Working with good friends on their wedding designs is so satisfying! My friends Lauren and Mike are having a Chicago ceremony centered around the colors green, white, black and silver. They asked for a modern look with an emphasis on botanical prints. Once we decided on this gorgeous vintage botanical print, the rest of the design came together very easily. They opted to letterpress their invites, which added so much elegance to the design suite.
This custom design for Makenzie and Tyler's September Seattle wedding was inspired by their love of of the outdoors and their relaxed Midwestern personalities. Makenzie, partner behind the marketing firm Davies + Dixon, and Tyler, a Seattle real estate agent, were very hands-off after the initial brainstorming process, preferring to be surprised with the final result. Their wedding location is the scenic Bainbridge Island, just thirty minutes west of Seattle by ferry.
The bride's only request was to have a crisp white wedding invitation with gold foil lettering, to bring her glamorous side to their outdoor Labor Day weekend wedding stationery. To add some complimentary colors to this central piece, we brought in rich navy, gray, yellow and orange hues from our Seattle inspired mood board. The travel-themed RSVP postcard features a sunset shot of the ferry route guests will take on their way to the wedding site, and was finished with a romantic quote from Sleepless in Seattle. The map was printed on a textured paper and provided guests with a visual of how the ferry system works– essential for the large group, most of whom had never visited Seattle before. Additionally, it explained which neighborhoods to check out, restaurant and hotel recommendations, and what weather to expect. The cream-colored envelope was lined with a beautiful navy and gold wrapping paper by Rifle Paper Co.
Chicago Wedding I
Custom Chicago themed wedding suite I designed for our Fall 2014 nuptials. Inspired by our venue and the city we have made our home in, these pieces set the tone for a elegant, modern, and romantic ceremony. Chicago map was hand designed to ensure our out-of-town guests had the best experience possible.
Invitation:Lettra 220 lb. white cotton paper, letterpress
Map card:5x15" trifold on textured paper, map is original and not to scale
RSVP:3x5" double-sided card on textured paper
Venue card:3x5" double-sided card, hand embossed
Save The Date: 4x6" card, custom stamp, custom envelope liner (also used in invitation suite)
Calligraphy: Designer's penmanship
Wax Seal, Gold Embossing: Custom made to order
Chicago Wedding II
Additional print design pieces I created for our Fall 2014 Chicago themed wedding. On a small budget, I was able to design individual name cards that showed where guests were coming from and the mileage traveled, a great conversation starter for the night. The programs utilized the custom made rubber stamp and wax seal I used in the invitations, and contained trivia plus a tribute page to our guests, thanking them for traveling from all over the country to make it to Chicago. The table numbers were bold and direct, using the Chicago six-pointed star. The thank you cards for the wedding shower were bold and floral, and the thank you cards for the ceremony were nostalgic and heartfelt, using photography.
Program:French Paper Company paper, custom wax seal and custom rubber stamp
Name Cards:White paper, black ink
Table Numbers:White cardstock, black ink
Shower Thank You Card:5x7 cardstock, kraft paper envelope
Wedding Thank You Card: 5x7 folded textured paper
Emerald City Invite
This is a trifold invitation I designed for St. Pius X Catholic School when I freelanced for ADG. When I heard the theme was "A Night Out in Emerald City," I immediately started sketching- I couldn't wait to get started! I went with bright pop tone colors, glamorous type, and playful illustrations to pull this look together.
Wedding suite designed for my sweet friend Meredith and her new husband, Brad. The look was inspired by the vintage postcard the bride found (on the front of the RSVP) featuring the actual venue- the Hermitage Plantation in Norfolk, Virginia. The pale pinks and greens seen throughout the wedding pulled the look together. My favorite piece to work on was the map informational card. Maps are always a brain teaser to figure out, but so satisfying and beautiful to observe in the end.
Invitations: Single color letterpress on Lettra pearl 220 lb paper
Map Card and RSVP: double sided 4x6 cards. The RSVP worked as a postcard, saving time and money for the bride!
Moto X at Sprint
In the fall of 2013 Sprint began to carry the newest smartphone from Motorola, the Moto X. Motorola boasts about the phone’s customizability (in both color and make) and our obstacle was to make this phone stand out in a store full of similarly branded smartphones. We used color and personality in the phone display case along with simplicity on the way-finding wall panel to make sure it stood out.
This is a transportation map I redesigned for the Zurich S-Bahn train while studying at SCAD. The original map utilized a zone system as well as a series of train routes to get passengers around in Zurich. The original map separated the travel zones and train lines onto two pages to prevent them from looking cluttered. I combined them by using a neutral color scheme and brightly colored train lines. The project also entailed recreating the logo and developing a series of pictograms for places of interest. Map is not geographically correct.
Mother's Day Cards
Mother's Day Cards I sent to the ladies in my life this year. I printed the black ink on textured white paper, and hand embossed the gold detail on the front. The liner was a repeating floral pattern I designed.
The objective of this student work was to find an interesting topic backed by an assortment of facts and statistics, and then design a magazine spread around it. My interest was caught by an article I had recently read about centenarians, or people who live to 100 years or older. The central theme was to use the concept of age and birthdays, and include a birthday cupcake and dotted lines (symbolic of milestones) as repeating motifs. The data on centernarians is very postitive and encouraging, many of them are in good health and the numbers are expected to rise in the coming decades. This inspired me to use a cheerful color scheme and attempt to remove any negative ideas behind growing old.
Clover Organic is a fictional product line I crafted for a package design class. Clover Organic is an organic, small batch produced baby skin care line based in Burlington, Vermont. I chose Burlington because it is one of my favorite cities, it's urban yet very grounded and the local businesses there are fantastic. The city really takes pride in organic food and wholesome, transparent products- something I wanted to resonate in the package design for Clover Organic. The use of geometric patterns, muted colors, and hand designed touches like cloth bags and silk ribbon tie the products to the packaging. It is marketed towards the parents, refraining from "baby talk," animals images, or handwritten typefaces. Thanks to my friend Lauren Jones for help with the drawstring travel bags. Photos by Andrew Holmes.
Pack Up + Give Back is a clothing drive I designed and executed for my Studio II final. The idea was that students would be leaving school at the end of November for break, and would be sorting and packing their clothing. It was the perfect opportunity to ask people to donate clothes. The drive had three goals: to use graphic design to better the community, to bridge the gap between the college student body (donors) and the impoverished people in Savannah (recipients), and to promote recycling. Promotional items included: posters, quarter page ads, information takeaways, drop-off boxes, "good karma" fortunes (distributed to donors) and a Facebook event page to market this event. I had help from friends, professors and classmates, and we successfully collected over 1,000 clothing items.
Typographic Playing Cards
A few years ago I created a deck of playing cards using the typeface American Typewriter as the main design element, with a color palette inspired by summer. The typeface was so fun to work it, I was able to create lots of patterns and designs to get the look I wanted. These make me wish I was outside soaking up some sun and not in an office everytime I look at them.