June 3, 2019

Inspiration: World Illustration Awards

Inspiration: World Illustration Awards

If anyone needed convincing about the power and versatility of illustration and illustrative design, they wouldn’t need to look any further than the World Illustration Awards shortlist. We’ve blogged in the past about our love of illustration and we even use it in our own branding. Here’s why we think it’s here to stay …

The World Illustration Awards

The World Illustration Awards are the most prestigious annual juried competition open to illustrators from all over the world. They are run by the Association of Illustrators and began in 1975 as a competition for British illustrators called ‘Images’. Since then the awards have attracted more and more entrants and become the global phenomenon they are today. There are six categories


  • Advertising
  • Books
  • Children’s books
  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Experimental
  • Research
  • Site specific (e.g., large format for buildings or public displays)

The Shortlist

This year there were nearly 4000 entries from illustrators all over the world. Some were animated, some were introspective, many were political and others were just plain fun. The beauty and timeless appeal of illustration as a medium is its versatility and accessibility – whilst also being completely unique. It works brilliantly for brands that are fun, innovative, inclusive, creative or just want to stand out.

Everyone’s a winner

All the shortlisted works will be on display in a special, free exhibition at Somerset House from 11-28th July 2019. We would definitely recommend you pop in for some inspiration. However, you don’t have to wait as there are always works of art on display at the Marco HQ studios …

Whether you want to explore illustrative design for your brand or campaign, or you have something completely different in mind, call our team of creatives on 0208 590 0922 or email us at info@marcomedia.co.uk When it comes to design, print and web – there’s no better team to illustrate your (selling) points.

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