Your wedding day is a special day to celebrate the love you have for your partner. Therefore, everything about it should be precious. A custom made wedding invitation can highlight your love story. We’ll be showing you a step by step guide on how to design wedding invitations. Save money and hang on to the memorable design forever. It is not that hard to create one from scratch, here’s how you can make one.

Pick a size and printer

Picking a shape is the first and foremost important step in designing an invitation card. Decide on shape, size, and place to print the cards. This will give you a headstart to start preparations and also to design accordingly. You will have the right specifications known to start working. A good option here is to go for the standard size. If you are sending cards by posts, then size would require extra postage. Look out for a place that can accommodate your printing requires, as not all shops can deal with some techniques. Get a print template next.

Visual theme designing

Think of the style you want to choose for your invitations. Spend some time looking for options and you can pick one which you and your partner like. If you have decided on a color theme for your wedding, you can also use the same color scheme in the design. Select on typography and other style flourishes. Once you choose a visual style, you have a fair idea of how your wedding invitation card would look like.

Collect images or create illustrations

You can put pictures on the invitations or just use illustrations. It totally depends on your choice. Whatever goes with your theme. Some people want to stay traditional, some keep in modern and others want something out-of-the-box. Also, you need high-quality photos as most printers require images to be at 300 dpi or more for printing.


Fonts play a big part in changing the tone of your design. Most people use scripts for a traditional design. However, you have a thousand more options to choose from. Think about the words going on the card and see how they will look in the font. It is a safe option to test typefaces with important information such as names of bride and groom, date, time, venue and secondary text such as “you are invited” or “join us”.

Print away

Now that your design is ready, you can start to test print. Always take out a few samples first as there is no room for mistakes. Double-check on everything before printing it out. Now invite your friends and family in style!


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This month, you can suss out the brightest up-and-coming creative talent at D&AD New Blood Festival, learn about how the industry is dealing with gender equality and delve into the positive impact that visual art makes on hospitals.

Book: The Healing Arts

What: Designing visually pleasing and calming hospital interiors has often been found to make a positive impact on patients, families and staff alike – we only need to look at the work of Morag Myerscough for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, or BAT Studio’s relaxation room for cancer patients at Guy’s Hospital to recognise the difference such spaces can make to people’s experiences of medical care.

The transformation of spaces has moved beyond typical waiting rooms, treatment rooms and bedrooms, too – a few years ago, Unick Architects created a multi-coloured theatre and cinema space for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, showing how design can extend beyond the basics in healthcare.

Now, the same hospital is releasing a book, which looks back at the last 25 years of its art in health programme, run by its charity, CW+. The book explores how visual arts, alongside music and performative art, have changed the environment at the hospital and created warmer, more welcoming spaces for patients, visitors and staff. The book will include essays on the impact of art and design on the hospital, through to colourful photography depicting the most notable projects from the last quarter-century.

When: Available to buy online now.

Where: UK-wide.

Info: The Healing Arts is published by Unicorn, and costs £15.

Festival and awards: D&AD New Blood 2019

What: D&AD’s New Blood programme look to celebrate up-and-coming creative talent, including students, graduates and those within three years of graduating. To do this, it hosts an annual ceremony, awarding those who have produced brilliant and thought-provoking work with D&AD’s coveted pencils. In recent years, New Blood has also branched out into a free, three-day festival of talks, workshops and exhibitions.

As well as showcasing award winners, it also displays the best work from design-related university courses from across the UK, across a broad range of disciplines, from graphic design and animation to advertising. It also features an agenda of speakers, which this year includes prolific freelance illustrator Ben Tallon, George Coffey, head of motion at animation studio Jelly and Karina Wilsher, global chief operating officer at ad agency Anomaly.

When: D&AD Awards takes place 11 July. D&AD Festival takes place 10-13 July.

Where: The awards take place at Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT. The festival takes place at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR.

Info: Entry to the festival is free. Tickets still need to be ordered and printed in advance. Head to the D&AD New Blood Festival website for more info. Head here for more info on the D&AD New Blood Awards.

Talk: Kerning the Gap

What: In the latest in its series of advocacy events, Kerning the Gap, the not-for-profit organisation that promotes gender equality in design, is hosting a two-hour panel talk and networking session at product design studio Uniform, in Liverpool. The session panel includes Merle Hall, CEO at industrial design consultancy Kinneir Duffort, Neil Sheakey, design director at Uniform, Craig Oldham, creative director and founder at his own graphic design studio, Office of Craig, alongside Lynne Robertson from Santander and professional coach, Denise Chilton.

Expect the latest news around how the industry is doing in terms of the gender pay gap, challenges women are facing in getting into senior leadership roles and what can be done to tackle the imbalance. The design industry is notoriously male dominated, particularly at senior level – Design Week research has found that two-thirds of designers earning over £40,000 are male.

When: 9 July 2019, 5.45pm-8pm. Welcome drinks from 5.45pm, talks from 6.30pm and networking from 7.15pm.

Where: Uniform, 9-19 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4DN.

Info: Tickets cost £5. Head here for more info.

Exhibition: Marie Neurath: Picturing Science

Cover for the Wonder World of the Seashore, 1956, with permission of Otto and Marie Neurath Isotype Collection at the University of Reading

What: A new show at the House of Illustration will explore the work of late, German immigrant graphic designer, Marie Neurath, who produced over 80 illustrated children’s books between 1944 and 1971. Half of these were dedicated to science education, and incorporated a combination of scientific research, illustration and communication design to teach young people about a diverse range of topics, from animal and plant biology to physics.

Her work was infographic and diagram-based and explored how they can be effective forms of communication when enhanced through beautiful illustration. To realise her work, Neurath led a team of researchers, artists and writers at data organisation, the Isotype Institute, to produce her books, combining many fields to present science in an engaging way. In heading up this team, she also challenged preconceptions around women and work at the time. The new exhibition will explore the three decades of Neurath’s work in the UK – she was Germany by origin and lived in the Netherlands until 1940 – including rough sketches, pay layouts and final book covers.

When: 19 July – 3 November 2019.

Where: House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH.

Info: Tickets cost £8, or £5 for concessions. Head to the House of Illustration for more info.

Exhibition: Typographic Dante

Courtesy of Barrie Tullett and National Centre for Craft and Design

What: Typographer and designer Barrie Tullett is putting on an intriguing and peculiar show at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Lincoln, which will see him depict the story of Middle Ages Italian poet, Dante Alighieri’s, masterpiece, the Divine Comedy through 100 typographic illustrations. Each piece of work has been meticulously made by hand-lettering techniques, such as wood and metal type, typewriter and Letraset, with the artist intentionally choosing “obsolete” technology to explore the 700-year-old text. The poem, which was written between 1308 and 1320, describes a journey through hell, purgatory and paradise, and is an exploration of a spiritual journey towards God. Typographer Tullett is also programme leader for graphic design at the University of Lincoln, and has written a book on typewriter art.

When: 6 July – 13 October 2019.

Where: Roof Gallery, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW.

Info: Entry is free. Head to the National Centre for Craft and Design for more info.

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by Jon Burgerman


Source: Design Week

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced help for small businesses, more technical courses and a funding boost for digital, tech and science in this year’s “mini-budget”, which comes amid Brexit confusion.

Courtesy of the BBC

As furore and uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) continues to ensue, chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Spring statement for 2019.

The Spring Statement is delivered every year and is considered a “mini-budget” that sits alongside the main Autumn Budget. Rather than going into detail on spending, it takes a more general look at where the Government is planning to spend its money over the next 12 months, and the sectors it will invest in.

This year, Hammond’s speech has been shrouded by chaotic negotiations around Brexit, which reached a head this week when prime minister Theresa May’s exit deal was rejected for the second time. This led to a vote on a no-deal Brexit, which received a resounding no from members of parliament (MPs), and another vote on whether to extend the exit day beyond the expected date of 29 March 2019, which was approved. This is not legally binding, and by default the UK is still due to leave on 29 March.

Hammond began his speech by stating the need for a “smooth and orderly exit from the EU” to ensure the country receives the “economic boost” it needs and pressed that the UK should avoid a no-deal at all costs.

Despite Hammond stating that there are “other pressing matters” at hand, he went on to discuss areas that would receive funding, provided Brexit does not prove too turbulent.


Image courtesy of G Stock Studio

The chancellor has confirmed he will take steps to protect small businesses through cracking down on late payments made to them for services. Given that a large proportion of the design industry is made up of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), sole traders and freelancers, this could help to improve workflow and business prospects.

Hammond says that it will be a new requirement for companies – design studios’ clients – audit committees, which assess financial matters, to review the company’s payment practices and report on them in their annual accounts, in a bid to encourage good practice.

Deborah Dawton, CEO at the Design Business Association (DBA), supports this decision and says that “cash flow is king” for small creative businesses. “Late payments can affect payroll, credit terms, interest rates and, in some cases, the very survival of a business,” she says.

She adds that the DBA will be asking members in this annual survey about this issue from now on, to help discover the extent of the problem and assess how government policy is making an impact over the coming years.


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The chancellor is pushing for more technical and vocational courses, which could be an alternative to college or university and could help up-skill those who are currently unemployed or underemployed.

He has confirmed that he will roll out T-levels in September 2020, which will be two-year-long courses resulting in a qualification equivalent to three A-levels, run in collaboration with businesses. They will include an industry placement to provide “on-the-job” experience and look to help people either get into further education or employment.

The courses aim to fill skill gaps, and look at disciplines including accountancy, building services engineering, education, finance, health and manufacturing. There will also be T-levels aimed at craft and design, development, digital production and digital design.

Designers reacted to the announcement of technical courses last year, with some praising the decision to provide “young creative brains” with more “choice”, while others welcomed the move but questioned whether creative businesses, which are mostly SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), realistically have the resources to provide work placements.

Other initiatives announced include: a national retraining scheme, which looks to “upskill workers” and will include a careers guidance service, courses, and online learning focused on skills needed for “jobs of the future” such as coding and digital; and three million new apprenticeships in partnership with 2,000 businesses.

Jack Tindale, policy manager of design and innovation at think-tank Policy Connect, says that while steps towards technical upskilling are “welcome”, the Government’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) undermines the impact of the creative industries. He adds that there should be more of a focus on multi-disciplinary courses teaching different skillsets.

“The continuing preoccupation by policy makers with STEM belies the complex nature of the design economy and the tremendous contribution that arts and humanities can provide,” he says. “The chancellor would be better to recognise the cross-sectoral value of design and designers to manufacturing, and other areas of the economy.”

Sarah Weir, CEO at the Design Council, adds that Government must consider design skills in tackling the UK’s “productivity problem” around employment. The Design Council’s Design Economy 2018 report found that designers were 29% more productivein terms of profits made compared to the average worker.

Tech, science and digital

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The chancellor has committed to keeping the UK at the “forefront of the technology revolution”, so is making international students taking postgraduate doctoral degrees (PhDs) exempt from visa caps, meaning they have limitless access to visas to study in the UK.

Tindale comments that this exemption should be extended to all international students, rather than only those taking PhDs, which would bring a wider pool of talent into the UK, given that many creative professionals only study to undergraduate or master’s level.

“As long as the UK’s art and design schools are unable to recruit the brightest and best candidates from around the world, they will continue to lose out to institutions in Canada, Australia and elsewhere,” he says.

Hammond has also announced that, as part of the industrial strategy, the Government is investing £7bn in science and innovation, including £81 million towards a new Extreme Photonics Centre in Oxford, that will look at developing new types of lasers, which could impact those working in areas such as three-dimensional (3D) printing, product and industrial design. Other funds include £79 million towards a new supercomputer, and £45 million towards genomics – genes and DNA – research.

Tindale says again that the Government should be focusing on long-term multi-disciplinary strategy, rather than “individual programmes”, adding that encompassing different fields into improvement plans would help to lead the “British economy on a more stable, inclusive and innovative path”.

The chancellor also announced tougher regulation and higher taxes on big digital platforms, to help improve business competition in the sector, which is currently dominated by a few big players. Digital advertising is also likely to face harsher regulation by government department, the Competition and Markets Authority, which could impact and change the work of advertising, branding and graphic design studios working on projects for big clients.

Environment and climate change

Courtesy of Ian Dyball

Finally, a new Future Homes Standard is being introduced — a set of guidelines that indicate how houses will generate energy in the future. The aim is for no more fossil-fuel heating systems to be installed in all new houses from 2025 onwards, which could create opportunities for socially-conscious companies and designers, which are working on creating sustainable energy-harnessing systems. This come alongside announcements to provide more housing, with plans to create a million new homes in the Oxford and Cambridge region by 2050.

Weir says that the Government must focus on sustainability, and welcomes the Future Homes Standard, but is concerned that this law does not come into effect for another six years.

“The effects of climate change are already evident across the UK and a more ambitious timeframe is possible and necessary,” she says.

The Design Council published its Healthy Placemaking report last year alongside research group Social Change UK, which looks at how buildings can be made to be less polluting, more environmentally-friendly and be better for people’s health in general.

Source: Design Week

Gensler has designed the space in central London with the aim of encouraging “integration” between teams and highlighting the brand’s heritage.

Design and architecture studio Gensler has worked with magazine publisher Hearst UK, to create new offices for the media company and bring all of its brands into the same building for the first time.

Hearst UK, which publishes titles including Elle, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, was previously located in two separate Soho, London offices.

All of its media brands have now moved in together in a newly designed space spanning five floors in Leicester Square, London.

The media company briefed Gensler to create a space which encourages collaboration and showcases the businesses’ heritage.

“Our goal was to drive integration and collaboration among teams and support cohesion and equality between brands,” says Christopher Crawford, senior designer at Gensler.

“For us this project was much more than a physical build – it was about creating culture that works across the entire Hearst family,” he adds.

The open-plan design for the newly named House of Hearst, includes a multitude of spaces for people to step away from their desks, work together or socialise, including a “flexible” reception area, central meeting suite, dining area and library space.

Meeting rooms have been moved to the centre of the space, allowing for desks to be placed around the outside, both letting in more light and creating better views, according to Gensler.

Areas have been designed for the creation of mood boards, which Crawford says are “an important part of Hearst’s creative process”.

Light wood panelling has been combined with black furniture, grey sofas and light-coloured walls, throughout the office, and lots of plants have been introduced.

Crawford says the studio has aimed to use colours that are “timeless, bright and sophisticated” and to bring a “residential quality” to the space, creating a “calming” atmosphere.

As well as traditional signage, digital signs are used in the building, which Crawford says allows Hearst to choose whether to keep a space neutral or add “brand specific personality” when needed.

“If Elle was hosting an event, for example, the space can be transformed to highlight the colours, tone and feel of their brand,” he says.

Key design features include a plaque wall, with the branding of each of Hearts’s publications engraved on a plaque, as well as “portal” corridors.

“The portal has a mesh display grid which has been created for brainstorming sessions,” Crawford says. “Notes can be hung, materials can be displayed, and styling of outfits can be hung on wall space.”

Hearst’s “H” logo appears throughout the building in various forms, for example, made out of lights inside an infinity mirror.

A library has been filled with back-copies of Hearst publications and competitors titles and also contains digital content, as the company takes steps to become paperless.

Hearst UK has now moved into its new office.

Source: Design Week

The in-house design team at ITV has curated a year-long project, which will see different artists, designers and photographers reinterpret the TV channel’s branding.

ITV has launched a year-long creative initiative, which will see 52 artists create animated versions of its logo that will appear on its main TV channel as idents.

The project, called ITV Creates, will see a range of creative people, including graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and artists, reinterpret the ITV logo in physical form. These will then be animated by ITV Creative, the channel’s in-house agency, and each one will run on TV for a week throughout 2019.

It has been organised by ITV Creative alongside independent artistic director Charlie Levine, who have collaboratively sourced the 52 artists that will take part in the project.

Idents that “live in the real world”

by Katrina Russell Adams

Tony Pipes, executive creative director at ITV Creative, says the brief given to the artists was “quite open”, with the only restrictions being that their artworks needed to be made from physical objects before being animated, and that they should be based on ITV’s typographic logo.

The 52-week-long creative project aims to express the channel’s new brand message of “more than TV”, Pipes says.

“The pieces should be able to live in the real world, beyond their on-air presence and touch an audience in different ways,” he adds.

The artists work across different visual arts disciplines and are from a “diverse range of backgrounds”, says ITV, including both up-and-coming and established creatives.

“Creative organisations can often be insular, so we wanted to open the door and look out, to make our palette richer and the adventure more exciting,” says Pipes. “We wanted it to reflect how ITV opens the door to different writers, directors and performers.”

The idents are being produced throughout 2019. Currently, the first eight idents have been made, which will run throughout January and February.

Project launches with photographer Ravi Deepres

by Ravi Deepres

The first ident comes from artist, photographer and film-maker Ravi Deepres, who has used still and moving photography of landscapes and cityscapes to overlay the ITV logo.

Another two artists who are set to appear in the first eight weeks include Mark Titchner and James Brunt. Titchner has used sound and vibration to reinterpret the logo, while Brunt has used natural material he collected from forests, then later returned, to inform the shapes and colours of his logo.

The project will also see a month dedicated to student artists, whereby ITV Creative will work with universities across the UK to source talent, in a bid to give young artists “opportunities”, says ITV.

Ever-changing on-air look

by James Alec Hardy

Pipes says that the year-long project aims to challenge the idea that TV idents should stay consistent for a long time.

“Idents have traditionally just been used as markers, a moving wallpaper that stays the same on air for years,” he says. “We wanted to break this mould and create something that is always changing. We thought — why not use air-time as an opportunity to showcase talent from the creative community?”

ITV Creative has also tweaked its broadcast logo, working with design studio DBLG. The wordmark is the same, but it now has a cut-out appearance made from three, coloured layers, helping it appear more physical.

ITV’s creative project follows suit with other broadcasters revamping their on-screen branding and idents in recent years. This includes Channel 4, which launched a deconstructed version of its classic Lambie-Nairn-designed logo in 2015, completed by the channel’s in-house team, 4Creative, alongside DBLG. A more recent example is BBC Two, which launched its first rebrand in 20 years in 2018, alongside a new set of animated idents that also opted for a more tactile, physical look.

ITV Creates has now launched with Ravi Deepres’ artwork. Each ident will run on-air for one week, on ITV’s main broadcast channel.

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by Sutapa Biswas
by Patricia Volk

Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today!

We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mock-ups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit. Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your holiday design work!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Banners

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Banners

This is a collection of vector banners you can use to design different types of Christmas and New Year’s creations, promotions, and branding materials. The pack includes 5 gorgeous designs in AI, EPS, PDF, and JPG formats.

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Christmas Cards & Graphics Bundle

Christmas Cards & Graphics Bundle

A massive bundle of Christmas vectors. It comes with 66 modern and creative Christmas card templates, 20 vector Christmas gift tags, and 16 logo templates, all packed into one download.

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Christmas Wreath Creator

Christmas Wreath Creator

With this unique graphics pack, you’ll be able to create your own stylish Christmas wreaths by yourself. It comes with 22 wreaths, 2 bows, and 3 ribbons, all as separate elements you can drag around to create beautiful Christmas wreaths.

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Christmas Vector Elements Toolkit

Christmas Vector Elements Toolkit

A Christmas design toolkit for designing creative Christmas designs. This bundle comes with more than 100 elements you can use to create your own beautiful Christmas cards, banners, posters, and flyers. It also includes 4 premade Christmas card templates.

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Christmas Scene Creator

Christmas Scene Creator

This is a collection of isolated Christmas-themed elements you can use to create your own unique Christmas scenes for various designs projects. The bundle includes 32 Christmas elements, 5 premade PSD scenes, and 6 backgrounds.

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Hand Drawn Santa Claus Illustrations

Hand Drawn Santa Clause Illustrations

A collection of cute and adorable Santa Claus illustrations you can use to design unique Christmas cards, banners, and flyers. It includes 13 different Santa illustrations with various poses in PNG and AI file formats.

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Watercolor Christmas Florals Collection

Watercolor Christmas Florals Collection

A beautiful collection of Christmas florals featuring watercolor designs. All of the illustrations in this pack are hand-drawn to add a more authentic look to your Christmas cards, posters, and banner designs.

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Christmas Overlays, Cliparts, & Graphics Bundle

Christmas Overlays, Cliparts, & Graphics Bundle

Another big bundle of Christmas graphics. It includes many creative photo overlays, Christmas photos, cliparts, lettering, and lots of isolated objects for crafting unique Christmas designs.

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White Christmas – Scene Creator

White Christmas - Scene Creator

If you’re planning on updating your website and social media page covers with a creative Christmas-themed design or even creating a unique scene to showcase your products, this bundle will come in handy. It includes 30 different Christmas elements that you can rearrange however you like to create beautiful Christmas scenes.

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Merry Christmas – Handdrawn Lettering Objects

Merry Christmas - Handdrawn Lettering Objects

This is a collection of unique Christmas-themed objects. It comes with a total of 43 items in EPS, SVG, and PNG formats. You can use them to create unique greeting cards, packaging designs, flyers, and much more.

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Santa Claus – Christmas Vector Collection

Santa Claus - Christmas Vector Collection

Looking for a cute Santa Claus to include in your new advertisements, promotions, and designs? With this pack of vector illustrations, you’ll have plenty of choices.

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Christmas Mock Up Photos Collection

Christmas Mock Up Photos Collection

This bundle includes 21 unique mockup templates for Christmas-themed items, such as packaging, greeting cards, and much more. The templates are available in easily customizable PSD files.

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Merry Christmas Backgrounds

Merry Christmas Backgrounds

A beautiful and a customizable Christmas background you can use to create a website header, social media cover, and product showcase. The background is available in an Illustrator file you can edit to change colors and text.

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Christmas Outline Icons Pack

Christmas Outline Icons Pack

This is a pack of Christmas icons featuring 25 colorful icons with many common Christmas items. You can use it to create unique greeting cards, social media posts, ads, promotions, and more.

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85 Hand-Dawn Christmas Elements & Wreaths

85 Hand-Dawn Christmas Elements & Wreaths

This massive bundle of Christmas elements includes lots of useful items you can use to create greeting cards, posters, flyers, and more. It comes with 85 customizable Christmas wreaths, illustrations, and tons of other items.

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6 Vector Christmas Backgrounds

6 Vector Christmas Backgrounds

A collection of vector background textures for customizing your Christmas-themed designs. This pack includes 6 unique backgrounds with hand-drawn designs.

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Christmas and New Year’s Greeting Cards Collection

Christmas and New Year’s Greeting Cards Collection

This bundle comes with 72 unique greeting card templates for creating cards for both Christmas and New Year’s. The templates are available in high-resolution and can be customized using Illustrator.

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52 Christmas Overlays & Vector Set

52 Christmas Overlays & Vector Set

Another bundle full of hand-drawn Christmas overlays and vector elements. This pack 13 unique designs in 4 different color schemes. All of the designs are available in editable AI, EPS, and PSD file formats.

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Christmas Sales Banner Collection

Christmas Sales Banner Collection

Working on a promotional banner for a Christmas sale? Then you can download this pack of sales banner templates to quickly design a promotional advertisement for your business. It includes 6 different template designs.

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Christmas Sharp Badges

Christmas Sharp Badges

A collection of colorful and creative Christmas badges. These will come in handy when designing greeting cards, social media posts, and many other types of promotional material.

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Christmas Social Media Posts

Christmas Social Media Posts

No need to hire designers to create Christmas-themed posts for your social media promotions, simply use these templates. This bundle includes 20 editable templates for creating different kinds of posts for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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X-Mas Seamless Patterns Set

Xmas Seamless Patterns Set

This collection of patterns include 12 seamless patterns featuring Christmas-themed designs. These are ideal for creating backgrounds for greeting cards, posters, flyers, and packaging.

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75 Christmas Cliparts

75 Christmas Cliparts

A bundle of creative Christmas cliparts featuring many different types of designs and illustrations. It includes 75 cliparts in vector format you can use with both print and digital designs.

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Christmas Cards Mega Set

No need to go shopping for Christmas cards or New Year’s cards. With this massive pack of Christmas cards templates, you can print your own unique cards to send to your friends and family. It includes 78 Christmas and New Year’s greeting cards templates.

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Christmas Vibes – 33 Elements and Graphics

This is a special bundle full of various Christmas themed elements including different types of graphics and illustrations. As a bonus, you will also get 2 beautiful print-ready Christmas greeting card templates as well.

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Christmas Santa Claus Flyer

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50 Flat Christmas Icons

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Christmas Flyer Template

Another Christmas flyer template for promoting events, parties, and concerts. It includes both Photoshop and Illustrator formats, which allows you to freely edit and customize the template to your preference.

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48 Christmas Doodles

Easily design your own flyers, greeting cards, and social media posts using these gorgeous Christmas doodles. This pack comes with 48 unique vector doodles you can use with your designs.

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Retro Christmas Flyer Template

Another Christmas flyer that features a trendy retro design. It’s perfect for promoting holiday sales, concerts, parties, and various other events. The flyer template comes to you in both Illustrator and Photoshop file formats.

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Christmas Graphics Bundle Gold Edition

This one is a mixed bundle of Christmas resources. This special pack includes 32 Christmas icons, 13 Christmas labels, 8 postcard templates, 10 patterns, 15 handwritten Christmas inscriptions, and more.

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Premium Vector Christmas Collection

Design your own Christmas related graphics and greetings using this pack of vector illustrations. The pack comes with 50 premium Christmas illustrations in AI, EPS, and PSD file formats.

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Vintage Christmas Kit

This bundle of Christmas illustrations features a vintage and a retro look. You can use them to design greeting cards, social media posts, and more with a classical design. It includes 17 different elements and 2 Christmas themed backgrounds.

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Christmas Patterns & Illustrations

A set of 6 unique Christmas patterns and illustrations for crafting festive website headers, social media posts, and greeting cards. The files are available in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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Christmas Character Creator

This is a fun pack of elements that allows you to create your own Christmas themed characters. You can create Santas, reindeers, elves and more by combining different elements from the pack.

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66 Christmas Patterns & Graphics

Another mixed pack of Christmas themed patterns and graphics. You can use these to design greeting cards, website backgrounds, flyers, and more.

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Christmas Vibes Flyer Template

This Christmas flyer template is perfect for promoting your holiday parties, DJ events, dance events, and more. The PSD format templates can be easily customized to change colors and rearrange elements as well.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

100 Christmas Doodle Icons

A big pack of 100 doodle style Christmas elements. You can use these to style your websites, design greeting cards, flyers, and do much more. The icons are available in EPS, PNG, AI, and SVG file formats.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Bundle


This is a massive bundle that includes dozens of Christmas cards, text effects, Christmas photo cards, elements, and holiday flyer templates worth of $78, all in a 500mb pack for just $19.

  • Price: $19

Rustic Christmas Megapack


With over 125 Christmas elements and 16 background patterns, this pack will provide you with everything you need to craft all sorts of Christmas related designs.

  • Price: $25

Christmas & New Year Flyer Bundle


This 5-in-1 flyer bundle comes with five beautiful Christmas flyer designs and a new year flyer design, all in 4×6 size.

  • Price: $16

The Christmas Mockup BUNDLE


A bundle of 7 modern and minimalist Christmas-themed mockups for showcasing your artworks and products. It includes 3 frame mockups for US size frames (8×10″), 2 front view stock photos, and 2 overhead flat lay stock photos.

  • Price: $35

Holiday & Christmas bundle


Featuring 18 stunning character illustrations, 30 floral elements, 10 festive borders, 26 decorative goodies, and much more, the Holiday & Christmas bundle will definitely bring out the joy in your designs.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Set

Basic RGB

This pack includes plenty of beautiful Christmas icons and elements, which you can use to design all sorts of Christmas themed banners, cards, and more.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Assets & Mockups


This massive bundle contains 106 Christmas asset photos, 13 greeting card mockups, 10 device and frame mockups, 26 3D rendered text, hero images, and much more.

  • Price: $24

Merry Christmas greetings & doodles


In addition to 50 adorable doodles, this Christmas pack includes 13 greeting card templates, 3 patterns, and an Advent calendar.

  • Price: $14

Polar Bears, Christmas illustrations


Polar bears make everything look adorable. This bundle features 8 cute polar bear characters, 12 greeting cards, 3 patterns, 7 labels, and more.

  • Price: $12

Christmas & New Year’s Icons


This pack comes with 75 Christmas and 55 New Year’s icons, all hand-drawn. Each icon in the bundle is available in 4 different graphic styles.

  • Price: $32

Christmas Illustrations toolkit


This cute Christmas bundle includes 16 character illustrations featuring a Dog, Santa, Bear, Penguin, and more. It also includes 40 Christmas items, 10 hand-drawn decorative elements, and many others.

  • Price: $9

Hand-drawn Christmas Tree elements


This hand-drawn pack includes over 30 different Christmas tree elements, shapes, and icons in vector and PNG formats.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Characters Set

Basic RGB

Create your own unique Christmas story with this creative Christmas characters set, which comes with over 30 different elements.

  • Price: $8

Noël Christmas Collection


Noël Christmas Collection takes an interesting approach to Christmas design. Instead of the predictable Red-colored Christmas designs, this collection adds a whimsical look to all of its 180 items.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Birds & Flowers Vectors


This set features 58 different Christmas clipart elements including a cardinal bird, a chickadee bird, poinsettias, flowers, leaves, a pine cone, and a whole lot more.

  • Price: $6

Hand Drawn Christmas Quotes in Shapes


These stylish Christmas quotes will fit in nicely with your Christmas card designs or flyer designs. The pack contains 5 hand-drawn quotes in shapes.

  • Price: $12

Christmas Wreath & Frame Collection


This pack includes 25 designs of Christmas wreath and frames. Perfect for designing Christmas related invitations, newsletters, cards, and stationery.

  • Price: $12

Watercolor Christmas Clipart


In this bundle, you’ll get over 100 Christmas elements, 5 Christmas card designs, and 2 seamless patterns, all in one affordable pack.

  • Price: $9

Christmas cards set


No need to design your own Christmas cards. This pack includes 20 card templates for both Christmas and New Year.

  • Price: $25

Hand Drawn Christmas Badges

  • Price: Free

White Christmas Badges

  • Price: Free

Merry Christmas Poster

  • Price: Free

Dark Blue Christmas Background

  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Badges

  • Price: Free

Hand Painted Christmas Tree

  • Price: Free

Watercolor Christmas Card

  • Price: Free

Christmas Card with Red Ribbon

  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Party Label

  • Price: Free

Cute Christmas Party Flyer

  • Price: Free

Green Christmas Background with Baubles

  • Price: Free

Christmas Card in Watercolor Style

  • Price: Free

Boxing Day Sales Labels

  • Price: Free

Striped Christmas Flyer

  • Price: Free

Christmas Greeting Card with Garlands

  • Price: Free

Christmas Party Invitation Template


Christmas party invitation with ribbons, stars and flowers. Two different color variations included – beige and green.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Party Invitation Flyer


You can use this template for your home party or club party to invite friends, relatives and other people. Easy to edit the text and font.

  • Price: $6

Big Christmas Medallion Collection


This big collection is all you need to make all of your Christmas and winter holidays stationery. A total of 113 + 2 hand painted watercolor elements, patterns and backgrounds – all in co-ordinating colors and high quality.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Party Flyer


The PSD file is very well organized in folders and layers. You can modify everything very easyily. Changing the color style, pictures and the typo is no problem. The main folders that will require most customization are highlighted in different colors.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Party Flyer Template


This Christmas party flyer template is very modern PSD (Photoshop) flyer that will give the perfect promotion for your upcoming event or nightclub party coming up on Holidays of Christmas and New Year. All elements are in separate layers and text is editable.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Design Elements Kit


Cute doodle Christmas design kit. The elements are very easy to combine and will help you in making your own designs.

  • Price: $18

Seamless Christmas Patterns


Perfect for making invites, invitation cards, and much more. The pack includes 6 PNG files (1000 x 1000 px) with transparent background so you can easily pick your own color to match with your project. The design is for your personal use or small crafts business.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Holiday Vintage Florals


Our Christmas Holiday Floral Clipart set includes 40 PNG files with transparent backgrounds, 40 JPG files with white backgrounds and 1 Adobe Illustrator vector file containing all 40 images in vector format. The PNGs and JPGs are 300DPI and approximately 10 inches at their widest point.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Invitations


This collection is perfect for printed paper products, handmade craft items and web design. You can use these invites for a number of purposes and occasions on Christmas.

  • Price: $6

Watercolour Christmas Set


A beautiful set of Christmas Holiday watercolor designs, background and patterns to decorate your holiday projects! Use them in personal craft or in small business as a part of your own creative composition. Product contains ZIP folder with high quality PNG and JPEG clip art pictures.

  • Price: $6

Retro Christmas Illustrations


Authentic, 1940s and 1950s Christmas illustrations scanned in high resolution. Carefully checked for copyright, thoroughly restored and ready for you to use for all kinds of personal and commercial design projects.

  • Price: $28

Christmas-Holiday Photo Overlays


Christmas and holiday overlays with hand drawn and textured greetings and distressed textures.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Seamless Patterns


18 Christmas digital papers in red and white colors. Each pattern is seamless and can be tiled seamlessly in any directions. JPG files at high resolution with 300 DPI. Vector files can be resized without losing quality and can be recolored easily.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Eve Digital Papers


Twelve beautifully designed digital papers, saved as 300 DPI, 12 x 12 inches JPEG. You can use these backgrounds for your next Christmas based design projects.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Watercolors Based Elements


50 elements (JPG on white background, 300 dpi). 20 different individual branches (12 branches of pine, 2 holly, mistletoe bush 1, 2 bumps, 3 branches with red berries + some red berries). 2 glasses of mulled wine (+ 2 empty glass glasses). Spicy ingredients for mulled wine (2 apples, ginger, cloves, anise, 3 orange slices50, vanilla, cinnamon). Sweets (biscuits in the shape of stars, cookies with chocolate, marshmallows, candy stick, cookies).

  • Price: $20

Christmas Vector Elements


This pack is filled with icons, labels and many design elements based on Christmas format. All elements are organized by layers. It’s easy to hide or move any element.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Wreaths Clipart


Hand painted wreaths and other floral elements are the perfect illustration for your Christmas cards, Christmas tags and other your Holiday ideas.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Lights Decorations Set


Set of 11 vector brushes festive strands of Christmas lights makes it quick and easy to customize your holiday projects. These can be used on illustrations, cards and almost any similar design formats.

  • Price: $8

Licorice Christmas Watercolor Kit


This set includes 37 high-quality elements, that will be very helpful in creating gift cards, apparel prints, posters, presentations and so much more.

  • Price: $19

Christmas Flyers Bundle


These beautiful Christmas flyer templates are very easy to customise. All of the elements are isolated on different layers and the text is fully editable for each flyer and facebook cover. So you can use the fonts we suggest or use your own if you wish.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Patterns Pack


Perfect for making invites, invitation cards, Seasons greetings cards, Christmas cards, party decorations, party favor tags, label stickers, scrapbooking, stationary, gift wrap, packaging, t-shirt, baby clothes, buttons, pendants, holiday gifts, print on fabrics and so much more.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Hand-Crafted Illustrations Bundle


You can incorporate these Christmas illustrations into your creations. Included illustrations can be used in and out of the Christmas season, making this set an all-year-round resource.

  • Price: $25

Christmas Clipart


This Christmas clipart pack contains 44 separate seamless elements that you can use in your Christmas related designs. All elements come in vector format with 300 DPI.

Price: $8

Christmas Icons and Elements Set


This set of images can be used for printed paper products, web design, digital or paper scrapbooking, stickers, magnets, or invitations.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Trees Illustrations


A collection of mod Christmas trees and snowflakes in red, green, pink, silver, and gold. Pack contains an EPS file and also JPGS and PNG files of each tree.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Posters

  • Price: $7

Christmas Paintings Pack


You will get tons of watercolor paintings and ready print greeting card designs with this pack. All of them specially painted and scanned in high resolution. And also specially cleaned backgrounds with tablet on Photoshop. You can use with any colored grounds.

  • Price: $17

Christmas Greeting and Sticker Illustrations


A Christmas collection of graphic elements. Perfect to create greeting cards, invitation, stickers or other Christmas designs.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Cats


Christmas cats for your holiday designs, greeting cards, invitations, web graphics, scrap booking, posters, blogs and banners.

  • Price: $7

Christmas Border Designs


Hand drawn Christmas doodle seamless borders for decorative design, cards, winter backgrounds, gift tags and labels.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Party Flyers


A Christmas and Winter Party flyer template, with 2 Photoshop layered files. It’s fully editable, and CMYK print ready.

  • Price: $6

Christmas Baubles


This set comes with 18 hand drawn Christmas decorative graphic elements. You can use these graphics to create your vintage Christmas cards, invitations, gift tags, gift wraps, cupcake toppers, web graphics, scrap booking and a lot more.

  • Price: $8

Watercolor Christmas Collection


Set of watercolor posters on Christmas theme. Watercolor elements different kinds of drawing. On crumpled paper, chalkboard and on kraft. All ilustrations are in vivid and very colorful. Font is located on a separate layer.

  • Price: $24

Christmas Lights


Christmas lights on dark background. Pack contains vector set with Ai and PSD format.

  • Price: $5

Christmas Graphics Set


Christmas Collection with cute characters and graphic elements. Perfect for create greeting card, invitation, stickers or other your Christmas design. All elements on a white and black background.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Patterns Pack


Christmas Kraft Paper in red, green and white holiday designs on kraft paper, Christmas digital background paper with ornaments, reindeer, plaid, snow, snowflakes,Christmas tree and more. This paper has a kraft paper background texture to look like traditional kraft paper.

  • Price: $6

Beautiful Christmas Background


Christmas decorations: fur-tree branches, colorful glass balls, a candle, red glittering snowflakes, cinnamon sticks and anise stars on a rough wooden background with a copy space.

  • Price: $9

Christmas Cards Bundle


This pack contains Christmas lettering and Christmas cards with horizontal, vertical and square sizes. You can print this cards or use the web version.

  • Price: $8

Christmas Bundle


Large collection of Christmas cards, invitations, ornaments, design elements and tags. Since they’re all in vector format you get lots of ornaments, backgrounds, textures etc. that you can play around with to make your own creations.

  • Price: $14

Hand-drawn Christmas Elements Collection


Are you ready for Christmas? This package, with a brand new hand-drawn elements, contains everything you need for Christmas design. You can create greeting cards, invitations, party design, decorate blog, and do anything with these elements.

  • Price: $14

Holiday Christmas Design Bundle


This grand Christmas design pack contains over hundreds of beautifully designed vectors, flyer designs and over 36 Christmas card designs.

  • Price: $10

Christmas Ornaments Clipart Pack


Watercolor Christmas clipart set is a beautiful digital set of 22 watercolor styled Christmas elements, snowflakes, deers, balls, wreaths, twigs and dividers. Perfect for winter holiday invitations, cards, baby and bridal shower invitations, any other winter invitation design, scrapbooking, cardmaking, announcement cards, blogs, logos and photo overlays.

  • Price: $6

This month, head to Manchester for a city-wide design extravaganza, delve into the world of Roald Dahl and read all about the history of graphic design.

Museum opening: Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

What: From snozcumbers to giant gobstoppers, the creations of Roald Dahl have captured the imaginations of children for generations.

The museum was closed due to damage from flash floods in Great Missenden earlier this year.

But like Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory, the family-friendly museum dedicated to the legacy of the much-loved author, is now ready to throw open its doors again.

Visitors can learn all about Dahl’s life, from peeking into his writing hut, to discovering the inspiration behind the stories ranging from the pranks he pulled as a child to how much he loved chocolate.

The museum is also home to Dahl’s archive of draft manuscripts, notes and more.

When: Opens on 20 October 2018.

Where: 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL

Info: Tickets cost £7 for adults and £4.50 for children. Under fives go free. For more information, head here.

Festival: Design Manchester

What: A northern extravaganza of exhibitions, art fairs, talks and more will take place right across the city, which this year focuses on the theme of “disrupt”.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the best graphic works and photographs around the Warehouse Project at the End Of Store Street exhibition, have a go at “breaking news” as part of an interactive installation by Patrick Thomas or try creating prints with the Salford Makers.

Another highlight is the D(isrupt)M conference, which is hosted by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne and features speakers from a wide range of design fields, including co-founder of Design Studio Ben Wright, creative director of Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival, Kaye Dunnings and graphic designer, Anthony Burrill.

For information on some of the top things to see during the event, see our article here.

When: The festival runs from 10-21 October 2018, but some exhibitions run beyond this.

Where: Various venues across Manchester.

Info: Some events are free while others are ticketed. For full schedule and more information, head here.

New gallery: The V&A Photography Centre

What: The Victoria and Albert Museum has opened a new space dedicated to photography, doubling the space the museum has to devote to the medium.

Visitors can see more than 140 cameras, from the historical to the modern, as well as negatives, photographs and much more in the new space.

Displays will be showcased in a variety of ways, from glass cabinets to digital walls and projections.

It all kicks off with a display known as “Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital”, which draws from the V&A’s 800,000-strong collection of photos, aiming to tell the story of how people have used photography to “collect the world” from the 19th century to today. A series of events will take place surrounding the launch.

When: Opens on 12 October 2018.

Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Info: For more information, head here.

Conference: Adobe Max

What: A five-day event that sees creatives from around the world come together to mingle and catch up on some of the latest innovations in digital tools.

Adobe will showcase new products and updates to their software, with training sessions that will help visitors get to grips with the latest releases.

There will also be a range of speakers from the wider design world, such as Sagi Haviv, partner at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, Brian Collins, CEO at COLLINS + Partners, Natasha Jen, partner at Pentagram and Kendall Plant, associate creative director at Adobe.

Design Week will be at the conference in Los Angeles (LA) next week so look out for our coverage of the event.

When: Pre-conference sessions take place 13-14 October 2018. The main conference runs from 15-17 October 2018.

Where: Los Angeles Convention Centre, 1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California, CA 90015, USA

Info: A full conference pass costs $1,595 (£1,212.), but there is also a variety of day passes, concessions and pre-conference passes available. For more information, see here.

Book launch: The History of Graphic Design, 1960–Today

What: A bumper book of some of the most important designs from 1960 to today, from corporate logos and wayfinding systems to film posters and record covers.

This book, written by Jens Müller and edited by Julius Wiedemann, explores how history has influenced graphic design, but also acts as a historical book in its own right, according to the author, using designs to illustrate the social and cultural history of the past 60 years.

This comprehensive book contains more than 3,5000 images including works from around the world and some pieces that received limited acknowledgment in the past.

It follows on from the previous volume, which looked at designs from 1890 to 1959. Read our full interview with the author here.

When: Published 8 October 2018

Where: Available to buy on the Taschen website worldwide.

Info: The book costs from £50. For more information and to buy the book, head here.


Source: Design Week

The History of Graphic Design Vol.2 looks at works from 1960 to today, presenting more than 3,500 images which include everything from logos to magazine covers.

A new graphic design book seeks to tell the social and cultural history of the world through graphics, by exploring some of the most important works from the past 60 years.

The History of Graphic Design Vol.2, 1960-Today, written by Jens Müller and edited by Julius Wiedemann, contains more than 3,500 images, spanning six decades, set out year by year.

The 480-page bumper book published by Taschen includes a chronological run down of everything from movie posters to logos, wayfinding systems, corporate identities and more.

Müller tells Design Week: “I feel there are two main purposes for the book. First, I see it is a history book for graphic designers to see how this profession evolved and what happened in the past.

“But also, I see it as a general history book which is using graphic artefacts to describe the history of the 20th century. It doesn’t use photography or infographics like a school history textbook but instead uses book covers, movie posters, logos… You can both read it as a graphic design bible or as a history book.”

The book contains timelines to give the cultural context of the time certain graphics were designed.

These timelines run down some of the most important events of each decade, including politics, wars, technological innovations and major companies being founded.

“I think graphics need to be reviewed in the context of the era and what happened,” Müller says.

The Face, magazine cover, United Kingdom, 1985 © Design: Neville Brody (United Kingdom) Photo: Jamie Morgan

The book includes many of the most “important” and “ground-breaking” design projects from past decades, such as the New York subway wayfinding system by Massimo Vignelli, through to culturally significant pieces like a movie poster from Jaws.

While many well-known pieces are included, part of what makes this book unique, according to Müller, is the effort to also include works and designers that have not been widely acknowledged in the past, found by scouring through magazines and speaking to a wide range of people for research.

“We put a lot of people on the table who haven’t been recognised before but who have not only been important to the graphic design in their country but also in the world,” Müller says.

“Peter Mussfeldt, for example. He moved to Ecuador in 1962 and before that he studied graphic design in Germany. He introduced Ecuador to modern aesthetics and became the most important graphic designer there, he designed logos for banks, museums and more.”

Prljavo Kazalište, record cover, Croatia (former Yugoslavia), 1979 © Design: Mirko Ilić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/United States)

The book also aims takes a more international look, he says, trying not to focus too heavily on just Western Europe and America.

“We talked to people from many countries including those that have not been much recognised in graphic design history like Ecuador, Mexico or Korea to find out what the most important graphic design works from these countries are. These included airline designs and works from cultural events,” Müller says.

The book, which includes text in English, German and French, is set out by decade, with a page summing up what was happening in the world and in graphic design at the time, followed by pages featuring a timeline.

The bulk of the book, which has been designed by Müller, is filled with a variety of images, offering a mixture of commercial and artistic works presented together, with small columns of text explaining a bit about it.

“Set The Twilight Reeling”, Lou Reed, poster, United States, 1996 © Design: Stefan Sagmeister (Austria/United States)

“It was like a big jigsaw to put it all together,” Müller says.

“That is really what graphic design is. It combines books, magazines, avant-garde work and then really commercial work like the American Express logo.

“It is sometimes strange to see these next to each other, this unique arty poster and next to it a logo for a credit card company.

“But I think that is how we consume graphic design, it is not just about going to art galleries to look at it but often it’s walking through the street and looking at a poster or getting an email and looking at a logo. That is the speciality of this field.”

The design of the book is “functional”, he says, as its aim is “to make the thousands of works more consumable.”

Each decade section aims to capture the spirit of the time, as Müller explains, the main theme of the book is to “see how times change and how important the zeitgeist of the time was for graphic design.”

The book shows how certain things have changed over time, such as the Lufthansa logo, which is featured both in the early pages of the 1960s and following the recent rebrand earlier this year.
The book also charts how design has progressed.

For example, it explores how Swiss style design which focused on simplicity gained popularity from the 1960s, but took a back seat in the 1980s when the newly released Macintosh allowed people to experiment with graphics on their computers – before resurging once more.

The book finishes in 2018, which Müller feels is important as it shows some of the most current works of our time, such as Donald Trump covers by Edel Rodriguez for Time magazine.

I Love NY More Than Ever, poster, 2001 ©Designer: Milton Glaser (United States)

The new book follows on from Volume 1, which looked at graphics from 1890 to 1959.

“It is a complete continuation of the concept,” Müller says.

“The first book starts with the origin of graphic design when colour printing became affordable and magazines became more common. It includes printing, avant-garde, Bauhaus…

“The second volume is a lot of about globalisation of graphic design and about new routes in graphic design for example the field of wayfinding systems.

“It explores the idea of a corporate identity that really rules design for big companies, which is not only a logo but rules about how typography looks and various print matters.

Jurassic Park, book cover, United States, 1990 © Design: Chip Kidd (United States)

“Then we have the digital revolution, which meant design was not just produced by hand but on computers before really taking hold in the 1990s when the internet became widely available.

“It also looks at things that happened in society, so the 1968 revolution is in the book with French student posters, right through to graphics from recent protests against people like Trump.

“A lot of things that happened in those 60 or 70 years.”

The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2, 1960–Today is available to by now from Taschen from £50.

All images courtesy of Taschen. 

Woolmark International, logo, 1964 © Design: Franco Grignani (Italia)

Source: Design Week

The tech giant is soon to release its adaptive controller, a gaming handset for those with limited mobility, and has also considered how to make it easy for people to unbox the product.

Microsoft is due to launch its Xbox controller specifically designed for those with disabilities and reduced mobility later this year – and now, has redesigned its packaging so that it can be opened as simply as possible.

The adaptive controller was announced earlier this year, and is customisable with gamers’ existing assistive aids to allow anyone to play games.

This means those with reduced hand mobility can plug in their own buttons, joysticks and switches to mimic a standard controller, allowing them to play any video game, and can customise each aid to do certain tasks such as make a character jump, run or shoot, rather than relying on pressing specific buttons on the standard Xbox controller.

Following a consultation with users, Microsoft has now also thought about how the company will package the product when it launches in September.

Twist ties and thick plastic wrapping has been ditched, and integrated loops and hoops have been added to the cardboard box to enable the controller to be removed easily, says the company.

The exterior of the shipping cardboard box features a main, large loop fastening held in place with sealing tape, which can be pulled off with one hand. The box then pops open, with cardboard air cells at either end of the box to protect the product without the need for bubble wrap and plastic. The lack of plastic also aims to enable the box to be easily recycled, says Microsoft.

The inside product packaging box for the controller also features two loops, which peel off. A ribbon loop and a hinge opening on the box then enables users to lift the lid off “without a large amount of movement” and with just one hand.

Once inside the product box, loops are also integrated to remove the controller, its cables and quick-start guide from the box. Tape and plastic are not used to hold any elements in, so the products can be shaken out of the box if need be.

The start guide is explained in four diagrams on one sheet of A4 paper, rather than a lengthy, text-based booklet. Microsoft adds that the packaging has been designed with discreteness in mind, and “[doesn’t make] too much noise when you slide the controller out”.

The Xbox adaptive controller is compatible with all Xbox games consoles and Windows 10 PCs, and will be released in the UK in September this year, priced at £74.99.

All images courtesy of Microsoft.

Source: Design Week

Polymer £5 and £10 notes issued by the Bank of Ulster will enter circulation in 2019 – we speak to Nile, the design studio behind the new notes, about celebrating migration, indigenous species and Northern Irish culture.

The UK is increasingly becoming a cashless society – people are now able to tap away on contactless card readers on public transport, in bars, restaurants and pretty much anywhere.

The use of physical money is naturally declining. Research from UK Finance conducted earlier this year found that debit cards are set to overtake cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK. No doubt the appeal of paying with card is not only its convenience but also security and the ability to track spending at every point.

But while we still have coins and notes, banks across the UK are concentrating efforts on introducing more secure currency, which is harder to counterfeit – as well as implementing thoughtful designs that resonate with the public.

The Bank of England is not the only UK bank to do this. While English currency might be the most widely circulated, Scotland and Northern Ireland also produce their own bank notes, which can be used across the UK.

Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland is set to release polymer £5 and £10 bank notes, which are made of polymer like the recently-released English and Scottish ones, and have a vertical design.

The notes have been designed by Edinburgh-based service design consultancy Nile, in collaboration with several Northern Irish illustrators and photographers, and feature plants, animals and themes that relate to the country. Type foundry Fontsmith worked on the typography, while Glasgow-based design studio O Street also worked on the graphics.

Jeni Lennox, associate principal at Nile, says that the designs aim to be “honest, realistic and celebratory” of Northern Ireland’s characteristics and quirks, and wanted to avoid clichés associated with the country. Nile redesigned the Scottish notes in 2016 and 2017, and avoided “castles and tartan” for the same reason, she says.

From this way of thinking came the idea of representing the decline of segregation in Northern Ireland – namely between those who belong to the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches – and how, while divisions are still an issue, political tensions have gradually improved over time.

The £5 note is themed around migration of animals and people, and features native creatures and plants on the front, including the Brent goose and the fuschia flower. Hedges also feature, which aim to represent the idea of “porous dividers”, and symbolise divisions between different communities breaking down, says Lennox.

The back features the Strangford lough sea loch found in County Down, east Northern Ireland, as well as people running down the beach, which poignantly represents the country’s history of migration and family separation, as many Northern Irish people moved to America and Glasgow in the 20th century.

Then, when a UV light is shone on the note, another set of people appears, which looks to represent these families coming back together again as this period has passed.

The £10 note is themed around growth, and celebrates Northern Ireland’s traditional food and indigenous plants and animals, featuring a guelder-rose on the front alongside an Irish hare.

The back features an Ulster glade potato, which only appears under UV light, and hedge row fields across which ploughs are being pulled for farming.

Different textures feature on the notes for security purposes, and these are also related to the country’s geology – a greywacke sandstone texture features on the £5, while carboniferous limestone features on the £10.

Both notes have a “botanical” theme, and the colour palette broadly follows UK restrictions for currency, which are blue and green for £5 notes and brown for £10 notes.

The studio will also be designing a £20 and £50 note, which will take on more of an “urban” theme, while the £5 and £10 notes are more “rural”, says Lennox.

The design team employed a roster of Northern Irish creative people to work with. Botanical and plant-based illustrations were created by Abigail Bell, while illustrations of people and other features were created by Peter Strain. Some features were also based on work by landscape photographer Chris Hill.

“We went for an illustrative, soft style, and we wanted the notes to be anonymous rather than have specific people’s faces on,” says Lennox. “We gathered this in the consultation phase.”

The note designs are also pertinent given the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) – the fact that Northern Ireland voted to remain was an important consideration, Lennox adds.

“We wanted to make sure [Northern Ireland’s] identity was preserved and clearly enunciated as a welcoming country through the theme of migration,” she says. “We wanted to stress – we are open, we are friendly, and we want immigration.”

While these notes are produced by the Bank of Ulster, they will be available to use anywhere in the UK – and part of the project was also about stressing how much the country provides for the UK overall.

“It’s easy for the little nations to get lost, but they’re all different and Northern Ireland has a strong voice,” she says. “It pulls its weight and has amazing industries and brilliant musicians. This is just a celebration of that.”

The new £5 and £10 notes will enter circulation in early 2019, and will be legal tender across the UK from then.

Source: Design Week