Archive | Inspiration

My favourite and most inspiring finds from the world of design and illustration and beyond…

Colourful Oxford Punts

Out and About Inspiration

The past week we’ve been tourists in our little patch of the world as my boyfriend’s parents are over visiting from New Zealand. It’s be fantastic exploring the local area and seeing it through the eyes of visitors and I’ve spotted loads of inspiration along the way, from colourful houses and boats in Oxford to […]

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Sam Osborne Inspiring Design Illustration Books

My book shelf of inspiration

I’m often asked about my favourite design and art books so I thought today I’d share a peek at my studio bookshelf. I reference these books a lot, for ideas, help and words of advice or just to look at awesome artwork. The subjects of the books range from personal stories, advice for designers to collections of […]

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Paddington Dolls House Design Inspiration Sam Osborne

The colourful detailed world of Paddington Bear

I know I’m a bit late to the party but I watched Paddington for the first time other evening. It was beautiful, full of colour and fantastic little details that really stick with you. I especially liked the dolls house in the attic that came to life as a representation of the real house. It […]

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London Design Festive Type Tasting Colour

London Design Festival

Last sunday we braved the drizzly chilly weather and headed into London for the London Design Festival! The LDF is an annual event showcasing the best and most creative examples of design that London has to offer. But it’s not just design, it covers all forms of the creative world from photographers, galleries, museums, agencies […]

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Design Love: Kenneth Noland

“I’m interested in those things only the eye can touch” that quote alone should make you fall in love with abstract painter Kenneth Noland, part of the Color Field Movement. A must for all colour lovers is the Color Field movement that began in New York in the 1940s and 50s. Inspired by European Modernists like Matisse and […]

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Design Love: Sonya Winner

Sonya Winner’s rugs blow me away, a world away from the traditional area rugs these colourful, dramatic statements really make a room. The bold geometric forms are stunning and her playful use of colour makes me smile a lot – she is a girl after my own heart! Her iconic After Matisse design (very top […]

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London Fashion Week Prints & Patterns

I wouldn’t describe myself as a dedicated follower of fashion but the world of fashion is full of inspiration and these are my top inspiring designers from London Fashion Week. The mathematical and fantasy patterns of Jean Pierre Braganza (isn’t his name is fun to say), the bold shapes and luxury finishes from Peter Pilotto, Holly Fulton’s amazing halftone tiger and 3D deco combos […]

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Design Love: Hannah Waldron

I love the style of artist and designer Hannah Waldron. Her work is beautifully structured and textured and the way she plays with the 2D space of fabric, paper and wallcoverings is so much fun. Simple lines and blocks of colour combine to create intricate and complex patterns and illustrations. Her work has been commissioned the V&A, Pizza Express and Paul […]

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Design Love: Sydney Harry Design

It will be no surprise to regular readers that I’m a fan of Sydney Harris, the UK artist and colour theorist! I first heard about him on my art foundation course, mentioned in the same breath as Kandinsky and Itten, and I fell in love with his paintings full of playful experiments with colour and shape. He […]

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Top Drawer & Home London

I spent yesterday in London town at Top Drawer and Home, what a fab inspiring day! Doing trade shows is next on my list of big scary things to tackle so I thought it wise to take a closer look at one, chat to exhibitors and generally gather some intel, plus of course it was […]

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Design Love: Two String Jane

Two String Jane is a fab company run by Alyssa Zukas who describes her clothing ranges as: “designs that are wearable, pairable, and bold… playfully fun, really, since that’s what I think life’s all about!”   I love her use of colour and super clever up-cycling ideas! Her hand stencils are simple and bright while her splash dyed prints […]

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