Unlike most designers, who have to set sail on an exotic getaway to get inspired, most of the time, I get inspired by the little things I notice. It's on my walk to work, or sitting in the subway and seeing something random or out of context.
Design is about creating spaces for people to enjoy and of course, creating moments where you elevate the spirit, but 'design for good' is figuring out a program that not only creates better spaces, but creates jobs, creates new industry and really kind of raises the conversation about how we rebuild.
All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth - it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations. Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution. Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent - not with how things are but with how they might be - in short, with design.
Anyone with a computer and a design program can create a page layout. But unless you're trained in design, it won't look very good and it won't communicate.