Inspiration

Welcome to Design Week’s Inspiration Board. Here you can search through inspirational design imagery using a series of filters, or just browse random images. You can also submit your own work for consideration on the board using the button below.

Jigsaw store concept, by Barber Design

This singular concept is for Jigsaw’s Cobham, Surrey store. Each new store has its own look and feel and this is the second one that Barber has worked on for the client. Each store is designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings and the architecture of the building it is situated in. Jigsaw has 82 stores […]

TfL Brooch collection, by various

TfL has collaborated with Craft Central to create Underground inspired brooches for Clerkenwell Design Week, which takes place 23-25 May. Designers have taken their inspiration from the visual language of the London Underground. They include: People Will Always Need  Plates;  Sally  Weatherill;  Eliza Kesuma;  Julie  Nicaisse; Rhi  Frankton; Myia  Bonner;  Raul  Garcia; Sarah  Kelly;  Sally […]

Netflix N Kill, by Ben Tallon

Illustrator Ben Tallon has created an artwork, which is a comment on apathy towards politicians who “break promises and trade in lies”. Meanwhile, he says he is also addressing the “moral decay” brought on by being glued to on-demand digital streaming services and social media.

Moses Lake Cellars branding, by Thirst Craft

Studio Thirst Craft has designed the branding and packaging for American wine brand Moses Lake Cellars. The design aims to imbue luxury, says lead designer Craig Black, but also uses typographic, brush-stroke lettering that is “bold and youthful”. The label is printed on a Spanish “luxury” paper stock, and incorporates a monochrome colour palette, alongside […]

Record Store Day 10th anniversary campaign, by Senan Lee and Pansy Aung

Designers Senan Lee and Pansy Aung have revealed that they were behind a campaign to celebrate the 10th birthday of Record Store Day. Record Store Day, which took place on 22 April this year, sees 200 independent record shops nationwide celebrating the beauty of vinyl, by opening their doors, offering special releases, and hosting performances and […]

Edwardidot, by Emily Richards

Last week, graphic designer Sarah Hyndman released her new activity book How to Draw Type and Influence People through Laurence King. It asks its readers to test their imaginations and their pen skills by thinking about the different personalities typefaces might have, along with how they might sound, taste, feel and smell. We spoke to […]

Beautiful Glorious Chaos, by James Dawe

Illustrator James Dawe works in mixed media collage to create images, which have a glitchy, three-dimensional quality. Space and technology are prominent themes in these virtual landscapes, which look to warp reality and play with our “theories of physics and the mysteries of the universe,” according to curator Liat Chen. Beautiful Glorious Chaos will run from […]

A Spoonful of Charcoal, by Christina BanBan

London-based Spanish artist Christina BanBan has created these daily life scenes, which reveal her autobiographical story. The collection, which has an abstract painterly style, covers everything from street scenes to her personal struggles and introspective thoughts. A Spoonful of Charcoal is on from 6-18 May at Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA

Mindfulmess, by David Shillinglaw

Artist and mural specialist David Shillinglaw set to work on one of the walls of the studio of YouTube channel Canvas, which is funded by the Arts Council. The piece, Mindfulmess is created in his usual inimitable style and you can see how it all came together here – while also learning something about the […]

Nothing in the News, by Sideline

Design studio Sideline has revealed a new project called Nothing in the News, which features mock-ups of famous newspapers from all over the world with blank front pages. The project looks to combat our “24-hour” approach to news, where we are “bombarded with information in real time by every media outlet and platform competing for our […]

Elemental, by Eser Güngör

Istanbul-based architect Eser Güngör has designed a range of home accessories made from materials collected from industrial sites. All of the products within the Elemental collection are made from brass sheets and black marble, which have been left over from mass production factories and other manufacturing sites. Featured products include the Istanbul napkin holder, which […]

Mimic, by Omar Aqil

Pakistan-based designer Omar Aqil has created a series of hyperrealistic three-dimensional visuals based on the work of artist Pablo Picasso. Having been inspired by the work of Picasso since first starting his career in design, Aqil selected six of the artist’s most famous works and recreated them using a number of programmes including 4D-Vray, Adobe […]

Holidays, by Jean Jullien

French illustrator Jean Jullien has released a new book called Holidays, which offers an unfiltered snapshot of the typical tourist experience. The book includes illustrations of a holidaymaker sunbathing on the beach and another wearing a deflated rubber ring, along with a guide to various types of sunburn fon different parts of the body, such […]

Clod Ensemble rebrand, by The Beautiful Meme

London-based design studio The Beautiful Meme has rebranded performance art group, Clod Ensemble. The new visual identity is inspired by the theories of physical theatre teacher Jacques Lecoq, who proposed that the three main types of drama – tragedy, melodrama and clown – operate in different “planes” or spaces. According to Lecoq, tragedy happens on […]

Superfly bottle design, by B&B Studio

B&B Studio has designed a “no logo” bottle for Superfly; the latest addition to Firefly’s range of juice drinks which has been created in collaboration with mixologist Mr Lyan. The bottle design features illustrations inspired by botanical books, and does not include a logo on the front in order to create “intrigue and allure” around […]

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars. Both the exhibition and book look at 24 case studies from six European countries that take a novel approach to social housing practices, including UK-based architectural group Assemble. A yellow, white and black colour palette and bold typography are […]

Erratic Creativity, by Charlie Smith

Designer Charlie Smith has been revealed as the winner of a competition to design the catalogue cover for Free Range, an annual art and design graduate show held at The Old Truman Brewery in east London. Smith’s design is titled Erratic Creativity and comprises a multicoloured, abstract image of an egg based on the graduate […]

Daniel Buren Underground book, by TSOWC

The Studio of Williamson Curran (TSWOC) has designed a new book which documents the permanent installation at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station by French artist Daniel Buren. The London-based graphic design studio was commissioned by publisher Art/Books and Transport for London (TfL) initiative Art on the Underground to create the book. It has been edited […]

Clad, by Matthew Raw

Ceramic designer Matthew Raw is set to unveil his first solo show during London Craft Week. Clad will feature eight tile artworks by Raw, inspired by how the movement of people changes built environments over time. The tiles are designed to represent the “urban grids” which shape our cities, says Raw. Clad will travel on […]

The Blackhorse Workshop products, at Heal’s Modern Craft Market

Heal’s Modern Craft Market, which takes place in central London, is set to showcase a selection of craft goods made by The Blackhorse Workshop. Based in London district Walthamstow and set up by architectural group Assemble, The Blackhorse Workshop provides workshop space to over 40 furniture and product designers. The annual craft market’s theme for […]

Moleskine Avengers Limited Edition collection, by Leo Burnett Italy

Studio Leo Burnett Italy has designed a series of limited edition Moleskine notebooks decorated with various Marvel Comics superheroes. The series includes book covers featuring Hulk, Spider-Man and Thor, and aims to act as “a reminder that before becoming our favourite movies, superheroes take their first steps as sketches on paper”, says the studio. The […]

Klaws, by Mark Richardson

Superfried founder and designer Mark Richardson has revealed a personal typographic project called Klaws. The project is inspired by the graffiti that Richardson saw on a train one day while on his way into the Superfried studio in Manchester. The result is a series of numeral, angular typographic designs created by Richardson in three-dimensional modelling […]

Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, by Rebecca Roke

Architecture and design writer Rebecca Roke has released a new book which looks at mobile, portable and movable architectural structures, called Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move. Designed by StudioKanna, the book features photos of more than 250 mobile architectural structures, ranging from tents and caravans to designs that look to tackle social issues such as […]

Perdiz issue eight, by Querida Studio

Barcelona-based Querida Studio has designed the eighth issue of Perdiz magazine, with cover design by Spanish artist Carlota Guerrero. The magazine describes itself as being a title about “people and the things that make them happy”, with features on individuals including a university professor who trains his own flea circus and a roundabout fanatic from […]

Yuko Higuchi’s Magical Colouring Museum, by Yuko Higuchi

Japanese illustrator Yuko Higuchi has released a new colouring book called Yuko Higuchi’s Magical Colouring Museum. The book follows a brother and sister on their trip through Yuko Higuchi’s museum, where they are transformed into the various creatures and plants that they encounter along the way, including mushrooms, molluscs and reptiles. The book will be […]

Arte rebrand, by The Partners and Lambie-Nairn

The Partners and Lambie-Nairn have collaborated to create a new visual identity for cultural TV channel Arte. The rebrand looks to reflect Arte’s mission to be a cultural channel for all of Europe and change perceptions that it is too “highbrow” and “intellectual”, say the consultancies. The logo has been redesigned as a magnet, mirroring […]

Munich 1972 book crowdfunder, by Alessandro Rinaudi

Graphic designer Alessandro Rinaudi has launched a crowdfunding campaign to compile a book of Otl Aicher’s designs for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Rinaudi has collected more than 400 designs from the Olympics over the last 15 years which feature in the book, including posters; booklets; backstage passes; posters and uniforms, alongside the original visual […]

Sesame Street autistic character debut, by Sesame Street

TV show Sesame Street has found a sensitive way to teach children about autism, through the introduction of a new animated puppet character. Julia is the latest addition to Sesame Street, and lives with autism. The latest episode shows her playing and interacting with other characters, and demonstrates how although her behaviour differs from those […]

English Heritage members’ handbook, by Carter Wong Design

Consultancy Carter Wong Design has designed the cover for the English Heritage members’ handbook for 2017/18, which has been inspired by Deal Castle in Kent. English Heritage is a charity that takes care of 400 historic places across the country. Members receive free entry and discount to listed sites, invites to events and a magazine […]

Me and EU postcards, by various designers

UK-based creatives have come together to create postcards that reach out to European studios and aim to create a sense of unity between the UK and EU. The project was set up by designers Nathan Smith and Sam T Smith as an open brief in June 2016. Now, over 100 designers have participated, including Craig […]

Newmor collection, by Newmor and Stephen Walter

Wallpaper company Newmor has worked with designer Stephen Walter on a new collection based on his intricate map illustrations. The collection is based on several of Walter’s artworks, including London Subterranea and Hub. The first geographically tracks the routes of old London rivers, sewers, the tube network and now-defunct tube stations, while the second depicts […]

Hoppy Seabird packaging, by Limegreentangerine

Consultancy Limegreentangerine has designed the branding and packaging for new craft beer brand Hoppy Seabird, owned by Gower Brewery. The range, which includes an APA, IPA, lager and stout, aims to “not take itself seriously”, and hark back to its brewer, says Alex Down, head of brand at Limegreentangerine. The branding features an illustrated emblem of […]

Animal illustrations, by Fieldinspired

Illustrator Rich Field, founder at studio Fieldinspired, has designed a series of dark, sombre animal illustrations. The series is the first in a new collection inspired by a recent trip through South East Asia, says the illustrator, and includes the likes of Dark Owl and Wise Lion.

London Youth, by Hoxton Mini Press and Julian Mährlein

Hoxton Mini Press has published a new fashion photography book of young people living in London, and aims to show the “alternative side to London’s youth”. Photographed by Julian Mährlein, the project was undertaken following the London riots in 2011, and includes portraits of teenagers in areas such as football pitches, basketball courts and skateparks. […]

Redesigned Moleskine backpacks, by Moleskine and Bradley Theodore

Moleskine has worked with street artist Bradley Theodore to reimagine its Classic Backpack, with a new design based on different cities. The new backpack was launched at Milan Design Week this month, and adds colourful designs inspired by the likes of Paris, Tokyo, London and New York to the otherwise blank bag. The collaboration is […]

Beanz Meanz Heinz campaign, by Jones Knowles Ritchie

Jones Knowles Ritchie has created a 50th anniversary campaign for Heinz Beans, which playfully depicts what beans “means” to different people through various can designs. The campaign includes the limited edition packaging, alongside an pop-up café in Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, and a store window display. There are 50 different iterations of the tins, […]

Oia Council place branding, by Yarza Twins

Yarza Twins has designed the place branding for Oia Council’s tourist department, a small town based in Galicia, Spain. The identity emphasises the area’s outdoor activities such as surfing and historical tourist spots such as the monastery. The London-based studio has created an identity which sees the name Oia stacked vertically, as well as a […]

Time Machine, by Lee Broom

Lee Broom has housed his furniture and lighting collections from the last ten years in an installation within a disused vault at Milano Centrale station as part of Milan Design Week. Each piece has been reimagined in new materials and finishes. The limited edition pieces were accompanied by a handcrafted Carrara marble grandfather clock. The collection […]

The Colour of Things notebooks, by Tom Crawshaw

Designer Tom Crawshaw has created a series of six brightly coloured notebooks, called The Colour of Things. The notebooks feature foiled typographic covers, each with a collection of seemingly unconnected things that all share one common element: colour. The notebooks are printed and bound in the UK by Ambrose Press.

BMW i3 and i8 special editions, by Garage Italia Customs

Automotive customisation company Garage Italia Customs has designed a special edition of BMW’s i3 and i8 car models. The brightly patterned car liveries pay homage to the Memphis Design Group, an Italian design collective from the 1980s which designed Pop Art-inspired home furnishings. Garage Italia Customs’ designs for BMW were unveiled at Milan Design Week […]

Sicily is my Love collection, by Smeg and Dolce&Gabbana

Dolce&Gabbana has revealed its second “Made in Italy” collection for Smeg, called Sicily is my Love. The new range of domestic appliances is inspired by the fashion house’s hometown of Sicily, and features illustrations of Sicilian motifs such as lemons, pears and cherries framed with traditional triangular decorations known as crocchi. The range includes kettles, […]

Illy Art Collection, by Ron Arad

Illy Caffè has launched its latest Illy Art Collection of coffee cups, created by architect and designer Ron Arad. The cup collection features six abstract designs by Arad, inspired by draped silk fabric. The Ron Arad Illy Art Collection was unveiled at Milan Design Week 2017.

Invisible Outlines, by Nendo

Japanese consultancy Nendo has designed a series of objects which aim to blur the lines of what can and cannot be perceived as physical objects. The collection looks at how outlines and borders enable people to subconsciously recognise objects, even if these outlines are not filled in. 16 collections were created, including “border table”, which presents […]

Stockholm Metro discovery campaign, by Expedia

Travel website Expedia has created an online campaign where visitors can explore the different stations of the Stockholm Metro in Sweden. The metro has art in 90 out of its 100 stations, created by various artists. The series of webpages have been designed for Expedia’s Sweden website, and allow users to navigate themselves around a metro […]

New sports prints, by Malika Favre

Malika Favre has released a new series of limited edition sports prints through Outline Editions, which see her interpret sports including basketball, football, athletics and tennis in her bold and colourful style. There’s also a swimming illustration which adds a touch of chic familiar from her other work and features faces found in pool ripples created […]

Sounds of the City exhibition, by various illustrators and designers

The Association of Illustrators has worked with the London Transport Museum to display a colourful array of graphic interpretations of cities. The exhibition is the result of the Prize for Illustration 2017 competition, and showcases prints that “visually capture sounds” heard in UK cities, from “quiet and relaxing” to “loud and frenetic”, says the Association […]

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie branding, by DesignLSM

Consultancy DesignLSM has designed the branding for new London-based bar and restaurant Hawkers Bar & Brasserie. Hawkers references the aviation history of the bar’s location in Kingston, and is named after flight pioneer Harry Hawker. Kingston upon Thames is known for its aircraft factory founded in 1912, while Kingston University is now host to specialist […]

Tate Edit x Momosan Shop, by Tate Modern and Momoko Mizutani

The Tate Modern’s newest art and design shop Tate Edit will be showcasing a selection of fresh products from 28 April, when Momoko Mizutani takes over as guest curator. Product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison has curated the shop since it opened in November 2016, and will now hand the reins to Mizutani. Featured objects […]

National Autistic Society campaign video, by Don’t Panic

The National Autistic Society has released a powerful video, which looks to highlight how isolating autism can be. Make It Stop has been produced for the charity by advertising agency Don’t Panic, and shows a 12-year-old girl called Holly becoming overwhelmed by information from different people talking to her and asking questions. The video, which […]

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