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15 inspiring examples of ticket design

A custom designed ticket can make an event even more special. Check out these awesome examples to inspire you...

For many people, a ticket is merely something that allows them entry to an event. But for others it's so much more. People keep tickets for many different reasons; as a reminder of a favourite concert, a winning game, or to become part of the collage maker's art.

The art of ticket design is a challenge for any creative; the aim being to heighten people's excitement towards the event, as well as creating a design so awesome they won't think of throwing it in the bin. Yet the canvas is a small one, and designing a clear and attractive ticket is often an test of how best to utilise the golden ratio. Here are some fantastic examples of ticket design that do more than simply meet the brief.

01. Tamarack campground

Graphic designer Theresa Garritano created these vintage-style tickets for Tamarack Campground's 1st annual pig roast

This vintage-style ticket design was created by graphic designer Theresa Garritano. A freelance project, Garritano developed these for privately owned campground Tamarack, a frequent summer getaway for the designer. Featuring all the vital event information in a clear and stylish way, the ticket design leaves you with no doubt as to the event's main attraction.

02. A Design Film Festival

Singapore-based creative studio Anonymous created this clean, simple ticket design for a film festival in 2011

This clean and simple ticket design was developed by Singapore-based creative studio Anonymous for the second installment of the Design Film Festival event. The clear design features the name of the viewer's chosen film printed prominently on bright, eye-catching red 170gsm Nadali paper.

03. NTU fashion week

This stylish design was created by Un.titled for Nottingham Trent University's graduate fashion week

Creative agency Un.titled devloped these sexy and stylish tickets for Nottingham Trent University's graduate fashion week. The sophisticated ticket design, which features bold, black typography printed on a simple dark grey background, reflects the event it goes with perfectly.

04. Design lecture

Inspired by a quote by American graphic designer Edward Fella, Kris Tsao developed this creative ticket design

Art director Kris Tsao is the brains behing this ticket design for a Savannah College of Art and Design lecture on American graphic designer Edward Fella. Taso comments on his website, "This design was a visual interpretation of the quote, 'Design is always permission given or allowance taken', from Ed Fella."

05. Reunion tickets

After many iterations, the front left ticket was chosen as the final design for this high school reunion

These designs for a high school reunion cleverly use different font sizes to convey the event information. Out of these many iterations, the front left was chosen as the final design. An event to remember, the ticket design will undoutbedly have been kept as a souvenier by many.

06. Type Factory

Jinisha Patel was inspired by clocking in cards for his ticket design

A project set by ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers), graphic designer Jinisha Patel came up with this design for a fictional typographic museum and gallery in London. Based on a factory theme, Patel developed these clocking in and out cards as a way of interaction for the visitors as they walk through the Type Factory.

07. Ancora music festival

This minimalist design was created by graphic designer Christina Paone for the Ancora music festival in Vancouver

Graphic designer Christina Paone developed this mimimalist design to promote the Ancora music festival in Vancouver. Ticket designs had to reflect the various entry options; all access passes, day passes, or one night stand tickets. The neatly places logo, text and efficient use of white space make this a simple but effective design.

08. A Prairie Home Companion

Richard Roche created this lovely souvenier to hand his fiancee on Xmas day

When graphic design student Richard Roche bought his fiancee tickets to a live performance of radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion for Christmas, he wanted to hand her something prettier than a PDF ticketmaster print out. So he designed this fake, but much prettier ticket for her to discover on Xmas day.

09. Triumph of the Ordinary

We love these vintage ticket designs for showings to some of the Coen brother's best-loved films

Graphic designer Emma Frischmuth worked on the concept for these cool, old-school ticket designs for a hypothetical film festival, Triumph of the Ordinary, featuring the films of Joel & Ethan Coen. Ticket designs feature details of showings to some of the Coen brother's best-loved films, such as No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski.

10. Bauhaus exhibition

Design student Henning Humml created this elegant concept for a Bauhaus exhibition in 2009

This elegant ticket design was created by Bachelor of Arts student Henning Humml back in 2009. The designer developed the simple yet effective design for the '90 Jahre Bauhaus, Weimar' exhibition in Berlin. Tickets features the event logo clearly to the right, with names of artists covered in the exhibition displayed to the left.

11. MMM Ticket

The tiger is definitely our favourite design. What's yours?

These tickets are some of our favourite designs. Playful and eye-catching, these posters were infact created for a campaign for ticket sales service in shopping centers managed by MMM Portugal. Designer Raul Reis worked on the advertising project, creating ticket that included a clown and tiger design.

12. First Class

First class travel. First class design

Martyna W─Ödzicka is a graphic design student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. And the lady behind this beautiful ticket design for a student project to create a visual identity for a travel company. Featuring a clean layout, vibrant colours and stylish photography, we'd definitely keep this ticket as a souvenir. sea and air.

13. Placido Domingo

Featuring an envelope and separate seating note, this is one sophisticated ticket design

Now here's a ticket design that has had a serious amount of time and work go into its development. Designer Aleksy Belyalov created this concept for a opera singer Placido Domingo concert. The sophisticated design features three seperate sections; an envelope, the ticket itself and tracing-paper with your designated seat number.

14. Monophone

Detailed illustrations leave you in no doubt as to what this event is about

Many ticket designs use bold typography to grab people's attention. And so does this awesome Monophone event design by Randy Raharja. But it also features some brilliant illustrations of various musical instruments, which immediately attract your eye. This ticket design leaves you in no doubt that music is the theme of this event.

15. Golden Ticket

Created for a radio station campaign, these luxury tickets featured prizes under a gold foil panel on the reverse

A little bit different, this golden ticket design was created for a radio station campaign. Selling these tickets, people had the chance to win a selection of prizes. The luxury designs featured a gold foil scratch panel on the reverse, which, when removed, displayed whether or not the lucky recipient was a winner.

Words: Kerrie Hughes

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