Stationery and accessories are the perfect way to express your personality every day. The colours, design, size, and style are a reflection of how you organise your life and go about daily tasks. Stationery printing is getting more creative every year, creating a trend in its own right as stationery designers the world over get bold and adventurous with their style.
You can say almost anything with a gift card nowadays – from a simple “Happy birthday” to “Let’s tiptoe through the tulips”. Greeting cards with inspirational messages and fun designs are on trend, especially cards that are original, creative, and high quality. Heavy stock, hand lettering in embossed letterpress, lithography, and laser printing are dominating the greeting card shelves.
What’s old is new again with designs from the 50s and 60s making a comeback (with a modern twist of course). Flowers, foliage, and foil spot treatments are popular at the moment on letterheads, business cards, envelopes, and folders. People are looking for items that are both useful and playful to make writing, addressing, note taking and planning fun. On the corporate letterhead side of things, brands are using solid colour and clean lines to make statements on paper with bold geometric designs and block lettering.
Journals tend to be the most personal item in a stationery lover’s arsenal. Trending design elements include leather featuring hand lettering and details, bold bright colours, and geometric patterns. Diaries with a purpose are gaining popularity as they stand out from the plain daily planners; 3AM journals, travel diaries and activity journals are popular right now.
Five websites for stationery style inspiration
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As the industry standard in design inspiration, Behance attracts upwards of 60 million monthly visitors. Creatives update their work on the site so the world can see what is trending in design.
Chronicle Books is an independent publisher based in San Francisco, creating and curating all sorts of wonderful stationery and books. They are “inspired by the enduring magic of books, and by sparking the passion of others”.
Kate Spade designs are stylish and elegant, with a range of must-have stationery that is as nice to look at as it is to use. From bridal planners to business card holders to novelty paper clips, Kate Spade designs stand out from the crowd.
Etsy is the home for creatives looking to sell their wares in a global marketplace. You will always find a unique piece of stationery brilliance in their Paper store, with hundreds of sellers and inspiration from all over the world.