13 Graphic Design Examples To Inspire Your Next Project

As a graphic designer, it can be difficult to always have your creativity on demand. Add to this a slew of projects with impossible deadlines, demanding clients, and a life to live and you’ve got a hard pot to fill. Staying inspired with new ideas for graphics is possible.

One of the best places to look for inspiration is in the work of other graphic designers. Looking at their work can give you fresh ideas on how to combine you new concepts with which you can infuse your art. Here are graphic design examples to get the juices flowing and get your next project started.

Inspiring Examples From Graphic Designers

1. Merijn Hoss

Merijn Hoss

Usually known for his detailed psychedelic style, illustrator Merijn Hoss has slowly evolved his works to be more traditional and parred down. He uses a white background on his online gallery so that his colorful designs can stand against the contrast.

2. Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw

Shaw has over 20 years of experience creating whatever her clients need. From PowerPoint presentations and responsive websites to menus and business cards, she has a long list of projects. Using bold typography and a certain design consistency her extensive portfolio displays her diversity and signature simple design style.

3. Tom Biskup

Tom Biskup

This art director’s online portfolio uses animated headers to draw attention to his restrained yet stylish work. His portfolio, its own stand-alone piece of art, displays both his talent as a designer and art director. Explore his portfolio for a peek at his hushed aesthetic.

4. Stefanie Bruckler

Stefanie Bruckler

Bruckler is an Austrian illustrator based out of New York who’s work is centered around her interest in creating big brands through old-fashioned typography and packaging. Her interest in branding and editorial styling is displayed on her online portfolio with its muted colors, restrained design, and clean typography.

5. Wade Jeffrey

Wade Jeffrey

An art director and web designer, Jeffrey’s work reflects his innate unconventionality. Jeffrey’s portfolio website gives you a view into the character of the person who created it. A true mirror of the creator, the work on his site is enhanced by his vulnerability and openness.

6. Tobias van Schneider

Tobias van Schneider

New York-based creative director and multidisciplinary designer Van Schneider has a colorful history. Born in Germany and raised in Austria he has worked with clients such as BMW, Red Bull, Sony, and other big-name clients. Van Schneider’s online portfolio is strongly image-focused and shows the breadth of his experience and his focus on branding and interactive design.

7. Panda Yoghurt

Panda Yoghurt

Panda Yoghurt, or Douglas Bowden, is a 3-D artist and design director who is known for creating gorgeous and award-winning motion work. His online portfolio displays his work in a contemporary and crisp manner. The simplistic presentation keeps the views attention on his breath-taking motion work.

8. Grant Burke

Grant Burke

Grant Burke is a freelance designer and illustrator based out of Toronto. Burke specializes in illustration, logo design, and brand design. Burke’s portfolio is presented in a picture-grid format and is unusually text-heavy. Clicking on a thumbnail will give you a full case-study of each piece, giving you a full view of each work.

9. Peter Komierowsk

Peter Komierowsk

Peter Komierowsk is a Canada-based visual designer with high-profile clients such as Huffington Post, NBA, and YouTube. With so much potential work to fit on his online portfolio, it is shocking to find that when you go on his site there are only three logo designs sitting on a relatively minimalistic background. The bold approach speaks of the excellence of his work.

10. Jascha Goltermann

Jascha Goltermann

Berlin-based Jascha Goltermann is a graphic designer with a flashy style. Goltermann creates websites, infographics, logos, icons and posters. He presents his online portfolio in a conventional picture-grid style from which to view his animations and effects.

11. Nicolas Paries

Nicolas Paries

The 28-year old French art director, Nicolas Paries has been working with design houses such as Chanel, Dior and Nespresso since 2008. The visuals as you screen down his online portfolio are stunning. The presentation is truly original and this unique presentation makes this portfolio a hit.

12. Alessandro Scarpellini

Alessandro Scarpellini

Alessandro Scarpellini is an Italian designer who has worked with who has worked in many fields, including art direction, magazine and packaging design, and branding and visual identity. He has a worldwide list of clients and is a curator of an inspirational blog called Visual Journal.

13. Sean McCabe

Sean McCabe

Specializing in typography, Sean McCabe designed a course on everything hand lettering that netted six-figures in three days. Scan this book and his online profile for inspiration on typography.

Graphic Designers

Details

Merijn Hoss

  • Psychedelic style
  • White background
  • Colorful designs

Heather Shaw

  • Bold typography
  • Diversity and signature simple design style

Tom Biskup

  • Stand-alone piece of art
  • Hushed aesthetic designs

Stefanie Bruckler

  • Muted colors
  • Restrained design
  • Clean typography

Wade Jeffrey

  • Art director and web designer
  • Vulnerability and openness designs

Tobias van Schneider

  • Image-focused
  • Interactive designs

Panda Yoghurt

  • Contemporary and crisp manner 
  • Breath-taking motion work

Grant Burke

  • Picture-grid format
  • Unusually text-heavy

Peter Komierowsk

  • Relatively minimalistic background
  • Bold approach designs

Jascha Goltermann

  • Flashy style
  • Picture-grid style

Nicolas Paries

  • Art director
  • Original and unique presentations

Alessandro Scarpellini

  • Italian designer
  • Branding and visual identity

Sean McCabe

  • Specializing in typography
  • Hand lettering

Remember that ideas are all around us and some of the most famous graphic designers tell us that inspiration is an act of intentional searching.

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