The 30 best print ads of 2014

21. Volkswagen Polo GTI

best print ads of June 2014

Late for college? Fear not!

We all know the pain of trying to get to work or college and getting stuck straight in a traffic jam, and this print ad played perfectly on that idea, with beautiful execution. DDB in Mexico were behind this cleverly put-together campaign for Volkswagen's Polo GTI.

22. Origin Coffee

best prints ads june 2014

The rooster coffee beans work perfectly with the 'Instantly Awake' tag line

The coffee beans were in the shape of roosters in this great campaign created by South African advertising agency Joe Public for Origin coffee. There were three advertisements in total, the others featuring screaming babies and alarm clocks, all conveying the 'Instantly Awake' tag line perfectly.

23. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

best print ads june 2014

These print ads for the latest Hunger Games film turned up the excitement

Everyone who's read the bestselling Hunger Games series was as excited as ever for the third motion picture installment of the story. This propaganda-style poster was just one in a series that were created alongside the Mockingjay website to promote the movie.

24. Jardiland Garden Centre

best print ads june 2014

Rex the dog was feeling a little 'ruff' before he lost all the weight

Parisian advertising agency Rosapark certainly got their day with this brilliant print ad showcasing a lighter option for pet food. Turning the tradition of weight loss advertising on its head, this hilarious print ad had us smiling from ear to ear.

25. Big Bay Brewing Company

best print ads june 2014

A typographic treat

We loved this print ad from advertising agency HY Connect, mainly for the typographic execution. Showcasing a beach hut style background, it certainly portrays the kind of laid-back style the brand would like to be associated with.

26. Brinox knives

food chain print ads

Intricate and inventive

Created by Brazilian designer Andre Blanco, the ads for a range of knives played cleverly with the idea of the food chain. We loved the way Blanco each animal in the clutches of another, seamlessly bringing together the advertisement in a gorgeous and creative way. Take a look at the rest of the series and be blown away.

27. El Universo

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A nice treatment of the familiar location symbol

Ecuadorian agency Koenig & Partners created this print ad for daily newspaper El Universo's campaign promoting its new training course, 'The ABC of Entrepreneurship'. With the tagline 'Place your business on the map', utilising the familiar location symbol was perhaps not the most original idea but the execution was charming.

28. Splashdown

best print ads july

Fake 'water-damaged' ads sit around the water park advert

These ads for water park Splashdown were designed by agency Rethink Canada to recreate the effect of visiting the attraction without actually getting wet... The images of people shaking themselves like drenched dogs were cunningly placed between 'water-damaged' fake ads – look out for the cheeky umbrella in the Ralph's Lawn Care 'ad' too!

29. Leafly

best print ads August

Emphasising science over stoners

Cannabis information website Leafly's full-page ad in the New York Times broke new ground by being the newspaper's first-ever marijuana advertisement. The ad focuses on addressing the way medical marijuana can help treat several medical conditions, utilising Periodic Table-style cells to emphasise science rather than stoners, plus the prominent 'Just Say Know' tagline.

30. Toronto Livegreen

Litter print ad

This anti-litter campaign fell foul of trademark laws

Littering is something almost any village, town, city or state suffers from and The City of Toronto's Livegreen organisation decided to tackle the problem with these clever print ads – which was fine until they were accused of plagiarism and then had to pull them, after the companies involved weren't too happy about their logos being associated with litterbugs. Still, nice while it lasted.

Which print ads did we miss? Let us know in the comments box below!