Design Examples

Before Peter can start writing the text, you'll need to at least have a sketch of the layout. Want to see some inspiring designs? Try these resources.


Stock Layouts
Your best resource for quickly gathering professional design ideas for brochures, flyers, newsletters, letterhead, postcards, print ads, menus and posters.

Brochure Monster
Another good resource for design ideas (brochures, flyers, posters, postcards, etc.).

Before & After Magazine
It calls itself a magazine, but there's no advertising or boring articles. It's actually a catalog of design ideas for all kinds of printed materials — with the fonts, colors, software and techniques all clearly spelled-out. Current and past articles are available online in beautiful PDF formats.

Modern Postcard

Carlsbad, California
Here, you'll find innovative designs for flat postcards, folded postcards, tri-fold postcards, rack cards and sales sheets. Visit the site and select "Resources."

Paper Direct
These designs are meant for small businesses on a strict budget, but the examples can provide the inspiration for something more professional.

Microsoft Office Online
For small businesses on a strict budget. These template designs from Microsoft are amateurish, but for basics like press releases, letterhead and reports, they may be everything you need in a design. Visit the site and select "Templates."

Innovative Business Cards
We all know how important first impressions are. So why do we carry boring old traditional business cards? For some truly innovative design ideas, see this online collection of samples.


Constant Contact
Not only will you find examples of well-designed HTML e-mails, there's also gobs of free advice, tips and tricks. Visit the site and select "Success Stories" to see samples of others' e-mail designs. Select "Templates" to access a collection of free design templates.


Cool Home Pages
This site offers the ultimate collection of best-in-class Web site designs. Plus, they've categorized the sites into helpful groupings, such as best Fortune 500 sites, best non-flash sites, best sites with simple layouts, sites with the best buttons and icons, plus much more.

Buy Templates
One of just a few Web-site template resources offering unique designs. A good way to gather ideas for your own site.

Elated Page Kits
Another provider of unique Web site templates (and another great resource to use for developing your own Web site likes and dislikes).

Template Monster
This collection of Web site templates is the same one offered by just about every other online template company, but many of the designs are very good.