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Tags: graphic design, kate hines, xkonstantine
Categories : creative, graphic design, kate hines, my design work, personal projects, print design
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.
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Tags: fonts, kate hines, ligature, typography, xkonstantine
Categories : fonts, kate hines, ligatures, typography, work - freelance
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
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Tags: kate hines, presco, presco print finishing supplies, review, xkonstantine
Categories : kate hines, my design work, personal projects, print design, review
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 fiancé 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!
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Tags: kate hines, work - employed, xkonstantine
Categories : kate hines, work - employed
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)!
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Tags: available for purchase, design, Harmonie Interieure, kate hines, limited edition, posters, print design, typography served, xkonstantine
Categories : creative, graphic design, kate hines, print design, things i love
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Tags: apple, fantastic concepts, general, kate hines, nike, nike plus, product design, running, worthy mentions, xkonstantine
Categories : creative, kate hines, product design, review, worthy mentions
At the weekend, my fiancé and I made what I would class as an ‘investment’. We bought a new pair of Nike running shoes (you can see mine here), and a Nike+ sportband each. Naturally I got the white & pink one (pictured), and he went all manly and got the grey and yellow one. Technically they are grey & pink / black & yellow, and whilst mine might be very light grey instead of white, there’s no way on earth the grey is black!
For those of you who aren’t in the know, the wristband comes with a sensor which you slot into the sole of your left shoe (underneath the insole) and you sync the two pieces of kit together. The sensor in the shoe transmits details of your distance, pace and calories burnt to your wristband, which you can plug into your computer (via USB!) and upload to the Nike website to track your progress!
Sounds pretty fantastic, doesn’t it? I’ve only used it twice so far, but I’m already impressed, and plan to use it regularly for the foreseeable future!
From a design point of view, the wristband is sleek and attractive, and the incorporation of a removable USB device to share your runs is ingenious. The sensor is a design marvel in itself, from the way it slots into the sole of the shoe, to the fact it’s cleanly branded with Nike & Apple making it not only a nifty tool, but visually pleasing too (considering it’s not on show!).
Furthermore, I’m loving the infographics on the website; it shows your runs according to the date, and each individual run in graph format based on speed and distance, with icons to map how you were feeling, the terrain upon which you ran, and also a route for the run. I’m looking forward to getting some more information logged over the next few days so I can start seeing my progress!