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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Stockholm Metro discovery campaign, by Expedia

Travel website Expedia has created an online campaign where visitors can explore the different stations of the Stockholm Metro in Sweden. The metro has art in 90 out of its 100 stations, created by various artists. The series of webpages have been designed for Expedia’s Sweden website, and allow users to navigate themselves around a metro […]

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 […]

March for Giants campaign, by 18 Feet & Rising

  London-based consultancy 18 Feet & Rising has created a digital campaign and competition to raise money for Space for Giants, a charity working across Africa that protects wild elephants and the landscape they live and depend on. The March for Giants campaign uses computer graphics technology usually seen in films and games to create […]

Plymouth College of Art recruitment campaign, by Templo

  Templo has created a recruitment campaign for Plymouth College of Art, which has launched in time for UCAS events this week. The campaign is inspired by “the living and breathing energy of octopus skin,” according to Templo founder and creative director Pali Palavathanan, who says the skin is “adaptable and ever changing.” To this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keflavik International Airport installation, by Nulty

London-based lighting design consultancy Nulty has designed a lighting scheme for Keflavik International Airport in Iceland, which looks to reimagine the Northern Lights. The design comprises an interactive installation of LED outdoor lights, which project a sequence of different colours onto the ceiling of the airport’s arrivals and departures lounges. The installation reacts to live […]

London Fashion Week mural, by Jacqueline Bissett

Fashion illustrator Jacqueline Bissett has decorated the windows of design consultancy Gpstudio with sketches of outfits she saw at London Fashion Week. The colourful illustrations adorn the studio’s arch window that sits under the railway at Southwark in London, “transforming the pavement outside into a free gallery”, says the studio. Bissett has painted interpretations of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Various Artists website, by Studio Contents

Branding and design consultancy Studio Contents has designed a new website which invites visual creatives to highlight their relationship with music by posting playlists and mixes. Various Artists will feature new creatives each month, including graphic designers, animators, architects and illustrators. Each contributor is asked to submit a playlist or mix and talk about the […]

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 […]

Collecting Europe game, by The Beautiful Meme

The Beautiful Meme has created a game based around European politics. It is a digital component of the exhibition Collecting Europe – a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and the Goethe-Insitut, with support from the British Council. The game runs through this site and will run for two years investigating peoples’ attitudes […]

Brilliant Control, by Brilliant

Tech company Brilliant has announced its new Brilliant Control smart lighting device. By replacing an existing light switch with the tablet-like device, users are able to control lighting and temperature throughout their home. Brilliant Control responds to both touch and voice command, and comes with an in-built camera, microphone and Amazon Alexa. Brilliant Control will […]

I’ll Sing This Song app, by Bwtîc

Design studio Bwtîc has designed an app in collaboration with National Theatre Wales to encourage individuals, community groups, choirs and schools to engage with the subject of dementia. The app is based on the theatre’s touring campaign from 2016, which looked to champion “the healing power of song” by teaching people with dementia to sing […]

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 […]

F37 website, by Rick Banks

  Graphic designer Rick Banks, who runs F37, has designed a new website for the type foundry. The site takes the form of a “type tester” which replicates tools of Adobe Illustrator, allowing designers to experiment with different typefaces directly in the browser. Users are able to move, resize, rotate and change the colour of […]

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.

Tate app, by Potato

Web development company Potato has helped to launch a new Android app for Tate, as well as enhancing its existing iOS app. A clearer interface design and more intuitive navigation means it is easier for visitors to find their way around the Tate’s different galleries. The app also offers relevant content based on their location […]

Now Cook It website, by various

Digital design studio MagneticNorth has teamed up with Co-op and Youtube cooking channel Sortedfood to create a free online cooking course. Now Cook It is a website which features easy-to-follow cooking instructions and basic techniques. The Now Cook It site is now live and can be accessed here.

Speaker kit, by Technology Will Save Us

Technology Will Save Us, which designs tech-based learning kits for kids, has come up with a new way of using its speaker kit. Now you can place the speaker under a liquid to learn about the states of non-Newtonian fluids. Isaac Newton once observed that most liquids – such as water – exhibit a constant […]

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 […]

“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. […]

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 […]

Pagodas robot installation, by Collective Paper Aesthetics

Design group Collective Paper Aesthetics, which creates installations out of cardboard and paper, has designed a temporary five-metre high piece for the National Gallery Singapore. The installation was created to celebrate the gallery’s first birthday, and is made from recycled cardboard. It is a physical reinterpretation of Malaysian artist Latiff Mohidin’s oil painting, Pagodas II. […]

Exxon Mobil animation, by Young

Animation studio Young has created a mixed-media film for oil and gas company Exxon Mobil. The studio was commissioned by creative consultancy AMV BBDO, and looked to “bring to life” the company through paper craft, stop motion, claymation, CGI and cell animation, says Young. The video took two months to produce and Young aimed to […]

It’s better to .GIF than to receive, by NB

NB is celebrating the Christmas period with a festive game of charades. The game comes in the form of a series of brightly coloured gifs, featuring black graphic images. Head to the studio’s Instagram page to test yourself.

Stamps for Good, by M&C Saatchi Abel

M&C Saatchi Abel has teamed up with marketing company RocketSeed on a new initiative called Stamps for Good. The campaign allows people to include a virtual stamp featuring a miniature artwork in their emails. The series of ten stamps are linked to ten different charities, including the Animal Anti-Cruelty League and Reach for a Dream. […]

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 […]

Eastland shopping centre Christmas installation, by Your Studio

Consultancy Your Studio has designed a Christmas installation for Eastland shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia. The installation includes an outdoor 9m-tall tree made of crystal glass, with a real Christmas tree trapped inside, an indoor multi-sensory “snow storm” made up fake icebergs, light and sounds, and an in-store Christmas glade area which recreates a “fairy […]

The Snow Fox app, by AKQA

AKQA has designed a children’s story app which comes to life as you read it. The Snow Fox tells the story of a young child who is travelling through the forest with a “newfound furry friend” in search of their mother. Using Siri, as you read the story it plays out on the screen, and […]

Scent Constellation, by Jason Bruges Studio

Jason Bruges Studio has designed a permanent multi-sensorial art installation at Le Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris. It visualises the process of creating a scent and features an “atomized haze” which is associated with perfume bottles. Eau de Cologne, Oriental, Fougères, Floral, and Chypre perfume technologies are all represented. Shafts of light and a […]

Interactive property exploration, by Engage

Engage Works has designed an interactive table and wall for property developer Shape, based on a map, which shows off new development The Taper Building. Printed vinyl and interactive touch foil have been used to allow customers to interact with landmarks around the property to discover more about the location. Having been used at a […]

Christmas Crisis campaign film, by Jelly London

Jelly London has produced an animated short film to promote the work that Crisis does during the festive period, while one in four homeless people spend Christmas alone. The film has been created by Jelly London’s in-house animation team, The Kitchen, in collaboration with illustrator, Steve Scott. Jelly London is also sending out bespoke packs […]

National Lottery “Thank You” film, by Art&Graft

The National Lottery ‘Thank You’ from Art&Graft on Vimeo. Ad agency AMV BBDO has commissioned Art&Graft to create a film for the National Lottery’s “Thank You” campaign. The film focuses on a handful of its projects, including land regeneration, historic monument conservation and community music projects, set against Norman Wilkinson-inspired illustrated landscapes.

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 […]

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