Valentine's Day – the celebration of love. Ahhhhh! Every year, this holiday inspires designers and illustrators all over the world to pick up their best pencils (opens in new tab), drawing tools (opens in new tab) and digital kit, and create beautiful, personal artwork to show their loved ones just how much they mean to them.
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We've got a host of resources to help you get creative this Valentine's day – from free Photoshop brushes (opens in new tab) and Illustrator brushes (opens in new tab), to free textures (opens in new tab) and vector art (opens in new tab) – and here are 10 top Valentine's Day designs to inspire you...
01. Love bike
Romania-born illustrator Malina Omut (opens in new tab) has marked this year's Valentine's Day with a quirky looping animation, Love Bike. The piece showcases her off-beat playful style, which has been commissioned by clients including The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review and more.
02. Valentine's Day
Agency Rush (opens in new tab) needed no excuse to share the love. The illustration agency, which has offices in Brighton and New York, called on its talented team of image-makers to "spread some heart-felt messages" with a batch of illustrated hearts. Head over to the site to see more (opens in new tab).
03. Valentine Google Doodle
India-based Swanand Dabholkar (opens in new tab) produced a few concepts for Valentine's Day's Google Doodle. If you like them, head over to his Behance site and show him some love.
04. Happy Valentines Every Day
It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a GIF or two… London-based creative studio Nearly Normal (opens in new tab) have designed a "special gift (opens in new tab)" this year. They invite you to share it (opens in new tab) – you can see a static grab above – and say don't wait until Sunday.
05. Zaxy Packaging
This identity for the packaging and point of sale for Zaxy (opens in new tab) was inspired by Valentine's Day and was created by Brazilian graphic designer Camila Romais (opens in new tab) with designer Gustavo Mossini. We love the geometric take on the traditional heart shape – it really makes the product and illustrations pop!
06. Love Brew variety pack
If love potion was the bottled, beer kind we think it would look a little bit like this (opens in new tab)! Created by designer Staci Paul (opens in new tab) as a Valentine's Day present for her boyfriend, she developed different label designs for each beer to represent its flavours and overall taste.
07. My Geeky Valentine
"It's Valentine's day soon and even graphic designers, type geeks and web designers deserve special cards for the geek they love," explains New York based designer Joanna Behar. Take a look at her hilarious take on geeky Valentine's Day over on Behance (opens in new tab).
08. Valentine's illustration
Freelance designer David Goh (opens in new tab) created this beautiful Valentine's print (opens in new tab). This one, titled The Greatest Thing, is just one of a series of illustration he created to celebrate the holiday of love. This romantic design is one that will look good on your wall all year round.
09. Lovebot 214
Many people cement their love for someone with a tattoo. But if you're not to keen (or sure) on the idea of forever, this brilliant temporary Lovebot design from Tattly (opens in new tab)makes a great gesture. Designed by Julia Rothman (opens in new tab), the pack of two means you can both wear one. Awwww!
10. You're My Lobster
Dorest-based paper cut artist Kyleigh's Papercuts print, You're My Lobster (opens in new tab) is inspired by Phoebe from 'Friends' and created from two pieces of paper. This open edition papercut is exclusive to Not On The High Street, with each edition cut to order in a paper colour of your choice, numbered on the reverse and available either unframed or framed.