40 Breathtaking Graphic Design Examples

40 Breathtaking Graphic Design Examples

Graphic design refers to various artistic, inventive and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication, production, and presentation for its audience.
There are many techniques graphic designers use to create and blend words, symbols, and images to form a visual representation that conveys a certain idea or message. Some of these techniques include typography, photo manipulation and icon design.

In this post, we’re giving you a closer look to 4 of the most popular graphic design techniques which are vector design, photo manipulation, typography and icon design. And we’ve given you 10 examples of each technique for your inspiration and pleasure!

Table of Contents

  1. Vector Design

  2. Photo-Manipulation Design

  3. Typography Design

  4. Icon Design

Vector Design

Vector graphics differ from bitmap or pixel graphics in two main ways; vectors can be re-sized without losing any quality and they are also simpler and more focused on the important details rather than all the details of a graphic.
A vector design is basically an artwork made up of vector-based tools such as lines, curves and basic shapes.

1. Jimi Hendrix by MonsterOfTheID

Jimi Hendrix by MonsterOfTheID

2. Tyra by Maksalicious

Tyra by Maksalicious

3. Halle Berry by UniqueDee

Halle Berry by UniqueDee

4. Stylish Einstein by Gabriel Kioshima

Stylish Einstein by Gabriel Kioshima

5. Chris Martin 1 by Carolina

Chris Martin 1 by Carolina

6. Michael Jackson The King by Victor Cavalera

Michael Jackson The King by Victor Cavalera

7. PO Vexel by Ales Kotnik

PO Vexel by Ales Kotnik

8. Obey by Fraser Adams

Obey by Fraser Adams

9. Just Smile by Dark83

Just Smile by Dark83

10. Youth n Stress by Ghiand

Youth n Stress by Ghiand

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Photo-Manipulation Design

Photo manipulation is a graphic design method involving photography, illustration, and digital art all together to form a manipulated piece of art. Manipulating real-life photos allows the artist to create an entirely made up fantasy from reality!
Nowadays, photo manipulation is used in numerous fields such as advertising, simply because of its power to let viewers view the world from an entirely different perspective or angle. And once you’ve made your audience believe in another world, you can make them believe in anything else!

1. Future Reflections by Patrick Monkel

Future Reflections by Patrick Monkel

2. Orbiting Amsterdam Harbour by Nikolaj

Orbiting Amsterdam Harbour by Nikolaj

3. Gaze by Craig Shields

Gaze by Craig Shields

4. INTUITION by BringYourHate

INTUITION by BringYourHate

5. Splash n Lights by Bryce Chapman

Splash n Lights by Bryce Chapman

6. NINJUT5U by BossLogic

NINJUT5U by BossLogic

7. A True Power by BringYourHate

A True Power by BringYourHate

8. Million Tears PRINT by BossLogic

Million Tears PRINT by BossLogic

9. We’re At War II by Stijn Verplancke

Were At War II by Stijn Verplancke

10. Milky by Pete Harrison

Milky by Pete Harrison

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Typography Design

Typography is a graphic design practice that involves arranging various text types to produce a unique work of art that has nothing but text.
The reason it has become a very popular technique is because of its ability to focus solely on the content of the art without any distractions. Typography designers usually try to convey an idea or a message in their art to catch their audience’s interest.

1. Perfect Idea by Peter Kay

Perfect Idea by Peter Kay

2. Just Be Creative by Marion

Just Be Creative by Marion

3. Rare by Peter Kay

Rare by Peter Kay

4. Magik Mushroom by MagikPOINK

Magik Mushroom by MagikPOINK

5. Smoke by MoshGraphy

Smoke by MoshGraphy

6. ART by Christian San Jose

ART by Christian San Jose

7. The New Generation by OneSkillWonder

The New Generation by OneSkillWonder

8. Do You Helvetica by Aanoi

Do You Helvetica by Aanoi

9. Good Thing About Bad Taste by OneSkillWonder

Good Thing About Bad Taste by OneSkillWonder

10. Life is… by Martin

Life is by Martin

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Icon Design

Icon design is usually involved in creating efficient graphical user interfaces. Instead of using boring text blocks to navigate around, graphic and web designers create icons to make it easier and friendlier for the users to go through the interface.
Some people enjoy icons because they give them a sense of customization for their own personal computers; for example, Mac users like to download all kinds of Dock Icons to modify their Macs to fit their needs.

1. Earth Icon 2 by Nemed

Earth Icon 2 by Nemed

2. Halloween Avatars by Jojo Mendoza

Halloween Avatars by Jojo Mendoza

3. Drinks by Mihail Nikitin

Drinks by Mihail Nikitin

4. Starbucks Address Book by Chekkz

Starbucks Address Book by Chekkz

5. Aluminium MacBook Pro OSX by Constantin Eichstaedt

Aluminium MacBook Pro OSX by Constantin Eichstaedt

6. Dualshock 3 Icon by Benjamin Nathan

Dualshock 3 Icon by Benjamin Nathan

7. Fjernsyn by Rasmus Nielsen

Fjernsyn by Rasmus Nielsen

8. Trash Can Icon by Gert Jan Lodder

Trash Can Icon by Gert Jan Lodder

9. Sweatie by Delta Nine

Sweatie by Delta Nine

10. Apple Rainbow Icon by Alex

Apple Rainbow Icon by Alex

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Written By Nina

Haneen (Nina) Krimly is a 19 year old freelance blogger, photographer and designer. She's the main owner of Junkiee.Net. Nina is an Adobe certified associate for Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. She is currently a full time student in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Twitter | Flickr | DeviantART)

77 Comments

  1. Warren O'Donoghue

    September 1st, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Some outstanding examples of peoples hard work, I especially love 2. Orbiting Amsterdam Harbour by Nikolaj and 4. INTUITION by BringYourHate … oh and the Helvetica and Halloween icons/avatars are great too :)

  2. Derek McTavish Mounce

    September 6th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Nice examples indeed, but it’s not graphic design –or not pointedly so. This falls into illustration, which, while indeed often an aspect of a design, exercises a very different aspect of the practice.

  3. Arslan

    September 21st, 2010 at 08:53 am

    Its so amazing

  4. Paromita

    September 26th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Amazing work.Very good.

  5. Tinh

    October 9th, 2010 at 07:19 am

    Excellent collection. I love Einstein the most :-)

  6. Sparsh

    October 16th, 2010 at 06:50 am

    You have shared awesome collection of graphics design examples. I like the examples of Photo-Manipulation Design.

  7. chris

    October 20th, 2010 at 01:16 pm

    AMAZING work! WOW truly one of a kind – i especially like the tyra and MJ ones :)

  8. Sumon Khan

    November 7th, 2010 at 03:31 pm

    Wow ! This is really great and amazing. Thanks for share with us !

  9. Blackberry App Development

    November 17th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    WOW!! They are some great examples.

  10. Hannah Hurst

    January 4th, 2011 at 05:42 pm

    These are all fantastic and so inspiring! Really liking the typography examples, makes me want to design a typography piece of my own now. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Need Developers

    January 7th, 2011 at 01:44 am

    Each and every images are fantastic, unique and better than other

  12. RyanQM

    February 4th, 2011 at 05:00 am

    Every design is a beauty but the vector graphics for portraits a simply stunning. amazing work by some great designers.

  13. Richard Rodgers

    March 29th, 2011 at 09:16 pm

    These are very nice, I wonder if there a tutorial out there that can show us how to do it ?

  14. Jan - Web logic studios

    April 18th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Great work here, surely is very professional and great style.

  15. ninjacontent

    June 2nd, 2011 at 05:37 am

    I am amazed by the awesome collection of images on this site. Can I use some of them on my website? I really loved the one that depicts lightening. Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.

  16. Tejpal Shekhawat

    June 17th, 2011 at 05:35 am

    Hi,
    Great work!
    Very nice thought with highly creative graphic.

    Thanks for share it!

  17. Amam Nancy

    June 24th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    AM IN LOVE WITH ALL THIS DESIGNS.REALLY AM INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO DESIGN ALL THIS. 5 STARS FOR IT*****

  18. Barry

    June 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Wow great designs indeed. I love the new look on your blog easy to read and easy to comment on the posts/.

  19. Juegos de chicas

    August 2nd, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Wow! really awesome, I love it!

  20. Dusty

    August 14th, 2011 at 04:49 pm

    Nice post buddy, Keep Sharing

  21. robert stevens

    August 17th, 2011 at 09:34 am

    good examples im in graphic design class right now

  22. kentreslyramos

    August 21st, 2011 at 05:01 am

    wow !! very niCe

  23. IT Consultancy Services

    August 30th, 2011 at 07:29 am

    amazing designs…!!

  24. Nadia

    September 13th, 2011 at 03:44 pm

    Stunning!!
    It’s amazing what talented designers are capable of!!

  25. Will Jones

    September 21st, 2011 at 07:27 pm

    Wow!!! That’s a great list!!

  26. lxn

    September 26th, 2011 at 09:37 am

    Great collections!

  27. Sincere Ruelan

    October 16th, 2011 at 09:22 am

    thanks for this ,i can use it in my class….

  28. Sincere Ruelan

    October 16th, 2011 at 09:23 am

    nice posting, i like all the created designs, i was amazed how it is being made… thanks for this site.

  29. Rick Feit

    October 18th, 2011 at 03:02 pm

    The Vector art is amazing!

    I always liked vector art, wish I could do more websites and designs using it, but it’s just not something my clients ask for :(

    Awesome collection though, enjoyed viewing these!

  30. Leon Woodward

    October 29th, 2011 at 02:02 am

    Haha, my favorite’s number 7. Gotta love Po.

  31. Numisma Technologies

    October 31st, 2011 at 06:55 am

    These are really awesome graphic designs. Looking so cool and fantastic.I would love to learn it. Thanks for sharing this superb post with us.

  32. Morgan & Me Creative

    November 24th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Love the vector pieces, they were amazing! The Tyra and Halle ones had gorgeous skin tones.

  33. Desain Grafis

    December 1st, 2011 at 06:27 pm

    thank you for the information, but can you discuss more about interior design

  34. David

    December 3rd, 2011 at 06:36 pm

    I love reading blog comments. Every wanna-be doucher with a Mac is a designer who knows everything and apparently didn’t bother to look over all the examples before they spout off. Do the world a favor and choke on a knit cap, Derek.

  35. lila3626

    December 5th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    i like mine craft how come they wont make a minecraft picture

  36. Dragon_ice40

    December 13th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    love them

  37. Aficionado

    December 31st, 2011 at 07:35 am

    Gosh, I wished I could do something like this. These pictures are amazing!

  38. Nigar Fatima

    January 7th, 2012 at 07:30 am

    WOW! these r the best design samples I’ve ever seen…Have given me great ideas.

  39. PrinterPrinting

    January 8th, 2012 at 01:57 pm

    Great article! Thanks for the advice, greatly appreciated!

  40. Kevin

    January 30th, 2012 at 06:07 am

    These are awesome, love the ninja, and the future reflections one!

  41. mia

    February 18th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    these are really good, but they aren’t graphic design.they are mostly illustration and that isn’t just what graphic design is about.

  42. AJAX loaders

    February 25th, 2012 at 01:44 pm

    Honestly, did not find anithing breathtaking except the one from the photo design – 4th one (Intuition). Some of those are really nice, no arguments, but can’t be called “breathtaking”.

    The design of the webitect IS breathtaking ;)

  43. Rinku Kharkia

    March 10th, 2012 at 04:01 am

    its really awesome…….thnx 4 sharing. i m really LOVE Photo-Manipulation Design….:)

  44. Mark

    March 20th, 2012 at 01:59 pm

    All of these are so interesting. Great collection you have here!

  45. Khandu Wangchuk

    March 27th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    its……awesome…………..i like it………..

  46. Nell Yang

    April 29th, 2012 at 05:24 am

    Very nice job! Styles are so different. I just started learning graghic design. It’s not easy for me. But I will hold on to it:-)

  47. Offlajn

    May 11th, 2012 at 06:55 am

    I would rather say that they are graphic illustrations, but nice work anyway :)

  48. Jasa Pembuatan Web

    June 25th, 2012 at 02:27 am

    Very nice list! I like photo digital manipulation

  49. SAMIT N KUVADIA

    June 25th, 2012 at 06:26 am

    SUPERB GRAPHICS, EVEN I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN GRAPHIC DESIGNING, COULD YOU HELP ME WITH SOME DETAILS ON HOW TO LEARN AND WHAT ALL CAN BE DONE BY LEARNING GRAPHIC DESIGNING AND WHERE IT WILL BE USEFUL TO ME. ALSO LET ME KNOW THAT U HAVE TO BE VERY GOOD AT DRAWING OR IT CAN BE DONE OTHERWISE.PLEASE REPLY ME ASAP

    THANK YOU
    SAMIT N KUVADIA

  50. uxzeal

    June 30th, 2012 at 01:09 am

    All of them are very inspiring…

  51. Chopol (Graphic Designer)

    June 30th, 2012 at 04:46 am

    It’s excellent & creative no doubt it.

  52. Time

    July 15th, 2012 at 08:56 am

    Beauty! Loved it!

  53. Parul & Vikram

    July 28th, 2012 at 01:56 am

    would like to learn is it Adobe Illustrator, many place i see photograph is used am i right.

  54. ages graphics

    August 4th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    i love them all i hope to be as skilled and creative as these graphic artist some day. good work.

  55. dave@Fiveonline

    August 17th, 2012 at 05:19 am

    Creativity at its best. Some of these graphics are breathtaking. I would definitely like to see more. Thanks for this.

  56. Joint Medias

    August 24th, 2012 at 02:31 pm

    Such an amazing collection of images.

  57. Sunil

    September 22nd, 2012 at 02:18 am

    All graphics are amazingly made by artist, this is realy awosome. thanks gyes to share it……………………

  58. Lizzi Kocik

    September 22nd, 2012 at 05:12 pm

    What an awful selection of work. This undermines us designers greatly.

  59. krishnendu saha

    September 27th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    AWSOME..MIND BLOWING…WAHAT A COLLECTION

  60. Haji netia

    September 28th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    wonderful creativity to me designers are gods who create staff out off their owns imaginations.

  61. John

    October 4th, 2012 at 05:38 am

    Haha, these are great! Loved the Jimi Hendrix and Tyra painting. :P

  62. oxygren

    October 11th, 2012 at 08:08 am

    wow!! great effort wonder full creativity, thanks for sharing so nice information. we are here for web design & development please visit our website

  63. aimeé

    December 8th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    increíbles superó mis expectativas

  64. Mobile App Development Company

    May 9th, 2013 at 01:19 am

    Superb designs, i loved the “The Good Thing About BAD TEST IS THAT”

  65. DIGITALPENdleton

    June 7th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Very nice especially the ” do you helvetica” had made some effect on my eye.

  66. Rehman Baig Mirza

    June 23rd, 2013 at 07:55 am

    Simply breathtaking. Its really hard to say bestest of all.

  67. bipin karmacharya

    July 3rd, 2013 at 08:32 am

    nice and well combined list of design and thanks for gathering them at one place :)

  68. eric francis eshun

    December 27th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I found this material very useful. Its an eye opener to what is graphic design.

  69. Clipping Path

    January 31st, 2014 at 06:17 am

    This is very effective information to all people. I really glad to read the information from this blog.

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