Having a well-designed letterhead can really help sell your talents as a creative. Whether for your mail-outs, covering letters to accompany your design portfolio, invoices or other uses, branding your stationery will grab the receiver's attention as soon as they open the envelope.
A beautiful, memorable bespoke letterhead design is a great way to enhance your brand and showcase your design skills at the same time.
So if you want to create your own but need a little inspiration, we've selected 13 beautiful examples of letterhead designs to help you stand out from the crowd.
01. Musto B&B
Lorenzo Rocco is the designer behind this beautiful foil blocked letterhead for Musto, a bed and breakfast in the centre of Naples, Italy. The gold runs throughout the whole logo design and brand identity, conveying elegance and understated Italian style.
02. École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
An art and design university should have well designed print materials, and we love this letterhead for the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. Created by Atelier trois, the fresh yellow and blue colour scheme runs throughout the school's branding design.
03. Ted Perez & Associates
There's nothing quite like a bit of beautiful type to get some attention, which is the focus of this letterhead design for Ted Perez & Associates. Created by Alex Rinker, the design mixes a bold, shadowed sans serif with a vintage-style script font to create an eye-catching piece.
Australian agency A Friend of Mine created an identity package for Pixelflix, a digital production and editing company, including an eye-catching embossed letterhead. The idea of the branding is to reflect the nature of Pixelflix's work: taking an assortment of confusing and out-of-context scenes, and rearranging them into a coherent whole.
Another letterhead from A Friend of Mine – this time for Modhouse, which builds modular homes for people who want a quality, contemporary, sustainable home in a short timeframe. The grid-based identity system allows modules to be flexibly arranged in dynamic layouts to best suit the given content and context, and the bold typography and varied palette reflects the Scandinavian style of Modhouse homes.
06. Bronx Zoo
Created by designer Caroline Madigan, the concept behind this design was to capture the interactive nature of a trip to the Bronx Zoo for both children and adults. The letterhead 'speaks' to the recipient with sounds of the zoo animals printed beautifully with a selection of different fonts.
The Bittersuite logo itself is a beautifully designed ambigram – a graphic that spells out a word not only in its original form but also in another direction or orientation. Featured prominently on the letterhead, the design also incorporates a playful concept where a simple fold in the top corner creates another illustration
SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises) is a New York-based organisation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for women and girls in developing countries. The team at Blok Design in Toronto, Canada, came up with these gorgeous letterhead designs, where SHE stands tall at the top of the page, emphasised by a bold underscore and varied colour palette.
09. Wine Concepts
When multidisciplinary creative agency Hunt&Co was asked to develop a new identity and branding for Melbourne-based wine consultant Wine Concepts, it came up with this simple but effective design. The logo represents a stylised wine label and (our favourite bit) features overprinted wine drops to reinforce the brand and emphasise the product.
10. One Flew South
Graphic designer Alvin Diec is the man behind this cool letterhead and branding concept for restaurant and sushi bar One Flew South. Located in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Diec worked with the brand's original patriotic colours, resulting in this sophisticated design.
OK, so technically this is a letter-footer rather than a letterhead, we know but with such a gorgeous design we decided to ignore that technicality. Musica is the largest music retail group in South Africa. And the job of developing a rebrand fell at the feet of graphic design agency Studio Botes, which used detailed black and white illustrations to depict the world of Musica.
12. Dylan's Barbershop
We love this obvious but brilliant comb letterhead design for a startup barbershop in Portland, Oregon. Graphic designer for Nike Sportwear, Lizzy Green, came up with the concept for this eye-catching identity.
13. Best Men's Ties
This elegant, stylish design for high quality tie retailer Best Men's Ties was created by Croatian design studio Cipmann. The brief was to create a 'visual identity that will communicate elegance and style to men who enjoy fine neckwear'. And this classy design does just that.
14. Absurd Machine
This vibrant letterhead for music and video production company Absurd Machine leaves you in no doubt as to who you're receiving a letter from. The clever concept by graphic designer Jessica Benz features vinyl records and film rolls in an eye-catching design, which surrounds the company name.