10 Spectacular Spy Designs

June 18, 2012

On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were the first U.S. citizens to be executed for espionage.  In a nutshell, it was determined that the pair were part of a conspiracy to put secrets of the atomic bomb in the hands of the Soviets. The executions remain controversial to this day; others who readily confessed were not executed, and Ethel’s involvement in the scheme has been described as “ambiguous.”  Either way, the story is an engaging read that, along with other accounts of spy games, has helped inspired books, movies, toys and pop culture.  The following designs feature spy-related themes you can use as inspiration for your own graphic designs.

Pulp Fact by JimmytheScratch

The Rosenbergs themselves are featured in this digital artwork that the artist noted was probably “the weirdest thing I have ever done.”


Spies Are Everywhere by Sesjusz'

This design creeps me out, and I believe that was definitely the artist’s intent!  The silhouettes add a shadowy element while the use of the baby carriage make the spy seem that much more sinister.


The Spies by bramLeech

Cartoonish and cool, I envision this duo as a slapstick video posted on YouTube.


CIA by Rayjmaraca

A surreal design with some fun yet symbolic background elements.


Secret Agent by srulik24

This could be a scene right out of a Frank Miller graphic novel.  Awesome!


Standoff by Chase-SC2

The artist noted that this is an imagined scene from the Cold War, and it’s a magnificent rendition full of complex details that add realism.


 Secret Agent Girl by ekster

This femme fatale represents a different take on the stereotypical spy gender.



Secret Agent by olgaciob

A design rife with suspense that might make a sweet man cave poster.


Sabotage-Secret Agent by DaRoz

Have you ever wondered if this stuff actually happens?  Or do you just wonder how often?  Either way, an amazingly intricate design!


Secret Agent Man by spx

A little more abstract than some of the others, but no less impressive.  The designer used shadows and angles to add drama.


About the Author:

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. His previous roles included managing editor for a hometown newspaper and club bartender for a group of quasi-alcoholics. When he’s not writing, he’s usually counting lost follicles and wondering what he ever did with his time before his two children were born.
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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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