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Design inspires us, but what inspires designers? To find out, Canon armed a few of the best with EOS 7D cameras and set them loose in their respective cities to capture images and videos of their inspirations. As it turns out, everything from pistachios to a walk up the subway stairs can have an impact on the mind of a designer.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS | Erica Eden | Ken Carbone | Michelle Berryman | Scott Wilson

Erica Eden is a Senior Industrial Designer at Smart Design and a founding member of the Femme Den. She has expertise in diverse fields, including home, health, and packaged goods, but her favorite design challenge is to create an emotional connection through product design, especially in the home. The first product she ever designed, while earning her Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, was an electric tea kettle that is easy to pour, especially for her grandmother with dexterity issues. Her work has been praised in a number of international design magazines. She also finds any excuse to travel and learn about diverse cultures, food, and fashion around the world.

The Femme Den is here to save good women from bad products. They started as an underground collective of international women at Smart Design, searching for answers in a world that was not designed for them. They are a leading team of design researchers, industrial designers, and engineers who are paving the way for a deeper understanding around design and gender. They speak around the world on the topic, working to stimulate positive change in the design and business communities.

Michelle is a founding Principal in the design firm Echo Visualization, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia where her practice centers on interaction design and user experience for consumer, medical and industrial products, as well as software, websites and rich Internet applications. Throughout her award-winning design career, she has worked with clients like Coca-Cola, Electrolux, Nike, Siemens, Philips, Hewlett-Packard and Cooper Lighting, to extend their brand and build meaningful customer experiences.

Since 1993, Michelle has been active with the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) where she serves on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past-President. In November 2009, she was elected to a two-year term on the Executive Board of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).

In 2005, Michelle was named one of the "10 Innovators You Should Know" by Deep magazine and in 2006, she was a Women in Technology (WIT) Atlanta chapter nominee for the "Woman of the Year in Technology" award in the Small/Medium Enterprise category. Additionally, she serves on the editorial advisory board for Interactions magazine and she is a Visiting Professor at Jiagnan University in Wuxi, China.

She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology holding a Bachelor's degree in industrial design and a Master's degree focused on interaction design.

Michelle can often be found traveling the world, camera in hand, looking for beauty, inspiration and fresh perspectives from the environment around her.

Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding company in New York City. For over three decades, CSA has integrated content, strategy and art to create comprehensive 2D, 3D and digital design solutions for an impressive roster of brands. The agency's client list includes: W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Taubman Centers, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Canon, Carnegie Textiles, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Corbis Images, Architectural Record Magazine and the Musee du Louvre. Their work has been recognized for design excellence and published internationally.

Ken is a professor in the MBA program at the School of Visual Arts and frequently lectures on design and creative inspiration.

In addition to his design career he is an accomplished guitarist and says he might give it all up one day to play with Tina Turner.

Scott Wilson is the founder of Chicago-based MINIMAL, a studio whose diverse work spans industries ranging from technology, interactiion and consumer products to fashion, furniture and environments. MINIMAL is currently collaborating with industry leaders such as Steelcase, Dell, Microsoft, Nike, Apple and Xbox as well as exciting start-ups on some of the most anticipated new devices and experiences in the industry. A former Global Creative Director at Nike, Wilson has lead design organizations such as IDEO, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Fortune Brands, and Motorola and created some of the most recognized consumer design icons.

One of the most respected hands-on designers in the industry, Wilson has the elusive ability to consistently deliver products to market that speak rationally and emotionally to the consumer. His broad experience developing end-to-end product brand experiences that connect with users in deeper more meaningful ways ultimately ensures a higher probability of market success and consumer loyalty. While balancing consulting for design-centric brands with his intense passion for self-manufacturing and entrepreneurial ventures, Wilson is constantly looking for the next consumer connection.

Examples of Wilson's diverse work include the game-changing new Xbox Kinect experience, the SW1 Collaborative Lounge Collection for Coalesse, his Ooba modern baby furniture brand, the industry-disruptive Nike Presto Digital Bracelet, the Microsoft Courier digital notebook concept, the transformative Swingline Contura staplers and M2 Landscape Lounge for Rem Koolhaas' Seattle Central Library. In January of 2010 Wilson successfully incubated and launched a revolutionary new consumer-on-demand customization brand, Uncommon, which took the existing industry giants by surprise and became an Apple Store favorite over night.

Scott Wilson's work has been recognized with over 50 international design awards in the last decade and has been exhibited internationally including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial, MoMA, MCA and Chicago Art Institute. Wilson has also been profiled in dozens of magazines including ID Magazine's Top 40, Fast Company's Masters of Design and TIME Magazine's Style + Design 100.

With a host of brand new
features designed to enhance
every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the new EOS7D represents a whole new class of camera. Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS7D captures tremendous images at high speeds, allows for sharp focus no matter the situation, provides accurate exposure even in difficult lighting, and shoots Full HD video. The creative opportunities—not just with stills but also with video–are beyond amazement.