Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things - Part III

red-roseWorld of Wonder
Two friends were looking at a rose growing outside their office window. The first one remarked how the flower's petals were all different in shape and how unbalanced it looked. The other friend replied, "Yes, but that is what makes the flower so beautiful."

As designers we can all receive inspiration from the world around us but this often depends on how we perceive things and less on how we look at things.

In the final installment of Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things we'll explore how designers have incorporated their perceptions of the world into their creations.
Sea Bass Anyone?

How do you package a food product so that it is appealing and fresh? This was the design problem for graphic design studio MouseGraphics.

Its solution was to enclose the sea bass in packaging that enhances the image of the product's wholesomeness. The graphic of the fish, the white wrapper, ocean waves, and herbs combine to make an effective packaging design that is pleasing to the eye.
CoffeeTime Anyone?

These coffee cups and bags give any coffee beverage a bit of class. The design motif shows the silhouette of people elegantly dressed and enjoying their coffee. The addition of scroll graphics adds to the feeling of stylishness.

The graphic designs on these products are fanciful and lends to the overall upscale feeling of the product while also telling a story within each one.
Rainbows that are Different

When there are rainbows in the sky, they are beautiful to behold. But one graphic designer decided to take the concept of what a rainbow looks like and transform it into a dynamic element in the artwork.

The designer changed the rainbow's shape into a display of lively fireworks. By taking two different concepts in everyday life, the graphic designer was able to create something that is eye-catching and unique.
Silhouettes: Less Is More

In graphic design it is important to convey a specific message to the viewer. In this graphic we get a sense of movement, intensity, and energy.

The graphic designer could have taken the route of creating something more literal by displaying a photograph of the video studio or equipment, but decided to use the technique of silhouettes, strong graphic elements, and a lively color palette instead.

The simple idea of deconstructing the crucial aspects of what the video production studio engages in is done nicely in the overall layout of the design.
It's a Wrap
We hope you've enjoyed this series on Graphic Design Inspiration from Common Things. In the following months we'll take a closer look at other ways to receive inspiration for graphic design.

Take care and keep on designing!

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