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.

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 […]

Autism Uncut branding, by Don’t Panic Partners

Don’t Panic Partners has created the branding for the National Autistic Society’s new campaign Autism Uncut, which looks to raise awareness and increase people’s understanding of the developmental condition. The print materials for the campaign feature a series of peel-away and scratch-off tabs, which encourage users to reveal the full messaging. It aims to symbolise […]

The Handmaid’s Tale art installation, by Paula Scher and Abbott Miler

Pentagram partners Paula Scher and Abbott Miller have designed a public art installation inspired by Margaret Atwood’s classic science fiction novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The installation aims to celebrate the new TV series adaptation of the book, which is being shown on video subscription service Hulu. The book sees women living a regime where they […]

Triumph ≠ Trump mural, by Craig Black Design

Craig Black Design has created a mural that formed part of political art exhibition Pissed Modernism, which took place at Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery throughout April. The Triumph ≠ Trump mural was the centerpiece of the show, and aimed to draw attention to how the election of a new US President should be a time of celebration, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Animal illustrations, by Fieldinspired

Illustrator Rich Field, founder at studio Fieldinspired, has designed a series of dark, sombre animal illustrations. The series is the first in a new collection inspired by a recent trip through South East Asia, says the illustrator, and includes the likes of Dark Owl and Wise Lion.

National Autistic Society campaign video, by Don’t Panic

The National Autistic Society has released a powerful video, which looks to highlight how isolating autism can be. Make It Stop has been produced for the charity by advertising agency Don’t Panic, and shows a 12-year-old girl called Holly becoming overwhelmed by information from different people talking to her and asking questions. The video, which […]

On Tyranny poster installation, by Vintage and Kingston University

Publishing house Vintage’s in-house design team has collaborated with graphic design students from Kingston University to create a series of posters based on the book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Each chapter of the book – which looks to compare present day personality politics with the regimes of Hitler […]

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 […]

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 […]

Film for Mayfield property development, by Music

Music has developed this film for property specialists U+I, which is working on the regeneration of the Mayfield area in Manchester. The poem, commissioned by Music, is entitled Manchester’s Sprawling and is written by David Scott AKA Argh Kid. The poem is read over film footage of the derelict Mayfield site and images from the […]

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 […]

Wildlife Matters exhibition illustrations, by Patrick George

Illustrator Patrick George has designed a series of prints for the One Network for Conservation and the Arts (ONCA) gallery, as part of its new exhibition Wildlife Matters. The three-day exhibition will feature prints aimed at adults and will focus on the theme of animal welfare. The prints aim to highlight issues such as trophy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pop-Up speakeasy for Davos World Forum, by David Rockwell

David Rockwell Group has designed a “pop-up speakeasy” for the not-for-profit Davos World Economic Forum 2017. It has been designed for parties, receptions and meetings. Some 2,500 international businesses, political leaders, academics, NGOs and journalists attend the event.

Stephen Hawking special edition stamp book, by Glazier Design

Consultancy Glazier Design has released a hardback book of its designs for a special edition series of stamps marking Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday. The hardback book follows the individual stamps, which were made for the Isle of Man Post Office last year. There are 100 copies priced at £250, which will be sold by the […]

Conduct the Storm installation, by Flying Object

Flying Object has designed a gesture-based installation which allows audiences to fill the Royal Shakespeare Company’s front of house with thunder and lightning, to coincide with its production of The Tempest. Responding to the hand gestures of players, the storm is projected onto huge screens in the space, increasing with intensity as players gesticulate more […]

Lines of War 1933-45, by Gustavo Vitulo

Brazil-based designer Gustavo Vitulo has created a book looking at graphic and editorial design in the World War II era. It looks at how the war period influenced the graphic design sector, and saw the emergence of artistic movements such as modernism. Running throughout the 100-page book is two alternative timelines, with a different editorial […]

Art on a postcard secret auction, by various

Maddox Gallery in London will host a secret auction of 400 art-covered postcards in support of the Hepatitis C Trust. The postcards include works by designers and artists including Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Gilbert & George. The artworks can be viewed online now and will go on display at Maddox Gallery from 12 November, […]

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.

House of Cards playing card deck, by Little White Lies

To coincide with the US election and the release of the House of Cards box set, Little White Lies magazine has created a House of Cards-inspired deck of playing cards. 52 UK-based artists have designed the playing cards, including Alice Carnegie, Anthony Hon and Barbara Ana Gomez. There are 52 original artworks in total, in order […]

Rooms Veuve Clicquot Widow Series installation, by various

Musician FKA Twigs has curated the second annual Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. Titled Rooms, the project is a hybrid of performance art, set design, theatre, costume and dance. It includes a 12-room installation, created by a group of 12 artists and designers, who have each based their design on a different zodiac sign. Creatives involved […]

New releases, by Malika Favre

London-based French illustrator Malika Favre has created two new works with a chic noir feel, which are available through Outline Editions. One, is available as a three-colour screen print (75x100cm). They are editions of 45 and cost £200 each. The other is Marie is a (30x42cm) 50 edition print priced £60. For more information head […]

Fit exhibition, by Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley’s new exhibition sees London’s White Cube gallery divided up into 15 chambers, creating a labyrinth-style experience for visitors to explore. Each of the created spaces is different in size and uniquely lit. The exhibition features installations including Gormley’s Sleeping Field, which is composed of nearly 600 small iron sculptures resembling hundreds of individual […]

Glenfiddich Experimental Series packaging, by Here Design

Here Design has created the packaging for a new series of whiskies from Glenfiddich. The Glenfiddich Experimental Series incorporates methods used to make craft beer, so this was reflected in the packaging and bottle design, says Mark Paton, partner at Here Design. “By using beer-bottle brown glass for the IPA experiment, we gave that pack […]

A Good American data visualisation, by Up^

Design studio Up^ has created motion graphics for a new documentary film, A Good American. The film is about previous U.S. codebreaker Bill Binney, and the studio was tasked with “visually and emotively representing” the intelligence tool he created called ThinThread, says Up^. Up^ created CGIs, motion graphics and data visualisation for the film, as […]

T2 limited edition packaging, by Raw Edges

Design consultancy Raw Edges has created limited edition packaging for a range of teas by T2. The designs include hand-drawn illustrations exploring the changes in colour, texture and patterns as raw tea leaves are brewed into a drink, says Raw Edges. The packaging has been created to coincide with London Design Festival, and the special […]

Voice of God installation, by Bompas & Parr

Bompas & Parr has created a “supernatural” voice installation for Hilton London Bankside, called Voice of God. The designers worked with acoustic scientists using voices that have been transposed to infrasound, giving visitors the impression of a divine experience. The voices pose questions about consciousness, perceptions of the physical world and the supernatural. The installation […]

Tate Time Machine, by Blue State Digital and Tate Modern

The Tate Modern has launched a new digital platform which aims to encourage site visitors to learn about art history. The Tate Time Machine, which has been created by Blue State Digital alongside the museum, complements the new Tate Modern galleries, which are set to open this month. The digital platform offers each user a […]

Glenlivet Cipher bottle design, by NB Studio

NB Studio has designed the packaging for a limited edition version of whisky brand Glenlivet. The Glenlivet Cipher bottle aims to be mysterious and enigmatic, says the consultancy, with an opaque black colour, no description of taste, smell or colour, and no age indication. The outer packaging uses black and silver foiling on black paper, […]

Lone Wolf branding, by B&B Studio

B&B Studio has designed the branding for a new spirits distillery, created by the same people behind craft brewery chain BrewDog. Spirits brand Lone Wolf will release a range of gin, vodka and whisky made from grain. Shaun Bowen, creative director at Lone Wolf, says the visual identity aims to be “stripped back, raw and […]

The Colouring Book for Goths, by Tom Devonald

UK-based writer and graphic designer Tom Devonald has published an “off-colour” colouring book for goths in time for World Goth Day on 22 May. From Neitzsche’s moustache, to a badger in a balaclava, to a dungeon during a power cut, The Colouring Books for Goths allows for many creative colouring opportunities – as long as […]

The Last Kingdom branding, by Dalziel & Pow

Dalziel & Pow has created the branding and style guide for new BBC historical drama The Last Kingdom. The consultancy worked on pattern, typeface, colour, quotations and icons to represent the series, which is based on the Danes and Saxons at war. Graphics include an old map of Britain divided by a line of flames […]

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Carbon3D identity, by Moving Brands

Moving Brands has created a new identity for 3D printing company Carbon3D, which aims to take the 3D printing industry beyond basic prototyping and into 3D manufacturing. The consultancy says: “We worked with Carbon3D to create a brand framework and system that represented the boldness and value that it brought to its industry and to businesses […]

Motion graphics for DJ Shadow’s The Mountain Will Fall, by Territory

Territory Studio creative director Marti Romances has led the design of the motion graphics for DJ Shadow’s new single The Mountain Will Fall.  Marti’s concept is a journey, following an astronaut falling through space. Disconnected from the world, the lone astronaut journey’s past beautiful landscapes until he passes through a light beam, becoming part of a […]

Mongrels graphics, by Kid Acne

Everyone’s favourite illustrator/rapper Kid Acne is returning under his Mongrels (Kid Acne and Benjamin) moniker and they are about to release their debut album Attack the Monolith. You can see his illustrations popping up in this video for the lead track Half Moon/Full Moon, which has been shot and edited by Tom Sykes.

Equi London packaging, by Pencil Studio

Pencil Studio has created the packaging designs for supplement brand Equi London. The consultancy says: “We created a range of packaging to reflect the essence of balance within the brands ethos.”

2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, at Somerset House

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition has opened at Somerset House this month. The exhibition showcases the winners and shortlisters of the award, which were whittled down from 230,103 submissions. Judges named Iranian photojournalist Asghar Khamseh as the winner of the L’Iris d’Or Photographer of the Year, for his affecting portraits of acid attack […]

Game of Thrones opening sequence, by Dadomani for Moleskine

Milan-based video and animation studio Dadomani has made a paper cut opening sequence for Moleskine and Game of Thrones to celebrate the new series on HBO. The video features a recreation of the fortress at King’s Landing entirely made in paper. In the background the original theme music plays. Cogs and gears start turning and piece-by-piece the three […]

ORX branding, by Supple Studio

Supple Studio has created a new visual identity for ORX, an association for operational risk in the financial sector. The new branding for the Operational Risk dataeXchange Association aims to reflect “professionalism, security, transparency and collaboration”, says Jamie Ellul, creative director at Supple.

London Fields Brewery branding, by The Plant

The Plant has created a new identity for London Fields Brewery, which was set up in 2011. The consultancy says: “Located in one of London’s most creative and energetic boroughs, the brewery needed to reflect its locale, but also its ambition to be a bigger part of the UK and world beer market.” “The strong, central, fluid […]

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Design principles project, by Team Beagle at PWW

Consultancy PWW has turned its London design studio into an exhibition space for a show paying homage to Braun designer Dieter Rams. The exhibition looks at Rams’ 10 principles for good design, and was accompanied by a discussion on how designers and brands can learn from Rams’ approach. The show and talk was put together […]

Sony Playstation VR Worlds identity, by Territory

Territory has created the identity for Sony’s new virtual reality gaming offer VR Worlds. The consultancy says: “The dynamic logo, a black void defined by the circular interplay of ‘electric’ geometric and fluid forms, reflects the promise of ‘endless possibilities’ available through the immersive experiences. “And in a nod to game design, the concept plays with […]

San Pedro Cultural, by Carlos and Juan García and Álvaro Baños

Architects Carlos and Juan García and Álvaro Baños, have re-designed the Saint Peters Church in Becerril de Campos, Spain. The project title, ‘An open air building’, refers to the former state of the church and the modern decor of the interior depicting a starry night. The building, which is now the town’s cultural centre, is […]

Syntropy branding, by Proud Creative

Proud Creative has finished its branding project for visual storytelling and animation producer, Syntropy. At it’s core there’s an identity with two key states: entropy (or chaos), which reorders itself through syntropy (order & harmony). This is in line with the company’s objective; organising information into a narrative to explain complicated processes, ideas and events. […]

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