you offer to someone looking to publish a book?

Do your homework and flesh out your book’s concept before pitching it; be prepared to devote all of your time to writing the book and promoting it; and sign with a great literary agent.

Want to hear more from Jennifer Boles? On September 26 at 1pm, she’ll be at Discover ADAC for the Who Inspires You session presented by Dering Hall and The Fashion Group International of Atlanta (reception to follow at Kravet, Inc.). Discover ADAC runs September 25-27 in Atlanta. You can register here as well as see all the sessions they’ll be hosting for the event!

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