Inspiration

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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 […]

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 […]

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”, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

nHouse branding, by White Bear Studio

White Bear Studio has designed the branding for nHouse, a housing company producing modular homes. The company, set up by architect Richard Hywel Evans, produces two-storey, three-bedroom houses that are constructed off-site, then delivered and set up in the desired location. The edgy, monochrome visual identity aims to incorporate the modular house’s “sharp lines, precision […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grey London rebrand, by Valenstein & Fatt

Grey London has rebranded as Valenstein & Fatt and designed its new visual identity. The ad agency says it has decided to use the names of its Jewish founders as a statement of its “commitment to diversity and openness” amid the rise of right wing populism in politics. The new visual identity features a black […]

The Creative Circle identity, by Grey London

Ad agency Grey London has designed a new identity for advertising and marketing awards body, The Creative Circle. The identity is designed to be “anarchic” and “angry”, says Grey London, with a new annual featuring pre-torn and screwed up pages, defaced photos of The Creative Circle’s president and jurors and ink deliberately splashed over the […]

25 Years of the Premier League book design, by Jonathan Roberts

Graphic designer Jonathan Roberts has designed a new concept publication that celebrates the history of the Premier League. 25 Years of the Premier League cites facts, records and statistics supplied by Opta, the Premier League’s official sports data provider. Records include highest appearances, highest possession in a game and furthest distance for a goal. The […]

Guinness St Patrick’s Weekend campaign, by Iris and McBess

Iris has created a campaign for Guinness to coincide with St Patrick’s Weekend, called “Let’s Get Together”. The consultancy commissioned illustrator McBess to create a series of monochromatic illustrations, which feature characters ranging from bikers and hipsters to jockeys. The illustrations also reference figures from famous Guinness adverts, including surfers, flamboyantly dressed Congolese men – […]

RSA membership card, by Together Design and Adam Simpson

Together Design has worked with illustrator Adam Simpson to redesign the Royal Society of the Arts’ (RSA) membership card. The Fellowship card indicates that a person or organisation is a member of the RSA. Together Design says they aimed to create something that was “thought-provoking” and “full of imagination”, which RSA Fellows would be “proud” […]

Joto, by Those

Design studio Those has launched Joto, a display which looks to make digital visualisations more interactive. Joto is a wipe-clean digital display with a pen and eraser attachment, and a mechanical arm that physically draws out images and words. It is controlled via an app. Users use the app to send words or images to […]

Scotland baby box, by Leanne Young

Graphic design student Leanne Young has been announced as the winner of a competition in Scotland to design a “baby box” for its new nationwide scheme. The scheme will see every new-born baby in the country receive a box of 40 different items, including clothing, bedding and toys, with the aim of improving child health […]

Air-Ink, by Graviky Labs

Indian start-up company Graviky Labs has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Air-Ink, a collection of ink-based products made out of carbon emissions. Using its Kaalink technology, Graviky Labs is able to capture unburned carbon soot emitted by car pipe exhausts, chimneys and generators. Various processes are carried out to remove heavy metals and carcinogens from […]

Electric Ink brand, by Robot Food

Consultancy Robot Food has created tattoo care brand Electric Ink, naming it and giving it a visual identity. The studio worked with Tom Gilmour, who created illustrations based on tattoo art. The design includes a monochrome packaging design, complemented by a colour palette of orange, blue and green used to differentiate the names of the three […]

London Fashion Week mural, by Jacqueline Bissett

Fashion illustrator Jacqueline Bissett has decorated the windows of design consultancy Gpstudio with sketches of outfits she saw at London Fashion Week. The colourful illustrations adorn the studio’s arch window that sits under the railway at Southwark in London, “transforming the pavement outside into a free gallery”, says the studio. Bissett has painted interpretations of […]

Artist edition of Lost Ocean, by Johanna Basford

Illustrator Johanna Basford is set to release a new book featuring 24 of the most popular hand-drawn illustrations from her original colouring book, Lost Ocean. The marine-themed illustrations are printed on single-sided, thick card and on a larger scale than previously seen. Lost Ocean will be released on 6 April by Virgin Books.

Halo compostable coffee capsule, by Nils Leonard

Nils Leonard, former chairman and chief creative officer at Grey London, has launched Halo, an environmentally friendly coffee brand. The environmental design team at Halo claim to have developed the “world’s first fully compostable coffee capsule.” Each eco-friendly Halo capsule is made from a natural blend of fibres including bamboo and paper, which degrades completely within […]

Every Freedom Needs a Fighter campaign, by Amnesty International

Amnesty International Hong Kong has launched its “Every Freedom Needs a Fighter” campaign, which looks to highlight the erosion of the country’s freedom of expression laws. As part of the campaign, Amnesty International opened a pop-up bookstore in central Hong Kong that sold over 1,000 censored or blacked out books to suggest that this could […]

Light Eye Mind branding, by All Works Co.

Consultancy All Works has designed a new visual identity for north London art gallery Light Eye Mind, which plays with the ability of the human eye to read inverted letters. The new branding features a simple, sans-serif, all-capitals, black typeface used for the gallery name and accompanying copy. Certain letters are inverted, either by being […]

Valentine’s Faces, by Together Design

Together Design has released a series of Valentine’s Day cards featuring simple black and white illustrations and puns. The illustrations have been created by the consultancy and are part of its Making Faces collection, featuring homeware products such as mugs and prints with illustrated faces on them. The cards are available to buy from Together […]

Google Jigsaw advert, by The Beautiful Meme

The Beautiful Meme has created an advert for Google parent company Alphabet’s technology incubator, Jigsaw. The simple monochromatic print advert appeared in the February issue of Vice magazine in the US. It is on the subject of free speech and sees the incomplete phrase “You only notice free speech when it’s”, with the rest of […]

Brilliant Control, by Brilliant

Tech company Brilliant has announced its new Brilliant Control smart lighting device. By replacing an existing light switch with the tablet-like device, users are able to control lighting and temperature throughout their home. Brilliant Control responds to both touch and voice command, and comes with an in-built camera, microphone and Amazon Alexa. Brilliant Control will […]

Minimal Music Festival video, by Studio Crême

Worlwide Minimal Music Festival from Studio Crême on Vimeo. London-based Studio Crême has created the video for the 2017 edition of World Minimal Music Festival, held at the Muziekgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam. The studio worked on the concept, creative direction, design and animation of the video, which features music by Midori Takada and is […]

Ilford manifesto, by Dn&co

Dn&co has designed a new manifesto for Ilford, east London ahead of the opening of Crossrail in 2019. Working with Redbridge Council, the consultancy created the manifesto based on the concept of “Ilford for you, for me, for all” to celebrate the diversity of the local community. It features eight promises to the citizens of […]

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s, by Rian Hughes

Illustrator and designer Rian Hughes has produced a new book compiling the hand-drawn lettering which characterised the book covers, magazines, posters and advertising of the inter-war years. Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s features over 6,500 images, with a foreword by US author and cartoonist Zavier Leslie Cabarga. The book will be published by […]

Terri Timely identity, by Bedow

Stockholm-based studio Bedow has designed the visual identity for Californian director duo Terri Timely. Designed to be used across digital and print formats, the logo comprises a clock with its numbers replaced with the letters of Terri Timely. The typeface references the 1960s French film magazine Nu, and the colour palette nods to classic clock […]

Trading Words installation, by Gordon Young

Artist Gordon Young has designed a public art installation at a new development called London Dock in Wapping. Designed by architects Patel Taylor, London Dock will comprise 1,800 new homes and commercial space. Trading Words is a floor-based typographic installation made from granite. It will be unveiled on 22 February and there will be an […]

Whisky Blender branding and packaging, by Front Page

Front Page has created the branding and packaging for Whisky Blender, a whisky company which allows customers to select from a total of seven blends to create their own whisky. The visual identity uses different colours and textures to represent the seven flavours in the blending lab. The label on each whisky bottle is designed […]

Jeff Goldblum activity book, by Belly Kids

Indie publisher Belly Kids has released a rather peculiar activity book filled with mazes, games and puzzles, based on American actor Jeff Goldblum. From Independence Day through to Jurassic Park, the book features a series of mindful activities drawn by various illustrators demonstrating Goldblum’s different roles and appearances. The book is roughly A4 size, 32 […]

FaulkerBrowns, by Dn&co

Dn&co has worked on the new brand positioning for architectural firm FaulknerBrowns to coincide with its 55th birthday. The update also includes a redesigned website, incorporating black and white photography throughout in order to give it a unified look.

Archidoodle City: An Architect’s Activity Book, by Steve Bowkett

Author and illustrator Steve Bowkett has produced a new book called Archidoodle: An Architect’s Activity Book. Aimed at budding architects and creative thinkers, the book features 75 architectural challenges for the reader to tackle, with briefs including designing an imaginary city and creating a new park for New York. It also includes several examples of […]

Boxpark Croydon, by Filthy Media

Consultancy Filthy Media has developed the branding for food and drink pop-up the Boxpark, for its second home in Croydon. The original Boxpark is based in east London. Filthy Media worked with the original branding, adapting it so it could work across applications such as shipping containers, London buses, London Underground barriers, telephone boxes and […]

Golf club bike, by Calum Ray

A Kingston University student has designed a bicycle made out of golf clubs in an effort to draw attention to his observation that golf club membership is in decline while the number of middle age cyclists is on the rise. Graphic design student Claum Ray says: “I started by purchasing a set of golf clubs […]

Shapes of Iconic Chairs poster, by Yoni Alter

Yoni Alter has designed a poster featuring graphic images of iconic modern chairs. The double-sided poster features 44 chairs, which appear in monochrome on one side and multi-coloured on the other. A limited edition run of 100 posters are available from the designer’s website now.

Pessimistic greetings cards, by The School of Life

The School of Life has released a set of greeting cards printed with pessimistic messages. The cards are designed to be “an antidote to over-optimism”, and come in a set of five with a printed gift box. They are available for £12.50 from The School of Life.

Camden Market rebrand, by Ragged Edge

Ragged Edge has rebranded Camden Market. The consultancy took inspiration from the hand-painted Camden Lock sign on the bridge, using the letterforms as a template to create two bespoke typefaces: Camden Slab and Camden Sans. Each typeface has a range of weights, giving the brand the flexibility, and a black and white colour palette has been used […]

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