For commissions, projects or collaborations please email

Ilyanna Kerr is a designer and illustrator based in London and Amsterdam. She works across visual communication, interaction and social innovation design with a focus on expanding and challenging disciplinary boundaries to make space for new forms of creative practice. She sees design and illustration, not as prescriptive disciplines, but as disciplines of communication, vision and speculation — positioning these practices as agents of change that can both intervene and articulate in a world increasingly characterised by a displacement between the real and the virtual.

Her practice is concerned with the interrelationship between visual communication, language, cognition, perception and experience with a focus on drawing as a conceptual and critical tool. Ilyanna received a Design Innovation Award from the Royal College of Art and was runner up in the CORE77 Social Impact Design Awards for her project and social enterprise See What I Mean - a tool to support people living with dementia that fused visualisation and language to unlock new forms of communication and methods of care.

She has previously worked as a designer at Pentagram under Harry Pearce and has since worked independently, creating illustration work for clients including Waitrose, Resident Advisor and The Health Foundation. Her expansive practice feeds into how she approaches her commercial work, striving for outcomes that communicate with emotion and clarity while purposefully connecting to broader themes.

Ilyanna was previously an associate lecturer on the Design BA at Goldsmiths University of London and was art director at Goldsmiths Press (2017-2022).  She is a member of the Association of Illustrators and takes on a variety of commissions, from editorial to experimental and has previously illustrated a children’s picture book published by HarperCollins. She occasionally works with tech start-ups to develop creative direction and brand identities — all apps she has worked with have gone on to be featured on app stores globally.

For commissions, projects or collaborations please email



Editorial illustration, illustration for advertising, sketches, visualisations, illustrative mapping, animation, story boarding, childrens’ book illustration, handwritten typography, murals 

Visual identity design/branding, creative direction, web design, exhibition design, book design

Tutorials, crits, portfolio reviews, workshops and talks/lectures



Buero Bauer
Studio Antonia Huber
Studio Teacake



Resident Advisor
Saks Fifth Avenue
Natalia Vodianova (Elbi Digital)
Berry Bros & Rudd.
The Health Foundation
Goldsmiths University of London
Goldsmiths Press
Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre
Surveyor Thompson
Output Arts

At Pentagram

John Lewis
The Science Museum (London)
Maggies Cancer Care Centres
Net-A-Porter Group
The Royal Academy of Arts
WF Central

Awards, grants and fellowships

Core 77
Runner up for Social Impact,
Professional Category

Royal College of Art
Design Innovation Award

Unltd ‘Do it’ Award
2014 (grant)

Unltd ‘Care’ Award  
2014 (grant)

Impact Hub, Fellowship for Longer Lives  Fellowship and Grant


Associate Lecturer
Goldsmiths University
BA Design
London, UK  
2013 — 2020

Visiting Lecturer
Ravensbourne College
BA Fashion Accessory and Textile Futures
London, UK

2017 — 2020


Visiting lecture, Architecture Department, Brighton University
Brighton, UK — May 2016

Talk, Professional Practice, Design Department, Goldsmiths University,
London, UK — January 2016

Talk, Ageing Well Festival,
Torbay, UK —October 2015

Talk, Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum, Oxford University,
Oxford, UK — November 2014

Talk, Health 2.0, Nesta,
London, UK — November 2014

Talk, Global Impact Forum,
Zurich, Switzerland — October 2014

Talk, Welcome Series, Design Department, Goldsmiths University,
London, UK —September 2014 

Talk, Ageing 2.0 Global Innovation Summit,
San Fransisco, USA — May 2014

Talk, Impact Hub,
London, UK — April 2014

Talk, Welcome Series, Design Department, Goldsmiths University,
London, UK — September 2013

Talk, Tech for Good, Shoreditch Village Hall,
London, UK —October 2013


“The Rossettis”
Wallpaper illustration in collaboration with Dante Gabriel Rossetti (b.1828)
Tate Britain,
London, UK  

Solo exhibition
Cal Smith Gallery,
PV 29.03.23
London, UK  

“Kuda Chitsike” Illustration, group mural, “Wall of Stories - WITNESS Bene t Gala” (curated by Pentagram), Shoreditch Art Wall, London, UK  2014

“See What I Mean”, exhibited at “Design Diversity”, Museum Postparkasse,
Vienna, Austria 2014

“See What I Mean”, group show, “This is War”, (Design degree show)
The Truman Brewery, London, UK  2013

“Wheel of Fortune” illustration exhibited in “The Rock & Roll Public Library”, Chelsea Space, London, UK  2009

“Listen with your Vision”A solo show of Illustrations, album art work and paintings,The Good Ship,
London, UK

Live illustrations created and exhibited as part of a series of three live performances by
Mick Jones of “The Clash”, Inn on the Green,
London, UK 2007

© Ilyanna Kerr