Inspired: How creative people think, work and find inspiration by Dorte Nielsen and Kiki Hartmann is a collection of sneak peeks into what inspires a slew of European creatives. The format is simple: a brief interview with creative directors, fashion designers, artists and architects, followed by a pictorial spread of their notebooks, scrapbooks and collections. There is the danger that this sort of project be taken as too much navel-gazing, but for the purely nosy, this book is a treat. Obviously everyone will be inspired by different things and in different ways (although this volume does point at a few common ones: nature, one's kids, the ordinary people on the bus, etc.), so this is not the type of book that is inspirational in itself, although one may be forgiven for being inspired to start collecting ephemera and building scrapbooks. It is a great book to get lost in, simply for the voyeuristic factor.
Hardcover, 256 pages. BIS Publishers, 2006 (reprint 2010).