Lili Phillips

Nice to meet you, I’m Lili. As a curious designer of communication, I strive to promote unity through visual identities, editorial and printed matter.

Design Intern at Pentagram NYC

1/2 of Nearly, a design studio.

Copyright © 2020 Lili Phillips


Exhibition Views

Founded by Emily Burke and Johanna Crafoord, and designed by myself and Abbie Lilley, Exhibition Views is a new publication exploring emerging artists and young writers of the coveted London art scene.

With the first issue surrounding performance art, we viewed the printed page as a stage. This fearless approach, combined with an analysis of content, led us to produce a series of playful and dynamic spreads.

148 x 210mm
Run of 54
Visual Identity, Publication Design, Art Direction

Handmade Sketchbooks

A series of one-off sketchbooks using my unused/mixed paper stocks I have lying around. (I accumulated quite a lot of paper during my time at university, making books.)

To purchase, please drop me an email or DM.

148 x 210mm
French Link Stitch
Bookbinding, Bookmaking

Nearly x GCD Window Display

Situated in the centre of our beloved K-Studios, this exhibition is an alternative archive of the work produced from the start of March to the end of June 2020. Designed and curated by Nearly, our window installation aims to be a true reflection of the playful spirit of the GCD programme. We encourage you to look a bit closer, think deeper and wander through our conveyor of content.

This project follows a number of participatory design explorations by Nearly.

A collaboration with Abbie Lilley.

Exhibition Installation
Central Saint Martins
Visual Identity, Exhibition Design, Art Direction, by Nearly

London Grads Now. x Saatchi Gallery

'London Grads Now.' showcases works by graduating students from London’s leading fine art schools who, like us, had their crucial degree shows cancelled or postponed.

Our visual identity has been heavily influenced by the art of cartography—employing geographical maps (from each of the participating universities) as a design tool. This visual game serves as a celebration; an ode to our invaluable studio spaces that were lost during the pandemic.

A collaboration with Abbie Lilley

Exhibition Identity,
Promotional Material,
Multiple Formats,
Exhibition Identity, for Saatchi Gallery London, London Grads Now., by Nearly

Work In Type

Work In Type is a multi-page, typographic newspaper designed and distributed by Nearly. The format was decided by the publication's purpose—to cancel out the current noise of the pandemic and to reconnect our peers in troublesome times. Nearly reimagined the conventional newspaper format, storming new territories for publishing, design and the distribution of information.

Abbie Lilley and I gathered submitted content by third-year Graphic Communication Design students during lockdown, analysed and translated their work into a unique typeface. This pairing was determined by the student’s practice, characteristics and type history.

We ask our readers to welcome what first appears as chaos, and to turn, flip, rip and enjoy the implanted large-scale poster, made possible by the unbound newsprint leaves.

289mm x 380mm
28pp Tabloid Newspaper
Co-designed with Abbie Lilley

2 runs of 20, printed in April & May 2020. All profits have been put towards our future degree show, Central Saint Martins.

An experimental typographic newspaper, by Nearly