Creative Print Typography Layouts

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In print design, typography is one of the more crucial aspects. Typography is essential the practice of organizing, arranging, and modifying type. The typography techniques uesed in print has a direct impact on how the reader is able to receive the image. In print, typography doesn’t have to be plain and boring. It can be beautiful, creative, and colorful. There are a number of ways to liven up typography, such as creative and original layouts, using color variations, use of fancy fonts, and much more.

This showcase will focus mostly on the layout and organization schemes. Below are about 40 different typographic layouts used in different fields of print such as brochure design, editorial design, and poster design.

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Spit Kingdom

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Sheridan & Co.

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Avant Garde Gothic Typeface Booklet

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Akimoto Typeface

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NTU Art & Design Prospectus

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BABE

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Rizzo + Gobart

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Mise au point

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UsineSonore

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Bionic Systems

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National Geographic

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Colorcubic

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Kiosk 37

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ALPHA_TXT

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Posters by Official Classic

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Poster

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Stel Christian Cambas Poster

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Typography Poster

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Beck 8-Bit Variations

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Children of the idiom

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Commune

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Aesthetic Mathematics

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What’s the World…

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Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective

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Play With Colors

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Posters by Pablo Alfieri

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More Posters by Pablo Alfieri

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99 Dingbats

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No Lemon Daydream Magazine

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Lazydog

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Real Dutch Design Books

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Macro Micro

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Marius Martinussen

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DADA Design

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Berlin Cafe Posters

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Matt Cronin is an avid graphic designer, web designer/developer, Cocoa programmer, photographer, digital artist, and the like. He also enjoys writing, and does quite a bit of writing for Smashing Magazine. He is currently working on a startup called VAEOU, which will have new services coming soon.

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    great inspiration

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    Interesting Stuff, never thought of that before.

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    great list man…that was impressive. The first one is the best to me…I really love the type/design

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    Im about to format a 40 page product presentation document in indesign/acrobat. Anyone know of any good resources for inspiration on professional (corporate style) typography and layout for such use? This post is good but not what i need for my project. :) Thanks

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    wonderful set of images. typography rOcKs! i just got a great idea!!! thanks for the inspiration.

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    What a list, very much inspiration…thank you very much!

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    wa wa wa wa wa

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    Thank you!!! some real Eye candy the Nintendo cartridge cd is amazing.

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    Great! I love this one! Some awesome inspirations in here. hmm.

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    Thanks for yet another great post. Keep up the good work!

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    Some smashing examples, thanks for this awesome list!

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    Interesting, and beautiful, but I wish people would avoid using all capital letters in print media (and digital). The worst sin in typography, IMO. Legibility is far better without it.

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    perfect!

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    Isn’t this beautiful??

    thanks!! for posting this… i really love your page…

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    Nice post, thank you.

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    Okay, while I agree that most of these are fantastic, a few of them have poor readability. That’s rather insane, considering how the text is so large on most of them, yet the contrast and legibility are… not good.
    Some of them I had trouble reading. One or two I still cannot decipher.

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    very inspiring article…

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    One or two are great, some have interesting concept but I agree with barbarianbob, the bottom ones are really hard to read… and some concepts are overused.

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    Perfect …!!!!
    Keep it up…..

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    [ Ultimate ]

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  23. 24

    Some layouts are really cool…
    thanks for sharing

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    Impressed! Keep going on!

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  25. 26

    Wonderful post, gave me a lot of inspiration!

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    visual orgasm…

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    one of the most beautiful post form SM… again, amazing!

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    Generally, this is a good post. I’d like to question some of the stuff that are on the board though: while they may look cute on paper, the legibility and message is kind of… well, lost. A number of artworks up there aren’t even legible… and we are talking about PRINT here. Too much flourish, and function is completely out of the picture. So what’s the point of that second poster by Official Classic? Why did they use those cutesy, indistinguishable block letters? Or is making the readers lost the new thing in Print?

    Shouldn’t Design be a balance of aesthetic and functionality?

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    Very inspiring!
    Beautiful post, thank you!

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    Great Post!

    BTW can anybody provide some link where I can learn about the anatomy of book cover designing

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    One of your best articles to date IMO :)

    Great stuff, thanks.

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    http://www.diecastlovers.com

    April 22, 2009 12:53 am

    Great post,
    thank you.

    Ps: why don’t you post an inspiring article for a ‘serious’ typography exercise (e.g. health education…)

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    i like it ;-)

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    Most of em are sg like, shit onto a pianino and call it art….. ROFL

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    Actually, I would love to see a post about mundane design and readability here on SM. Would be great for some laughs and lashings of the old ultra-violence. :3

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  36. 37

    the list is way too long. make a selection first please

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    All the examples here are very much belonging to a common style. For a much broader source of inspiration try Link

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  38. 39

    Thanks, some cool typefaces and layouts to experiment with!

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    Wow, excellent resources indeed! Thanks for sharing

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    Lots of Beauty :)

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    gosh… some of those graphics are absolutely smashing =)

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    Capslock is cruise control for…design?

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    Is there a good book someone could recommend on typography for the web?

    Thanks

    NorthK

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    Disposable_Hero

    April 22, 2009 7:45 am

    …did I see boobs on the “99 Dingbats” one?

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    I mean damn, what’s not to love about typography!! Great post! Great inspiration!

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  47. 48

    Again, an overwhleming wealth of inspiration. I love you ESSEM!

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    yup, boobies – finally some print stuff! keep it coming

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    Nice print collection. Some good quality work.

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    Prashant Poladia

    April 22, 2009 10:44 am

    inspired….. salute to your collection.

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    Exceptional work presented.

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    This is good stuff.

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    “The typography techniques uesed in print has a direct impact … ”

    Honestly? Spelling and grammar should be most important; with design impact secondary. =)

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    fantastic.

    I am always inspired by print design.

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    Thanks for featuring my Avant Garde Gothic booklet!
    You can see more images on my website : .
    Best wishes
    BORABORA

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    Not really a great selection. There’s life beyond full caps sans serif typefaces, although even the best exponents of those styles are missing from this list. Neville Brody? David Carson? Herb Lubalin gets a mention, but only in the context of someone else’s work – let’s see something from the man himself.

    This might be the face of the typographical zeitgeist but it’s wide of the mark in terms of being even a basic overview of good print typography.

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    Great article, I love that you put together all the sets too so you could see the typefaces in action rather than just one word examples.

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    Yes, Yes, and yes again!
    great selection, with some really great works.
    Would love to see more articles like this! Thank you.

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    awesome! This page is really inspire me.
    Many thanks!

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    Excellent..Inspirations…!!

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    awesome collection

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    Good collection of different styles, also some very cool fonts!

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    wow this is just an excellent collection and I’m amazed by it. Im loving it

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    this stuff looks so repetitive. I’m so tired of huge capitalized letters stacked one word on top of another floating over a neon gradients or pics of outer space. People need to quit ripping each other off. For great design that looks unique look at karlssonwilker.

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    karlssonwilker’s wack

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    Where the hell can you learn to make so wonderful layouts. Did all these designers study it somehow?

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    inspiring to the bone!

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    awesome collection

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    Mohammad Raihan Mazumder

    May 24, 2009 8:50 pm

    Its really nice to see as a typoGRAPHY scence..

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    Mohammad Raihan Mazumder

    May 24, 2009 8:57 pm
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    Good collections with new ideas
    GREAT

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    i loved it and i am inspired to do better than what i use to…. thnks :D

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    What the hell is this?
    Experimental school work, or ego show? 70% of the staff above are just crap, communication disaster.

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    Thanks guys! Plenty of rich inspiration here for the masses. That is what Smashing is all about! Some may like, some may not. It’s here to inspire and it works for me. I just finished THE SMASHING BOOK and it was a great overview of potent general design and development knowledge that seems to be overlooked by many. Looking forward to more! Feed me!

    cheers,
    LG

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    i love typography, so so sweet ooooooooooooooooooahahah!!!!!!!!! love

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    nice typography!

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    Readability was/is/will be the most important thing ever!

    Most of the prints products here are unusable.

    Who else than people in the graphics industry will sit in front of this and try to read the text?
    Everybody will give up after 2 sec.

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    Great collection…thanks for sharing!

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    brilliant and inspiring!! it`s actually just what i need these days – i`m into textile printing and need to make various designs for my bags…and often don`t know where to start from :)) good luck to everyone doing design

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    this is some amazing brilliant stuff, would really appreciate it if you would provide more tips on grunge designs,

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    I think these designs are really inspirational, I like the way the designs play with typography and colour. I really like the way the designs have been printed off to a high quality :)

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    Thank you Kevin for sharing… I like it!

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    Nice work

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