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.

Canongate website redesign, by Human After All

Digital design studio Human After All has created a new website for independent publisher Canongate, which moves away from a traditional, book-ish look and adopts a colourful, contemporary and multimedia style. The homepage showcases key authors’ quotes against colourful backgrounds, alongside extracts, photography, audio and video. The About Us page has also been revamped to […]

Dart x Design, by various designers

When we think of dartboards, connotations of music-less, ale-filled, old-fashioned pubs and splintered, ancient wooden boards arise. But now, designers including Base Design and Karim Rashid have reimagined the dartboard as part of charity project Dart x Design, organised by consultancy Frog. Interpretations include a colourful, 3D-printed board from Alex Trochut, a mathematical, geometric board […]

Metro Galactic, by Cillian McMinn

The design of the London Underground map has inspired many, with its distinctive roundel and colour-coded lines. Product designer and entrepreneur Cillian McMinn has been so inspired, in fact, that he has applied the style not to a map of various cities or countries – but to our entire galaxy. Metro Galactic is a map […]

Here East shuttle bus livery, by Dn&co

Dn&co has designed the livery for the new shuttle buses being used across Here East, a digital and creative campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London. The livery features the Here East visual identity, and all of the shuttle buses are covered in a series of dot patterns inspired by the Here East […]

Rail House Café interiors, by Adam White and Box 9 Design

East Sussex-based consultancy Box 9 Design has designed the interiors for Rail House Café, a new restaurant in London’s Victoria. The interiors have been designed by Box 9 Design founder Lou Davies in collaboration with the restaurant’s founder Adam White. Inspired by the design of a metropolitan train station, the restaurant features multiple hubs which […]

Grek branding and packaging, by Interabang

London-based graphic design studio Interabang has designed the visual identity and packaging for a new tea company called Grek. The monochrome packaging design is based on the founder’s childhood trips to the Greek island of Pyrgi, where geometric, black and white tiles are commonly found. Each tea flavour comes with a booklet featuring a unique […]

Ombar chocolate rebrand, by Ocean Branding

Organic chocolate Ombar has been given new branding and packaging by Ocean Branding, which aims to make it appear more “natural” for consumers. The new look features a brushscript typeface, a primary colour palette of white, gold and brown alongside a colourful secondary palette to suit different flavours. Brown wrapping paper-style packaging is used. Ombar […]

Plants of Posters, by Federico Moreno and Juan Frias

A new art project has taken to the streets of Madrid, transforming advertising posters into flowerbeds. Plants of Posters is a new, non-profit venture set up by design copywriters Federico Moreno and Juan Frias. The pair have designed makeshift, cardboard cut-out plant pots that can be attached to ads across the city to counter how […]

B&O Play packaging, by Pearlfisher

Design consultancy Pearlfisher has redesigned the packaging for B&O Play, Bang & Olufsen’s new range of music products, which includes speakers and headphones. The consultancy’s Copenhagen, Denmark studio completed the project, and based the design concept on storytelling, says Pearlfisher, with the aim of making the packaging design reminiscent of magazines. The studio says the […]

Unity Beauty Essentials: The Pregnancy Collection, by ButterflyCannon

Studio ButterflyCannon has designed the branding and packaging for a new range of beauty products for women who are pregnant, and for those following pregnancy. Unity Beauty Essentials: The Pregnancy Collection has been founded by Parvathi Nair, who found existing beauty products for pregnant women to be “cold and clinical-looking”, says the design studio. The […]

Into the Unknown competition, by The Barbican

The Barbican has announced the winners of its science fiction print competition, Into the Unknown. The competition was launched to mark the cultural organisation’s upcoming sci-fi exhibition, which is due to open in June and will explore literature, art, film, music, comic books and video games related to the genre. The overall winner is London-based […]

Willy Fleckhaus monograph, by Hartmann Books

Publisher Hartmann Books has published a monograph on the late German graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus. Fleckhaus is best known for his typographic and graphic work on print magazines, such as Twen and Frankfurther Allgemeine, and his logo for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting corporation. Fleckhaus: Design/Revolt/Rainbow is the first full monograph of Fleckhaus’ work to be […]

Vatnajökull plane, by Icelandair

Airline Icelandair has revealed a new, glacier-themed plane to mark its 80th anniversary. The Vatnajökull plane – named after the most active glacier in Iceland – sees the glacier recreated on the plane exterior. It has been spray painted by hand by a team of artists, taking a total of 24 days to create using […]

The Caley branding and packaging, by Denomination

Design studio Denomination has created the branding and packaging for a new wine for Yalumba, a family wine company based in Barossa, South Australia. The company’s new wine The Caley is named after Fred Caley Smith, who travelled the world for 18 months in the 19th century to grow his family’s fruit-growing business. The packaging […]

The Pioneer Plaque replica, by Duane King

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to reproduce the original “galactic greeting card”; a communicative plaque that was sent into space in 1972 aboard NASA’s Pioneer 10 spaceship. The Pioneer Plaque was intended as a means of communication, should any extra-terrestrial life come across the spacecraft. Over 40 years later, crowdfunding company Vann Alexandra and […]

#TurnUp campaign, by Jelly London and Bite the Ballot

Studio Jelly London has launched a campaign to encourage young people to vote by inspiring them through creativity. The campaign has been put together in association with young persons’ organisation Bite the Ballot, and has invited artists and designers to submit work using the tagline #TurnUp. The work is being curated in an online gallery, […]

De Beauvoir Road branding, by The Grid

Consultancy The Grid has designed the branding for a new development of creative studio spaces on De Beauvoir Road, East London. The area houses roughly 30 SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) businesses in the creative industry. The logo for the new development features a series of lines that make up a deconstructed “D” and “B”, […]

Die Fläche, by Swann Galleries

New York’s Swann Galleries will be selling 100-year-old design magazine Die Fläche this month, and has revealed some of its imagery in advance of the auction. Die Fläche – German for The Surface – was a design magazine founded in 1903 by visual arts group the Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna, Austria. It featured book, poster […]

Booths packaging redesign, by Smith&+Village

Consultancy Smith&+Village has redesigned Booths’ range of teas, taking inspiration from the retailer’s origins as a tea importer when it was founded in 1847. The redesigned, jewel-coloured boxes feature a simple style of typography and no photography. Smith&+Village has also renamed the company’s strong afternoon teabags as Builders’ Tea. The new packaging design has now […]

SODA rebrand, by SODA

Architectural practice Studio of Design and Architecture (SODA) has been rebranded by its newly created in-house brand team. The new visual identity features the company’s name set at a 51.5-degree angle, representing the physical relocation of its office from Soho to Clerkenwell based on a map of London. The rebrand marks the architectural practice’s move […]

Shedkm 20th anniversary campaign, by Uniform

Liverpool and London-based studio Uniform has designed the campaign for architectural practice Shedkm’s 20th anniversary. The campaign takes the form of a series of nine simple, block-coloured GIFs based on Shedkm’s architectural projects from over the last 20 years. A new website for the architectural practice has also now launched. See all of the GIFs […]

East London: an opinionated guide, by Hoxton Mini Press

Hoxton Mini Press has published a new book which explores East London eateries, galleries and book shops through photography. The publisher, which is based in East London, says it is not a list of the “coolest” or the “newest” places to go, but just the places the Hoxton Mini Press staff “love”. The book is […]

65th San Sebastián International Film Festival branding, by Husmee

Spain-based studio Husmee has designed the branding and poster for the 65th San Sebastián International Film Festival. The poster is divided into a grid of 24 frames which take on different sections of the number “65”. This creates different compositions which are used across merchandise and print marketing materials. The festival takes place from 22-30 […]

Curious Arts Festival branding, by Sail Creative

Sail Creative has designed a multi-coloured brand identity for an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) arts festival in Newcastle, based on the well-recognised rainbow flag. The branding for Curious Festival is made up of shapes and colours in different compositions, and “deconstructed” lettering, which aims to symbolise the festival “deconstructing labels” and “bringing them […]

Don’t Talk Just Kiss book, by Marcus Kraft

Don’t Talk Just Kiss – Pop Music Wisdom (by Marcus Kraft) from Studio Marcus Kraft on Vimeo. Swiss art director and designer Marcus Kraft has designed and edited a new book called Don’t Talk Just Kiss. The book is based on Kraft’s collection of “songs of wisdom”, which he has curated and calligraphed over the […]

Helsexinki exhibition, by Helsinki City Museum

Helsinki City Museum has opened its latest exhibition looking at sexuality, gender and sex in the Finnish capital. Helsexinki documents the experiences of locals based on interviews carried out by the museum with people from gender or sexual minority groups and those working in the sex industry. Their stories deal with themes including sex education […]

Air Unltd branding, by Born + Raised

Sheffield-based consultancy Born + Raised has created the branding for Air Unltd, a new trampoline park in Speke, Liverpool. The consultancy was briefed to come up with the name, as well as create the visual identity and strategy for the trampoline park. The name Air Unltd has been chosen to allow the company to become […]

Paul Leith: Technicolour Carlisle, by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

The work of 20th and 21st century editorial and print illustrator Paul Leith is set to go on show in a new exhibition at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Cumbria. Leith worked as an illustrator in London for 30 years from the 1960s to 1990s, creating work for brands and publications including […]

Axel Arigato Gallery, by Christian Halleröd

Shoe and clothing brand Axel Arigato has opened a store-cum-gallery-space in Stockholm, Sweden, working with architect Christian Halleröd, who created the space. The space aims to appear “clean” with a few installations “blown out of proportion”, says the shoe brand, including a 100kg plexiglass display at the centre of the store, yellow fur seats and […]

Sis rebrand, by SomeOne

Consultancy SomeOne has created the branding for data company Sis, which looks to be better suited to digital than the previous identity. The new brand is centred around lightbeam imagery, which aims to portray data being delivered at “speed, precision and focus”, says SomeOne lead designer Lee Skinner. It also includes a “digital-first” colour palette […]

Wild Island Gin branding and packaging, by Thirst Craft

Glasgow-based studio Thirst Craft has designed the visual identity and packaging for Wild Island Gin. The gin is produced on the island of Colonsay off the coast of Scotland, and is infused with botanicals sourced from the local area. The multicoloured artwork on the bottle is inspired by the natural landscape of Colonsay, and has […]

Lavish Alice limited edition packaging design, by Nynne Rosenvinge

Copenhagen-based artist and designer Nynne Rosenvinge has created limited edition packaging for women’s clothing retailer Lavish Alice. Rosenvinge’s design sees different petal-like shapes painted in watercolour on the brand’s boxes and bags. The packaging is available exclusively for Spring/Summer 2017.

Zoo Nights campaign, by Edit_ and Claire Rigby

Edit_ studio and independent brand consultant Claire Rigby have created a campaign for Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo to promote Zoo Nights, its series of adult only, after-hours events taking place over the summer. The design team was briefed to create a series of “adult-focused” designs, and it has taken inspiration from from the […]

In Praise of Air artworks, by Simon Armitage

A series of air-purifying artworks emblazoned with a poem by Simon Armitage are set to be auctioned off to raise money for a lung disease charity. Armitage’s poem In Praise of Air was transformed into an art installation at the University of Sheffield in 2014. It was printed on material that cleansed the air around […]

Fortnum & Mason biscuit packaging, by Design Bridge

Design Bridge has designed new packaging and tins for Fortnum & Mason’s core range of biscuits, using decorated ceramics and fine china as inspiration for the illustrations. The design aims to add a “contemporary twist” to a classic, “British” teaware style, and create tins “special” enough to be seen as a replacement for a plate, […]

The Underworld wine label, by Biles Hendry

Studio Biles Hendry has designed the label for a new wine called The Underworld, giving it a mock-morbid style related to how grapes are grown. The South African Grenache Blanc has been produced by UK wine distributor Boutinot, and the design references the “depths and layers of soil” grape vines reach in “their search for […]

Be Your Business Card, by Moo

London-based printing studio Moo has created a series of brightly coloured paper props for its Be Your Business Card campaign. The campaign focuses on relating its business cards to particular professions, for example one card that is similar in shape to a guitar pick is designed to represent a musician. The campaign is being rolled […]

Revolver 50: The Collage Series, by Klaus Voormann

Klaus Voormann – the designer who created the artwork for the Beatles’ Revolver album – has created a series of 250 collages to mark its 50th anniversary. Produced in collaboration with Genesis Publications, the collages look to show Klaus’ process while designing the original album artwork. They are made using the same giclée printing process […]

LoneWolf packaging, by B&B Studio

London-based consultancy B&B Studio has designed the packaging for LoneWolf, a new spirits brand created by brewery BrewDog. The logo comprises a blocked-out wolf’s head symbol, which is also one of the main features of the bottle design. The wolf’s head appears on the bottle label, which also features a typewriter-style typeface and is held […]

Penguin Random House Student Design Award shortlist, by various

Penguin Random House UK has revealed the shortlist for its 2017 Student Design Award, which sees students from all over the country recreate classic book covers. A total of 30 book cover designs have been selected from over 2,100 submissions, with 10 shortlisted entrants for each category. The categories include adult fiction, adult non-fiction and […]

TypeNotes Issue #1, by Fontsmith and The Counter Press

Type foundry Fontsmith has launched a new print magazine called TypeNotes that is dedicated to typography and graphic design. Designed by The Counter Press, the overall look of the magazine is inspired by a traditional ruled notebook. It features various Fontsmith typefaces including FS Sally, FS Maja, FS Siena, FS Lucas, FS Elliot and FS […]

NATS rebrand, by The Team

London-based consultancy The Team has designed a new visual identity for the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). The new branding features a redesigned logo and graphic design system, with a thread design that is used throughout the identity to reflect the air traffic controller’s role of maintaining the “highways in the sky”, says The Team. […]

Autism Uncut branding, by Don’t Panic Partners

Don’t Panic Partners has created the branding for the National Autistic Society’s new campaign Autism Uncut, which looks to raise awareness and increase people’s understanding of the developmental condition. The print materials for the campaign feature a series of peel-away and scratch-off tabs, which encourage users to reveal the full messaging. It aims to symbolise […]

Morph emoji series, by Aardman

Animation studio Aardman has revealed a series of emojis for iPhone, which are based on the studio’s character Morph to celebrate its 40th birthday. Aardman co-founder Peter Lord sculpted the emojjis by hand using modelling clay, then used motion graphics and animations to bring them to life. They cover various emotive face emojis, to hand […]

These Islands, by Cereal and Studio Faculty

Cereal has published a new book which features photography, prose and poetry relating to the British Isles. Covering England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, These Islands: A Portrait of the British Isles uses a minimal, white, grey, navy and dark green print design coupled with tracing paper pages and a white, serif typeface, making photography and […]

The Handmaid’s Tale art installation, by Paula Scher and Abbott Miler

Pentagram partners Paula Scher and Abbott Miller have designed a public art installation inspired by Margaret Atwood’s classic science fiction novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The installation aims to celebrate the new TV series adaptation of the book, which is being shown on video subscription service Hulu. The book sees women living a regime where they […]

RedWillow Brewery branding and packaging, by Visual Sense

Consultancy Visual Sense has rebranded Macclesfield-based RedWillow Brewery, and redesigned its beer can packaging. The new design aims to mimic the “fluid” movement of the beer within the can, represented through “swirling, foaming patterns and shapes”, says Visual Sense. The patterns run around the circumference of the cans, treating the “whole can as a canvas”, […]

Triumph ≠ Trump mural, by Craig Black Design

Craig Black Design has created a mural that formed part of political art exhibition Pissed Modernism, which took place at Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery throughout April. The Triumph ≠ Trump mural was the centerpiece of the show, and aimed to draw attention to how the election of a new US President should be a time of celebration, but […]

Redesigned Puffin classic book covers, by Pantone and Puffin

Book publisher Puffin has worked with Pantone to give its children’s classic novel collection a modern makeover. The book covers have been redesigned taking on the style of Pantone’s colour cards, taking on block colours that resonate with the book in some way. The title and author of the book is then bordered off at […]

Rio rebrand, by Pearlfisher

Pearlfisher has designed the new branding for tropical juice drink Rio, which aims to represent Brazilian culture through a colourful, illustrative style. The new visual identity aims to be “bright, vibrant and uplifting”, says Poppy Stedman, design director at Pearlfisher. The “o” in “Rio” has been turned into a sun symbol, and the logo has […]

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