I recently had the privilege to design wedding stationery for some very very good friends of mine, and wanted to share the end result with you. Hus & Clare asked me to design something classic and minimal, with a bit of my hand-drawn typography thrown in, and just a teeny bit of colour. In some respects I felt these invitations were quite different from my usual style, but in other ways I think they're so 'me'! Either way, I loved the end result. And also, it was just such a crazy beautiful wedding!
I designed a bespoke order of service towards the end of last year for a lovely couple that I wanted to share with you. Sadie and Andy had a really clear idea of what they wanted; something very delicate, soft and a little vintage to compliment all the gorgeous details of their wedding. They'd already chosen the font American Typewriter which they'd used throughout their wedding stationery, so I stuck with this and I chose a colour palette which worked well with the flowers and dresses on the day. I hand drew some roses and lovebirds which I converted to vector in illustrator to add all the pretty delicate details.
Photographing some of my recent design work, and updating my portfolio is high up on the to-do list for 2015, so hopefully I'll be sharing more new work soon!
+ first photo courtesy of my lovely sister!
Things have been a bit hectic crazy lately, hence the radio silence over here! Sometimes managing a day job with freelance design work is really flippin' difficult and I'm trying to find a bit of a better way to balance everything out at the moment, and to stop my head from exploding. That being said, I've been working on some really exciting projects lately, which I've really been enjoying, and thought I'd share a few sneak peeks with you...
+ Some hand drawn typography that I did for a save the date design recently.
+ A mood board for a branding project I'm working on - can't wait to share this with you!
+ A fun floral pattern I put together, just for fun - i'm starting to realise patterns are my fave.
+ And a small detail of an order of service, which I'm just wrapping up at the moment.
So I'm trying to remember this. It helps.
This Saturday I went to a wonderful calligraphy class at The Blacksmith & Toffee Maker in Angel, organised by Quill London, and taught by Imogen Owen. I'd been looking around for a calligraphy class for a while, but all the ones I'd found seemed too lengthy or expensive. So when I found out about this through Quill's twitter feed I jumped at the chance and signed up. It completely outdid my expectations, and was super fun. The course was structured perfectly and realistically, and Imogen was a great teacher - I seriously cannot believe how much I learnt and achieved in just three hours! I cannot wait to get stuck in and start using this new skill in my design work!
A bit of an unusual post for me, but I couldn't resist, I mean have you seeeen this cookbook?! My mum gave it to me for Christmas, and I love love it. Polpo is one of my favourite London restaurants ever ever, and the cookbook is totally amazing too. I love the way it's bound with red thread, I love the gorgeous gold typography and the thick cream paper. But the design layout and photography used is beautiful too. I can't wait to get stuck in and try to create some of the recipes, especially the spinach, soft egg and parmesan pizzetta. My fave.
Photos - iPhone 5 + vsco cam.
zumtobel, an innovative austrian lighting company commissioned anish kapoor and brighten the corners to design their two part annual report for 2012. the first part is purely typographic, and completely in 8pt courier! and it sits along side the second part which is pure colour, taken from anish kapoor's video 'wounds and absent objects.' the results are completely awesome...
you can see the entire report here. this post doesn't really do it justice, it looks completely amazing in print, almost mesmerising. it's my favourite, i love it. also, that video is totally worth checking out if you haven't seen it before.
right... sooooo much homework to do this weekend, better get back to it! hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
yet another designer whose work i have discovered recently and loved. i feel like i am being flooded with amazing inspiration at the moment! lotta nieminen is a graphic designer and illustrator from helisinki, but she now lives in new york. her portfolio is super impressive and diverse, and her website is lovely too!
i love these designs, and did you know that sisällys is finnish for contents?! yep.
i keep seeing the work of les graphiquants, a paris based design studio popping up here and there and i keep thinking ooooooooh i really like that. and i do, i reeeally like their work. it is sooo nice. i love the layouts and use of space, the gorgeous stylised typography and simple colour palettes. it's fabulous and fun and their website is also really well designed, and very clickable!
i have a week off design school coming up, so i'm off for a break in slovenia tomorrow. it looks like it's going to be almost as cold as it is here, but i'm so super excited about a few days away. i'll be back soon with lots of photos i'm sure!
possibly one of my favourite designers i've discovered since starting my course. noah collin graduated from edinburgh college of art just last year, and his portfolio is amazing, and packed full of gorgeous inspiration... so nice hey? hope you all have a lovely weekend! we have a fairly quiet one planned & not too much homework for me yeay!
not a designer really, but lots of designers... herb lester 'look for the usual and the unusual in london and beyond' and then work with amazing illustrators and designers to create super awesome maps. yes. nick got one of them for christmas, which lists quiet and unknown places to meet in london. i totally love it and may have sort of claimed it as my own. hee. the designs are gorgeous, lovely enough to stick straight up on your wall. i really love maps loads. and these maps are so beautifully designed, it's ridiculous. i want them all. especially love the design of the copenhagen map by matt chase. it's making me want to visit even more!
p.s i've updated my tumblr a bit more with some of my earlier work, and will try and keep it updated from now on!