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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elemental, by Eser Güngör

Istanbul-based architect Eser Güngör has designed a range of home accessories made from materials collected from industrial sites. All of the products within the Elemental collection are made from brass sheets and black marble, which have been left over from mass production factories and other manufacturing sites. Featured products include the Istanbul napkin holder, which […]

The Blackhorse Workshop products, at Heal’s Modern Craft Market

Heal’s Modern Craft Market, which takes place in central London, is set to showcase a selection of craft goods made by The Blackhorse Workshop. Based in London district Walthamstow and set up by architectural group Assemble, The Blackhorse Workshop provides workshop space to over 40 furniture and product designers. The annual craft market’s theme for […]

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 […]

Redesigned Moleskine backpacks, by Moleskine and Bradley Theodore

Moleskine has worked with street artist Bradley Theodore to reimagine its Classic Backpack, with a new design based on different cities. The new backpack was launched at Milan Design Week this month, and adds colourful designs inspired by the likes of Paris, Tokyo, London and New York to the otherwise blank bag. The collaboration is […]

Time Machine, by Lee Broom

Lee Broom has housed his furniture and lighting collections from the last ten years in an installation within a disused vault at Milano Centrale station as part of Milan Design Week. Each piece has been reimagined in new materials and finishes. The limited edition pieces were accompanied by a handcrafted Carrara marble grandfather clock. The collection […]

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.

Illy Art Collection, by Ron Arad

Illy Caffè has launched its latest Illy Art Collection of coffee cups, created by architect and designer Ron Arad. The cup collection features six abstract designs by Arad, inspired by draped silk fabric. The Ron Arad Illy Art Collection was unveiled at Milan Design Week 2017.

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 […]

Tate Edit x Momosan Shop, by Tate Modern and Momoko Mizutani

The Tate Modern’s newest art and design shop Tate Edit will be showcasing a selection of fresh products from 28 April, when Momoko Mizutani takes over as guest curator. Product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison has curated the shop since it opened in November 2016, and will now hand the reins to Mizutani. Featured objects […]

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 […]

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, […]

Bonnetmakers project, by various

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has worked with two local primary schools in the area to reimagine the classic bonnet hat for the 21st century. Schoolchildren from Rosebank Primary School and Our Lady’s RC Primary School designed their own versions of the traditional Dundee hat based on research about the design history of the […]

Owen Jones stationery collection, by V&A and Papier

Online stationery retailer Papier has collaborated with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to produce a new stationery collection featuring designs taken from 19th century architect Owen Jones’ archive. The Middle Eastern-inspired collection features designs from Jones’ 1856 publication The Grammar of Ornament, with the patterns being taken from original drawings Jones produced for the […]

Cut and Tube lighting collections, by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has unveiled two new lighting collections, Cut and Tube. Cut features a series of pendants with a mirror finish which cast a kaleidoscopic reflection when the lights are switched on, while Tube comprises a black cylindrical shape with laser cut holes. The new lighting ranges will go on display at Multiplex, a two-storey […]

The Trio of Time project, by Anicorn

Independent watchmaker and design studio Anicorn has launched the first stage of its project The Trio of Time, as it seeks to find collaborators to work with its brand. Here are the results of the first collaboration, which has seen Anicorn founders Joe Kwan and Chris Chan travel to Seoul, Korea, to work with Jiwoong Jung for the […]

Alphabet Cities, by David Doran

Illustrator David Doran has created a new travel-inspired book of typographic prints called Alphabet Cities: Around The World in 32 Pull-Out Prints. The book features 32 pull-out prints with illustrations of cities all over the world, including Amsterdam, Zurich, Nashville, Istanbul, Reykjavik and Tokyo. Doran’s illustrated scenes and characters take inspiration from early and mid-20th […]

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 […]

Larios 150 bottle design, by Brandhouse

Branding consultancy Brandhouse has designed the special edition bottle for Larios Gin to mark the drink’s 150th anniversary. Larios 150 takes inspiration from the first Larios gin bottle from 1866, which featured a simple, circular cream label on traditional green glass. The new design features the same colour palette but has a botanical-style illustration all […]

Oblika Puzzle, by Jonathan Dorthe

  Canadian designer Jonathan Dorthe has created a geometric puzzle aimed at designers, architects and design enthusiasts. Oblika is an architectural puzzle comprising 22 geometric wooden pieces, which are all unique in shape and etched with a linear pattern. The pieces can be arranged inside the puzzle’s accompanying grid to form a square, or outside […]

Air-Ink, by Graviky Labs

Indian start-up company Graviky Labs has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Air-Ink, a collection of ink-based products made out of carbon emissions. Using its Kaalink technology, Graviky Labs is able to capture unburned carbon soot emitted by car pipe exhausts, chimneys and generators. Various processes are carried out to remove heavy metals and carcinogens from […]

50/50 Everpress t-shirt collection, by various

Online retailer Everpress has released a collection of 50 t-shirts designed by 50 different designers and illustrators, including Supermundane and Hey Studio. Other featured designers and studios include Alec Doherty, Marcus Oakley and Studio Moross. The t-shirts are available to buy from the Everpress site, with 50% of profits going to charity Trekstock, which provides […]

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.

Halo compostable coffee capsule, by Nils Leonard

Nils Leonard, former chairman and chief creative officer at Grey London, has launched Halo, an environmentally friendly coffee brand. The environmental design team at Halo claim to have developed the “world’s first fully compostable coffee capsule.” Each eco-friendly Halo capsule is made from a natural blend of fibres including bamboo and paper, which degrades completely within […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Delta tray tables, by various

Noma Bar has joined other graphic artists and designers in designing tray tables for Delta, which will be fitted to its 767 aircraft. The project, which is in partnership with Coca Cola has set out to create “art galleries in the sky”. Delta destination cities have provided inspiration for the artists who have turned to […]

Musicon, by Musicon

Musicon has designed an eponymous musical instrument which looks to promote psychophysical and cognitive development in children. Musicon is made up of three main instruments – a mill, drum and xylophone – which are held magnetically on an acoustic frame. The user is able to see the process of how each of the instruments makes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Forma, by Alessi and Zaha Hadid

Alessi has revealed its last product designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, for its spring/summer 2017 collection. Forma is a mirror-polished stainless steel grater inspired by “natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind”, says Alessi. Featuring a sculptural black base, the grater has been designed to fit comfortably in […]

True Nordic, by various authors

A book on the influence of Scandinavian design on Canadian craft has been published by Black Dog Publishing. True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada examines how the era has made an impact on Canadian craft, design and industrial production since 1920. Authors include George Baird, Rachel Gotlieb, Mark Kingwell and Michael Prokopow, and […]

Resin-cast furniture, by Zuza Mengham

Sculptor Zuza Mengham has been selected as one of Tom Dixon’s “rising talents” of this year. Her latest work includes a series of resin-cast furniture, including her Nexus Z-shape chair, her Camber flower vase and her Murmur book ends. Other materials used include birch-plywood, terrazzo, synthetic onyx, and marble. These will be exhibited at Paris-based […]

Lomo’instant, by Lomography

Lomography has released a new compact instant camera, the Lomo’instant Murano Edition. The bright blue, red, green and yellow camera uses Fuji Instax film, and includes features such as a double exposure button, colour gels and three different lenses. The camera and lenses together retail at £105.

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 […]

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 […]

Outline Editions prints, by Stewart Easton

Artist Stewart Easton has designed a series of colourful screen prints for Outline Editions. The prints are called A Conversation, A Man and His Shapes, Archival Giclee Print and Tron. Each of the four prints comes in a limited edition of 25, and retails at £95.

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 […]

The Kodakery pop-up shop, by Jack Morton

Kodak has launched a pop-up shop in Soho, London to launch its new Ektra Smartphone, and consultancy Jack Morton has designed the interiors. The Kodakery is open until 23 December and is showcasing Kodak products alongside the new smartphone. As well as a product store, the shop is also designed as a “creative hub for […]

The Wheel magazine rack, by Vladimir Kagan and Hierve

A wheel-shaped magazine rack designed by Vladimir Kagan and Hierve has gone on display at Paul Smith in Mayfair, London. The Wheel, which is made from oak and red metal plate, pays homage to the London Eye and acts as a rotating home for eight double sided magazine racks. The piece is also available to […]

Generosity: Amplified headphones, by Chivas Regal and LSTN Sound Co.

Chivas Regal and LSTN Sound Co. have teamed up to design a pair of headphones made from elements of recycled whisky casks. Generosity: Amplified are made from American oak, and retail at $250 (£200), with a percentage of the profit going to Starkey Hearing Foundation, a charity which provides hearing aids to people with hearing […]

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.

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