When you’ve just launched your new startup, there are 100s of things to think about. Small business stationery is one of these – and something we can help with! We’ve gathered our favourite letterhead samples and top tips for creating your own professional letterhead design.
1. Brand Consistency
(Source: Lizzy Green)
This business stationery set by designer for Nike Sportswear, Lizzy Green, is a fantastic example of how to use a consistent style across all of your print. The clever fine-tooth comb theme that runs across the letterhead and business card is perfect for the barbershop business. We’d probably go one step further and use a folded business card that doubles as an appointment card.
(Source: Belinda Love Lee)
This pretty design by Belinda Love Lee creates a highly personalised look by signing off the business letterhead with a signature. Ideal for personal stationery or small business owners, this is a great way of making sure your stationery is one of a kind!
3. Pick an Accent Colour
(Source: Sharaful Nizar & Almeka Advertising)
Add some interest to a black and white design by picking one of your brand colours as an accent colour. The contrast between the yellow and black here is particularly striking and by not over-using the colour, gives it a high quality look.
4. Use Your Logo
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to designing your own letterhead, why not make your logo the centrepiece? This minimalist design would be great for corporate businesses who wants the key focus to be the content of the letter, rather than the actual design.
5. Customise Invoice Letterheads
If you’re a business dealing with larger clients, you might have to send invoices. It’s crucial that all of your important company information is on there, like your contact details and address. This invoice letterhead example shows that invoices don’t have to be boring – you can still play around with your brand colours!
6. Go Double Sided
(Source: Steve Wolf)
There’s nothing stopping you from ‘wow’-ing your clients and making sure they read your important letter content. With double sided letterhead printing, you can keep the front simple and have a fun design on the back – just like this example.
We’ve seen a huge rise recently in the geometric shapes trend, and it just keeps growing! Keeping up with design trends and applying them to your marketing literature is a great way of getting inspired when you’re a business stationery newbie.
7. Bright and Colourful
(Source: Maccy Adalid)
If minimal isn’t really your brand’s style, adding a pop (or three) or colour is just as effective – and twice as fun! We love this small business stationery set for a social media marketing business – especially since it reflects the vibrant, highly-visual aspect of that industry. We’re also a huge fan of the matching branded notebook!
8. Down the Side
(Source: Blok Design)
Just because it’s called a letterhead, this doesn’t mean you need to stick to the top – as long as you set the document you want to print on a letterhead head up right, you can design anywhere! We also love the idea this example uses of having different letterheads for different purposes. You could get a selection of each design printed and alternate them depending on your message.
9. Beautiful Typography
(Soure: Alex Rinker)
This letterhead design is just our type – get it? This vintage sans serif font shows off the Ted Perez & Associates brand identity and grabs the reader’s attention right away. We particularly like the shadowed effect under the bold font – this attention to detail makes for a great eye-catching letterhead.
10. Illustrate It
(Source: Design Taxi)
This example takes their unique logo and makes a whole design out of it – which is great for enforcing that brand identity! If you keep your key info at the top, like this example does, it helps to prioritise it. Illustrated styles make for great business stationery designs because you’ll always know you’re the only business with that exact design.
Ready to make your own? We have a wide variety of letterhead design templates – find the perfect one for your business here. Our free letterhead maker allows you to fully customise your own stationery designs by dragging and dropping shapes, text and images. Show us your finished designs by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram at @instantprintuk or #instantprintuk for a chance to be featured on our channels.
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