// 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.

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// 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!





// 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?





// Calendar Design

17 09 2009

During my final year at University (2005-6) I embarked upon a project for ISTD entitled ‘What day is it?’, which centred around calendar design.

Whilst sorting through various boxes and old folders during the epic task of packing for The London Move™ (which incidentally happens tomorrow!), I came across a lot of old projects from both high school and uni, some of which I got a bit nostalgic about.

I couldn’t find final pieces of work for some, but I had a lot of research, and scribbled notes —the majority of which I’m sad to say I threw away as I simply cannot keep hanging onto this stuff for the sake of it— but prior to this, I went through and tore out my favourites, one of which is this 1985 calendar, by Minoru Morita Graphic Design: click to enlarge. Wouldn’t it be amazing to reproduce? I’m currently almost finished my last personal project, the ampersand, which I’m hoping to complete and share once I’m settled into my new home.

It’s fair to say I’m a huge fan of ingenious ideas like the one above, but my favourite calendar to date has to be the Jumping Point calendar from the MoMA. I owned the 2007 edition of this following my visit to New York for Christmas 2006, and since then I’ve been desperate to get my hands on another.

The design was created and published by Michael Domberger in 1975, is “‘indispensable’, the most famous and successful Domberger calendar, popular with young and old”*, and it’s easy to see why as you create a colorful design when marking the passage of days or highlighting special occasions. All you need to do is punch out the days dot to expose the vivid color underneath.

I’m hoping to return to New York late 2010 / early 2011 (fingers crossed), so I’ll definitely be off to the MoMA to purchase a 2011 Jumping Point. If anyone is going to New York in the near future, I will say just this — feel free to bring me back the 2010 edition!


*Quote credit