With this in mind, we've spoken to designers from all over the world to find out what items they couldn't live without...
Featuring in this week's desert island designs post is Ben O'Brien (aka Ben the Illustrator).
Having worked in the design and illustration world for over a decade now, Ben takes inspiration from nature and creating inspiring, epic and ethereal landscapes.
Ben has been commissioned by and collaborated with Smart Cars, Pixar, Westfields Shopping Centres and The New York Times.
The Landscape of England by Brian Cook
"When I was a teenager I was given a book about an old illustrator called Brian Cook, and it turned my world upside-down. Cook painted British scenes for travel books in the 1930s, and going against the norm he used really wild colour palettes, purples, oranges and blues to convey green fields, it was a wonderful discovery.
"This one illustration in particular was the one that changed my view on using colour."
Lemonjelly.ky album sleeve by Airside
"Before I had a clue who Lemon Jelly or Airside were, I was in a record shop in Kingston and saw the fold out vinyl sleeve for the collection of EPs, being a sucker for colour and fresh design I actually bought it without knowing what the music was like at all.
"The shapes and colours combined to be so striking, so fresh and so 'new' that I couldn't resist it. Luckily the music was pretty good too."
"My absolute favourite logo (with the Adidas trefoil logo in a very close second place).
"I have always had a good relationship with Volkswagens. My very first car was a VW, my current car is a VW, I was a Beastie Boys fan in 1986 (although I never stole a badge), and I have grown up loving their logo. To me it looks strong and reliable, and as with all the best logos, it's timeless."
"I know it's not the most high-brow of design fonts, but I really do love Cooper Black, it's friendly, clear and is made up of some perfectly sweet curves, inspiring me to create illustrations with the same feel.
"It's frequently misused, and when it is the product looks dated, but used right, it brings an affectionate charm to its location. Personally I admit that I have overused it before, and (like most people on the brink of addiction) had to control my use of Cooper Black, but still today I'd still turn to it today if the right project called for it."
'Duck and Duckling' by Hans Blling
"Blling was actually an architect, but these wooden ducks that he designed, in my eye, are absolutely perfectly formed.
"I have always tried myself to take the natural world and recreate it with graphic shapes, Blling achieves it to the nth degree with these carved wonders, they're beautiful, simple and super inspiring."
So, what do you think about Ben's choices? What items can't you live without or inspire you? Let us know in the comments box below...