One of the most difficult things about design is how to define it. When is it design? When is it art? Can it be both?… I believe it can. When it solves some sort of problem—like how to display creativity on stairs—but also inspires, then I think it crosses the line from design into art.
The work of Darren Booth somehow balances that tight rope between graphic design and art, producing work that can be admired, studied, functional and inspiring.
His projects cover a range of genres, from book covers to installations. This cover above for Penguin Publishing Group features some of his signature hand lettering work.
His iconic ampersand always seems to reveal something new every time I view it. You can also purchase screen prints over on his website.
The artwork on the skis above were done for Atomic and their women’s Vantage line. Booth has said he enjoys working with great art directors and being asked to create abstract images.
He completed this hand lettering project for Uppercase Gallery and he won the Best in Show by National Unisource Annual and Corporate Report Show.
We’ve also featured his website in our roundup of favorite Squarespace site designs… needless to say, we’re big fans!