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Designing Christmas

Presenting great Christmas card ideas from some of the world’s best graphic artists to inspire even the most jaded designer.

Every year, in an effort to be original and clever, designers spend countless hours thinking about this seemingly straightforward task. But how can you be original with something so fundamentally clichéd? We’ve searched through our scrapbooks and found some personal favourites.

Where work is uncredited, we apologise – if you know who designed it please let us know. A few images have been pilfered from the pages of A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone and David Stuart.

 
 The creative search becomes the idea –   Bull Rodger   1994

The creative search becomes the idea – Bull Rodger 1994

 A typographic family of white snowflakes –   The Chase

A typographic family of white snowflakes – The Chase

 Betting on a white Christmas –  Mavity Gilmore  1985

Betting on a white Christmas – Mavity Gilmore 1985

 Rudolf has a rival for lighting the way –   R.O. Blechman

Rudolf has a rival for lighting the way – R.O. Blechman

 A witty way to convey a grumpy Christmas

A witty way to convey a grumpy Christmas

 The most festive Pantone® colour –   Designers Anonymous

The most festive Pantone® colour – Designers Anonymous

 Completing the picture around the stamp –   Johnson Banks

Completing the picture around the stamp – Johnson Banks

 The asterisk finds a role at the top of the tree –   Frost Design

The asterisk finds a role at the top of the tree – Frost Design

 The creative director is taking the credit for the studio again –   Holster

The creative director is taking the credit for the studio again – Holster

 Celebrating Christmas in two locations –   Turner Duckworth

Celebrating Christmas in two locations – Turner Duckworth

 Your colour chart to the challenges of Xmas –   The Chase

Your colour chart to the challenges of Xmas – The Chase

 An accident in the desert captured on CCTV

An accident in the desert captured on CCTV

 Dot matrix style christmas tape for wrapping gifts

Dot matrix style christmas tape for wrapping gifts

 Christmas Island is made even more festive

Christmas Island is made even more festive

 The VW logo becomes a snowflake –   DDB New Zealand

The VW logo becomes a snowflake – DDB New Zealand

 Waiting for technology with festive cheer

Waiting for technology with festive cheer

 The head lights of the car create a familiar shape

The head lights of the car create a familiar shape

 Box clever for a cardboard engineer –   Zach John Design

Box clever for a cardboard engineer – Zach John Design

 Giving an angel wings with Pantone® –   Propella   2012

Giving an angel wings with Pantone® – Propella 2012

 Illustration for The New Yorker turns the tables on the axe –   R.O. Blechman   1988

Illustration for The New Yorker turns the tables on the axe – R.O. Blechman 1988

 Christmas is discovered in the journey

Christmas is discovered in the journey

 "HO" to the power of three

"HO" to the power of three

 Simply sharpening your pencil can provide the answer

Simply sharpening your pencil can provide the answer

 How to promote a design company - a step by step course

How to promote a design company - a step by step course

 Shavings from a D&AD award pencil create a tree –   Andy & Jonny

Shavings from a D&AD award pencil create a tree – Andy & Jonny

 Riderless camels at   Abbott Mead Vickers   suggest the identity of the three wise men

Riderless camels at Abbott Mead Vickers suggest the identity of the three wise men

 As a father I can testify to the validity of this fact 

As a father I can testify to the validity of this fact 

 The colours of Christmas

The colours of Christmas

 An acrobatic xmas tree –   R.O. Blechman   1990

An acrobatic xmas tree – R.O. Blechman 1990

 A Christmas spread courtesy of Battersea Power Station –   Smith & Milton  1980

A Christmas spread courtesy of Battersea Power Station – Smith & Milton1980

 A Christmas card for ninjas? 

A Christmas card for ninjas? 

 The   Minale Tatterfield   logo giving wings to angels

The Minale Tatterfield logo giving wings to angels

 Photographer Andy Seymour shows his ability –   CDT   1990

Photographer Andy Seymour shows his ability – CDT 1990

 The year and some Christmas spirit –   Fernando J Pérez   2010

The year and some Christmas spirit – Fernando J Pérez 2010

 

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