Ultimately all collecting is the collecting of information. It is a way of imposing a certain type of order on the world. As we collect things, we engage in a process of mental ordering—categorizing objects, ideas, memories, etc. Collections are great resources for inspiration and creativity. One wonderful collector that I have met is J.P. Williams. He is a graphic designer in New York and he was a student of Paul Rand. I met him on a design field trip in 2009. My friend John was an intern in his studio. He is known for saying, "You are only as good as your obscure resources." He lives this principle through collecting. He collects neat things, such as the security patterns on the inside of envelopes, as well as various types of string from all around the world. His work is wonderful and it is surely inspired by his collections.
A few things that I collect are (1) profile illustrations of brains and people's heads—Below, (2) philosophical narratives (found in books and articles) regarding the connection between human nature, culture, and politics and (3) ideas about how to be more creative and innovative—this blog is partly a place for me to organize this latter collection. I also aspire to be a numismatist.