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.

Dart x Design, by various designers

When we think of dartboards, connotations of music-less, ale-filled, old-fashioned pubs and splintered, ancient wooden boards arise. But now, designers including Base Design and Karim Rashid have reimagined the dartboard as part of charity project Dart x Design, organised by consultancy Frog. Interpretations include a colourful, 3D-printed board from Alex Trochut, a mathematical, geometric board […]

Metro Galactic, by Cillian McMinn

The design of the London Underground map has inspired many, with its distinctive roundel and colour-coded lines. Product designer and entrepreneur Cillian McMinn has been so inspired, in fact, that he has applied the style not to a map of various cities or countries – but to our entire galaxy. Metro Galactic is a map […]

Beautiful Glorious Chaos, by James Dawe

Illustrator James Dawe works in mixed media collage to create images, which have a glitchy, three-dimensional quality. Space and technology are prominent themes in these virtual landscapes, which look to warp reality and play with our “theories of physics and the mysteries of the universe,” according to curator Liat Chen. Beautiful Glorious Chaos will run from […]

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 […]

Invisible Outlines, by Nendo

Japanese consultancy Nendo has designed a series of objects which aim to blur the lines of what can and cannot be perceived as physical objects. The collection looks at how outlines and borders enable people to subconsciously recognise objects, even if these outlines are not filled in. 16 collections were created, including “border table”, which presents […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joto, by Those

Design studio Those has launched Joto, a display which looks to make digital visualisations more interactive. Joto is a wipe-clean digital display with a pen and eraser attachment, and a mechanical arm that physically draws out images and words. It is controlled via an app. Users use the app to send words or images to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commonwealth Brewing Co. core range packaging, by Thirst Craft

Design consultancy Thirst Craft, which specialises in the craft drink industry, has designed a range of bold, tie-dye effect packaging for Virginia-based Commonwealth Brewing company. The brief given by brewer and owner Jeramy Biggie was to design a can which enables the customer to “visually see the flavours in the can.” The design has been […]

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 […]

Video artworks, by Universal Everything

Digital design studio Universal Everything has created a series of animations, which aim to depict products that could exist in the near future. The studio worked with animators including Rita Louro and Wang & Söderström on the project, which is a part of a wider series of short films by Universal Everything, called Screens of […]

13m² house interiors, by Studiomama

Studiomama has designed a 13m² property in north London with the aim of making a small interior feel spacious. “We have created small spaces before but this is a great challenge as it is impossible to get a small space like this to work using any off the shelf furniture,” says co-founder of Studiomama Nina Tolstrup. […]

NASA new planet poster, by NASA

NASA has released a new retro-inspired travel poster to celebrate its discovery of seven Earth-sized planets. The planets, found around a single star outside our solar system are 40 light years from Earth. Three of the planets are located in the “habitable zone”, the area around the star where liquid water is most likely to be […]

Playing the Bridge, by various artists

Hull’s Scale Lane Bridge will be transformed into an interactive musical instrument as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture. Playing the Bridge will be host to performances, workshops and installations, which will draw on the Indonesian gamelan tradition of creating music by striking tuned metalwork. The first stage of the event will encourage members […]

MIT alumni event installation, by Touch Creative

Touch Creative has designed an “interactive wall” displaying projects by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The installation highlights 20 innovations carried out by the university from the past few decades, bringing them to life by projecting different animations onto the wall. The installation was created by Touch Creative for MIT’s recent alumni fundraising event […]

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.

Transcending Boundaries, by TeamLab

Tokyo-based digital art group TeamLab has designed a new exhibition at art gallery Pace London called Transcending Boundaries. Featuring three rooms of immersive installations, the exhibition looks to transcend the boundaries of individual digital artworks, while also blurring the lines between art and the exhibition space. Exhibits on display include a virtual waterfall which extends […]

Virtually Real exhibition, by Royal Academy of Arts and HTC Vive

The Royal Academy of Arts and HTC Vive have curated a display of “the world’s first” 3D-printed virtual reality sculptures. The artworks have been created by the Royal Academy School’s alumni Adham Faramawy and Elliot Dodd, and current third year student Jessy Jetpacks, using VR platform HTC Vive. Elements of the artists’ work have been […]

The Recorder print design, by Monotype

The new issue of type foundry Monotype’s bi-annual magazine The Recorder has been released. Issue four explores illustrated type, pixel typography and gaming, and type in urban environments, and includes a focus on Edward Johnston’s London Underground typeface, and an article by Adrian Shaughnessy. Illustrations have also been contributed by Justyna Stasik, DR.ME and Friederike […]

Intangible Matter, by Lucy Hardcastle and The Fifth Sense

The Fifth Sense, an online platform from Chanel and i-D has teamed up with digital artist Lucy Hardcastle to create an interactive online space which explores the “sensorial experience of fragrance”. Intangible Matter is made up of five different graphic “rooms” inspired by Chanel’s N°5 L’Eau perfume – Molten, Mist, Beam, Soft and the Fifth […]

The New Black, by Phoa Kia Boon and Clifford Hiscock

Founder Phoa Kia Boon and creative director Clifford Hiscock have designed The New Black, a coffee shop on Philpot Lane in central London. Design features include stainless steel benches which hide the coffee machines, steel and glass bench seating areas and a “bean counter” near the entrance, where customers are able to smell the individual […]

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 […]

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.

Fleetlights, by Mission Planner for Direct Line

A personal security drone has been developed as a working prototype by Mission Planner technology expert Michael Oborne for insurer Direct Line. Direct Line has commissioned the project as part of a series to “improve everyday objects” and make people’s lives better. The Fleetlights are a personal drone service, which can be summoned via an […]

Star Map, by The Future Mapping Company

The Future Mapping Company has created a new wall map of stars based on 17th century illustrations. The company digitally processed and matched the data of the 400-year-old illustrations, to create an “educational” wall art map. It is a lithographic print, and comes in seven colours including three metallic and one made with fluorescent ink. […]

Mise-en-abyme, by Allegri & Fogale

Having initially designed Mise-en-abyme for the 2015 London Design Festival, Allegri & Fogale have reimagined their installation at Oxo Tower Wharf Courtyard.  Working with Coin Street Community Builders and Innermost Lighting, the designers have created an alternative passageway for visitors moving through Oxo Tower Wharf. As people approach it creates an illusory tunnel, with soft edges, making the contours […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Foil installation, by Layer and Braun

Foil is one of many installations on show at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum this month, part of this year’s London Design Festival (LDF). In association with Braun, the huge, rotating sculpture of metal panels aims to replicate the blades of an electric shaver, and creates an immersive experience around the gallery as it […]

RIBA Regent Street Windows, by various

Retail stores on London’s Regent Street have teamed up with RIBA Chartered Architects to create a series of display windows featuring an architectural twist. The participating teams include Liberty and Architecture Social Club, Uniqlo and Projects Office and Armani Exchange with Matheson Whiteley. The installations will be on display until 25 September.

London Design Fair installation, by Kit Miles and Moooi Carpets

Kit Miles and Moooi Carpets have designed the entrance to the foyer of the London Design Fair, featuring a 150m2 carpet. According to the designers, the design is based on the “interplay of shadows and light”, and inspired by both Mediterranean and London architecture. London Design Fair runs from 22-25 September.

Hidden Cities Rio documentary, by various

Adam&eveDDB has teamed up with the Financial Times (FT) and Google to create a VR documentary about Rio’s favelas, timed to coincide with the 2016 Olympics. Hidden Cities Rio is the next stage of the Hidden Cities collaboration, following recent launches in London and Brussels. The VR documentary, created by Visualise, looks at the physical […]

Curtain Call installation, by Ron Arad

Ron Arad has created 360-degree immersive installation for the Roundhouse in London, as part of the venue’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Curtain Call sees the Roundhouse’s circular main space filled with a floor-to-ceiling curtain made from 600 silicon rods. The curtain is designed to be a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction. The installation […]

Emoji Wallpaper, by Murals Wallpaper

Perhaps the ultimate expression of online meets offline. We’re not entirely sure if the world is ready for emoji wallpaper but it’s big on kitsch impact and it’s rather fun. Kids’ bedroom versions have been made, as well as an assorted version and a foody one – presumably for the gourmande who doesn’t take themselves too […]

Mondegreen short film, by Found Studio

‘Mondegreen’ – Animated Short from Studio Output on Vimeo. Found Studio’s latest research and development project is a computer generated short film called Mondegreen, which is set in a surreal museum of mishearing. Made in collaboration with Argentinian motion designer Esteban Diácono, it features a series of kinetic sculptures. All of the various sculptures represent different […]

Magic Carpets, by Miguel Chevalier

Miguel Chevalier has created a giant “carpet of light” virtual reality installation at the Milton Keynes International Festival 2016. The installation – inspired by the shapes associated with the cityscape and other sources such as a digital universe – comprises various “multi-coloured graphic scenes”. Using sensors, the patterns in the scenes mix together, divide and […]

The Future’s Unfolding, by various

Uniform and The Beautiful Meme have collaborated with Greenwich Peninsula to create a virtual reality animation of a CGI cityscape, which presents a dream-like vision of the future of the peninsula. The immersive animation, called The Future’s Unfolding, was born from the interactive Paperworld concept that Uniform and Made Thought created for the development’s website […]

Thought of Train of Thought, by Ron Arad

Ron Arad has revealed his Thought of Train of Thought installation at St Pancras International station in London, as part of a four-year partnership between HS1 Ltd and the Royal Academy for the station’s public sculpture series, Terrace Wires. Thought of Train of Thought is made up of an 18m aluminium twisted blade that rotates […]

Paper, by Ludwig Rensch

Product designer Ludwig Rensch’s minimal printer design, Paper, turns to the core functions and features of this common household and office item.

Reform Design Biennale, by various artists

The exhibition includes 15 international designers and features an array of works – from rainbow-coloured room dividers and computer-generated chairs to irregular stools and a brass and leather breathing apparatus.

ArcelorMittal Orbit slide, by Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller’s giant helter-skelter inspired slide at the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit, east London opens to the public today. The 178m slide comprises thirty sections, and has a silver base and transparent top half. Starting at the 76m high viewpoint, Höller’s slide spirals round the sculpture’s latticed structure in corkscrew shape before dropping sharply towards […]

Prada Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show Space, by AMO

Dutch architect firm AMO has created a nightclub-esque show space for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections in Milan. It was installed at the Fondazione Prada complex that was completed by AMO last year, and features metal mesh surfaces illuminated by psychedelic coloured lights. The centrepiece of the space is a straight ramp suspended between the floor […]

The Hive at Kew Gardens, by Wolfgang Buttress

Artist Wolfgang Buttress’ The Hive has been installed at Kew Gardens. The 17m high, 40,000kg installation was first conceived as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo and designed in collaboration with BDP and Simmonds Studio. The Hive, which is designed to look like a giant beehive, has now been relocated […]

British Airways i360 pod, by Marks Barfield Architects

Marks Barfield Architects has designed the world’s tallest moving observation tower in Brighton, which will open later this summer. The futuristic British Airways i360 observation pod rises 138m above Brighton beach, offering 360-degree views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. The observation also holds the Guinness World Record for the […]

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