Inspiration

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An A-Z Guide to Being a Freelance Designer, by Alan Long

Designer Alan Long has authored and designed a new book called An A-Z Guide to Being a Freelance Designer. The book offers practical advice for people who are new to freelancing in the graphic design industry. It deals with subjects ranging from work that will enhance a designer’s portfolio to navigating invoicing. The book is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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, […]

Vocation Brewery craft lager packaging, by Robot Food

Consultancy Robot Foot has designed the packaging for a new craft lager range from Vocation Brewery. The packaging design includes a “clean” white background, interrupted by “bright neon flashes” of spray-can paint effects, says Robot Food. These colours have been used to differentiate between the three products in the range: Pure Pilsner, Yakima Pilsner and […]

Twine branding, by Supple Studio

Supple Studio has created the name and identity for Twine, a website and app that helps local businesses measure their economic, social and community impact. Supple director Jamie Ellul, says: “This is the first platform to offer a joined up approach to capturing not just financial data, but also social impact; this key difference led us to […]

Litho publication, by Build and Generation Press

Consultancy Build has worked with Generation Press to create a series of publications looking at the in-house processes of the Brighton-based printing company. The publications, which will be released throughout the year, aim to help bring Generation Press’ print processes to life for potential and existing customers, according to Paul Hewitt, managing director at Generation Press. […]

The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers campaign, by All Works Co.

All Works has designed a campaign for a new film compilation of the Nicholas Brothers, a 1930s black American tap-dancing duo who helped to encourage racial integration in the entertainment industry. The film compilation is part of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Black Star season. The campaign aims to capture the “movement, energy and dynamic […]

I’ll Sing This Song app, by Bwtîc

Design studio Bwtîc has designed an app in collaboration with National Theatre Wales to encourage individuals, community groups, choirs and schools to engage with the subject of dementia. The app is based on the theatre’s touring campaign from 2016, which looked to champion “the healing power of song” by teaching people with dementia to sing […]

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 […]

Before I Leave programme, National Theatre Wales and Bwtîc

Cardiff-based studio Bwtîc has designed the programme for the National Theatre Wales production, Before I Leave. The programme has been designed in a small-scale format and is stitched together to reduce the risk of “elbow-knocking nuisance” or “paper-folding fiddling”, says Bwtîc. It features a bold yellow and black colour palette and comes with three alternative […]

DKUK gallery interiors, by Sam Jacob Studio

Sam Jacob Studio has refurbished the interiors of the DKUK gallery in Peckham’s Holdrons Arcade. The space is run by artist and hairdresser Daniel Kelly, and functions as both an art gallery and hair salon. A mirror is used as a “spatial device” in the centre of the space, with yellow framing structures used to […]

Paper blue tit, for Waitrose Weekend, by Lisa Lloyd

Designer and illustrator Lisa Lloyd has created this paper cut blue tit, which features on the front cover of the current issue of Waitrose Weekend magazine. The commission has also been made into a small set of prints and readers stand to win one of five if they enter a competition.

Beau Cacao packaging, by Socio Design

Socio Design has designed the packaging for London-based chocolate company Beau Cacao’s first two bars, Asajaya and Serian. The design features a geometric gold foiled pattern inspired by Malaysian fabric designs, as the company sources its cacao bean from growers in Malaysia. It also reflects the geometric moulded shape of the chocolate bar itself, which […]

Threefold branding, by Baxter and Bailey

Consultancy Baxter and Bailey has designed a new brand identity for media agency Threefold. Threefold plan and manage brand campaigns for retailers, aimed at shoppers. The new identity is “playful”, says Baxter and Bailey co-founder Matt Baxter, and based around the “rule of three”. This aims to symbolise the company’s focus on three areas – […]

Butterfly Twists rebrand, by JKR

Consultancy JKR has rebranded footwear brand Butterfly Twists, giving it a new, angular butterfly logo. JKR says it has given the brand a “more minimal, graphic icon” with four “twistable variations”, and the logotype has been updated to a “modern, geometric style”. Alongside the rebrand comes a new packaging design and a new colour palette […]

Made You Look, Made You Stare, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has produced a book which looks at museums across Europe and North America and questions what makes them emotionally engaging. The book has been written and art directed by Clare Hughes and illustrated by Stephanie Sandall, and is complemented by an exhibition currently held at the architect’s studio until […]

The Kodakery pop-up shop, by Jack Morton

Kodak has launched a pop-up shop in Soho, London to launch its new Ektra Smartphone, and consultancy Jack Morton has designed the interiors. The Kodakery is open until 23 December and is showcasing Kodak products alongside the new smartphone. As well as a product store, the shop is also designed as a “creative hub for […]

Opus branding, by Sheridan&Co

Consultancy Sheridan&Co has designed the branding for fitness studio Opus based in Notting Hill, London. The studio was formerly known as DKPT, so has been renamed and received a new visual look and website. Sheridan&Co also created a new strapline “Fitness to Inspire”. Michael Sheridan, founder at Sheridan&Co, says the rebrand hopes to convey the […]

L’Hôtel Marrakech, by Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran has opened a hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, based in a 19th century riad. L’Hôtel Marrakech is comprised of five suites, which surround a courtyard garden and swimming pool. It includes pieces of Moroccan antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art, all taken from Conran’s collection. Conran worked on the restoration of the building with […]

World Toilet Day toilet roll cities, by Anastassia Elias

Paris-based artist Anastassia Elias has reimagined ten cities as toilet roll artworks for Water Aid, in order to mark World Toilet Day. Using only scissors, glue and tweezers created the cityscapes to raise awareness about the 2.3 billion people in the world who do not have access to a safe, private toilet. To find out […]

Caragh Chocolates branding, by Distil Studio

Distil Studio has designed a new brand identity for Caragh Chocolates, a chocolate company based on the Channel Island Sark. The new visual identity depicts an illustrated horse and carriage symbol, which represents Sark’s “traditional transport systems”, says the studio. Strangely, people aren’t allowed to use cars on the island so have to travel by […]

Mojuhler furniture, by Mojuhler

Start-up design company, Mojuhler, is set to release a furniture system which can be reassembled into different pieces, including chairs and tables. The modular furniture is comprised of three base components – structural segments made from plywood, angle brackets and a barrel-shaped screw. For more information, head here.

Manchester Fashion Institute branding, by Music

The Manchester Fashion Institute, part of the Manchester Metropolitan University has been branded by Music around a “fearless fashion” proposition. This has been inspired by “Manchester’s industrial spirit, entrepreneurialism and the ‘build it and they will come’ philosophy, according to Music. Music creative director Adam Rix says: “There was a slide in our pitch presentation […]

ICA LA identity, by Mark Bradford

Artist Mark Bradford has designed a new identity for The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The institution has changed its name from Santa Monica Museum and moved to downtown Los Angeles. ICA LA will open in autumn 2017 and its new logo has been designed to capture “a sense of place” and provide inspiration, […]

Solo, by Uniform

Uniform has designed an “emotional radio” which uses artificial intelligence principals to recognise a listener’s emotions and play mood-influenced radio. A facial recognition feature can recognise the nuances of people’s expressions and react accordingly, says Uniform. It links up with Spotify algorithms and can broadly categorise happiness, sadness and anger. It’s being demonstrated around London […]

Stafford House interiors and branding, by Mystery

Consultancy Mystery has created the interiors and branding for a new study space in San Francisco. Stafford House International is a group of English language schools, originally based in the UK. Mystery helped to recreate the brand as it moved to an international presence, with new offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Calgary and Toronto. […]

Väg branding, by Snask

Swedish design studio Snask has created the branding and new album cover for its own in-house rock band Väg. Fredrik Öst, creative director at Snask, says the studio wanted to “dig deep into a 1970s visual style”, and have used a “classic flower power logotype”. The logotype was also used as an empty template against […]

Mustard interiors, by DesignLSM

DesignLSM has completed the branding and interiors for Mustard, a new brasserie in Brook Green, London. Drawing inspiration from the site’s original function as a famous Victorian grocery shop, the consultancy restored features such as the original Highland thistle wall tiles. The interiors also include mustard coloured upholstery, a brass topped bar and botanical artworks.

Logotype mini, by Michael Evamy and Pentagram

Design journalist Michael Evamy has written a book on typographic logos, intended as a resource for designers and design students alike. Logotype mini includes more than 1,300 visual typographic identities by roughly 250 different design studios from around the world. Consultancies and studios featured include Pentagram, Landor, Wolff Olins, Vignelli Associates, Chermayeff & Geismar and […]

Virginia Woolf book covers, by Aino-Maija Metsola

Helsinki-based illustrator Aino-Maija Metsola has designed front covers for a series of Virginia Woolf books, which are being republished by Vintage Classics. The illustrator has created designs for books including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, A Room of One’s Own and The Years. The books are available to buy from Penguin’s website […]

Sweetdram liquer workshop, by SODA

Sweetdram is a UK distillery, which until now had been developing its recipes at a distillery in France. This new distillery has been designed by SODA and occupies a former print works in East London. Sweetdram’s signature drink is Escubac and its bottle’s label can be found in the broken down geometrical shapes of the door […]

Ahold Delhaize branding, by FutureBrand

Futurebrand has created a new brand identity for newly formed global food retail company Ahold Delhaize. Ahold Delhaize is a collaboration between two previously separate companies. The new visual identity combines elements of both brands, using the crown icon from the Ahold logo and the lion from the Delhaize logo. The new design aims to […]

Breaking the Barriers exhibition design, by Dalziel & Pow

Dalziel & Pow has designed an exhibition space within the Houses of Parliament to promote a charity that supports children with disabilities. Breaking the Barriers is a pop-up installation which aims to raise awareness and support among MPs for Newlife – a charity which looks to improve the lives of disabled children and their families […]

Larmer Tree Festival visual identity, by Fiasco Design

Consultancy Fiasco Design has created the visual identity for Larmer Tree Festival. Taking place in July, it is a music and arts festival set in the Victorian Gardens of Cranborne Chase, on the Wiltshire-Dorset border.

Dospuntos branding, by Brand Union Madrid

Brand Union Madrid has created the branding for new Spanish real estate company Dospuntos in a bid to “break the norms and regain people’s trust” as the market recovers from years of recession. Javier Eguidazu, chief executive officer and general director of Dospuntos, says: “The new brand arises as a response to a sector that has […]

Covent Garden installation, by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Pop artist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has created a series of illustrations and poetry on a mirrored wall installation in London’s Covent Garden. The art works have been designed to coincide with Covent Garden After Hours, an annual programme which will see shops in the area staying open late most nights throughout July, and a series […]

TV Remote for Dogs, by Wagg

This prototype of the first ever dog TV remote by pet food brand Wagg will allow dogs to control the TV when their owner leaves the room.

The Floating Piers, by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have designed a “floating pier” installation on Lake Iseo, northern Italy. Running until 3 July, The Floating Piers is made out of a floating dock system of more than 200,000 polyethylene cubes, covered with 100,000m2 of bright yellow fabric. Visitors are able to experience the installation by walking along the 3km […]

Summer Exhibition installations, by Ron Arad

Artist, designer and architect Ron Arad is holding his inaugural London solo exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts this summer. Summer Exhibition will feature Arad’s most recent work, ranging from sculptures to industrial design. The striking Puddles – 32 unique, mirror-polished stainless steel tables – were created especially for the exhibition, and curve around the […]

Hippeas, by JKR

Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR) has designed the visual identity and packaging for a new range of organic chickpea puffs, Hippeas. The yellow packet design features a smiling face with a chickpea illustration representing an eye and a different coloured tongue for each of the four flavours – sweet & smokin’, pepper power, far out fajita […]

The Line artworks, by Michael Craig-Martin

London art walk The Line, which was started through a crowdfunding campaign and opened to the public last May, is looking to expand and has launched another crowdfunding initiative to do so. The walk already features works by artists including Damien Hirst, Abigail Fallis and Martin Creed, and now The Line hopes to add another […]

EURO 2016 Wall Chart, by Nirvana Creative Production House and Studio Blackburn

Nirvana Creative Production House and Studio Blackburn have revealed their quadrennial tournament wall chart, which is designed to document the UEFA Euro 2016 championships. The agency has taken a new approach this year and Paul Blackburn, of Studio Blackburn, has developed a variation on the chart’s traditional format. Rather than inviting fans to write in fixtures […]

Mindless Violence and The Working Day, by Modern Toss

The Modern Toss has released a set of satirical adult colouring books, which offer an ‘alternative’ vision of the genre. The books, entitled The Working Day and Mindless Violence, feature a series of pencil drawings inspired by ironic episodes of monotony in the workplace and unchecked violence. Created by the agency’s cult cartoonists Jon Link […]

House of MinaLima, by MinaLima

MinaLima has unveiled a new exhibition, which showcases fifteen years of collaboration in graphic design. The House of MinaLima, in Soho, London, aims to immerse visitors in the agency’s visual world, beginning with a series of illustrated collective noun prints. The posters, which celebrate the ‘eccentricities’ of the English language, have never been exhibited in […]

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