Christine Berrie

Glasgow, Scotland

Originally from Glasgow, Christine Berrie is known for her industrial-themed illustrations, including such objects as wall plates, gas meters, dials,…


Originally from Glasgow, Christine Berrie is known for her industrial-themed illustrations, including such objects as wall plates, gas meters, dials, buttons and switches, control boxes, electrical objects, machinery, and appliances.

She began developing an interest in industrial designs as a child when her father, a draughtsman, brought technical drawings home from work. These drawings, by her own account, fascinated her. After graduating from RCA in 2002, Angus Hyland of Pentagram Design Studio attended her degree show, purchased one of her books, and invited her to contribute to Hand to Eye: Contemporary Illustration, a book he published in 2003. Hyland then organised a display of her work at Pentagram’s London offices; the show consisted of drawings Berrie created of common office objects and implements found throughout the Pentagram office itself.

Christine Berrie gained a 1st Class BA (hons) from Glasgow School of Art before heading to the Royal College of Art in London where she graduated with an MA in Illustration in 2002.

Christine’s work has featured in several exhibitions including a solo show at the Pentagram Gallery in London where she exhibited over 40 of her trademark drawings of switches, wiring and electrical paraphernalia. Other exhibited works include 60 drawings and a large-scale mural for ‘Designersblock: Illustrate’ as well as regular contributions to the prestigious RCA Secret Show.

Currently, everyday scenarios and objects are Christine’s favoured subject matter and she has long had an interest in creating colourful, detailed imagery with a hand-rendered approach. The results display Christine’s aim to invest even the most mundane objects with personality.

Christine’s drawings have appeared in several publications including Design Week, Creative Review and Varoom. Her work can also be seen in Hand to Eye and The Picture Book, both published by Laurence King.

Christine has now returned to live in Glasgow

Clients include: The Guardian, Microsoft, The New York Times, New Scientist, Howies, Time Out, Wallpaper, Soho House & The Independent.

Latest blog post

  • New Blue Q Bags

    New typewriter shoulder bags, created in collaboration with Blue Q.

  • The Guardian First Book Award 2015.

    I was commissioned to create an illustration for the Guardian First Book Award 2015. Here is the completed image on… Read more

  • University Affairs Magazine

    An illustration for an article in University Affairs, a Canadian magazine about higher education.

  • Gas Meter

    Mine ticks over from 5.30am until 7.30am and 6.30pm until 8.30pm

  • Hemispheres magazine

    Here are my illustrations in the December, January, February and March editions of Hemispheres magazine: 3 perfect days in Costa… Read more

  • Bug Bingo!

    After the success of Bird Bingo, Laurence King publishing have now released Bug Bingo. Illustrated throughout with my drawings of… Read more

  • Atlanta Magazine

    Drawings of book covers for Atlanta Magazine for a ’10 Best Books of 2013′ feature.

  • Hemispheres Magazine

    Illustrations for the September, October and November issues of Hemispheres magazine – 3 perfect days in Nashville, Osaka and Jackson.

  • New Blue Q Bag

    Blue Q have now released a new Kitchen Classics shopper bag featuring my drawings of retro cooking items.

  • Hemispheres magazine – April & May

    Here are my illustrations in the April and May issues of Hemispheres magazine for their 3 Perfect Days feature –… Read more

Making the grade

  • Milk Magazine

    An illustration for the month of August for a calendar featuring in Milk Magazine, Japan.

  • Myself Magazine

    Instructional illustrations for a recipe in ‘Myself’, a German lifestyle magazine.

  • Bspirit Magazine

    Here we have some drawings of fish for Bspirit magazine.

  • New products from Blue Q

    Blue Q have recently released some fun new products featuring my images – a shoulder bag and hanging paper lantern,… Read more

  • Teneus Calendars

    Featuring 12 collections of drawings of retro objects



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