If you’re interested in design, there’s no time of year quite like Christmas. So many opportunities to have fun what with decorations, gift wrapping, and – of course – Christmas Cards.
Although there are trends pretty much every year, one thing that we think is great about Christmas Card design as special form of Greeting Card design is that there really is no obligation to follow what everybody else is doing. You are the one who picks the shape and size of card, the colour schemes, the amount of glitter… It’s your opportunity to send your colleagues, friends, and loved ones something completely personal. Last weeks tutorial shows you how to even design your own one in InDesign.
If you want to move with the times, though, our tip for yuletide 2013 is to go retro. Especially in terms of colours, there are lots of soft pastel shades, 1960s-style greyscales, and even Victorian sepia colour palettes doing the rounds. The retro feel can manifest itself in things like “stitching style” print to make it look like you sewed the card at your grandma’s feet (see the very last design below) or in something as simple as a brown paper envelope.
The fonts, too, are decidedly elaborate this year. Never the less, we also have a soft spot for simplicity, so we liked the unusual primary colours cards with stencilled letters and the beautiful Spanish “Feliz Navidad!” card, too.
On that note of international inspiration: Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, and a very Merry Christmas to you indeed!