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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 & Milton1980

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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