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Monday Morning Design Inspiration

Editor’s Note: Some people seem to have a magic touch when it comes to digging up design goodness. Veerle Pieters1 is one of them. As she explores print and web design, photography, art and type, she uncovers a lot of brilliant gems. And because they are too good not to share, she has compiled a selection of inspirational examples for you in this showcase. The plan is to bring out a new one every month, so let us know in the comments if you like what you see. But for now, please lean back and enjoy!

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AT-AT Link

Lovely illustration, especially if you are a Star Wars fan. It’s one of those illustrations that shows its true beauty in the details.

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Image credit: Tim Hobday6.

Golden Age of Space Tourism Link

Gorgeous space travel posters with a retro feel7. This Grand Tour example below is a flashback to the Voyager missions of the 1970s and 80s. The great composition of overlaying lines and circles is what I love most, and the perfect color palette is the icing on the cake.

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Image credit: Gizmodo119.

Historic Sites: Mars Link

This poster depicts a future in which humans settled the red planet long ago, and are now running historic tours. I am a sucker for illustrations that show the essence of their themes using only basic lines and shapes.

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Image credit: Gizmodo119.

Texas State of Mind Link

Pretty stoked about this color palette – what a perfect array of colors! Easy on the eye.

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Image credit: Steve Wolf13.

Firewatch Link

Great illustration with the classic Firewatch game14 palette. Available as a wallpaper for multiple devices. The colors are so perfectly applied you can almost feel the warmth.

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Image credit: Campo Santo16.

Ultimate Summer Link

A poster depicting the “ultimate summer.” Vibrant and bold work from illustrator Marylou Faure. This is a perfect eye-catcher. It sticks.

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Image credit: Marylou Faure18.

Shop Magazine Link

Cover for Shop Magazine. I love the many patterns that are used in here.

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Image credit: Matt Chase20.

Adidas/Piknic Electronik Link

Love the fantasy that these Spanish brothers put in every job they illustrate, and there is always a touch of humor. So good!

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Image credit: Brosmind22.

Umbrail Pass Link

Lower slopes of the Umbrail Pass in late fall – just a few days before it closed. Amazing scene to ride your bike! Beautiful autumn colors.

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Image credit: Gruber Images24.

Young Adults (YM ’16) Link

The noise is a nice touch. Combined with the dotted pattern and the geometrical approach, it sets the style of the illustration.

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Image credit: Adam Quest26.

De Bortoli Prosecco Link

Gorgeous label for De Bortoli Prosecco. Mads Berg has such a cool style, very modernist, and a rather limited color palette. His illustration style is so strong you can recognize it from afar.

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Image credit: Mads Berg28.

After The Rain Link

Love this colorful Meininger hotel at Berlin Airport. Colourful stripes are my thing, especially if they’re executed in such perfection. I could look at this all day.

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Image credit: Sebastian Weiss30.

Dwars door Vlaanderen Link

Official race poster for Dwars door Vlaanderen with the photography of Kristof Ramon. This design expresses the cycling race perfectly. Lovely typography and vintage look. Really cool idea to interweave the photo with the horizontal lines.

Image credit: Kristof Ramon4432.

Snowy Mountain Town Link

Beautiful composition and great use of an unusual color palette.

Image credit: Matt Carlson34.

BW House Link

Beautiful place to live and lovely architecture. The composition, colors and setting are just perfect in this photo.

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Image credit: Artem Bobrov36.

Omega – Spy Gadgets Link

Illustration for an article about historical spy gadgets. Having only a couple of colors at your disposal and still keeping the design rich is a challenge. This illustration shows how strong the result can be when perfectly executed.

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Image credit: Justin Mezzell38.

Femeie în Verde Link

Illustration for the Italian television broadcaster RAI. Such elegance! The shadow and light via this overlay effect is so perfect. The lines suck you into the illustration.

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Image credit: Riccardo Guasco40

Circus Link

Inspiring color palette and use of textures. Fantastic composition as well.

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Image credit: Elena Lazutina42.

Brabantse Pijl Link

Official race poster for the Brabantse Pijl cycling race with the photography of Kristof Ramon. Beautiful composition, colors and typography.

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Image credit: Kristof Ramon4432.

Maine Winter sunset Link

That moment that Mother Nature pulls out all the stops. A photo that evokes a strong emotion has my approval.

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Image credit: Mike Gowen46.

Guardian Weekend Fiction Special Link

Illustration for the short story ‘Her Share of Sorrow’ written by Tessa Hadley. Love how the tree is done. Shadow and light can play a very important role in illustrations. This illustration is a perfect example.

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Image credit: Thomas Pullin48.

Ural Link

Very inspiring how all those colourful shapes make up the motorcycle.

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Image credit: Elena Lazutina50

Block City Link

Super solid work! The wood structure is very well executed. Excellent use of colors too. It’s like a construction made of squares, lines, triangles… It’s a lot all together and yet it’s not too busy, because the colors are well applied and everything is perfectly positioned. It makes it very inviting to look at… and to play with if these blocks were real.

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Image credit: Matt Carlson52.

Peace Link

Such an excellent combination of shapes. This illustration is pure geometry on its own. The limited palette using only flat color creates perfect contrasts.

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Image credit: Steve Wolf54.

Opinion on advertisement Link

Smart use of halftones and overlapping colors. It creates a special atmosphere which sets it apart.

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Image credit: Daniela Olejníková56.

Swimming pool Link

Totally in love with the tones in this picture. The cherry on the cake is the two women with just a tad of color.

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Image credit: Maria Svarbova58.

Landscape with calm Link

Original trees and textures. Simplicity is key, but details matter in a good illustration. The challenge is to know where to add these small details and accents. This illustration shows it well, both in color and in texture.

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Image credit: Mutsumi Kawazoe60.

Mint Link

One of the cooler isometric-style illustrations I’ve seen.

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Image credit: Rocket Boy62.

MyCheffy Illustration Link

An original approach to faces. This one is just so fun to look at, and you keep on looking at the small details which are so well executed.

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Image credit: July Pluto64.

Wild West Link

I like native American Indians and horses, especially if they’re illustrated in such a beautiful color palette and style. This is an editorial piece on motoring for GQ France.

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Image credit: MUTI66.

Super Growth Powder Link

With spring on its way this is just what we need. Beautiful geometry and color palette. Strong illustration in its pure simplicity.

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Image credit: Savy Bergeron68.

Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood Link

The custom lettering and the painterly style work so well together on this album cover.

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Image credit: Matt Vergotis70.

Stockholm 67 Link

Visual communication in its simplest form. Never gets old. So strong and eye-catching!

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Image credit: Bo Lundberg72.

Southbank Link

Tom Haugomat’s cinematic poster for luxury apartments in a Southbank high-rise. Love how this one illustrates a room while the walls are invisible. I love the way the colors are applied with such contrast. It sucks you in.

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Image credit: It’s Nice That74.

Grand Teton National Park Link

Part of a poster for the Grand Teton National Park. One poster of the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series, a celebration of the US National Parks. This illustration uses different pattern and texture techniques combined, which makes it really interesting to look at.

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Image credit: 59parks.net76.

Beautiful dawn Link

The tranquility in this one is super super strong. Nature has its way with its color palettes.

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Image credit: Pexels78.

Forest Road Link

My favourite kind of dirt road. That light is beautiful!

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Image credit: Pexels80.

New York snow Link

Photographer Dave Krugman caught some stunning pictures during the last blizzard in New York. Great color inspiration in there too.

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Image credit: fubiz82.

Strade Bianche: Donne Link

Gorgeous inspiring photo of the rolling Tuscan hills shot during the women’s cycle race of Strade Bianche shot by my friend Ashley Gruber.

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Image credit: Strava84.

Les Salins 2015–2016 Link

Brilliant combination of photography and graphic design.

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Image credit: Samuel Guigues8886.
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Image credit: Samuel Guigues8886.

The High Authority For Transparency In Public Life Link

Illustration for a French agency that works to prevent corruption (Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique). The shadow play is lovely. An excellent execution of shadow and light can elevate an illustration to a whole other level!

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Image credit: Léonard Dupond90.

Lookout Link

Beautiful! Wouldn’t mind having a break at this lookout. This illustration has it all: shadow and light are perfectly executed, the color palette creates the exact mood it needs, and the details are all over the place – you can’t get enough of it.

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Image credit: Matt Carlson92.

Stacked Link

“Stacked” is an approach to the large post-war housing estates in Berlin, often built in the form of tower blocks in a fairly uniform fashion. However, when looking closer you find a lot of variation. This photo just looks like a perfect illustration.

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Image credit: Malte Brandenburg94.

The Last Utopian Link

Love the science fiction touch to this. Brilliant texture usage as well.

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Image credit: Sam Chivers96.

The Biggest Story Link

Inspiring illustration for a children’s book based on Bible stories. The colors are just so appealing, and the details in the patterns, lines and textures are just gorgeous.

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Image credit: Invisible Creature98.

Mystery Project 76.1 Link

Super clean work and effective use of a limited color palette. The internal patterns are a nice touch.

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Image credit: DKNG100.

Love And Romance Link

Impressive character design and I like how the long curvy lines perfectly describe the body’s form.

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Image credit: Made by Radio102.

Monsters book cover Link

The colors, the characters, the textures – they’re all so well used.

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Image credit: Patrick Ledger104.

Modern Reformation Link

Everything is perfectly arranged in this one.

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Image credit: Owen Gent106.


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Veerle is one of the fascinating minds behind Duoh!, whose love for design in all its various forms shines through. She is a graphic/Web designer hailing from a small but beautiful European country called Belgium. You can follow her on Twitter and read her blog at

  1. 1

    too specific of a point of view for a regular feature. most of the collection is very busy. curate for inclusiveness of styles with a higher barrier for display. the vintage space travel posters are inauthentic but fit with the hyper kinetic overall aesthetic of the collection.

    maybe to make it a regular feature, theme the list (e.g. shapes, palettes, seasonal, etc.) so it’s less rando and the pov is mitigated.

    i sound like a d*** i am sure, but is a nice collection.

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      “the vintage space travel posters are inauthentic”

      Can you elaborate? I’m not sure what inauthentic means in this context.

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    Love the idea of bring out a new one every month

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    Beautiful list! So cool to see Eric Nyffeler’s wolf in there!

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    This is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing more!

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    Cheriyan Manalel

    March 15, 2016 7:08 am

    Really Awesome…waiting for more..:)

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    Inspiring, yes, and intimidating! Wow, great work!

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    The NASA posters are part of a free series Visions of The Future. I was really excited to see some of them on here. For once I actually can’t wait till Monday!

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    Loved it. Nice to see this type of post to kick start a Monday.
    Hope to see more!

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    L.chand Shrestha

    March 17, 2016 4:38 am

    Very Creative Coolest Collections…Looking for next post!

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    Loved this, thanks!


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