14 Creative Poster Ideas for Design Inspirations

Explore some of our favorite poster designs to ignite your imagination for your next poster project.

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Posters are an exciting form of graphic design because they function both as a work of art, as well as a strong marketing tool. Generally printed in a large format, posters offer a good amount of visual real estate to share eye-catching artwork with a powerful message.

We’ve curated some of our favorite poster designs to ignite your imagination for your next poster project. Explore our templates below to get inspired.

1. Create Synergy with Graphic and Text Design

This poster design is undeniably eye-catching. An epic photograph with dynamic lines and colors that catch your attention. What ultimately makes this design feel complete is the way the text plays off the photo. By layering several lines of text on top of each other, the font echoes the sentiment in the blurred photo. Think about the relationship between imagery and type styles as you build your next photo to provide a complete, well-rounded visual experience.

2. Use Icons in New, Imaginative Ways

If you don’t have professional photos at your disposal, don’t sweat it. The graphic imagery seen here is simply a saxophone icon (available to you on Adobe Spark Post) enlarged to fill the background. Think about the ways an icon can serve the visual needs of your poster. Can you arrange icons to make a shape or pattern on your poster? What about blowing up your text to create a shape or design using the letters and negative space? Challenge yourself to think outside of the box.

3. Use Vibrant, Eye-Catching Colors

Do you know your primary colors? Secondary colors? What about complementary colors? Explore color themes provided by Spark Post to make your design communicate the right message and let your message pop. In this case, bright colors build excitement for the colorful Day of the Dead holiday. Consider what colors best tell your story and explore with different pairings to achieve that.

4. Rethink an Object’s Potential

This is a compelling poster that is succeeding with creativity alone. If you don’t have professional photos at your disposal, don’t sweat it. The graphic imagery seen here is simply an icon (available to you on Adobe Spark Post) blown up to fit the poster. Can an icon serve your visual needs for your poster? Can you arrange icons to make a shape or pattern on your poster? What about blowing up your text to create a design using the letters and negative space? Challenge yourself to think outside of the box.

5. Play with Symmetry

The photo seen here includes the reflection of the astronaut in the water, but you can achieve that type of symmetry by exploring layout options with images. Try a split layout – upload a photo to one side, then the same photo to the other. Use the flip tool to mirror the image, then adjust the two photos so they line up as a mirror image.

6. Use Layers to Transform Your Design

Drop in an image to your poster design. Add a filter. Place a graphic image or icon on top of it. Adjust the transparency and add a filter to it. Throw in some shape blocks and then overlay text. Layers create depth and can transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. Let go of preconceived notions and experiment a little with layering different elements.

7. Lots of Solutions for Lots of Text

Sometimes, we have to communicate a lot of information on posters. Avoid filling up the entire page with words and use design elements such as shape, color, and negative space to turn your text into part of the design. We love this example for how it fits “Wednesdays Open Mic” into the square and echoes the shape. Then, color, size, and placement are used to create hierarchy with the information.

8. Play with Outstanding Font Combinations

When it comes to font pairings, a good rule of thumb is that opposites attract. Generally, you’ll want a primary font, used for eye-catching headlines and reflecting the tone of the design, and a secondary font that is easy to read that can be used for paragraphs. For example, if you pick a curvy, handwritten primary font, opt for a more neutral serif or san serif secondary font. We love this poster example because it takes font pairing to the next level. Since this is a poster ad for a type workshop, it’s only fitting to use all the typefaces. Notice that the secondary copy below follows our rule of thumb for being something less attention grabbing.

9. Finding the Perfect Placement

Own a small business or brand? Use Spark Post to create artistic, professional advertising without spending a fortune. Use image content you have already, even if it’s just photos from your smartphone, and add filters and text effects in your Spark workspace. Explore opportunities to make posters of all different sizes to share online or in your community.

10. Showcase Facts with Infographics

Posters are a fantastic canvas for infographics because they can offer plenty of real estate. Maybe you’re a teacher, a workout coach, or a chef and need an infographic to hang in the kitchen for new hires to reference, like in this example. Create an infographic poster to make your information easy to read and remember! Use design elements like icons, imagery, collaging, or even just color-coded text to break up your info and make it fun to read.

11. Get Creative with Collaging

Collaging is a great approach for poster design. If you have multiple images you’d like to feature in your design, using a grid layout is a graphically interesting way to showcase them. Collages can be symmetrical, as seen in this example, or more playful and asymmetrical as found in Spark Post’s layout options. You can collage with photos, icons, or even text boxes, all depending on the aesthetic you’re going for.

12. Create Artful Advertising

Own a small business or brand? Use Spark Post to create artistic, professional advertising without spending a fortune. Use image content you have already, even if it’s just photos from your smartphone, and spice it up with filters and text effects in your Spark workspace. Explore the opportunities to make posters of all different sizes to share online or in your community to get your brand out there.

13. Explore with Daring, Artful Design Choices

Posters are an excellent opportunity for trying out something bold and creative. Test out unconventional text arrangements, such as stacking seen here, or overlaying text on top of color-blocked shapes and lines. Avoid doing too much at once – make one or two bold choices and let them be the focal point of your poster.

14. Make a Poster, Just Because

Did you take an epic photo on your last family vacation? Maybe there’s a quote or mantra that’s been resonating with you recently? Perhaps there’s a holiday coming up and you need some decorations. You don’t need to have a specific purpose for making a poster. Turn your on-the-fly photos or inspirational quotes into art using Spark Post’s editing tools.

How to make a poster 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 resize, select the platform you want to adapt it for, and we will take care of the rest.

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