Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Inspirations for your next design project!

The Big Collection of Apothecary Inspiration

Lately I’ve been so inspired by the apothecary style design work out there. I’ve collected some links and package examples to share some of my inspiration with you. I hope you find them equally enjoyable!

Inspirations here come from around the web, Flickr and The Handy Book of Artistic Printing.

I also give some observations and tips on how you can incorporate these elements into your own designs.

Designers’ Creative Outlets

Deep down all designers want to express their creativity without the limits of client opinions or the need to justify the business reason they are using the color blue. In this post, you’ll see samples of my creative outlets (scrapbooking and letterpress printing), as well as work from Kelly of Purple Lemon Designs, Rashell of doodlage, and Alex of retinart.

New Designy Stuff Around the Interwebs

There have been some new (and some new-to-me) things popping up since I last wrote. Here’s a little taste of things that I’ve found: For Print Only, new from Under Consideration. Grain Edit. Good Designers Ask “Why?”. For Graphic Designers Only.

Combating Designer’s Block

All of us have suffered from it. Designer’s block is miserable, uninspiring and downright discouraging. There are tons of “inspiration” posts that Smash you with information, but does that really help?

This is going to get a little personal, but bear with me. Have you ever considered that your designer’s block is actually a psychological defense? It’s probably stemming from fear about something (yes, I was a Psychology major before discovering graphic design).

I just discovered this awesome process that I think might help combat the block. It’s called The Work by Byron Katie.

Selections from Communication Arts Design Annual 49

Are you subscribed to Communication Arts? Well why not??

I love this design publication and if you’ve been around here any length of time you’ve probably heard me say that it is like getting a design book in the mail 8 times a year…

But enough on my Comm Arts plug. Time for pictures! The following are some of my favorite winners from the Design Annual 49 (November 2008). I did a showcase from the Illustration Annual earlier this year, too.

Paper Inspirations

Paper is pretty.

Ok, so maybe I’m just weird, but I love getting paper sample books in the mail. With all the digital processes today, it’s so nice to hold something and feel its texture and warmth.

The paper swatch books usually have a section in them for performance, where they have samples of how the paper performs under different conditions—foil stamping, metallic ink, embossing, etc. I’ve even seen samples printed with a letterpress! Can you imagine how fun it would be to design these books?

More Color Inspiration and a Birthday!

Color inspiration is something we’ve done infrequently on Creative Curio. Come take a look at color palettes from packaging, a yoga studio, and several branding images. These include a wide range of colors as well as color theories from monochromatic to a palette of six distinct colors.

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