17 Fantastic Flyer Ideas for Design Inspiration

Ignite your imagination with this collection of outstanding flyer designs, tips, and tricks.

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Flyers are a versatile piece of marketing collateral. Flyers were originally intended to be printed pieces that would be handed out on-the-go to the targeted audience. That being said, you’d want your flyer to be something that fits in your hand; that you can put in your purse or pocket to be able to re-visit later.

We’ve curated some of our favorite flyers that feature strong designs and outstanding creativity, and included some tips about how to achieve these effects yourself as you build out your next flyer.

1. Grab Your Audience’s Attention with Color

These flyer designs are undeniably eye-catching. Let’s talk about the Bauhaus example. The contrast of the pink, blue, white, and black colors results in a composition that is bold and bright and would likely catch a viewer’s gaze wherever it was posted. The pink and blues work well here as they represent the cyan and magenta of CMYK, a standard color model used for printed designs, which echoes the intent of the flyer.

2. Choose Imagery That Makes an Impact on Your Audience

As the old saying goes, a photo is worth 1,000 words. Images can communicate emotions or sentiments sometimes much more than any words can, so explore with what type of imagery can speak up for you on your flyer. This example is playful, showing a candid moment of a giraffe having a snack. An animal lover might respond positively to this and then might be interested in reading more about what the flyer has to offer. Feature a high quality image that is relevant to your flyer and then build your design around it.

3. Use Icons and Graphics as Imagery

There are many forms of imagery. Photographs are one, as well as illustrations, paintings, graphics, and even icons. Each medium has its own strengths in communicating certain messages, but let’s talk about icons and graphics. These digital imagery options work well for modern designs, minimalist designs, creating patterns and repetition, or as part of an infographic. Maybe you don’t have photos to use as you’re hosting an Orange Picking Festival that hasn’t happened yet. Icons and graphics can be used to provide imagery and communicate the messaging. You can re-size and re-color icons to match your flyer’s design.

4. Create an Impression with an Incentive

How can you transform your flyer into an enjoyable experience for your audience? Consider discounts, promotions, free gifts, or even just quirky, engaging copy. Incorporate your incentive into the design in a way that your readers are sure to see.

5. Experiment with Typography for Your Messaging

A good way to stand out is to create something original. Choosing unique typefaces is an easy way to switch up an ordinary design into something extraordinary. Mixing and matching typefaces, as seen here in this flyer design, creates a playful and vivacious visual that gives us a taste of the festivities to come. If you’re mixing up typefaces, you generally want to keep some order, such as consistency in the structure so the typefaces can display diversity.

6. Make a Statement with Bold Type

The voice of an activist is one that speaks loudly in order to promote a powerful message. These flyer designs do an excellent job of depicting that tone of voice in a way that you can almost hear the passionate voices as you read the messaging. If you have something important to communicate, don’t be afraid to take up the entirety of your flyer design with copy that is bold and impactful. Share your most important message right from the start and do so in a way that reflects your cause. The International Women’s Day poster is in a handwritten font that echoes handwritten posters at marches, while the HIV poster uses a reddish accent color that matches how the color red is used to mark awareness of HIV/AIDS.

7. Experiment with Text Effects

Headline copy, as you often see in magazines or emailers, can be approached with a more artistic style to emphasize the importance. Add “text effects” to your tool belt and explore all the new ways you can showcase your headline copy. You can find text effects in your Spark workspace and remix your font to perfection. Here, we see an image on Martin Luther King, Jr. himself in the letters of his name which creates an unexpected yet artistic surprise.

8. Create Layers with Images, Text, and Graphics

As you craft your banner, allow yourself to think outside the box and try something unconventional. Start with the focal point of your poster – maybe that’s a headline or a featured image. In this case, we have a photo of a dancer that's been edited to black and white. The artist then added watercolor splashes over it to add action and excitement. The text banners further emphasize the energy as they’re placed at an angle in a bold handwritten font. It may seem like there’s a lot going on here, but all the elements are working together to communicate the same feelings. Take this approach as you layer different design elements in your flyer.

9. Showcase Facts with Infographics

Flyers are a great canvas for infographics as they help you get your messaging out there to your audience. Keep in mind when building your flyer that you want your infographic to be easy to read and understand when printed out and held in your hands. That being said, you can use design elements like icons, imagery, collaging, or even just color-coded text to break up your information and make it fun to read. Icons are an especially great tool as they can communicate ideas so you can save space on text in your design.

10. Feature Collages to Organize Details or For an Artistic Effect

Collages can be a collection of images, as seen on the left, or a mix of images, text, and graphics, as seen on the right. The face collage is a fascinating example of how collaged images can create a cohesive bigger picture. Rather than showing many faces and taking up all the space, collaging them into one communicates unity and emphasizes the flyer’s messaging. The other example uses collaging to create hierarchy with the information. Collages can be symmetrical or more playful and asymmetrical as found in Adobe Spark Post’s layout options. Choose the layout that fits the aesthetic you’re going for.

11. Incorporate Illustrations into Your Flyer

While from a distance this might seem like a zebra graphic, closer inspection shows strokes made by calligraphy tools to create varied widths and negative space. This is an illustration incorporated into the graphic design. Illustrations feature different textures and imperfections that make them unique and special. Take an illustration from paper and scan it into your digital workspace to place in your design. You can enhance illustrations to clean up unwanted details or brighten colors, blending it perfectly into your desired product.

12. Share Powerful Quotes

Quotes are an excellent way to communicate a sentiment. You can use quotes that are recognizable to create a shared understanding between you and your reader. Or feature a quote someone may not know to provide insight into your brand or business. In design, quotes are generally emphasized more than other text, so find a way to show it off. Make it bold text when next to regular-sized copy. Type it out in a striking font different from the rest of the design. Make it clear that you’re referencing a quote by using quotation marks and don’t forget to attribute the origin of the quote.

How to make a flyer with Adobe Spark

  1. Start with Inspiration

    We hook you up with thousands of professionally designed templates so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or color to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips. Once you find a graphic to start from, just tap or click to open the document in the editor.

  2. Remix to Make it Your Own

    There are lots of ways to personalize the templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own snapshots or short video clips. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts so you’re always #onbrand.

  3. Amp up the Flair

    It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with Spark’s exclusive design assets. Add animated stickers from GIPHY or apply a text animation for short-form graphic videos in one tap. We’ve taken care of all the boring technical stuff, so you can focus on your message and style.

  4. Resize to Make Your Content Go Further

    Gone are the days of having to memorize image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any social network by using Spark’s handy re-size feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit re-size, select the platform you want to adapt it for, and we take care of the rest.