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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

March for Giants campaign, by 18 Feet & Rising

  London-based consultancy 18 Feet & Rising has created a digital campaign and competition to raise money for Space for Giants, a charity working across Africa that protects wild elephants and the landscape they live and depend on. The March for Giants campaign uses computer graphics technology usually seen in films and games to create […]

Carnovsky Optical Illusion prints, by Outline Editions

Milan-based artists Francesco Rugi and Silvi Quintanilla, who work under the name Carnovsky, have created a series of prints that reveal secret images through optical illusion. The La Selva print series has been published by Outline Editions, and exposes different images when used with RGB (red, green and blue) filters. When a coloured filter is […]

Neenah Classic paper range, by Design Army

Consultancy Design Army has redesigned paper brand Neenah’s Classic range, alongside art directing a brand campaign. Design Army redesigned the colours and textures of the paper, initially working with physical paints to invent a new palette for the brand. It also art-directed models in surrealist settings to create an interesting set of photographs and graphics, to […]

Plymouth College of Art recruitment campaign, by Templo

  Templo has created a recruitment campaign for Plymouth College of Art, which has launched in time for UCAS events this week. The campaign is inspired by “the living and breathing energy of octopus skin,” according to Templo founder and creative director Pali Palavathanan, who says the skin is “adaptable and ever changing.” To this […]

Bonnetmakers project, by various

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has worked with two local primary schools in the area to reimagine the classic bonnet hat for the 21st century. Schoolchildren from Rosebank Primary School and Our Lady’s RC Primary School designed their own versions of the traditional Dundee hat based on research about the design history of the […]

Football Editions issue two, by NotOnSunday

London-based brand consultancy NotOnSunday has released the second issue of its Football Editions magazine. Following on from issue one, which focused on football icons, the second issue is inspired by the African Cup of Nations football competition held earlier this year. African Stars celebrates some of the continent’s most famous players, creating a colourful pattern […]

Hello Hull magazine, by Studio Anorak

Studio Anorak has released the second issue of its illustrated children’s magazine, Hello Hull. The project has been commissioned as part of Hull’s No Limits learning programme to coincide with it being the UK’s City of Culture 2017. Printed on matte paper, the magazine is designed to be part-activity book, part-logbook and a place for […]

Alternative Facts exhibition, by Fatherless

US-based print collective Fatherless is set to hold its first exhibition in London, called Alternative Facts. The exhibition is designed to be a direct response to the state of the US under president Donald Trump, as well as the current political climate globally. The monoprints on display use brightly coloured graffiti-style graphics, featuring images such […]

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 […]

The Clown Egg Register, by Luke Stephenson and Helen Champion

Penguin Random House is set to release a fun – or perhaps frightening, depending on your temperament – book of eggs painted as clowns. The Clown Egg Register records over 250 clown faces painted onto eggs, to celebrate what the publisher describes as a “dying art form” that continues to “delight and terrify children and […]

Alphabet Cities, by David Doran

Illustrator David Doran has created a new travel-inspired book of typographic prints called Alphabet Cities: Around The World in 32 Pull-Out Prints. The book features 32 pull-out prints with illustrations of cities all over the world, including Amsterdam, Zurich, Nashville, Istanbul, Reykjavik and Tokyo. Doran’s illustrated scenes and characters take inspiration from early and mid-20th […]

Advertising Week Europe campaign, by Gravity Road

Gravity Road has worked with illustration studio Rude to design a series of “provocative” campaign posters for Advertising Week Europe. The posters feature illustrations, coupled with controversial quotes from past speakers such as comedian Jimmy Carr and artist Grayson Perry. Mark Boyd, founding partner at Gravity Road, says: “There’s lively debate at Advertising Week Europe […]

Eat 17 branding, by Together Design

Together Design has designed the visual identity for grocery store and restaurant concept Eat 17, which currently has three sites in the UK. The identity features a bright colour palette and centres around an illustration concept called The House of Eat 17, with different rooms depicting various aspects of the company, such as food shelves, […]

Detox Kitchen rebrand, by AfroditiKrassa

London-based consultancy AfroditiKrassa has rebranded health food restaurant brand, Detox Kitchen. The new visual identity has been created to reflect the company’s current transition from a start-up to a small and medium-sized business (SME). It features a new, hand-written style logo, and a bright visual style comprising colourful photography of fruit and vegetables overlaid with […]

Keflavik International Airport installation, by Nulty

London-based lighting design consultancy Nulty has designed a lighting scheme for Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, which looks to reimagine the Northern Lights. The design comprises an interactive installation of LED outdoor lights, which project a sequence of different colours onto the ceiling of the airport’s arrivals and departures lounges. The installation reacts to live […]

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 […]

50/50 Everpress t-shirt collection, by various

Online retailer Everpress has released a collection of 50 t-shirts designed by 50 different designers and illustrators, including Supermundane and Hey Studio. Other featured designers and studios include Alec Doherty, Marcus Oakley and Studio Moross. The t-shirts are available to buy from the Everpress site, with 50% of profits going to charity Trekstock, which provides […]

Ugly Lies the Bone set design, by Es Devlin

Es Devlin has worked on the set design for Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino that examines the use of virtual reality (VR) in treating soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. The set takes the form of a bowl-shaped basin with moving images projected onto it that simulate the world as though […]

Paper exhibition, by Fred Tomaselli

White Cube gallery in London is showcasing a selection of American artist Fred Tomaselli’s work in a new exhibition called Paper. The exhibition includes photograms and collages by Tomaselli, as well as his series of digital reproductions of the New York Times’ front pages, titled The Times. The reproductions feature illustrations drawn on top of […]

ABCD’17 covers of the year, by various

The Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) has revealed the winners of its annual cover design competition, ABCD’17. The winners were selected from 10 categories including Children’s; Young Adult; SciFi/Fantasy; Mass Market; Literary Fiction; Crime/Thriller; Non-fiction; Series Design; Classic/Reissue and Women’s Fiction. The judging panel included 10 editorial designers, including Thames & Hudson design director […]

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.

Labyrinth maze book illustrations, by Théo Guignard

Illustrator Théo Guignard has released a tricky puzzle book featuring 14 kaleidoscopic mazes, which grow in complexity as the book progresses. Labyrinth, published by Quarto Knows, is filled with bold, colourful graphic designs, which aim to provide the “perfect visual introduction to reading” for children, and which have been inspired by the style and layout […]

The Beauty and the Beast new edition, by MinaLima and Harper Collins

MinaLima – the studio behind the graphic props used in the Harry Potter films – has illustrated a new edition of Beauty and the Beast for publisher Harper Collins. The book is printed on imitation cloth with gold foil type, and features colour illustrations and three-dimensional elements. This includes fold-outs and flaps depicting maps of […]

Aparto visual identity, by Dn&co

The colourful identity is based on the concept of “community” and “belonging”, says Dn&co, with a tagline that plays on the similarity between “Aparto” and being “a part of”. Dn&co creative director Patrick Eley, says: “Just as people come together, the component parts of the identity come together to express the concept of community.” The […]

Lichfields identity, by JWDK and GW+Co

Brand design consultancies JWDK and GW+Co have rebranded planning and development consultancy Lichfields, with a series of colourful, geometric shapes representing buildings. The abstract, Tetris-style shapes are based on a bird’s eye view of different urban landscapes, says JWDK, and are used to hold images and photography, create letters, and one is used to contain […]

Delta tray tables, by various

Noma Bar has joined other graphic artists and designers in designing tray tables for Delta, which will be fitted to its 767 aircraft. The project, which is in partnership with Coca Cola has set out to create “art galleries in the sky”. Delta destination cities have provided inspiration for the artists who have turned to […]

Digital Ornithology installation, by Jason Bruges Studio and JAC Studios

Jason Bruges Studio has collaborated with JAC Studios to design an immersive installation at Nationalpark Vadehavet in Denmark. The installation comprises 562 display screens suspended from the ceiling in a sequence designed to represent the migration of 12 million birds in the surrounding landscape.

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 […]

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 […]

Earthmovers, by Supermundane for Cat Footwear

Illustrator and designer Supermundane has created this mural for Cat Footwear’s Earthmovers project, an ongoing series spotlighting creatives. Here Supermundane (aka Rob Lowe) talks about his inspiration – “the hard edge artists of the ’60s” – and the thinking behind his distinctive style. One of the other films in the series focuses on Camille Wallala.

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.

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook cover design, by Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake has designed the cover for a new cookbook called The Really Quite Good British Cookbook. The artist and illustrator – who designed album covers such as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Oasis’ Definitely Maybe – has created a multicoloured block design for the book cover. Edited by William […]

TRT World branding, by DixonBaxi

  DixonBaxi has created the brand concept for Turkish state broadcaster TRT World. The consultancy helped to create the English-language news brand’s editorial principles and brand strategy, and designed a full identity system. The visual identity is centred on the concept of “where news inspires change”. DixonBaxi has designed titles for each news segment, including […]

Hipstory, by Amit Shimoni

Illustrator Amit Shimoni has designed a set of postcards which reimagine famous world leaders as modern-day hipsters, accompanied by biographies written by Stephen Ellcock. Featured politicians include Barack ‘Barrie OB’ Obama, ‘Hilly’ Clinton and – of course – a hipster, quiffed version of Donald Trump. The bound set of 20 postcards will published by Laurence […]

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