A subject that has been of interest to me for over 35 years has been design. I have been fortunate in life to know two industrial designers and when you see what these guys learn and can create it really makes you desire to step out the box and try something different.
I came across this site and this publication and thought the content may inspire. The site is the American Hardwoods Export council and its one of their publications. It contains a range of different designs made by a variety of students.
Then in their news events section i found a designer which may add color to this post in terms of getting at what i am trying to refer to.