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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10 Cool New Brochure Designs

A guest post by Brian Morris, who writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog.

Brochures can be some of the most powerful marketing tools you ever deploy, so long as you incorporate a strategic approach to planning, designing and distributing your brochures. Start with a goal for each brochure you create. Your goal could be to educate, to increase brand awareness, or to motivate a specific action such as visiting a URL, downloading an app, calling a phone number, or visiting your location. Once you have your goal in mind, you can draft copy and craft a design that together to achieve it. Understand your target audience, and you can then distribute your brochures to locations and mailboxes that reach your customer base. Thus, you’ll have a brochure that’s primed for success.

One of the best ways to ensure your brochure is a success is to craft a unique and original design that commands customer attention. Here are 10 cool new brochure designs to inspire you to craft your own winning brochure.

1. Werewolf Museum by Bruce Ting-Yu Chen

Possibly the coolest museum in the history of all man (and wolf) kind. If you’re going to San Francisco…

Werewolf brochure

2. Bike to School and Work Day by Tiffany Hsu

This unique and attention-getting brochure folds out into a map demarcating “celebration stations.”

Bike to School Brochure

3. Columna America by Studio Rockiki and Sciborowski

A clean, elegant brochure with a bold interior layout for a corporate, yet cutting-edge, look.

Columna Brochure Design

Columna America Brochure

4. Hough Waves Brochure by Hanne Svensson

No matter your industry, if you’re a designer then your marketing collateral should conform to high standards.

Hough Waves Brochure Design

Hough Waves Brochure Design

5. FujiFilm Brochure by Eleanor Nelson

Some brochures have to relay a lot of complex information. This designer was able to make all that copy manageable through intelligent use of visuals and white space.Fuli Brochure Design

6. Chameleon Brochure by Adela Rinadi

I love how this brochure design maintains its theme with a textured background and large chameleon images.

Chameleon Brochure Design


7. Hufschmid Guitars Brochure by Jeffrey Cajucom

Promoting your brand image with your brochure design is important, and the designer for this brochure nailed the attitude of a guitar company.

Hufschmid Guitars Brochure Design

8. Cedar Point Locomotive Anniversary Brochure by Erin Gray

This brochure design features a vintage look for the 45th anniversary of an amusement park icon.

cedar Point Brochure Design

9. Kidrobot Promo Brochure by Jewelyn Butron

I like how this brochure retains the service theme with a graph paper background, yet makes the product seem fun and inviting with bright colors and images.

Kidrobot flyer design

10.VESPA Brochure by Justin Quitevis

Another fun and light brochure design, lending the essence of zipping through town on your scooter. It’s a perfect design for this brand.

Vespa Brochure Design

Which is your favorite brochure design?

Author’s Bio: Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint and Facebook.

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