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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”, […]

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 […]

Brian Sanders: Selected Works, by Lever Gallery

London-based Lever Gallery is set to host the first exhibition dedicated to the work of British illustrator Brian Sanders. Co-founder of the Association of Illustrators, Sanders’ solo exhibition will focus on much of his work from the 1960s including for magazines such as The Sunday Times and Nova Magazine. It also includes Sanders’ illustration work […]

Civilian issue zero, by various

A new biannual magazine called Civilian has been launched by a number of London and New York-based writers, editors, artists and designers which focuses on “travel, intelligence and irreverence”. The 72-page “issue zero” has been edited by Civilian founder Mark C. O’Flaherty, and includes features ranging from new forms of architectural design in the Maldives […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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