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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elemental, by Eser Güngör

Istanbul-based architect Eser Güngör has designed a range of home accessories made from materials collected from industrial sites. All of the products within the Elemental collection are made from brass sheets and black marble, which have been left over from mass production factories and other manufacturing sites. Featured products include the Istanbul napkin holder, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time Machine, by Lee Broom

Lee Broom has housed his furniture and lighting collections from the last ten years in an installation within a disused vault at Milano Centrale station as part of Milan Design Week. Each piece has been reimagined in new materials and finishes. The limited edition pieces were accompanied by a handcrafted Carrara marble grandfather clock. The collection […]

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, […]

Illy Art Collection, by Ron Arad

Illy Caffè has launched its latest Illy Art Collection of coffee cups, created by architect and designer Ron Arad. The cup collection features six abstract designs by Arad, inspired by draped silk fabric. The Ron Arad Illy Art Collection was unveiled at Milan Design Week 2017.

New sports prints, by Malika Favre

Malika Favre has released a new series of limited edition sports prints through Outline Editions, which see her interpret sports including basketball, football, athletics and tennis in her bold and colourful style. There’s also a swimming illustration which adds a touch of chic familiar from her other work and features faces found in pool ripples created […]

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie branding, by DesignLSM

Consultancy DesignLSM has designed the branding for new London-based bar and restaurant Hawkers Bar & Brasserie. Hawkers references the aviation history of the bar’s location in Kingston, and is named after flight pioneer Harry Hawker. Kingston upon Thames is known for its aircraft factory founded in 1912, while Kingston University is now host to specialist […]

Tamdhu Single Malt Whisky limited edition pack, by Good

Consultancy Good has designed the packaging for a limited edition of Tamdhu Single Malt Whisky, which looks to reference the Victorian origins of the brand. The single malt whisky is 50 years old, and retails at £16,000. The bottle features a crystal decanter, which was created by Good alongside glass specialist Katy Holford. Silver detailing […]

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream rebrand, by Natasha Jen

Pentagram partner Natasha Jen has designed new branding and packaging for US ice-cream brand Van Leeuwen Artisan. The new look is made up of an italic logotype and a series of block colours to represent different flavours – “minimal graphics”, says Pentagram, which aim to “stand out in store and look great on social media”. […]

Sweet Freedom packaging, by AfterHours

Consultancy AfterHours has redesigned the visual identity and packaging of Sweet Freedom, a range of fruit syrups and sweet foods that are suitable for diabetics. A “charming, woodland creature” was designed to represent each product in the range, says AfterHours creative partner Kelly Bennett, with each animal chosen to reflect the colours of the product. […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s the Little Things exhibition, by Edward Wood

Freelance graphic designer and illustrator Edward Wood has launched a new exhibition of his work called It’s the Little Things. The London-based designer has recreated in illustration form a series of matchbox labels from Japan, India and Russia, dating from the early 20th century. It’s the Little Things runs until 7 April at Acqua7, 7 […]

Fourth Plinth commission, by Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson

Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson have been chosen as the next two artists to design commissions for the Fourth Plinth site in London’s Trafalgar Square. Rakowitz’s design is based on his The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist project started in 2006, which has recreated over 7,000 archeological artefacts looted from the Iraq Museum during the Iraq […]

Owen Jones stationery collection, by V&A and Papier

Online stationery retailer Papier has collaborated with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to produce a new stationery collection featuring designs taken from 19th century architect Owen Jones’ archive. The Middle Eastern-inspired collection features designs from Jones’ 1856 publication The Grammar of Ornament, with the patterns being taken from original drawings Jones produced for 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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Harvey’s Brewery craft beer can design, by WPA Pinfold

WPA Pinfold has designed the packaging and branding for Harvey’s Brewery’s new craft beer range, which looks to target a younger audience with a painterly style. The consultancy worked with local artist Susan Lynch to create paintbrush-inspired illustrations for the packaging, which uses colour to differentiate between beers in the range. Harvey’s brand colours of […]

Larios 150 bottle design, by Brandhouse

Branding consultancy Brandhouse has designed the special edition bottle for Larios Gin to mark the drink’s 150th anniversary. Larios 150 takes inspiration from the first Larios gin bottle from 1866, which featured a simple, circular cream label on traditional green glass. The new design features the same colour palette but has a botanical-style illustration all […]

Oblika Puzzle, by Jonathan Dorthe

  Canadian designer Jonathan Dorthe has created a geometric puzzle aimed at designers, architects and design enthusiasts. Oblika is an architectural puzzle comprising 22 geometric wooden pieces, which are all unique in shape and etched with a linear pattern. The pieces can be arranged inside the puzzle’s accompanying grid to form a square, or outside […]

Concrete Feats illustrations, by Marta Colmenero

Spanish designer Marta Colmenero has designed a series of illustrations depicting famous Brutalist buildings from all over the world. The illustrations highlight some of the most famous Brutalist landmarks, including the Barbican in London, Marseille’s Unité d’Habitation and Habitat 67 in Montreal. Colmenero has designed the series of colourful, poster-style illustrations for insurance comparison site […]

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 […]

Masqualero typeface, by Monotype Studio

Type foundry Monotype has released a new typeface called Masqualero, which has been designed by Jim Ford of Monotype Studio. The typeface is a tribute to the late jazz musician Miles Davis, with letterforms that are designed to be “as enigmatic and complex as the musician himself”, says Monotype. Ford came up with the idea […]

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 […]

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 […]

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