Print design trends of 2014

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If you believe print is dead, then you’ll be amazed to see the inspiring collection of print trends presented by Cubicle Ninjas! It’s always exciting to see new trends emerge in the print world. From typographic “lock-ups” to luxury printing, check out the latest print design trends for 2014.

What’s Hot


Type-only designs used in print speak for themselves. It’s free of embellishments and the message is straight forward.

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Image-only layouts with little or no type look striking in print, and the images don’t get lost behind words.

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Full-Page Typographic “Lock-Ups”

Typographic “lock-ups” is a great way to organize type in a clean and readable layout.

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What’s Not

QR Codes

The problem with QR codes is they’re often times not used properly. Why place a QR code on an ad in an underground subway with no reception, for example. All in all, majority of designers don’t favor them.

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Drop Shadows 


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The Next Fad

Luxury Printing 

Print layouts with luxury printing shine bigger than designs printed on mediocre material.

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Double Exposure

Double exposure is an edgy trend that gives your print projects a dramatic feel.

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To view more print design inspiration, please visit the full version on the Cubicle Ninjas’ blog.

What print design trends do you hope to see in 2014? Be sure to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

  • Ohhh my. I want all of the luxury printing. I want it. All.

    Ok. I’ve regained my composure. This is a great roundup for print design trends for the year. I’m most excited by type-only designs (apart from luxury printing)… and I’d also be really happy if the QR code went away for good.

    • Shannon Callarman

      Agreed! I’m the blogger over at Cubicle Ninjas. We’re happy to hear you’re on the same boat as us in terms of QR codes. We searched hard for the best examples of luxury printing, so thanks for the note!

  • Sooo, I’m a designer and I kinda like QR codes. I like that it’s a way to get viewers to interact with the printed medium. I realize they aren’t really pleasing to the eye (although I have been known to make multi-colored codes that weren’t too bad in their respective surroundings). Is there anything new to replace QR’s for the interactive dimension of print design?

  • mschnepf

    Check out Blippar