// 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.


// Hipstamatic (I)

23 11 2010

Oh, how I have missed blogging. I have a colourful array of excuses for why I’ve been away…getting married, never having the time, moving house and not having the internet all fall under that category. I’m happy to say I’m now a wife, have a fair bit more free time, am living in our new house AND have the internet installed again. Happy Kate!

This post is inspired by my lovely friend Lauren, who is also a bit of a Hipstamatic fan (and who undoubtedly has more in-app lenses/film than me)! I’d love to know if you have any favourites amongst this first batch of Hipstamatic photos.

1. UP! My pink Converse and jeggings 2. Starbucks addiction 3. John Lewis phone 4. Waitrose cupcake 5. Old shoes I had to part ways with 6. Starbucks Christmas cups have arrived! 7. We moved out of Flat B 8. Rainbow over Croydon 9. My best friends brothers birthday cake – his parents took him to Las Vegas for his 21st (not at all jealous!) 10. The husband with a signed Grant Holt shirt (stained with blood, sweat and er, grass) 11. FL Office dog 12. Drinks in the office during a particularly harrowing final push to hit deadline.

// 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)!