// Wedding design work

24 11 2010

Two posts in two days?! Told you I’d missed blogging! Before I disappeared, I told you I’d share some of my wedding designs once my big day had been and gone…

This heart (click for larger version) took me hours and hours to complete. When it comes to designing, it transpires that I am my own worst enemy as I simply wasn’t satisfied, despite my other half telling me it looked good.

“I’ll just move this a little bit. Maybe I could swap these two things and see how that looks. What do you think? Should I put it back to how it was before?”


It was never ending, and I don’t know how he put up with me!

The heart contained a series of wedding-centric words and phrases, including our own names and the wedding venue, and was used on the front cover of all our invitations (day and evening), as well as at a reduced size on all the interior pages. We also used it on our table plan, and followed the same theme for all our table numbers.

Our colour scheme (trendsetters that we are, haha) was turquoise with hot pink accents. We’re seeing turquoise everywhere at the moment, and it makes me laugh that our colour scheme —which we chose in 2008— it what 2010 is all about.





// 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.





// 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!





// Ecclestone & Miller

23 08 2009

Speculative logo design work created (whilst employed at a Leeds studio) for regional cleaning company Ecclestone & Miller. The colours I opted to use are complementary, providing a strong, vibrant contrast throughout the brand, and all four logos featured a prominent ampersand. The one featured here is by far my favourite of the set.


It’s possible that I’ll blog about ampersands in the future, as I find them such a fascinating letter form, and only discovered today that the ‘&’ is often regarded as the 27th letter of the alphabet.





// Design Work

27 05 2009

I’m aware that I haven’t posted a great deal of my own design work to date, and it’s about time that I try and remedy that. This project for Aqua Rose —a wedding and event coordination company based in the south of England— consisted of a number of elements.

Firstly as this was a new company, they required the initial brand development, the result of which can be seen below. They also required initial flyers, which I created as double sided DL (99x210mm) printed on a silk artboard, and a full stationery package consisting of letterheads, compliments slips and business cards.


Aqua Rose


For the logo development I worked in Adobe Illustrator, which I have become increasingly familiar with over the last ten months – prior to this I can honestly say I’d not had a great deal of contact with it having been using Macromedia Freehand instead. The layouts for all printed items were created using Adobe InDesign which I’ve been using now for years – I rely heavily on this now for Graphic Design.





// From the beginning…

20 11 2008

Whilst I’ve been working at my current company for coming up to three months, yesterday I press passed the first thing that I have worked on right from the beginning; the first batch of business cards for my company following the re-brand we’ve been undergoing recently!


Since joining the company, I’ve been designing a lot of stationery, marketing, brochures etc for ongoing clients who had their logo redesigned before I came on board. However, this is my first project that I’ve designed from scratch; from the logo to the layout and structure of the business cards {and other stationery}, to creating styling to use throughout all elements {print & web}. As such, it was really exciting for me to see the printed outcome first hand. Not to mention that things like this have a tendency to excite me anyway…





The business cards are being laminated and cut today and they will be delivered to us tomorrow. Now that we are 100% happy with the pantone colours, next on the printing agenda is going to be letterheads, continuation sheets and compliments slips. We’re also having signage installed next week, which I’m really looking forward to seeing. Very hectic, but great fun!


Please be aware the colours you see on your screen may not be an accurate depiction of the official brand colours.