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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

Christmas Santa Claus Flyer

Are you working on promoting a special Christmas event? This cool flyer template will help you with the marketing process. You can easily edit and customize this A4 sized template to design a flyer to promote your holiday events.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

50 Flat Christmas Icons

Whether you’re designing graphics for a website, social media posts, flyers, or greeting cards, this pack of Christmas icons has got 50 beautiful graphics that will add a great festive look to your designs.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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.

  • Price: Envato Elements Subscription

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

  • Price: $6

Christmas Characters Set

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

  • Price: $8

Noël Christmas Collection

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  • Price: Free

White Christmas Badges

13
  • Price: Free

Merry Christmas Poster

2
  • Price: Free

Dark Blue Christmas Background

16
  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Badges

15
  • Price: Free

Hand Painted Christmas Tree

12
  • Price: Free

Watercolor Christmas Card

11
  • Price: Free

Christmas Card with Red Ribbon

10
  • Price: Free

Retro Christmas Party Label

3
  • Price: Free

Cute Christmas Party Flyer

5
  • Price: Free

Green Christmas Background with Baubles

6
  • Price: Free

Christmas Card in Watercolor Style

7
  • Price: Free

Boxing Day Sales Labels

22
  • Price: Free

Striped Christmas Flyer

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  • Price: Free

Christmas Greeting Card with Garlands

8
  • Price: Free

Christmas Party Invitation Template

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

  • Price: $6

Christmas Party Invitation Flyer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

  • Price: $10

Christmas Seamless Patterns

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  • Price: $7

Christmas Paintings Pack

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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

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

  • Price: $9

Christmas Cats

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

  • Price: $7

Christmas Border Designs

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

  • Price: $5

Christmas Party Flyers

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

  • Price: $6

Christmas Baubles

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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

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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

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

  • Price: $5

Christmas Graphics Set

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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A set of six stamps have been released to mark the 250th birthday of the Royal Academy of the Arts, and have been designed by renowned artists.

A set of stamps marking the Royal Academy of Arts’ (RA) 250th anniversary have been released, designed by artists including Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.

Founded in 1768, the RA hosts and supports resident artists, collections, exhibitions, fairs and more. It also has a schools segment, which offers university courses.

To mark its 250th birthday, the Royal Mail has launched a set of six stamps, each one a mini artwork created by “Royal Academicians” – big names in contemporary art and architecture.

Contributing artists include Emin, Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Fiona Rae, Norman Ackroyd and Barbara Rae.

by Grayson Perry

The six, stamp-sized artworks aim to reflect each individual artist’s work – for example, Perry’s stamp mirrors the signature, colourful style seen on his large-scale tapestries – as well as the RA’s Summer Exhibition, its annual show that features 1,000 artworks from both famous artists and amateurs.

The Summer Exhibition has been held since 1769, and is co-ordinated by a Royal Academician every year, which will be Grayson Perry in 2018.

Alongside the artists’ work, each stamp has been given a uniform design by an in-house team at the Royal Mail, featuring the Queen’s head in the top right set in various colours, the price underneath, and the name of the artist written vertically along the right-hand side.

by Yinka Shonibare

All six stamps are original pieces, and have been made using mixed media, including digital graphics, oil on canvas, print on paper and gouache paint on paper. Philip Parker, a spokesperson at the Royal Mail, says: “We are delighted with the range and creativity of these wonderful miniature works of art.”

The set of stamps, along with first day covers and enlarged, framed versions of the small artworks, can be pre-ordered from the Royal Mail’s website, and will be available from post offices nationwide from 5 June 2018.

by Tracey Emin
by Norman Ackroyd
by Fiona Rae
by Barbara Rae
Grayson Perry
Yinka Shonibare

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Young designers should be taught to think critically rather than waste time learning how to time-manage and compile spreadsheets, says Miranda Bolter, design director at Superunion.

recent report from design studio Michon suggested that students and graduates lack the skills needed to help them get by in the working world, and appealed to professional designers to take responsibility in teaching them these things.

It’s great to see design studios looking at ways that the industry and those in education can work more closely together, and how we can all help graduates find their feet in a fast-moving and highly competitive business.

We should hire creative minds, not business managers

But I must admit, I found parts of the “Designing the Future” report slightly depressing. I can understand studios’ frustrations when taking on graduates, only to find that their skills are lacking – however, the emphasis placed on certain skills worries me.

The report talks about the importance of “real world” skills such as understanding timesheets, working to deadlines and budgets, and managing client expectations. Designers will have a lifetime to worry about these things. When taking on a design graduate, you should be hiring a creative mind, not an apprentice business manager.

Even software skills should not be a priority; yes, it’s important to know the basics, but certain things can be learnt on the job. When hiring a junior, you should see their potential, not a finished product. An enquiring mind, an observational eye, a brain full of ideas and a genuine enthusiasm for design: that’s what I look for. Those are the qualities that should be nurtured through university, rather than quashing inspiration with seminars on budget forecasting and time planning.

Studios should shape design education

The aspect of the report I do agree with wholeheartedly is that studios should take more responsibility for helping young designers develop. They are, after all, the future of the industry and the ones who will return the favour and push us when we start to feel out of touch. There’s nothing like someone snapping at your heels to make you up your game.

So I agree that, as an industry, we should get involved with universities in any way we can: setting briefs, running workshops, helping with portfolio reviews, mentoring. We should work more closely with tutors to understand their objectives and challenges, and help shape the agenda of design education.

Help those who won’t go to university, too

But we should not only do this at university level. If we are to successfully combat the primarily white, middle-class appearance of the creative industries and build genuine diversity – which can only be a good thing for fostering diverse creative thinking – we should be reaching students earlier, to help encourage those who may not have university in their natural path.

Inspiring the Future is a great initiative that joins schools with volunteers from different professions, to introduce young people to career paths they may not otherwise have considered. Another is the Creative Mentor Network, which, while specific to London, looks to diversify the creative workforce by opening up jobs to those from disadvantaged communities and ethnic minority backgrounds.

By working with local schools, we can show students what potential exists within the creative industries and inspire those that have an interest to find a way into the business, which may or may not involve a university degree.

Leave the spreadsheets and teach them how to critique

And honestly, whether young designers learn through higher education or on the job, there are certain skills that are more important at the start of their careers than their ability to understand a budget spreadsheet.

Problem-solving and getting to the core of a brief; knowing how to generate and critique ideas; having a point of view and the ability to communicate it; working collaboratively. These are key skills that all good designers need in their armoury.

I recently judged the New Blood Awards for Design and Art Direction (D&AD). While I was really impressed with the best work, it was frustrating to see other submissions that had the seed of an interesting idea but the designers hadn’t then known where to take it. Young creatives must learn how to critique their own work, how to push an idea and expand a project, and how to edit and refine. This is what we should be teaching – so leave the spreadsheets for another day.

Miranda Bolter is design director at Superunion, having previously worked as design director at The Partners before it merged with other studios to form Superunion. She has responded to research conducted by Michon with input from the Design Business Association (DBA) and Design Council, which suggests that design graduates are not learning skills that equip them for the working world. 

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Zag has created a new logo and design system for the online retailer, based on the brand proposition “for the home obsessed”.

Zag has rebranded online furniture retailer Swoon Editions, creating a set of “living” brand guidelines that can be adapted depending on current trends in interior design.

The UK-based retailer was founded in 2012, and works with craftspeople and makers all over the world. Instead of developing its collections in the typical 18-month design cycles, it uses data to respond to customer demands and trends and launches new designs on its site daily.

Consultancy Zag, part of advertising agency BBH, was commissioned to develop a new identity, brand positioning and website for Swoon. The rebrand follows a £15 million round of investment for the company in 2017.

Zag started by carrying out research into the company and its customer base, identifying the typical Swoon customer as “hip and humble”, says the consultancy.

This led to the new brand positioning “for the home obsessed”, adds Zag, and a reimagined logo that aims to reflect the “individuality and distinctiveness” of both Swoon’s customers and its furniture.

The new marque has been designed in collaboration with typographer Rick Banks from type foundry F37, and sees each character in Swoon’s name reference different furniture design details and manufacturing processes.

For instance, the “N” nods to the joinery seen in a chair and the “W” refers to bent steel. “Individually the letters have their own character but they come together like furniture in a room set,” says Zag.

The consultancy has also developed a set of brand guidelines for Swoon, called The Living Sketchbook. The system will be applied across print and digital applications, and will see the design and colour palette change seasonally to reflect interiors trends more widely.

“The design system is about trying to capture the energy, activity and excitement of creating your home,” says Zag creative director Neil Cummings. “It’s a process that doesn’t have a timeline, it involves many points of reference and your ideas are constantly evolving with every piece you buy, so the whole brand is about obsessively putting things together until you find something that makes you ‘swoon’.”

To coincide with the rebrand, Swoon is launching a series of pop-up stores in cities across the UK this year, including Birmingham and London. It also recently launched a concession in department store Debenham’s Westfield White City retail space in West London.

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The UK-based property company’s updated identity aims to prevent its sub-brands from being “pigeonholed”.

DesignStudio has rebranded accommodation company Vita Group, uniting its sub-brands under a single identity and brand strategy.

Vita was founded in 2013 as two separate businesses, student accommodation brand Vita Student and rental company Affinity Living.

DesignStudio was originally commissioned to rebrand Vita Student, but after the initial research process decided to restructure the entire group under one brand and rename it Vita Group.

Vita’s new identity looks to prevent its brands being “pigeonholed” within their specialist areas, says DesignStudio, and is based on the proposition “live more”.

The identity centres around a cone-shaped “V” logo that can adapt its shape and colour across different brands and applications. The cone symbol is accompanied by a sans-serif, all-capitals logotype.

“The end result is a brand that has unified successful yet disparate ideas under one brand, with a system that has the potential to expand indefinitely,” says DesignStudio.

Vita’s new branding is currently rolling out across all touchpoints.

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WPP, the world’s largest communications services group, has announced that five of its top brand consultancies and design agencies are being merged to create a massive new global brand agency.

The new agency will have a network of 750 people in over 20 countries, with client billings in excess of $100 million worldwide.

It might seem a strange decision to create an enormous new agency at a time when the trend seems to be for small, agile operations staffed by a handful of creatives at most. But WPP says that the decision has been made as part of a client-centric plan for growth.

“It will enable clients to engage with a wider array of specialists, provide a more connected set of services, and will make the strategic, creative and client-focused excellence of each of the five agencies accessible at scale,” the company explains in its announcement.

The Partners’ branding for the London Symphony Orchestra won Best of Show at the Brand Impact Awards 2017

One of the five agencies involved in the new super-agency is The Partners, which triumphed at the recent Brand Impact Awards 2017, winning the Best of Show accolade for its work with the London Symphony Orchestra. It also scooped the prize in the Entertainment category for its Arte branding, created alongside another agency that’s part of the merger, Lambie-Nairn.

As well as The Partners and Lambie-Nairn, the other agencies coming together will be Brand UnionAddison Group and VBAT, and each one has been chosen to bring a specific strand of expertise to the new Voltron-style branding outfit.

The Partners and Lambie-Nairn also won in Brand Impact’s Entertainment category, with their work for Arte

WPP explains: “It will combine Brand Union’s strategic strength and global influence, The Partners’ award-winning creative excellence, Lambie-Nairn’s unparalleled history in identity and motion graphics, Addison’s unique understanding of corporate audiences, content development and digital delivery and the premium packaging offer of VBAT (which will continue to operate under the VBAT name).”

The new agency will be led by Jim Prior – currently CEO of The Partners and Lambie-Nairn – as Global CEO, and Simon Bolton – CEO, Worldwide of Brand Union – as Executive Chairman. As yet it doesn’t have a name, but there’s plenty of time to sort that out, as it’s not launching until January 2018.

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