// New blog location…!

15 10 2011

Thanks to everyone who has followed by blog, and for leaving me comments throughout. I’ve moved my blog to a new location and am in the process of giving it a massive overhaul. I’m pretty happy with how it’s looking now, and I’ve removed some of my old blog posts but still have the tags and categories to sort out. Hoping to resume normal service again relatively soon…!

In the meantime, you can read what I’m tweeting about (and add the new url to your blogrolls!)





// Wedding Prep

18 07 2010

As some of you will know, I’m a designer who’s getting hitched at the end of August. It makes perfect sense that of course I would design everything that needs to be designed. Invites, table plan, guestbook, you name it, I’m making it. My invites have of course been created and mailed (I mentioned them briefly in this entry), table plan is designed (but not printed), table numbers need to be designed and I need to ‘make’ the guestbook*, so these last six weeks are looking to be pretty hectic.

I don’t fancy giving out details about the wedding to all and sundry, so once the big day has been and gone, I’ll consider posting some of the design work on my blog. Since creating them, I’ve actually been approached by the sister of the printer I used to create her invites in the same style. We got a lot of compliments for the design, but there’s no bigger compliment that others love them as much as I do when they want to use your design for their own wedding. I’m really chuffed!

*I can’t take credit for the whole book, as I’m actually going to be customising an existing scrapbook.





// Things I love (V)

23 06 2010

“Rearview camera? Why on earth would I need that?” | “Leather seats? Seriously?” | “Plenty of head room they said. Well what about neck room?”

I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned my love of Typography Served previously, and here it is, the source of more awesomeness. I bloody love giraffes, in case you didn’t already know!

These beautiful posters were created by One Horse Town Illustration Studio.







// Fonts: ligatures

29 05 2010

I’ll keep this brief, but I’ve been baffled recently when working on a logo development project (freelance) as to just how many typefaces don’t include a simple ‘fi’ ligature.

I’ve mentioned in the past just how enamoured I am with typographic ligatures, but these are mostly the discretionary ones such as the c/k and s/t shown on the Calluna sample, which I appreciate aren’t integrated into every typeface in existance.

They make those letter combinations simply beautiful, but those combinations also work fine as they are; to me, the f/i combination sans-ligature looks somewhat unsightly, not to mention awkward.

Image credit: Daniel Ullrich





// Presco Print Finishing Supplies

24 04 2010

I just wanted to take the opportunity to post a quick review.

As a designer, who is getting married in August, it seemed only natural that I would embark upon the challenge of designing my own wedding invites, and my, what a challenge it was. I’d never fully appreciated before how difficult it can be designing for yourself – but now I know! Repeatedly hearing “You don’t need to change it – it looks fine” from my fiancĂ© was not enough; apparently I’m a perfectionist at heart, and I spent hours making sure it was (in my eyes anyway) perfect.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to create something a) in a booklet format and b) a little bit different, so I discarded the standard binding of ribbon and decided to go with some binding screws. I knew of the concept, but it was one of my Directors who told me what they were called (so simple…!) before recommending Presco to me – and I’m so glad he did, as the customer service was fantastic.

Delivery was anticipated to be 3-4 business days, however payment was taken at 2pm and they arrived before 11am the following day. Not only this, but when I was so anal to count the parts (I wouldn’t normally, but I needed exact numbers!) I emailed their sales department, receiving a very prompt response saying some extras would be dispatched – which I received the day after. I am one very happy customer! Thanks Presco (and in particular James Nunn who dealt with my enquiry).

The invites look pretty amazing, if you’re curious!





// It’s been a while…

30 03 2010

I really need to get back into blogging. I’ve really missed it, and I have so many things I’d like to write about, it’s just finding the time to do so. Work has been very busy recently, and I’ve been putting in the hours in to keep up with my workload.

I’m really enjoying it, and despite the long hours the days are over before I know it because I’m so busy. I realised the other day that I’ve been living in London now for over six months which has totally flown by, and I realised how lucky I was to get such an amazing job. I work with a brilliant group of people, I’m learning new things and the work is varied.

All is well in Kate-land (apart from the lack of blogging)!





// Things I love (IV) – Limited Edition Posters

18 02 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I get weekly emails from Typography Served. This week I enjoyed The graphic sentences collection by Harmonie Interieure; a short series of limited edition posters (numbered to 100), 45 x 55 cm and printed on 250gsm. I would love to get a set of these, if it weren’t for the small fact of not having anywhere to display them. They’re beautiful though, and I bet they’d be a real treasure to own (and see on your walls every day). You can make your own mind up as I’ll share visuals below:






What do you think? Which is your favourite? Will you be purchasing one of these posters, or even a complete set?