Monthly Archives: March 2010

y conference: doyald young

 

Last Friday and Saturday I took a much-needed break from the studio to attend the Y-Conference. One of my favorite speakers was Doyald Young, typographer, educator, author, and AIGA Distinguished Medal of Honor recipient. He was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation.

Doyald spoke about his work, “I draw letters in very small little strokes. Takes me forever to do it.”

He spoke about drawing, “I start with a 2H pencil” and “the darkest moments of my life have been saved by drawing.”

He spoke about doing the right thing, even when it’s hard, “You think you won’t see it but I think it does make a difference. I fuss with one pixel at a time.”

I had the great pleasure of chatting with Doyald and members of AIGA San Diego over lunch. We asked him how he deals with the adulation, and he admitted that mostly it embarrasses him. He told me he has never been really sure of himself, and that while he knows he has “achieved a certain level of proficiency,” he is not entirely comfortable with the attention he has received lately.

He was completely unpretentious, raw, and real. Unguarded. Honest. It was incredibly refreshing. I had been having a rough week, and thanks to Doyald Young, I’m feeling much better about the world.

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haute off the press: sunflora greeting

Haute off the press: our new Sunflora “hello” card. It’s flat printed. Cute, huh? Not shown here, but it opens up and the same pattern is in the corners of the card. I was trying to recall my grandmother Bea’s patio furniture from the late 70s when I designed this. I think her furniture was goldenrod yellow, with a similar pattern. 

The card is not up on the site for sale just yet, but let me know if you want to order. Single card: $4; set of 8 cards: $16. Plus shipping.

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circles for supper

Look what my dad made for dinner last weekend. I’m truly surrounded by creatives : )

He was inspired by an article in Veranda magazine. Everyone loved it, including our 6 year old son.

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north county graphic designer meet up: tomorrow

 

Don’t forget … the North County Graphic Design Meet Up is tomorrow morning (8am) at E Street Café in Encinitas, CA. See here for details.

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to do list: frightening

This is just part of my to do list today. I’m feeling a little anxious. The light is just about ready in the sunniest room of the house, so I’m off to shoot the new greeting card collection. Here are some of the props I’ll be using:

photo: Delphine

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wish list: letter ‘e’ vintage sign

You may have noticed I have a thing for “E”s. I know it’s a bit on the narcissistic side (“E” is my nickname), but I love them. I have a collection of “E” and “e” signs in my studio and would love to add this cool one I spied on Etsy last night. It would be the largest one in my collection. I think I’d paint it Jade green, a shade just shy of emerald. I’ve been loving that color lately. (Okay, I’ve loved that color always). You can check out this vintage E sign in SalvageNation‘s Etsy shop.

UPDATE: SalvageNation has offered Delphine-Ephemera readers 10 percent off the puchase of the large letters like the one shown here. So you can buy me that “E.” Just joking. Sort of. Read their comment below for details.

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haute off the press: custom monograms

Haute off the press: custom monograms. Pick your favorite letter, ink color, and envelope and we’ll print it up for you in no time. Check out the personal stationery custom monogram notes  … and our brand new monogram wedding invitation design here.

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in the press: backyard bliss

A few months ago Mary Noble and Adrianne Smith called me needing a bit of help with some menus for an Exquisite Weddings photo shoot. Of course I was happy to design something for them. Timing was critical, so I hand delivered the menus to the location — the beyond gorgeous Rancho Valencia Resort, which is just down the road from my house in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

I have worked with Mary and Adrianne before, and I know that they are two super talented ladies, but nothing prepared me for the beauty of their tableaux. I felt like I walked into the set of a beautiful movie — the story of an exquisite, warm, wonderful wedding. Every detail was gorgeous, thoughtful, pretty, and perfect. Mary even “sacrificed” a bottle of real champagne so the set would have those tiny little bubbles that are so dear to her (and my) heart.

You can see more photos in the new issue of Exquisite Weddings magazine. Here are some of the details from the shoot:
Table Designers: Mary Noble, Mary Noble’s Classic Weddings,  and Adrianne Smith Morris, Adrianne Smith Floral Design
Flowers: Adrianne Smith Floral Design
Distressed Chivari chairs: Concepts Event Design
Mini Cakes: Michele Coulon Dessertier
Custom Menu: Delphine
Photography: Rippee Photography
Location: Rancho Valencia Resort


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warehouse sale at lavish giving online shop

Jane at Lavish Giving is having a HUGE warehouse sale. 50 percent off everything on her site’s shop! My top picks: Pantone cuffllinks (orange. no, green. no, orange), fiorenta leather binders (lime green, oh yes), the cutest canini pet carrier bag (if only I had a dog), jonathan adler taurus bookends (my sign! how convenient!).

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