A good bookmark can be invaluable, saving you precious time thumbing through the pages to find your place. But why settle for something plain?
These artists and designers have put their creative minds to reinventing the bookmark and have come up trumps. Check out these original and imaginative approaches to product design, and prepare to be inspired...
01. Literal bookmarks
Inspired by classic literature such as Moby Dick and 1984, Turkish designer Ethem Onur Bilgiç (opens in new tab) created this range of gorgeous bookmarks.
The impressive designs highlight important characters and the general feel of the book as a whole. This would certainly get us leafing through our favourite novels once again.
02. Menu bookmark (opens in new tab)
Greek Design studio Mnm (opens in new tab) created these cute and innovative bookmarks, which also function as menus and business cards, for a Cretan traditional restaurant in Athens. We love the original use of paper stock and bold design visuals on show here.
03. Book jacket bookmarks (opens in new tab)
When looking for inspiration for a bookmark design, why not consider the obvious – the books themselves? Igor Udeshlivy (opens in new tab) designed this unique series of bookmarks in combination with bespoke jacket designs for classic novels. Each bookmark design works hand in hand with the themes and story lines of each book.
04. Nerd Glasses (opens in new tab)
This set of bookmarks by Brazilian designer Rafaela Paludo offers a quirky and visually innovative alternative to the normal approach to bookmark design. You can see more of her work on her portfolio site (opens in new tab).
05. Wooden bookmarks (opens in new tab)
Lithuanian designer Juozas Urbonavicius (opens in new tab) produced these beautiful and strikingly original examples of bookmark design using thin wood pieces and applying animal figures using a pyrogrphic (opens in new tab)technique.
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