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


Find Another Teacher

I was asked to share and submit a piece of advice that I apply to my practice. I don't remember where I heard this, but I found it buried in my sketchbook (full of my favourite overheard conversations/podcast discussions/advice I have been given—I recommend doing this, by the way).

In fact, this quote was probably not said in a creative context. But from my understanding, it states we must practice our skills with those that are better than us. And when we find them, keep them close—speaking less and listening more. If there is no evidence of high-level thinking, we must find another teacher.

To purchase a print, please drop me an email or DM.

210 x 297mm
Printed Matter

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 — Collaboration with Abbie Lilley

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

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. 

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.

289 x 380mm
28pp Tabloid Newspaper
Run of 40

Art Direction, Publication Design — Collaboration with Abbie Lilley

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.

Exhibition Identity & Promotional Material,
Multiple Formats,
Visual Identity, Exhibition Identity — Collaboration with Abbie Lilley