With the rise of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, sending postcards doesn’t happen as much. You can share pictures instantly with the click of a button rather than sending a postcard in the mail.
However, receiving a postcard is special and shows the beautiful designs of the country you’re visiting. Here are 15 breathtaking study abroad postcards that will impress you.
1. Using pictures of New Zealand in the letters, this postcard encompasses the beauty of this country and how diverse it is.
2. This design showcases an inviting nature scene in Scotland. An elk overlooking idyllic scenery shows off the natural beauty of the Highlands.
3. Here’s a postcard with a quote overlapping a landscape image. It’s a great concept that could be used for any purpose.
4. Ranganath Krishnamani highlights the culture found in Karntaka, India by including some of its most famous landmarks. The style is contemporary yet has a retro feel.
5. I enjoy seeing different travel emblems and scenery on this postcard. It’s a great reminder of how special a trip can be and how it’s an opportunity to learn more about the world.
6. A vintage map with famous landmarks is a graphic, bold way to present a place like Paris, but it works!
7. This postcard has a hand-drawn charm to it. Stylistically it captures Bologna architecture in a simplistic way. Not all postcards have to be lush, colorful scenes. Sometimes they can feel like a refined sketch that’s reminiscent of a travel diary.
8. This illustration, created with its flat bold shapes, has a colorful retro feel. The birds’ “feathers” cleverly use patterns seen in Stockholm’s culture.
9. In this seaside postcard, a photo-altering effect was used to make this image feel “vintage.” It’s something to consider if you’re designing your own postcard and want that same aesthetic.
10. Here’s a taste of Finland, all in one postcard image. You see traditional dress wear, architecture and the natural beauty that it has to offer.
11. The type design on this postcard is great. The font adds some visual interest to what could’ve been an ordinary-looking card.
12. Here’s another hand-drawn postcard by Rachel Ryle when she visited Germany. The urban landscape, although stylized, is an adorable replica of some of the buildings she saw.
13. Hawaii wasn’t made a state until 1959, so back in 1915, this postcard probably seemed exotic. This vintage postcard paints a colorful picture of it, and the idyllic scenery makes you want to run along the beach!
14. I enjoy how this composition, while dark, portrays the culture of India. The artist points our eye toward the Taj Mahal, illuminated in white, in the background.
15. Here’s a beautiful illustration of Paris. The minimal color and bold shapes make the linework shine, and it’s a whimsical take on the romantic city.
Travel postcards are not only special to receive but truly portray the culture you’re visiting. They encompass the country’s (or city’s) culture by incorporating picturesque photos and illustrations.
If you’re designing your own postcard, ask yourself how your image expresses a certain place and whether it’s the message you’re trying to get across.
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