Whatever your age, you simply can’t shake that back-to-school feeling when Fall comes around. Luckily, designers have given a distinctly grown-up twist to these drool-worthy notebooks, letters, envelopes and business cards.
Check out our edit of the best and be inspired to create your own back-to-school stationery in InDesign…
1. Henten Stationery
This oh-so-chic, autumnal colour combination used by designer Mikel Cans when he created stationery for Barcelona-based bag brand Henten really caught our eye here at InDesignSkills.
A preppy navy teamed with eye-popping mustard makes an elegant combination. Crisp white envelopes and simple, pared-back type set in upper-case letters make a calming contrast to the strong colours.
Read more about colour: Using Colour in Print Design
Design: Mikel Cans
2. Forest Design Week Identity
Illustrative designs don’t always mean compromising on a strong, ‘graphic’ result. These beautiful envelopes, letterheads, cards and notebooks from Russian graphic designer Anastasia Kolesnikova for Forest Design Week are a fantastic example of how to make illustration and traditional floral patterns look modern and cutting-edge.
A strong logo rendered in black slab type modernises the vintage elements, like brown paper, wax seals and wallpaper patterns.
Read more about vintage styles: Modern Vintage Design Trend
Design: Anastasia Kolesnikova
3. A Panzer Corporate Stationery
If you’re looking for stationery inspiration that would suit a more corporate brand, look to Münster-based studio Yagwyd’s designs for architectural firm A Panzer.
A simple, stamped logo and typewriter-style typography rendered on brown card and off-white paper gives the designs a subtly vintage feel.
4. Turnstyle Stationery
Bringing the glamour back to corporate stationery, Seattle-based agency Turnstyle uses gold foil, elegant Art Deco-inspired type and geometric layouts on their own-brand business cards, letterheads, envelopes and journals.
A great lesson in how to use gold in a way that isn’t flashy or overbearing, but adds a pared-back luxurious touch to an otherwise formal corporate design.
5. Invitation Stationery for The Golden Camera
Paperlux designed these simply stunning blue, white and gold stationery items for Die Goldene Kamera (an annual film and television awards event in Germany).
Thought has gone into every detail of the invitations—our favourite touch is the beautiful blue patterns inside the invitation envelopes.