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.

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 […]

Plants of Posters, by Federico Moreno and Juan Frias

A new art project has taken to the streets of Madrid, transforming advertising posters into flowerbeds. Plants of Posters is a new, non-profit venture set up by design copywriters Federico Moreno and Juan Frias. The pair have designed makeshift, cardboard cut-out plant pots that can be attached to ads across the city to counter how […]

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 […]

Willy Fleckhaus monograph, by Hartmann Books

Publisher Hartmann Books has published a monograph on the late German graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus. Fleckhaus is best known for his typographic and graphic work on print magazines, such as Twen and Frankfurther Allgemeine, and his logo for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting corporation. Fleckhaus: Design/Revolt/Rainbow is the first full monograph of Fleckhaus’ work to be […]

The Caley branding and packaging, by Denomination

Design studio Denomination has created the branding and packaging for a new wine for Yalumba, a family wine company based in Barossa, South Australia. The company’s new wine The Caley is named after Fred Caley Smith, who travelled the world for 18 months in the 19th century to grow his family’s fruit-growing business. The packaging […]

The Pioneer Plaque replica, by Duane King

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to reproduce the original “galactic greeting card”; a communicative plaque that was sent into space in 1972 aboard NASA’s Pioneer 10 spaceship. The Pioneer Plaque was intended as a means of communication, should any extra-terrestrial life come across the spacecraft. Over 40 years later, crowdfunding company Vann Alexandra and […]

#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, […]

Die Fläche, by Swann Galleries

New York’s Swann Galleries will be selling 100-year-old design magazine Die Fläche this month, and has revealed some of its imagery in advance of the auction. Die Fläche – German for The Surface – was a design magazine founded in 1903 by visual arts group the Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna, Austria. It featured book, poster […]

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 […]

65th San Sebastián International Film Festival branding, by Husmee

Spain-based studio Husmee has designed the branding and poster for the 65th San Sebastián International Film Festival. The poster is divided into a grid of 24 frames which take on different sections of the number “65”. This creates different compositions which are used across merchandise and print marketing materials. The festival takes place from 22-30 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Praise of Air artworks, by Simon Armitage

A series of air-purifying artworks emblazoned with a poem by Simon Armitage are set to be auctioned off to raise money for a lung disease charity. Armitage’s poem In Praise of Air was transformed into an art installation at the University of Sheffield in 2014. It was printed on material that cleansed the air around […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revolver 50: The Collage Series, by Klaus Voormann

Klaus Voormann – the designer who created the artwork for the Beatles’ Revolver album – has created a series of 250 collages to mark its 50th anniversary. Produced in collaboration with Genesis Publications, the collages look to show Klaus’ process while designing the original album artwork. They are made using the same giclée printing process […]

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 […]

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 […]

These Islands, by Cereal and Studio Faculty

Cereal has published a new book which features photography, prose and poetry relating to the British Isles. Covering England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, These Islands: A Portrait of the British Isles uses a minimal, white, grey, navy and dark green print design coupled with tracing paper pages and a white, serif typeface, making photography and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Edwardidot, by Emily Richards

Last week, graphic designer Sarah Hyndman released her new activity book How to Draw Type and Influence People through Laurence King. It asks its readers to test their imaginations and their pen skills by thinking about the different personalities typefaces might have, along with how they might sound, taste, feel and smell. We spoke to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moleskine Avengers Limited Edition collection, by Moleskine and Leo Burnett Italy

Studio Leo Burnett Italy has designed a campaign for a series of limited edition Moleskine notebooks decorated with various Marvel Comics superheroes. The series includes book covers featuring Hulk, Spider-Man and Thor, and aims to act as “a reminder that before becoming our favourite movies, superheroes take their first steps as sketches on paper”, says […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

English Heritage members’ handbook, by Carter Wong Design

Consultancy Carter Wong Design has designed the cover for the English Heritage members’ handbook for 2017/18, which has been inspired by Deal Castle in Kent. English Heritage is a charity that takes care of 400 historic places across the country. Members receive free entry and discount to listed sites, invites to events and a magazine […]

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 […]

Newmor collection, by Newmor and Stephen Walter

Wallpaper company Newmor has worked with designer Stephen Walter on a new collection based on his intricate map illustrations. The collection is based on several of Walter’s artworks, including London Subterranea and Hub. The first geographically tracks the routes of old London rivers, sewers, the tube network and now-defunct tube stations, while the second depicts […]

London Youth, by Hoxton Mini Press and Julian Mährlein

Hoxton Mini Press has published a new fashion photography book of young people living in London, and aims to show the “alternative side to London’s youth”. Photographed by Julian Mährlein, the project was undertaken following the London riots in 2011, and includes portraits of teenagers in areas such as football pitches, basketball courts and skateparks. […]

The Colour of Things notebooks, by Tom Crawshaw

Designer Tom Crawshaw has created a series of six brightly coloured notebooks, called The Colour of Things. The notebooks feature foiled typographic covers, each with a collection of seemingly unconnected things that all share one common element: colour. The notebooks are printed and bound in the UK by Ambrose Press.

Sounds of the City exhibition, by various illustrators and designers

The Association of Illustrators has worked with the London Transport Museum to display a colourful array of graphic interpretations of cities. The exhibition is the result of the Prize for Illustration 2017 competition, and showcases prints that “visually capture sounds” heard in UK cities, from “quiet and relaxing” to “loud and frenetic”, says the Association […]

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie branding, by DesignLSM

Consultancy DesignLSM has designed the branding for new London-based bar and restaurant Hawkers Bar & Brasserie. Hawkers references the aviation history of the bar’s location in Kingston, and is named after flight pioneer Harry Hawker. Kingston upon Thames is known for its aircraft factory founded in 1912, while Kingston University is now host to specialist […]

The Big Issue art special edition, by Charming Baker

Artist Charming Baker has guest edited the new art-themed special edition of The Big Issue magazine. Based on the theme of “tipping point”, the issue will explore “key decisive moments that lives can hinge on”, says Baker. A range of artists and designers have been asked to pick one piece of their work that represents […]

Ikea Art Event 2017 poster collection, by various illustrators

Ikea has launched a new limited edition collection of art in-store which aims to make art more accessible to the every-day person. The Art Event 2017 series of 12 posters are priced at £10 each, and have been hand-drawn by illustrators such as Jean Jullien. Henrik Most, creative leader on the project, says it aims […]

Carnovsky Optical Illusion prints, by Outline Editions

Milan-based artists Francesco Rugi and Silvi Quintanilla, who work under the name Carnovsky, have created a series of prints that reveal secret images through optical illusion. The La Selva print series has been published by Outline Editions, and exposes different images when used with RGB (red, green and blue) filters. When a coloured filter is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Football Editions issue two, by NotOnSunday

London-based brand consultancy NotOnSunday has released the second issue of its Football Editions magazine. Following on from issue one, which focused on football icons, the second issue is inspired by the African Cup of Nations football competition held earlier this year. African Stars celebrates some of the continent’s most famous players, creating a colourful pattern […]

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 […]

Ocean Manifesto illustration and animation, by Drive Creative Studio

Exeter-based Drive Creative Studio has designed a series of illustrations and an animated video based on Together We Can Turn Tides, a book by conservationist Jeroen van de Waal. The book is a designed to be a “manifesto for a change” to save the planet’s oceans, says Drive Creative Studio. The studio has created a […]

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 […]

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