Detail of the book cover of 'Harry Potter and the deathly hallows' - All illustrations by AMDL Circle for Salani Editore.

2021 best graphic design- Detail of the book cover of ‘Harry Potter and the deathly hallows’ – illustration by AMDL Circle for Salani Editore.

Best of 2021 – We have rounded up 2021 best graphic design, including BBC Tokyo Olympics’ trail, Chicago urban regeneration through graphic art-chitecture and a look into the history of Pride flags.


Printed Fireworks

Affiches Artifices by Pinaffo-Pluvinage - Photo by Pinaffo-Pluvinage.

Affiches Artifices by Pinaffo-Pluvinage – Photos by Pinaffo-Pluvinage.

French duo Pinaffo-Pluvinage created Affiches Artifices, a series of posters to be ignited. Each poster is a little spectacle printed on paper, combining several pyrotechnic powders. Compositions of lines, grids and geometrical shapes animate with flame and burst by igniting the pyrotechnic powder on the figures. “We designed the graphics both for their aesthetic value and the animation it will then produce.” Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage told Archipanic. Read more…


Stay Sane, Stay Safe

Dutch Design Awards 2021. STAY SANE STAY SAFE by Studio Lennarts & De Bruun x Overdeschreef - Courtesy of Dutch Design Foundation

STAY SANE STAY SAFE by Studio Lennarts & De Bruun x Overdeschreef – Courtesy of Dutch Design Foundation.

Studio Lenmarts & De Bruijn and overdeschreef were awarded for their graphic design project ‘Stay Sane, Stay Safe’ launched at the beginning of the pandemic. The designers invited over 87 designers from all over the world to create graphic designs with encouraging messages. The free-to-download and print creative works aimed to bring a positive message to people staying at home during the lockdown. Read more…


Harry Potter’s architectural book covers

Harry Potter book cover by AMDL Circle for Salani Editore.

Michele De Lucchi has reimagined Hogwarts, the Azkaban Prison, and other imaginary buildings in the Harry Potter saga with archetypical architectures. The architecture depicted for the book covers published by Italian publisher Salani drew on the design imagery of the Studio and, in particular, on those buildings that have symbolic connections with the series’ locations. Read more…


BBC Tokyo Olympics’ trail

LET'S GO, BBC Olympics trail - Courtesy of Nexus Studios.

LET’S GO, BBC Olympics trail – Courtesy of Nexus Studios.

LET’S GO, BBC Tokyo Olympics trail by Nexus Studios and Factory Fifteen pays homage to the Japanese capital blending pop culture with sport. The video begins in an alley of the Akihabara manga district before plunging viewers into a TV screen where sport matches are reinterpreted with the language of Japanese anime and video games battles. In the trail, Tokyo has been taken over by the Olympics with street signs, shops, a Gashapon parlour, a sports fanatics’ bedroom and a J-Pop music video. Read more…


Elena Salmistraro x Cappellini

AXO IN FABULA by Elerna Salmistraro X Cappellini - Courtesy of Cappellini.

AXO IN FABULA installation x Cappellini – Courtesy of Cappellini.

Italian designer and illustrator Elena Salmistraro teamed up with Cooperativa Alice, which employs marginalised women with the motto “behind every object there is a human” to create the AXO IN FABULA installation and graphic display investigating the theme of socio-cultural regeneration in Cappellini. Axolotl is a sweet and quirky salamander able to regenerate itself. From here, she filled the company’s Milanese showroom with grandma rag dolls reusing, re-assembling and regenerating pieces of fabric, giving life to unique pieces. Read more…


Chicago urban regeneration through graphic art-chitecture

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, Manuel Outpost Office @ Central Park Theater - photo Nathan Keay.

Outpost Office @ Central Park Theater – photo Nathan Keay.

Chicago residents transformed a vacant urban patch through a community workshop organized by Open Architecture Chicago, Freedom House, and Outpost Office. Together they created an architectural-scale urban painting by using GPS-guided robots. The project is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial bringing forward collaborations between architects and creatives with residents in the name of urban regeneration. Read more…


Inclusive Pride flags

9 of the most iconic Pride flags explained

9 of the most iconic Pride flags explained.

On the occasion of Pride Month, we explored the graphic design and history of 9 Pride flags celebrating the open-minded, fluid and inclusive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual – LGBT – community and beyond. It all began with the rainbow flag, designed by artist and activist Gilbert Baker, inspired by Judy Garland’s Over the Rainbow, each color has symbolism. Read more…