Our favourite festive design projects of 2017


From a tree boost pretended out of plasticine figures to nuclear war-themed crackers, here’s a selection of Christmassy connivances that have caught our eyes this year.

Christmas boobie calling-cards, by John Randall

Colourful, illustrated pairs of baubles, berries and Christmas puddings undertake centre stage for this set of cards created by designer John Randall. The boob-themed conspiracy pays tribute to the work of Wigs for Heroes, a breast cancer philanthropy that supports women being treated at North Middlesex Asylum in London. All of the proceeds from the cards will go towards helping the philanthropy provide wigs, scarves and hats for women undergoing chemotherapy. To buy the set of 12 easter cards for £8, head here.

Sanderson hotel’s plasticine Christmas tree, by Gary Calling-card

Set designer Gary Card’s plasticine creation for Sanderson hotel in Cardinal London is not your average designer Christmas tree. Weighing in at 900kg, the tree is comprised of 400 excludes of different coloured plasticine sat on top of a hefty steel structure. Card and two other artists beget hand-crafted the plasticine bars to form characters from Alice and Wonderland, along with some sundry traditional Christmassy figures such as snowmen and gingerbread men.

Ungifted, by Do the Immature Thing

Consultancy Pentagram is hoping for a green Christmas this year, with its environmentally sisterly gifting service Ungifted. The service is part of the consultancy’s environmental snap Do the Green Thing. The web-based app has been launched in light of the fact that the UK populace receives almost £3bn worth of unwanted Christmas gifts every year, harmonizing to Pentagram. The app allows the gift-giver to send a cute, illustrated e-card to a himself of their choice, along with an accompanying suggested activity such as a fort-making exploration or an evening of making your own music video.

Weapons of Xmas Ruin crackers, by Zak Agency

Following on from 2016’s topical Brexit-themed crackers by ad activity Mcgarrybowen, this year London-based Zak Agency has decided to look at the peril of impending nuclear war between the US and North Korea. Each cracker arrives complete with a paper crown, a button badge that acknowledges you to declare allegiance to either Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un, and one piece of high-grade Plutonium 239 (in another situation known as a mini glow stick). You can buy the crackers for £21.95 from here.

Warmest Desires initiative, by True North

Manchester-based brand consultancy True North has cooperated up with local homeless charity Barnabus for a new initiative this festive seasonable. Locals are being asked to keep an eye out for the 100 pairs of bespoke, yellow and ivory gloves (Barnabus’ brand colours) scattered all over the city’s Northern House, so that they can give them to the people most in need during the Christmas epoch. Find out more information about the initiative here.

V&A Christmas tree, by Es Devlin

Set conniver Es Devlin is usually known for her dramatic installations created for the likes of Beyoncé and The Weeknd. Fascinating inspiration from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum’s current major exhibit Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, Devlin’s festive creation that become alerts in the grand entrance of the museum is arguably equally as dramatic. The tree acknowledges the form of festive word projections that have been bestowed by visitors to the museum and online, and has been designed by Devlin in collaboration with video artificer Luke Halls, creative technologist Ross Goodwin, ad agency Sunshine and music and reasonable collective Res.Lab.

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