21 of the world’s best creatives bring you projects you must try, including winning a chance to sell your art as a screenprint. Be inspired by briefs created just for you by Erik Spiekermann, Jon Burgerman, Ben The Illustrator, McBess, David Pearson, Jonathan Kenyon from Vault 49, Lizzie Mary Cullen and many more!

Stuart Boyd from Subism

 When David Cameron made his first official trip to Washington, one of his official gifts for President Obama was UK artist Ben Eine’s piece, Twenty First Century City. 

I challenge you to create a three-colour artwork fit for a king – or president, prime minister or other head of state – and enter it into an exclusive competition to see it released as a limited-edition screenprint by Waste (wasteyourself.com). Each print of your work will be sold on the Subism online store for a £50, of which you’ll keep 70 per cent (£35).

To enter, email your artwork as JPG or AI to competitions@subism.co.uk by October 31 2010. No more than 4MB please – if you win, we’ll contact you for a hi-res version if necessary. Your piece should include no more than three colours. For full terms and conditions, see digitalartsonline.co.uk/competitions.

Live art provider, subism.co.uk


Eric Spiekerman

I’d love for someone to come up with a way to show how easy it is to reach destinations in central London by bicycle. This could be a map, list, poster or iPhone app.

Just as the Legible London project by AIG (that I was involved in a little bit) showed that it can often be easier, more fun and more practical to walk instead of taking the Tube, people often don’t realise how small central London really is. Now that you have those rental bikes all over, potential riders need to be encouraged to use them: it only takes 10 minutes to go from Euston to the Thames.

A map of safe routes along the side streets and canal paths would be great, as well as a list of destinations with the time it takes to get there.

Type genius who prefers looking at letterforms to wine bottles or ladies’ bottoms, spiekermann.com


Ben the Illustrator

 With so many artists working purely digitally, it might just be time to turn away from your Mac and work in the some real world. Consider how you can take your skills, talents and style into the interior design of a café.  

How could you apply the basic elements of your brand, the type of work you would usually work on, to not just a cafe business, but most importantly the public space it occupies?

It’s not just a matter of choosing some nice lighting and tablecloths, you have to consider functionality and atmosphere; the customer’s enjoyment of the experience; every element of visual aesthetics and comfort; and interactivity between the customers themselves and with the staff.

Creator of eminently cheerful artworks, bentheillustrator.co.uk


Lizzie Mary Cullen

 Pick an aspect of your day – for example the weather, your mood, work routine, sounds on your commute. Map and record it in any form you choose. Ask yourself: what is a map? How can the concept of mapping be played with?

Wall artist, lizziemarycullen.com


 Jonathan Kenyon

 Team up with another designer to create an ongoing design, ‘conversation’, where the finished piece is the result of several rounds of input.  

One designer should take the theme of ‘man-made’ while the other designer considers a theme of ‘natural’. 

The creative process should imitate a conversation where each designer expresses their viewpoint in response to the ideas of their co-designer, with the finished piece showcasing the give and take between each viewpoint.  

New York-based designer, vault49.com