The blistering months of the winter have arrived, with many of you wrapping up and settling down for some serious hibernation. Whilst you're knuckling down for those last minute Christmas designs before the holidays, we've gathered up the best designs inspired by these chilly winter months. Be sure to wrap up warm for this read!
01. Tree bookcase
One of the most saddening aspects of winter is that all those beautiful red, yellow, orange and brown leaves adorning the trees during autumn fall to the floor - leaving a stark and naked set of branches in its wake. Thankfully, this bookshelf designed by Twentyfirst (opens in new tab) has turned that into a thing of beauty.
02. Winter paper art
This 3D paper sculpture was inspired by the effects of winter on nature. "I am inspired by nature and the change of season. This is my own surreal, whimsical, interpretation of winter," designer DeeDeeJacq explains. The paper sculpture is handmade with a soft colour palette of blues, greys, greens, and white.
03. Winter portrait
German based digital painter Martin Grohs (opens in new tab) created four portraits in four hours to each represent a different season. "I constantly try to improve my skills and try new techniques," he says. "Especially my digital painting skills - that's why I decided to do this project." This girl represents winter, with a further three representing spring, summer and autumn. See the full project over on Behance (opens in new tab).
04. Tom Hovey
Tom Hovey is a Welsh illustrator based in Bristol, whose multi-disciplinary style and execution in design has stolen our hearts. We love the stark contrast of the wintery blue in this drawing, with the warming tones of the bright pink. Be sure to check out his other works over on his official website (opens in new tab).
05. Fear of Flying
This award-winning animation tells the tale of a bird with a fear of flying and his attempts to avoid heading south for the winter. It's a live-action-animated short film with absolutely no stop-motion and was written and directed by Conor Finnegan (opens in new tab). We guarantee after you watch this one, you'll have a huge smile on your face.
06. Enjoy Winter
This brilliant illustrative graphic was created by Edu Fuentes (opens in new tab) - a Spanish-born illustrator, currently based in London. When he's not co-founding and producing regular contribution to the digital illustration and design e-zine Happy Wednesday, he creates inspiring works such as this winter-inspired number.
07. Hopper Whitman
Hopper Whitman is a beer-swilling, hopping cricket whose dubious dress sense changes with the seasonal ales. The winter brew has just been released, where we see the charismatic insect tooled up in boots and a scarf. Designed by New York's Stranger & Stranger (opens in new tab), we love the typography style on this brilliant packaging design.
08. Cité des Crêtes
This adorable illustration was created as a personal project by Switzerland based designer Pierre-Abraham Rochat (opens in new tab). Specialising in 3D illustration and 2D drawing, these tiny houses made us instantly swoon. We particularly love Rochat's attention to light details.
Fashionade is all about bright colours and happy people. Greek based designer Thomas Kiourtses (opens in new tab) was asked to design the whole identity of the company, from the logo, to the e-shop. "The main idea was to create a handwriten logotype, giving the brand a more young and friendly image, which I combined with a more strict fonts". We love the winter-inspired style of this branding.
Sleddin' is a student animation project from Viz-a-GoGo 20, an annual showcase featuring the work of students from the graduate programs of the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. This adorably winter-inspired film was created by John Pettingill (opens in new tab).
Like this? Read these!
- Illustrator tutorials (opens in new tab): amazing ideas to try today!
- Great examples of doodle art (opens in new tab)
- Brilliant Wordpress tutorial (opens in new tab) selection
Do you have a winter inspired design? Let us know in the comments box below!