April 2010

20 articles in April 2010

Okay – so those of you that follow the blog may know that David is Type 1 diabetic. While we manage the condition and have a positive outlook it was devastating when he was first diagnosed. Blood sugars are not so easy to manage – giving multiple injections to a child that just turned 4 seemed cruel. Brian and I stopped going out on dates because there was no one who knew how to take care of David’s diabetic needs (and I had trust issues). In addition, I was 5 months pregnant, expecting our 3rd child when he was diagnosed. Overwhelmed to say the least, I turned to two of the only people who I knew could help us though. Help me be calm, help David feel like a kid again. My cousin Katie is a year younger than me. She is …

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Note my wedding ring there in the corner – yep still missing. This is tragic!!! Send me remembrance vibes please! Anyways, these cards were a blast to design. Kenyatta is a great artist, so good at so many things. She had typography established and her logo and my job was to utilize those elements to create a one of a kind layout. Above are the press matches to her specified Pantone numbers. These letterpress cards were a 2/1 color job, with 1/4″ rounded corners. Printed on 600GSM/220# paper these were super substantial upon being finished. Don’t you just love these bright colors? I felt like I was being transported back into the 80′s. Thanks Kenyatta for being so fun to work with and for really letting me explore some wild options for this card. On another note, has anyone seen the trailer …

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So I survived the weekend – for those of you who don’t subscribe to the twitter feed, I bought a second press and we went and picked her up this weekend in La Mesa, California, talk about stressful!! I’ll be blogging all about it this week but for now, here’s the anemone design adapted to a one color, letterpress business card for Shira. More details to come!

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For those of you that may read design*sponge I’m sure you’ve seen the Sideways Shop’s recovered furniture that Grace occasionally posts about. So you can hardly imagine my excitement when the gals from Sideways shop contacted me to help the design and letterpress print their business cards. They came to me with a photo of a chair and I re-created a simplified version. We then explored different patten on the fabric as well as contrasting colors and typography. In the end this was a really fun job to print and design. That patten creates the coolest pillow effect in the chair. From Lea: Adrienne – Thanks so much for all your hard work on these cards. We really love them and think that they make the perfect statement for our business. Maybe your readers want to check us out and see for …

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Spring has finally arrived here temporarily (its supposed to snow again this weekend) but for now we are enjoying the lovely weather! These letterpress wedding invitations were done in 2007 but I’ve been having one of my employees re-photograph all of my wedding suites since my camera is out of commission for the time being. Let me tell you, she is doing a fabulous job with styling. I am LOVING what she’s done so far and just can’t wait to show you all! These poppy invites were the inspiration behind the other poppy product in The SHOP. The pieces included invitation, reception insert, thank you note, ceremony insert, and bridal luncheon insert. If you are interested in a custom letterpress wedding suite from Dingbat Press, contact us, we’d love to work with you!

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It was such a pleasure to work with Amanda of Paper + Nest on this branding refresh. Amanda already had a great start with her nest element but wanted more help with her typography and layout specifically. This was a fun card to design for letterpress because all these amazing elements would look so awesome letterpress printed. When working with this, I wanted to explore some typefaces that were softer as the main stationery she is looking to rep are wedding, personal and baby. I thought that with her modern look we needed to try some soft options as well as typefaces that were light in weight. In all of these layouts, I wanted to be consistent with the natural elements of the nest and to do so we adapted it from its straight lines to a more roughed up and organic …

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Sarah came to me wanting a letterpress wedding suite that was bright, modern and sort of cirque de soleil looking for her invitations. To see her previous round 1 proofs and round 2 proofs click to link! Below is the final product. Curry and fuchsia were her colors of choice and they turned out totally awesome with the impression and reverse print band on the bottom of the invite creating a faux emboss. Check out that close up! This was such a fun job to print and design. It really came together in the last design round and was so unexpected. Perfect for a fun summer wedding. Below is invitation/envelope, thank you note, and table card.

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So another tax day has come and gone, and yet again we pay our hard earned money to the tax man. In celebration of not thinking about taxes any more, I thought I’d share with you another branding package for Jacqueline. Along with our development of her Guppiez brand for boutique children’s clothing, she is developing a second company specifically for more mass produced product, Dandelionz. Initial design brief included either using a dandelion flower or puff with lion head in the center. She gave me a lot of creative license for these but wanted it to reflect a similar feel as the Guppiez brand. There were 3 color schemes/concepts presented – soft/fun – retro/bright – modern.

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