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Lose the color! Black-and-white design inspiration

Fri, Dec 12, 2008

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Lose the color! Black-and-white design inspiration

As I peek out of my window I see everything is snowy white, exactly the right setting to get me in the mood for the next installment of the “lose the color!” series. We continue the series with the most obvious showcase - graphic design. I browsed high and low on the web to find you the most inspiring pieces of black-and-white design out there, and let me tell you, in a full-color world finding excellent black-and-white pieces is no easy chore!

Anyway enough said, let’s leave the talking to the black-and-white designs below! Enjoy and be inspired!

Max Spencer

These pieces by Max Spencer are a good example of how a contemporary illustration style can become very clean and classy with the right constraints. The “Requiem” piece (first image) could have been an extremely commercial illustration if the color use was bright and eccentric. By using black-and-white however Max kept that sparkling clean feeling in the piece.

Max Spencer

Max Spencer

Josh Vanover

Josh Vanover is another designer that proves black-and-white is an exceptionally good medium for effective communication, no matter how edgy or contemporary the style might be. His work is also damn good on the eyes I must add.

Josh Vanover

Josh Vanover

Josh Vanover

Josh Vanover

Josh Vanover

Aldous Massie

I can’t tell you much about Aldous Massie since the availible information is rather scarce about him or her (yes I don’t even know that). For the No Answer flyers Aldous Massie combines strong illustrations, well placed typography and a splash of color in an effort to impress the viewer. Notice that the difference in the amount of black used between the top two and bottom two pieces leads to a very different “mood” in the work.

Aldous Massie

Aldous Massie

Aldous Massie

Aldous Massie

vGrafiks design consultants

Vgraphics demonstrate some excellent and creative use of black-and-white in the works below. These pieces have a lovely organic look and feel which is a nice break from the hyper realistic computer art/design we see these days.

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

vGrafiks design consultants

Esteban

Esteban’s design and illustration pieces have that classic design vibe. Esteban achieves a ragged yet clean, non-digital look by putting crumpled paper textures, pencil effects and splatters to good use.

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Esteban

Alex Trochut

Barcelona based designer and illustrator Alex Trochut proves that pure black-and-white can be applied to corporate projects when the situation calls for it. His metallic logo and type designs are interesting in the sense that they feel and look like gold without using a single color.

Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

Alex Trochut

Sophie Henson

Sophie Henson is a Londen based print designer with an impressive client list. In the pieces below she showcases some very non-digital looking designs, mostly because she chooses to work with hand drawn elements. The black-and-white in the images unifies the detailed elements and ensures the non-pretentious look Sophie seems to be after.

Sophie Henson

Sophie Henson

Sophie Henson

Sophie Henson

Joshua m Smith

Joshua m Smith’s work below is really more illustration than actual design. The excellent use of black bases with white detailing should have any designer worth a buck inspired(certainly made check out the man’s full portfolio) so hopefully you’ll forgive my cheating in this case.

Joshua m Smith

Joshua m Smith

Aldous Massie

Joshua m Smith

Joshua m Smith

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This post was written by:

Youri - who has written 51 posts on designfeedr.

I'm a Web designer, blogger, import magazine addict, Junko Mizuno fan(hence the avatar!) and hardcore gamer turned casual. Other than blogging on Designfeedr I also run Tutorials we heart - the site that collects the best tutorials from all over the web.

12 Comments For This Post

  1. darkt Says:

    Awesome design !

  2. 5thGearMultimedia Says:

    Awesome. I love the bottom illustrations, they’re amazing.

  3. Simon Page Says:

    Black, White and Red are my favourite colour combinations having used it a lot for my companies branding http://www.redchilli.com

  4. Fubiz Says:

    Beautiful examples!

  5. Omair Rais Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks.
    Omair Rais.
    http://www.omairarts.com

  6. Khayyam Wakil Says:

    Holy wicked designs! Once you go black and white you never go back.

    Truly remarkable works in here… thank you for sharing.

    Best.

  7. himangshu Says:

    unbelievably NICE

  8. Rachelle Says:

    If I could only design in black and white, with just that flat splash of color I think I would. Beautiful stuff. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Multidesign Says:

    Nice designs, but colors give the designs life and emotions.

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  11. Fonda Douglass Says:

    Great Collection!

  12. w3planting Says:

    very good designs but without the colors they seems to be dull. wondering how attractive will they be if filled with colors :)

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