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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Morph emoji series, by Aardman

Animation studio Aardman has revealed a series of emojis for iPhone, which are based on the studio’s character Morph to celebrate its 40th birthday. Aardman co-founder Peter Lord sculpted the emojjis by hand using modelling clay, then used motion graphics and animations to bring them to life. They cover various emotive face emojis, to hand […]

Am I normal? card game, by The School of Life

The School of Life has released a new card game called Am I Normal? The pack of 52 playing cards looks to tackle our perception of “normality”, which currently tends to focus on an “organised, poised and polished” version of ourselves, says The School of Life. It features 52 statements or admissions that seemingly fall […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beanz Meanz Heinz campaign, by Jones Knowles Ritchie

Jones Knowles Ritchie has created a 50th anniversary campaign for Heinz Beans, which playfully depicts what beans “means” to different people through various can designs. The campaign includes the limited edition packaging, alongside an pop-up café in Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, and a store window display. There are 50 different iterations of the tins, […]

Fountain17 project, by various designers and Hull School of Art and Design

A new exhibition is set to launch in Hull, which will see one of the most mundane, unexpected, day-to-day objects turned into art – the urinal. Bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard has worked with various designers, artists, poets and writers, alongside the Hull School of Art and Design, to turn the humble urinal into 45 unique […]

Las Iguanas kid’s menu, by Aardman

Bristol-based animation studio Aardman has designed a new kid’s menu for Latin American restaurant chain Las Iguanas. The studio created a series of colourful new characters for the menu, including Iggy the Iguana. The new menu also features activities such as colouring in sections, word puzzles, mazes and basic Spanish language lessons. An animated version […]

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs, by L3

  Northamptonshire consultancy L3 has designed a car concept for Nissan tailored specifically for dog owners. Based on Nissan’s existing X-Trail model, L3’s design looks to recognise dogs as “an integral part of family life”. The consultancy has transformed the boot space into an area for dogs to relax, featuring a “no spill” water dispenser, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Dog’s Bollocks student awards campaign, by Design Bridge

Several junior designers from Design Bridge’s London office have designed a poster campaign to promote the consultancy’s annual Dog’s Bollocks competition for design students. The campaign is based around the concept of “said no award winner ever”, and is designed to be a “tongue-in-cheek” take on “all the wrong advice”, says Design Bridge. The posters, […]

Heston Blumenthal restaurant installation, by Seymourpowell

In keeping with chef Heston Blumenthal’s wacky culinary style, Seymourpowell has designed a mechanical, miniature sweet shop which will be used in his Berkshire restaurant Fat Duck. The scale model Victorian sweet shop is used to serve the final course of Blumenthal’s tasting menu, through a series of mechanical cogs and pulleys which are activated […]

We Can Cherish book, by Belly Kids

Belly Kids has illustrated and published a new book about Sir David Attenborough, which looks to gather his “wisdom and knowledge” in one place. It features quotes from a selection of the veteran nature broadcaster’s most famous interviews and documentaries. We Can Cherish is available via online store Big Cartel.

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 […]

Byron website redesign, by Clubhouse Studios

Clubhouse Studios has redesigned restaurant chain Byron’s website and takeaway platform. The studio commissioned a number of illustrators who have already worked with Byron on its restaurant interiors to create illustrations for the website, including Alice Bowsher, Andrew Rae and Alec Doherty. The redesigned website also includes a new user interface and site architecture, which […]

Making Kids’ Imagination a Virtual Reality, by Pebble Studios

London-based production company, Pebble Studios, has turned childrens’ illlustrations into a virtual reality film. A group of seven and eight-year-olds from Grange Primary School in west London were invited to design characters and invent various lands and stories based on their imaginations. By bringing their colourful sketches to life, the project aims to allow the […]

International idiom series, by Paul Blow and Viking Direct

Office supplies company Viking Direct has commissioned illustrator Paul Blow to create visual interpretations of idioms used in different languages. The British company hopes to showcase its breadth of international employees through the fun project, with 11 illustrations of idioms originating from different countries, along with their meanings in English. Obscure examples include “To slide […]

Light Eye Mind branding, by All Works Co.

Consultancy All Works has designed a new visual identity for north London art gallery Light Eye Mind, which plays with the ability of the human eye to read inverted letters. The new branding features a simple, sans-serif, all-capitals, black typeface used for the gallery name and accompanying copy. Certain letters are inverted, either by being […]

Meat Bouquets, by Bompas & Parr

Bompas & Parr has created a series of meat bouquets for Valentine’s Day, featuring a selection of hung grouse, pheasant and quail dressed alongside botanicals. Each meat bouquet comes with an alcoholic love potion, which includes a distilled spirit and a “mysterious aphrodisiac”, says Bompas & Parr. The meat bouquet is inspired by Victorian chef […]

Valentine’s Faces, by Together Design

Together Design has released a series of Valentine’s Day cards featuring simple black and white illustrations and puns. The illustrations have been created by the consultancy and are part of its Making Faces collection, featuring homeware products such as mugs and prints with illustrated faces on them. The cards are available to buy from Together […]

Games for Laurence King, by Angus Hyland

Pentagram’s Angus Hyland has designed two games for Laurence King publishing – Dazzleship Battleships and Rock Paper Scissors Bomb. Dazzleship Battleships is, as you might imagine, a twist on the boardgame classic battleships, only involving dazzleships – which featured unique camouflage patterns and were deployed during World War One by allied naval forces. The patterns […]

ArmagedDON, by Jon Daniel

Designer Jon Daniel has launched a new political protest campaign against Donald Trump. Based on a simple icon representing Trump’s hair, the campaign uses a typeface called ArmagedDon and a set of emoji style designs.

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.

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 […]

“Don’t do this at work” code of conduct, by Telia and Wolff Olins

Wolff Olins has designed the corporate code of conduct for employees of Swedish telecommunications company, Telia. While codes of conduct are “typically dry manuals rarely read or engaged with by anyone”, the consultancy says it looked to make the design and tone of “Don’t do this at work” much more fun and engaging for employees. […]

The Pumpkin and the Pantsuit, by BarrettSF and The Studio

Design consultancy BarrettSF and digital production company The Studio have together created a children’s storybook parodying the rise of Donald Trump. The Studio has created illustrations of caricatures of the 2016 presidential candidates, alongside their celebrity supporters. Trump himself is portrayed as a “boisterous and bullying pumpkin”, while Hillary Clinton is represented as a “powder-blue […]

Modern Life, by Jean Jullien

Illustrator Jean Jullien has released his first first monograph, which 150 of his commissions and Instagram posts in one place. Modern Life highlights Jullien’s humorous observations of daily life, and includes a foreword by actor Jesse Eisenberg. The book is available from TeNues for €24.95 (£21.64).

Jeff Goldblum activity book, by Belly Kids

Indie publisher Belly Kids has released a rather peculiar activity book filled with mazes, games and puzzles, based on American actor Jeff Goldblum. From Independence Day through to Jurassic Park, the book features a series of mindful activities drawn by various illustrators demonstrating Goldblum’s different roles and appearances. The book is roughly A4 size, 32 […]

David Bowie Flip Book, by Amy Pearson

In the wake of what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday Arigatourspress has published a book celebrating the great man’s sartorial adventures. Illustrator Amy Pearson has created the images, which are printed on four independent sections, meaning you can swap any given part of his outfit for a truly out of this world look. […]

Shower Beer, by Snask and Fredrik Tunedal

Swedish consultancy Snask has created and branded a new beer brand from scratch – but the drink is intended for consumption in a shower, not a pub. The consultancy has worked with brewer Fredrik Tunedal to create Shower Beer – a pale ale in a 180 ml bottle, which is meant to be “gulped in […]

Hip Hops branding, by Eat with Your Eyes

Branding agency Eat with Your Eyes has designed its own range of craft beers, called Hip Hops. The range comprises four different beers with unique illustrations: Inked – Jet Black Porter, Crafted >< Created – Fused Citrus IPA, Idea Beer – Cedar Bitter and Labyrinth – Pale Ale Solution. The logo features a simple, sans-serif […]

Christmas gif card, by Trunk

Animation studio Trunk has created a Christmas card in the form of a fun, moving gif to celebrate the festive season. The gif sees an image transform from a Christmas pudding into a stocking, tree, cracker and various other Christmas symbols.

Stewart Brewing and Save the Children campaign, by Brandon

Consultancy Brandon has worked with Edinburgh-based brewery Stewart Brewing on a Christmas campaign to help raise money for Save the Children. Based on the charity’s nationwide Christmas Jumper Day campaign, the design consultancy created a series of miniature Christmas jumpers for a selection of limited edition beers to “wear”. Brandon also designed a series of […]

Collective Nouns prints, by MinaLima

MinaLima has designed a series of limited edition graphic prints inspired by English collective nouns. The prints feature a series of animal-related alphabets, including “An Embarrassment of Pandas” and “A Mischief of Mice”. You can see the full collection of prints here.

Textbook, by Paul Belford

Paul Belford has designed a non-fiction love story told entirely through text, called Textbook. The story features 5,191 unedited texts sent between the main characters, Penny and Andy, who are in a relationship but live 18,000 km away from each other. Users can read the story online, download it or set up an app on […]

Golf club bike, by Calum Ray

A Kingston University student has designed a bicycle made out of golf clubs in an effort to draw attention to his observation that golf club membership is in decline while the number of middle age cyclists is on the rise. Graphic design student Claum Ray says: “I started by purchasing a set of golf clubs […]

Maps of London, by Walk with Me

Design Studio Walk With Me has commissioned visual artist to design seven illustrated maps of famous neighbourhoods in London, including Peckham, Shoreditch and Soho. Featured artists include Martina Paukova, Clemence Pollet and Clare Owen. All of the maps have been art directed by designer, Isa Roldán.

Grayson Perry’s Default Man game, by Penguin Press

Penguin Press has designed a game to accompany Grayson Perry’s recent book release, The Descent of Man. The brightly coloured game allows the user to experience what it’s like to be a “Default Man”, otherwise known as the stereotypical manly-powerful-man, with the option to choose characters such as “the politician” and “the media mogul”. Penguin […]

Densters, by Kidesign

Densters are a set of eight toy monsters, which encourage kids to build forts and dens, by acting as clips and fastenings. Ultimately they are designed to encourage children to interact with the real world rather than screens, but each of the toys also serve a practical dual purpose, such as a doorstop, bookmark and […]

Absurd Bird interiors, by Design LSM

The Absurd Bird restaurant – known for its branches in London’s Soho and and Spitalfields – has just opened its first site outside of the capital. Situated in Exeter, the restaurant has been inspired by Southern US states and designed by Design LSM. The look and feel has been developed around a story of two […]

Stereohype button badge design competition winners, by various

Stereohype has revealed the winners of its 12th annual button badge design competition. The winning designs were selected from over 1000 submissions in total, with each judge selecting their ten favourite badges. See the full list of winners here.

UAL festive pop-up shop, by various

University of the Arts London is set to launch a festive pop-up shop, featuring original works by UAL students and alumni. The artworks available to buy will include seasonal gifts, prints, textiles, jewellery and homeware. The pop-up shop will run from 7-9 December at the UAL Showroom, 272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY.

Mergers and Acquisitions, by Browns Editions

Browns Editions has designed a series of printed tenugui fabrics carrying political messages. A tenugui is a Japanese piece of cloth, made from cotton in a traditional size and format. The tenugui, which are popular across Japanese society, were traditionally made from silk but now are also made from cotton. While labourer and kitchen workers might use them for […]

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