They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when you have to be economical with your design space, you may not have room for either. In some cases (such as when you’re designing for print media), you only have the opportunity to use a few words to make an impact on your audience.

In these cases, typography can be a designer’s best tool for creating visual interest using only words.

After all, letters are just a different type of picture, and when you utilize interesting typography in your printed designs, you have the potential to reverse the paradigm and make your words worth a thousand pictures.

Adam and Eve Law Firm

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Adam and Eve Law Firm 1

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Adam and Eve Law Firm 2

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Adam and Eve Law Firm 3

The branded typography in this company’s media kit uses a classically styled font to evoke feelings of nostalgia and sophistication.

The company’s signature ampersand (&) is a good example of typography used effectively in a brand’s logo. The ampersand appears on everything, from labels and letterheads to a wax seal on official documents, helping to reinforce the brand’s identity at every opportunity.

Tamasyn Gambell

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Tamasyn Gambell

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Tamasyn Gambell 2

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Tamasyn Gambell 3

This print media kit for a textile designer utilizes a colorful font style that is modern and chic.

The vibrant typography utilizes overlapping shapes to create a unique look that’s reminiscent of fabric patterns.

(Learn how to produce a similar text effect by following along this tutorial: Creating Retro Folded Typography Using Photoshop.)

The font is on the large side to make it easy to read, while still maintaining the fashion-forward attitude of a brand that is confident and trendsetting.

Pixelo Design

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Pixello Design 1

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Pixello Design 2

The logo for this graphic design agency uses graffiti-inspired typography, giving the brand an artistic, almost rebellious, identity that speaks to youth culture and urban life.

The backside of the business card uses a different font for each line of copy. Normally, this would be a huge design faux pas — design best practices suggest that we should use only a few fonts — but the designer manages to pull it off well, creating a unique look that makes the brand seem bold and daring.

Am Fleischmarkt 1

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Am Fleischmarkt 1 (a)

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Am Fleischmarkt 1 (b)

This office complex’s print media kit uses a pair of contrasting, yet complementary, fonts to great effect — the tag line Inspiring History, Spurring Future is written half in a serif font and half in a sans serif font.

The serif font brings back memories of old newspapers, tying into the nostalgic feeling of the media kit.

On the other hand, the sans serif font is more current, which helps simultaneously evoke feelings of the modernity.

Casa da Musica

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Casa da Musica

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Casa da Musica

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Casa da Musica

This printed brochure and poster design for a music performance uses handwriting as a design aesthetic. The title for the brochure is handwritten and the front cover design is created from the names of different composers, each written in a different style of script.

The same handwritten element is added to photographs of each composer, to help give each one a unique visual identity.

Wearhouse

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Wearhouse 2

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Wearhouse

To tie into the brand’s logo, the typography in this business card design utilizes contour lines to make it appear as if bending a wire hanger into different shapes created each letter.

The letters are also embossed onto the card, which gives them a textural element. Recipients can run their finger over each letter, tracing the contours. This builds a stronger connection to the card and, by extension, the brand.

Colossal Media Group

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Colossal Media Group

This media group’s presentation folder design features typography that ties directly back to the brand’s identity.

The large, bold lettering in the word colossal absolutely dwarves the other font used in this design, making it look larger by comparison. The way the letters grow in size from the middle and out to the ends of the word helps create the illusion that the letters are popping off the page towards the audience.

Rainbow, Whistler

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Rainbow, Whistler

The font in this real estate presentation folder helps to present the brand as not only a luxurious living area, but a family-friendly one as well.

The script font in the brand’s slogan helps to reinforce the themes of family and home, while the simplicity of the accompanying font instills a sense of sophistication.

The tree design in the logo is incorporated directly with the font so that it looks as if it’s growing out of the letter b, symbolically suggesting that the location is a good place for families to grow.

Art with Impact

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Art with Impact

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Art with Impact

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Art with Impact

The presentation folder in this beautiful design by Art with Impact uses abstract typography to evoke feelings of modernity.

The organization’s initials are spelled out in the logo, which is then cut in half and spread out between the front and back covers. This creates a sense of mystery — it is only when you open up the front cover and see the whole logo on the interior pocket that you fully understand the design.

(Tip: you can download our free presentation folder PSD template if you’re interested in creating your own presentation folder designs.)

Stephanie Schlim Business Card

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Stephanie Schlim Business Card

Beautiful Typography in a Print Design: Stephanie Schlim Business Card

When this graphic designer was faced with the challenge of creating a brand identity for herself, she turned to typography for the answer.

This stylized monogram design was created from scratch using hand drawn illustrations converted to vector images.

The result is a truly unique design that encompasses the designer’s identity, as well as her sense of artistic style.

Parting Words

Try to imagine these designs with any old boring font, and they immediately lose a bit of their identity and charm.

Choosing the right typography for your print design project — or any design project — can often be the fine line between a mediocre design and a spectacular one.

When was the last time a font made you stop and stare? Do you have any examples of amazing typography that you want to share? Type up your typography comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Author:

Vladimir Gendelman is the Founder of Company Folders Inc, a boutique offering 100+ styles of presentation folders. He leads a team of talented designers and experts dedicated to helping customers create print collateral that puts forth the best possible impression. Follow him on Google+ and Twitter.