Inspiration: Black and White Design is the new Black

I’ve compiled a list of the best black and white designs featuring print and animation. When using only these 2 colours all that matters is the composition which makes it so much harder to produce something beautiful. You can’t rely on any colour schemes to simulate a feeling or speak to your audience. This makes it that much more special when you discover a gorgeous black and white design. I’ve got the idea for this post after stumbling onto the works of Maxim Zhestkov, a 22 year old director and designer based in Russia. He’s a genius and uses no colours whatsoever. Below are a few screenshots and prints by Zhestkov.

Furthermore I’ve included the works of Noel Tanner, Andrew Dobbie and some more random black and white designs that struck me as particularly special.

Works by Maxim Zhestkov

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Screenshot of Video by Zhestkov

Work by Noel Tanner

Doodle by Noel TannerTrespassers Will be Shot by Noel Tanner

Work by Andrew Dobbie

Pam by Andrew Dobbie

Other Black and White Designs

Break Your Bounds by BiomachinaAnti-War Advertising from 1960Emergencies- American Graphic Design

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

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4 Awesome Responses so far
  1. Great post! One of the publications I make ads for is black and white only and it’s been a great challange to try and create advertisements that convey the excitement of a kid’s birthday part or the feeling of spring and summer – without any color at all!

  2. I love black and white design. I was just thinking the other day how much I like artwork that only contain black and white. Great post!

  3. I love it! Its awesome!

  4. I like pointy things.

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