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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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Effektive CV/Poster Mailer6

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Spit Kingdom

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Sheridan & Co.12

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Avant Garde Gothic Typeface Booklet15

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Akimoto Typeface17

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NTU Art & Design Prospectus21

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BABE

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Rizzo + Gobart26

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Mise au point29

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UsineSonore32

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Bionic Systems35

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National Geographic38

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Colorcubic42

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Kiosk 3744

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ALPHA_TXT47

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Posters by Official Classic51

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Poster56

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Stel Christian Cambas Poster58

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Typography Poster

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Beck 8-Bit Variations60

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Children of the idiom64

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Commune68

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Aesthetic Mathematics72

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What’s the World…75

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Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective81

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Play With Colors87

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Posters by Pablo Alfieri90

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More Posters by Pablo Alfieri93

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99 Dingbats96

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No Lemon Daydream Magazine98

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Lazydog101

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Real Dutch Design Books106

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Macro Micro111

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Marius Martinussen115

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DADA Design119

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Berlin Cafe Posters123

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  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/03/40-creative-design-layouts-getting-out-of-the-box/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/03/8-simple-ways-to-improve-typography-in-your-designs/
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  11. 11 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  12. 12 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Avant-Garde-Gothic-Typeface-Booklet/95659
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Avant-Garde-Gothic-Typeface-Booklet/95659
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  18. 18 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  21. 21 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  26. 26 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  27. 27 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  28. 28 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  29. 29 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  30. 30 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  31. 31 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  32. 32 http://www.ultra.li/
  33. 33 http://www.ultra.li/
  34. 34 http://www.ultra.li/
  35. 35 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  36. 36 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  37. 37 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  38. 38 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  39. 39 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  40. 40 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  41. 41 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  42. 42 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Colorcubic-Promotional-Prints/99110
  43. 43 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Colorcubic-Promotional-Prints/99110
  44. 44 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  45. 45 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  46. 46 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  47. 47 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  48. 48 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  49. 49 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  50. 50 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  51. 51 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  52. 52 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  53. 53 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  54. 54 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  55. 55 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  56. 56 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/Design-For-Print-35003057
  57. 57 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/Design-For-Print-35003057
  58. 58 http://sebdesign.deviantart.com/art/Stel-Christian-Cambas-Poster-66801978
  59. 59 http://sebdesign.deviantart.com/art/Stel-Christian-Cambas-Poster-66801978
  60. 60 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  61. 61 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  62. 62 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  63. 63 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  64. 64 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  65. 65 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  66. 66 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  67. 67 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  68. 68 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  69. 69 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  70. 70 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  71. 71 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  72. 72 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  73. 73 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  74. 74 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  75. 75 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  76. 76 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  77. 77 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  78. 78 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  79. 79 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  80. 80 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  81. 81 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  82. 82 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  83. 83 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  84. 84 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  85. 85 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  86. 86 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  87. 87 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  88. 88 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  89. 89 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  90. 90 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  91. 91 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  92. 92 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  93. 93 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  94. 94 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  95. 95 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  96. 96 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Snoogle-Poster-99-Dingbats/202044
  97. 97 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Snoogle-Poster-99-Dingbats/202044
  98. 98 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  99. 99 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  100. 100 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  101. 101 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  102. 102 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  103. 103 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  104. 104 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  105. 105 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  106. 106 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  107. 107 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  108. 108 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  109. 109 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  110. 110 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  111. 111 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  112. 112 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  113. 113 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  114. 114 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  115. 115 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  116. 116 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  117. 117 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  118. 118 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  119. 119 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  120. 120 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  121. 121 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  122. 122 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  123. 123 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  124. 124 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  125. 125 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  126. 126 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  127. 127 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/03/40-creative-design-layouts-getting-out-of-the-box/
  128. 128 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/03/8-simple-ways-to-improve-typography-in-your-designs/
  129. 129 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  130. 130 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  131. 131 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  132. 132 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/
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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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    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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    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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    thank!

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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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    Some layouts are really cool…
    thanks for sharing

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    Impressed! Keep going on!

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    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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