10 Beautiful Book Covers that Tell Their Own Story

There’s nothing like a good book. But a good book with a great cover? That’s two works of art in one. The best book design tells its own story, whether through simple text, powerful photography, or a simple graphic element. Sometimes it’s subtle; sometimes it’s in your face. All that matters is that it enhances your experience from the moment you take it off the shelves or click it into your shopping cart. These 10 beautiful book covers span all genres, showing that inspiration can come in many forms. 

What if Facebook, Apple or AirBnb Made Beer? They Might Look Like This.

While getting (admittedly) sloppy on a team building night out, someone at UK t-shirt printing service Printsome asked an intriguing question: what would a beer made by Facebook taste like? While nobody can seem to remember who came up with the idea, the team took that alcohol inspired concept in a design direction, exploring how the image of Facebook and other major non-food brands would translate if they made beer. So far they’ve created 17 ‘Beertualising’ labels, complete with slogans, and a little outline of the ingredients that make each beer.

A Growing Collection of Director Wes Anderson’s Bold Color Palettes

When it comes to making films, there are few who include more design elements than Wes Anderson. One of the most striking tools he uses is color. His craftily arranged scenes (which are mostly symmetrical) are infused with imaginative palettes we don’t see in most of today’s films. Like the Beyoncé palette inspiration we covered not long ago, this is a fantastic source of inspiration for any project.

If Famous Directors Designed Houses, Would They Look Like This?

Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina has an obsession with imagining new buildings designed around unusual constraints. He’s dreamed up houses based on artists, movie sets, and the names of architects. Now he’s turned his design skills to dreaming up buildings as if they were designed by famous directors. His series, “Archidirector” features 27 directors – famous and obscure – each with a unique structure modeled after their signature aesthetic and personality.

Want to Climb Everest? This Cool Guide Walks You Through the Trip to the Summit

Big projects take big planning, and climbing Mount Everest isn’t any different. The challenge for an undertaking like this is keeping all the details in order, and making sure you’re prepared – the cost of failure is very high. For their Everest Guide, Winfield Outdoors created a smart flow chart we really like. They could have just given us a boring directory of articles, but instead they visually guide us through the many important steps needed to reach this lofty goal.

A Q&A Conversation with the Creator of Metrico, The Infographic-Inspired Video Game

Infographics are more than mainstream; they’re moving into the immersive entertainment world. The new video game Metrico (great name, even better tagline: A Game About Infographics and Free Will), was inspired by—of all things—infographics.

Mirroring the minimalist infographic design aesthetic and gamifying users’ data input, Metrico combines all our favorite things: design, data, and interactivity.

Need Color Inspiration? Take Some Tips from Beyoncé

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE. If you need more convincing, just take a look at the entrancing little blog Beyoncé Palettes. Here the singer’s many, many photographs are used as the source for inspired color palettes which harmonize with Queen Bey herself. Whether you’re painting the kid’s room, designing an event website, or searching for a look to set your latest poster apart, this creative exercise is a great example for any designer.

Colorful and Vibrant Prints of Iconic NYC

When Dutch illustrator and graphic designer Remko Heenskerk moved to New York City, he was inspired by the architecture—as many first-timers are. To pay homage, he created a series of iconic prints, featuring his favorite places. With vibrant colors and strong, clean lines, he captures the dynamism of the city’s many buildings and neighborhoods. Check out more of his portfolio on Behance or buy his prints on Inprint.