Design by ingridesign

All designs by ingridesign

So, last week was my 29th birthday (eek!) and my boyfriend decided to give me something that we have been talking about ever since we met nearly 5 years ago.

In 2009 I designed a series of vector-based portraits to celebrate some of the big musical icons. This was one of my projects when doing my MA in Leeds, and reflected my love for both music & typography. The idea behind the project was to take the most characteristic part of the person and recreate it using hand-drawn letters by using one of their most memorable sentence from their songs. By using bold colours and elements I associated with the musician I tried to interpret their person in a minimalistic style. I wanted to show as little as possible, just enough for them to be recognisable. A big part of the designs was the negative space, which helped the icons come alive.

Pop art made a big impact on me when creating these illustrations. Artists such as Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein inspired me to look at everyday life and to dare to focus on the simple things. I was fascinated by the clearness, irony & attitude of pop art, and the use of flat bold colours to get peoples attention.

Illustrations by ingridesign

When we met we bonded over the love of music and creativity, and talked a lot about the possibility of creating t-shirts and branded elements using my designs. It was something we both thought was a great idea but never had the time to fully explore, so now my boyfriend thought it was time.

So with the help of some of his friends he got some samples printed, and even created some labels with my branding on to show me how my music icons can come to life. I love the result, and think it’s such a lovely & inspiring gift!

I’ll share the results below with a brief explanation for each design.


INGRIDESIGN david bowie

INGRIDESIGN david bowie close-up

This was the first design I created, and what started the whole project. When doing a portrait of David Bowie in the minimalistic style that I wanted to achieve, the classic image of him as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust was the perfect starting point. His big, red mullet hair frames it all together and is on it’s own a big characteristic part of his image at that time. By adding just one more element, the lightning makeup, the image still has a simple feel to it but has enough elements added to be recognisable. I used a phrase from the song ‘Changes’, and shaped it to fit the shape of the lightning emphasising it by using the two original colours from his makeup. I wanted the typography to be a bit playful and ‘all over the place’ to show his personality, but still readable and clear.


INGRIDESIGN john lennon

INGRIDESIGN john lennon close-up

John Lennon had a peaceful and relaxed aura about him, and I tried to capture this in his portrait. Lennon had a lot of different hairstyles over the years, and I chose the shorter and more groomed look he had around the time he released ‘Imagine’. The most characteristic thing about him was of-course his round glasses, so I used them to draw a sentence from ‘Imagine. The shape & style of the hand-drawn letters has a natural and organic feel to indicate his believes and person.



INGRIDESIGN madonna close-up

To make the portrait of Madonna recognisable I used her style from the 80s, with her big blonde hair and bold make-up from the time. I also added her beauty mark to make sure that it wouldn’t look like Blondie’s Debbie Harry. The words ‘Like a Virgin’ is drawn in the shape of her eyeshadow to indicate where her eye is and to balance out the illustration. The hair is messy and lively, much like her image and personality at that time.

Thank you Claudio for the most perfect birthday gift – you are the best!



Photo by BXXLGHT

Photo by BXXLGHT

BXXLGHT is a design company founded in 2013 by Daniela Upmark in Stockholm, Sweden. They specialise in designing light-boxes which can be customised by changeable letters. There are three rows on each light-box, and the maximum amount of letters is 9 per row on the large ones and 9 per row on the smaller ones.

Photo by BXXLGHT

“New York 2011, that is where I came up with the idea of BXXLGHT. Something felt missing in the Swedish design market. Especially at a time when home decor is the focus and where personal creativity is so important. During a trip in 2011 to New York I came up with the idea of BXXLGHT. I wanted to find art that stood out and that did not have to cost as much as an artwork from a gallery or from exclusive auctions. For each season we will let a creator interpret a light box, which will be available as a limited edition” – Daniela Upmark (CEO and designer for BXXLGHT)

I think these light-boxes are so creative in a simple and modern way, and definitely need one in my future home. Now just to choose what it should say (good thing that I can change my mind as many times as I want)..

Here are some great examples from their Instagram feed:

Photos by BXXLGHT (via Instagram)

Photos by BXXLGHT



Picture 31

Photo by Pantone

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 was just announced; Marsala – an earthy & robust tone.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” – Leatrice Eiseman (Pantone Colour Institute)

It will be interesting to see it popping up in design, fashion & interior throughout the year!