10 Inspiring Printed Designs

A guest post by Paul Kilminster who has worked in the printing industry for several years and has seen how the industry has evolved to meet the challenges of digital marketing. He is currently the Technical Services Director for Print and Digital Associates.

From full-on works of art to professional business cards, print is an incredibly versatile medium. Since we know you can’t get enough of looking at beautiful designs, we’ve found ten fabulous examples of striking and innovative prints for you to enjoy. Check them out below!

1. Lumadessa – Night Owl

1. lumadessa - night owl

The simple geometric design of this stunning owl illustration really catches the eye. The use of colour to suggest shadow gives a three-dimensional effect, bringing the owl to life despite the highly stylised nature of the image.

2. A Single Man

2. a single man

This striking film poster may look simple, but it’s amazing how evocative a design with so few elements can be. The positioning of the glasses and tie make it look as though they are being worn by an invisible man, while the combination of colours suggests sadness and loneliness.

3. Paris Traveler Series

3. paris traveler series

We love the play on perspective in this poster. It adds an element of fun and really gives you the feeling of sitting outside a Paris cafe. The merging of the champagne bubbles with the stars in the sky is the finishing touch in bringing both elements of the design together.

4. Superhero Noir Posters – Dark Knight

4. superhero noir posters

A world away from the usual bright colours associated with comic-book inspired art, the use of silhouette in this poster makes for a sophisticated twist on the theme.

5. Seed Vibe (Business Card)

5 - SeedVibe

These business cards give a holistic, refined impression. An ingenious idea combining the simple white text against a resplendent, strong green background; these cards would be perfect for a savant or sophisticated business.

6. JS3 Design (Business Card)

6 - JS3 Design

Another creative business card idea, the vibrant colours are made substantially more noticeable as they contrast with the staunch black backdrop. The trio of colours on the front of the card offers simplicity but is still inspiring. These business card are ideal for an inventive company and would be sure to intrigue your clients.

7. Behance Poster

7 - Behance

Vivid, explosive colours and graceful designs make this poster a beautiful piece, the overlap across the white diamond gives the impression that it is a 3D poster; the thick white line of the diamond also centres your focus due to the variation in colour. The detail in this design is uplifting and makes for an eye catching bit of art.

8. Verbana (Business Card)

8 - Deskfolio

This cute business card idea is deceptively simple. We love the way the design is replicated on the reverse of the card, subtly inviting you to turn it over and see the contact details. The reversal of the pink and white colours finishes the design off nicely.

9. Cuben – Colour Shambles

9. cuben - colour shambles

Many of the designs we’ve chosen feature just two or three colours that enhance the striking simplicity of the design. This poster, on the other hand, is a glorious riot of colour, and it works just as effectively. Celebrating the cube, the colours draw in your eye and add elements of depth. The longer you look, the more cubes you see.

10. Literature Quote Illustrations – I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.

10 - literature quote (Edgar Allan Poe)

The simple but striking monochrome design of this poster beautifully illustrates the quote from poet Edgar Allan Poe. By waking up to this poster every morning you’re sure to have an interesting day ahead!

That’s the end of our list. We hope you enjoyed discovering these stunning examples of printed design as much as we did!


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  1. Posted July 28, 2013 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    I am a lover of making creative designs. All the designs in your collection are very cool but especially Design#9 “Cuben – Colour Shambles” is just awesome.

  2. Posted July 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    I like the “Cuben” one most. So abstract. Thank you for sharing those prints!

  3. Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    This is a nice collection. I like Cuben as well, but my favorite is #6: JS3 Design. The colors just work so well together to create a whimsical feel, matching the mood of the rest of the design.

  4. Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Love the ‘A Single Man’ poster. Very simple and great idea.

  5. Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I love the simplicity of the ‘A Single Man’ poster.

  6. Posted August 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I am lover of creative designs. I like all your designs especially, design#9 Cuben is the best.

  7. Posted August 12, 2013 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I really like the fifth….the colour and the design so awesome for me…many of your post always useful so thats way I bookmark this blog…thanks

  8. Posted August 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    The Paris poster is absolutely beautiful. I think this list just goes to show that some of the best designs are often the most simple.

  9. Posted August 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    A nice collection here, simple and effective. I think my favorite has to be the Dark Knight :)

  10. Posted August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I particularly like the Seed Vibe designs as it’s simple layout but professional. Great colour combinations and short but effective.