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.

Canongate website redesign, by Human After All

Digital design studio Human After All has created a new website for independent publisher Canongate, which moves away from a traditional, book-ish look and adopts a colourful, contemporary and multimedia style. The homepage showcases key authors’ quotes against colourful backgrounds, alongside extracts, photography, audio and video. The About Us page has also been revamped to […]

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 […]

Here East shuttle bus livery, by Dn&co

Dn&co has designed the livery for the new shuttle buses being used across Here East, a digital and creative campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London. The livery features the Here East visual identity, and all of the shuttle buses are covered in a series of dot patterns inspired by the Here East […]

Grek branding and packaging, by Interabang

London-based graphic design studio Interabang has designed the visual identity and packaging for a new tea company called Grek. The monochrome packaging design is based on the founder’s childhood trips to the Greek island of Pyrgi, where geometric, black and white tiles are commonly found. Each tea flavour comes with a booklet featuring a unique […]

Into the Unknown competition, by The Barbican

The Barbican has announced the winners of its science fiction print competition, Into the Unknown. The competition was launched to mark the cultural organisation’s upcoming sci-fi exhibition, which is due to open in June and will explore literature, art, film, music, comic books and video games related to the genre. The overall winner is London-based […]

#TurnUp campaign, by Jelly London and Bite the Ballot

Studio Jelly London has launched a campaign to encourage young people to vote by inspiring them through creativity. The campaign has been put together in association with young persons’ organisation Bite the Ballot, and has invited artists and designers to submit work using the tagline #TurnUp. The work is being curated in an online gallery, […]

De Beauvoir Road branding, by The Grid

Consultancy The Grid has designed the branding for a new development of creative studio spaces on De Beauvoir Road, East London. The area houses roughly 30 SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) businesses in the creative industry. The logo for the new development features a series of lines that make up a deconstructed “D” and “B”, […]

Booths packaging redesign, by Smith&+Village

Consultancy Smith&+Village has redesigned Booths’ range of teas, taking inspiration from the retailer’s origins as a tea importer when it was founded in 1847. The redesigned, jewel-coloured boxes feature a simple style of typography and no photography. Smith&+Village has also renamed the company’s strong afternoon teabags as Builders’ Tea. The new packaging design has now […]

SODA rebrand, by SODA

Architectural practice Studio of Design and Architecture (SODA) has been rebranded by its newly created in-house brand team. The new visual identity features the company’s name set at a 51.5-degree angle, representing the physical relocation of its office from Soho to Clerkenwell based on a map of London. The rebrand marks the architectural practice’s move […]

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 […]

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 […]

Axel Arigato Gallery, by Christian Halleröd

Shoe and clothing brand Axel Arigato has opened a store-cum-gallery-space in Stockholm, Sweden, working with architect Christian Halleröd, who created the space. The space aims to appear “clean” with a few installations “blown out of proportion”, says the shoe brand, including a 100kg plexiglass display at the centre of the store, yellow fur seats and […]

Sis rebrand, by SomeOne

Consultancy SomeOne has created the branding for data company Sis, which looks to be better suited to digital than the previous identity. The new brand is centred around lightbeam imagery, which aims to portray data being delivered at “speed, precision and focus”, says SomeOne lead designer Lee Skinner. It also includes a “digital-first” colour palette […]

Zoo Nights campaign, by Edit_ and Claire Rigby

Edit_ studio and independent brand consultant Claire Rigby have created a campaign for Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo to promote Zoo Nights, its series of adult only, after-hours events taking place over the summer. The design team was briefed to create a series of “adult-focused” designs, and it has taken inspiration from from the […]

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, […]

Be Your Business Card, by Moo

London-based printing studio Moo has created a series of brightly coloured paper props for its Be Your Business Card campaign. The campaign focuses on relating its business cards to particular professions, for example one card that is similar in shape to a guitar pick is designed to represent a musician. The campaign is being rolled […]

LoneWolf packaging, by B&B Studio

London-based consultancy B&B Studio has designed the packaging for LoneWolf, a new spirits brand created by brewery BrewDog. The logo comprises a blocked-out wolf’s head symbol, which is also one of the main features of the bottle design. The wolf’s head appears on the bottle label, which also features a typewriter-style typeface and is held […]

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 […]

TypeNotes Issue #1, by Fontsmith and The Counter Press

Type foundry Fontsmith has launched a new print magazine called TypeNotes that is dedicated to typography and graphic design. Designed by The Counter Press, the overall look of the magazine is inspired by a traditional ruled notebook. It features various Fontsmith typefaces including FS Sally, FS Maja, FS Siena, FS Lucas, FS Elliot and FS […]

NATS rebrand, by The Team

London-based consultancy The Team has designed a new visual identity for the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). The new branding features a redesigned logo and graphic design system, with a thread design that is used throughout the identity to reflect the air traffic controller’s role of maintaining the “highways in the sky”, says The Team. […]

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 […]

Redesigned Puffin classic book covers, by Pantone and Puffin

Book publisher Puffin has worked with Pantone to give its children’s classic novel collection a modern makeover. The book covers have been redesigned taking on the style of Pantone’s colour cards, taking on block colours that resonate with the book in some way. The title and author of the book is then bordered off at […]

nHouse branding, by White Bear Studio

White Bear Studio has designed the branding for nHouse, a housing company producing modular homes. The company, set up by architect Richard Hywel Evans, produces two-storey, three-bedroom houses that are constructed off-site, then delivered and set up in the desired location. The edgy, monochrome visual identity aims to incorporate the modular house’s “sharp lines, precision […]

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 […]

Civilian issue zero, by various

A new biannual magazine called Civilian has been launched by a number of London and New York-based writers, editors, artists and designers which focuses on “travel, intelligence and irreverence”. The 72-page “issue zero” has been edited by Civilian founder Mark C. O’Flaherty, and includes features ranging from new forms of architectural design in the Maldives […]

Jigsaw store concept, by Barber Design

This singular concept is for Jigsaw’s Cobham, Surrey store. Each new store has its own look and feel and this is the second one that Barber has worked on for the client. Each store is designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings and the architecture of the building it is situated in. Jigsaw has 82 stores […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Spoonful of Charcoal, by Christina BanBan

London-based Spanish artist Christina BanBan has created these daily life scenes, which reveal her autobiographical story. The collection, which has an abstract painterly style, covers everything from street scenes to her personal struggles and introspective thoughts. A Spoonful of Charcoal is on from 6-18 May at Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA

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 […]

Mimic, by Omar Aqil

Pakistan-based designer Omar Aqil has created a series of hyperrealistic three-dimensional visuals based on the work of artist Pablo Picasso. Having been inspired by the work of Picasso since first starting his career in design, Aqil selected six of the artist’s most famous works and recreated them using a number of programmes including 4D-Vray, Adobe […]

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 […]

Clod Ensemble rebrand, by The Beautiful Meme

London-based design studio The Beautiful Meme has rebranded performance art group, Clod Ensemble. The new visual identity is inspired by the theories of physical theatre teacher Jacques Lecoq, who proposed that the three main types of drama – tragedy, melodrama and clown – operate in different “planes” or spaces. According to Lecoq, tragedy happens on […]

Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars, by Alexander Boxill

Alexander Boxill has designed a book and accompanying exhibition titled Social Housing: Definitions and Design Exemplars. Both the exhibition and book look at 24 case studies from six European countries that take a novel approach to social housing practices, including UK-based architectural group Assemble. A yellow, white and black colour palette and bold typography are […]

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 […]

Perdiz issue eight, by Querida Studio

Barcelona-based Querida Studio has designed the eighth issue of Perdiz magazine, with cover design by Spanish artist Carlota Guerrero. The magazine describes itself as being a title about “people and the things that make them happy”, with features on individuals including a university professor who trains his own flea circus and a roundabout fanatic from […]

Arte rebrand, by The Partners and Lambie-Nairn

The Partners and Lambie-Nairn have collaborated to create a new visual identity for cultural TV channel Arte. The rebrand looks to reflect Arte’s mission to be a cultural channel for all of Europe and change perceptions that it is too “highbrow” and “intellectual”, say the consultancies. The logo has been redesigned as a magnet, mirroring […]

Munich 1972 book crowdfunder, by Alessandro Rinaudi

Graphic designer Alessandro Rinaudi has launched a crowdfunding campaign to compile a book of Otl Aicher’s designs for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Rinaudi has collected more than 400 designs from the Olympics over the last 15 years which feature in the book, including posters; booklets; backstage passes; posters and uniforms, alongside the original visual […]

Sesame Street autistic character debut, by Sesame Street

TV show Sesame Street has found a sensitive way to teach children about autism, through the introduction of a new animated puppet character. Julia is the latest addition to Sesame Street, and lives with autism. The latest episode shows her playing and interacting with other characters, and demonstrates how although her behaviour differs from those […]

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 […]

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, […]

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