Hello, it’s Monday again, and not just any Monday, but a Bank Holiday here in the U.K, unless you are in Scotland… As I write this, it dawns on me that everything posted here comes from Behance, highlighting just what a great source of inspiration it is. With so much inspiration around, I keep collections to allow me to go back from time to time when I need creative inspiration on a wider level. You can also follow these collections as well if you are interested.
Aequoreus vita by Vladimir Stankovic
I start this post with some wonderful marine life illustrations that have been “inspired by vintage encyclopedia art” and have been drawn using watercolours and coloured pencils before being digitally processed. To see more of Vladimir’s illustrations and to find out more about this project, I recommend clicking here.
Premium Milk Packaging Design by Martin Merino Ronda
Loving both illustrations and packaging, it is no surprise that I had to include this concept when I saw it! The project raises some interesting points, from marketing milk as a premium product (instead of the situation currently in Europe where dairy farmers are generally not being paid fairly for their product) to how the illustrations have formed from “random sketches” which really capture your attention, especially as they have been so beautifully drawn. To see more about this project, please click here.
Goldhawk Ale by Don’t Try Studio
A deceptively simple illustration style and the vibrant black/gold contrast are the key elements that make the Goldhawk ale bottles come to life. I particularly love the fact that the colour scheme is reversible and so works as a dark illustration on a light bottle and vice versa. I also can’t hide the fact that my interest in birds of prey didn’t also catch my interest. More about the project can be seen here.
Tim Jones – Photographer by Jason Little & Olivia King
From illustration I move now to typography, and I came across a very clever identity for the photographer Tim Jones. Using his initials T and J, as well as the P from photographer, Jason and Olivia have managed to convert those letters into a typographical face! To read more about the identity that was created, please click here.
IAS Report by Akos Polgardi & Agnes Rubik
A real masterclass of typography I came across was this IAS Report. With a report featuring no imagery, and only black and white, it is essential that the typography is perfect in order for it to be successful. I am extremely impressed with how the report has been put together and is a real inspiration to consider when setting large amounts of copy, as well as data. To see more images from this project, then please click here.
Columbia Abstract 2013/14 by Wade Jeffree
For me, it’s the front cover that stands out, as it makes a strong break from the tradition of a flat, printed cover. As is stated in the project write-up, the cover is formed from an “extruded PVC ‘A'” which contains iron shavings “that can be moved around cover with the accompanying magnet”. Such random and truly different design is rare to come across, making this a treat. To see the rest of the book Wade designed, please click here.
Brand Refresh : Caffe Nero by Isabella Hall
For the final piece of inspiring design this week, I am focusing on an FMP looking at a brand re-fresh for Caffe Nero. It inspires me on many levels, from the main points such as the logo and the striking contrast between the black and orange which work so well together, to the smaller touches such as the level of detail that has gone into the ‘bag’ that holds the coffee and the pyramidal sugar and milk containers. To see more of the project, which I believe is well worth doing to have a further look at what else the project encompasses, please click here.