Monthly Archives: March 2012

Exploring Charleston

march 2012 in charleston south carolinaWow. March just flew by, didn’t it? It has been an extremely busy and emotional month here at the Delphine studio. We moved cross country, left behind a lot of dear friends and family (miss y’all!), and regrouped. It has been a challenge to keep it all together — juggling unpacking boxes, answering phones, negotiating deals, and keeping on touch of regular business on top of handling a huge influx of inquiries (merci, Groupon). But we’re having a blast and are super thankful to everyone in Charleston for welcoming us with open arms. It feels like home.

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Stationery vs. Stationary

Stationery vs Stationary Spelling

How to spell Paper Stationery versus StationaryFellow stationers, I know we share a collective “aaaaaargh” every time we see our beloved industry spelled incorrectly.

For the record, when referring to paper goods, the correct spelling is ‘stationery’ … and when referring to something standing still, like an exercise bike or a parked car, the correct spelling is ‘stationary.’

“Word to the Wise” graphic courtesy of Fig. 2.  •  Delightful stationery and stationary definition tote by Sapling Press available in their Etsy shop.

 

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Pretty New 2012 Postage Stamps

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cherry blossom postage stamp 2012Pretty postage stamps really dress up an envelope. They’re especially nice on plain envelopes — a little touch of color goes a long way. I am loving the new 2012 postage stamp designs. I haven’t had a chance to pick up the cherry blossom ones yet, but I’ve already used up all the weather vane, bonsai, and red love stamps shown in the photo here! Time to head back to the post office.

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“Please R.s.v.p.” is Redundant

Please R.S.V.P. is redundantA gentle reminder … R.S.V.P. is an acronym which stands for “répondez s’il vous plaît.” The literal translation of this French phrase is “respond if it pleases you.”

Writing “please r.s.v.p.” is like writing “please respond if it pleases you.” Which is silly.

Merci for listening. I will step down from the soap box now.

 

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A Lowcountry Commute

Lowcountry South Carolina commute view of tidal creek from marshThe “commute” to downtown Charleston, where our son goes to school, from our place on John’s Island means crossing three bridges and several Lowcountry tidal creeks and marshes. They have cool names like Stono and Wappoo. Everything is fun to say here. Even with the heaviest morning rush hour traffic it takes less than 30 minutes (15 of which is spent at the light outside our neighborhood). The scenery varies from pretty to spectacular. I don’t miss California freeways for one second!

 

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J. R. Watkins Natural Apothecary | Nice Package

J.R. Watkins Package DesignYou all (or, now that I’m back home in SC, “y’all”) know I’m a sucker for package design. I love the J. R. Watkins packaging so much that I now skip the tedious step of transferring dish soap and hand soap to another container. I just leave them out on my sink! I first spotted them at Target, but there are lots more products for sale directly from J. R. Watkins and next time I run low I’m going to order directly from the source.

I do some package design for a Scandinavian apothecary, and my goal is always to design something that the user will display on their counter, not hide in a cabinet. From a designer’s perspective, this brand is getting it right: the branding and design is consistent, but not boring. The color palette references the scent of the product, and I like how they have left the actual product clear/free of dyes. I looked around the web and can’t find credit for who is responsible for the design, so I think they are doing it in house. Love it!

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Moving Announcement

Delphine has moved Chevron Moving Announcement LetterpressJust in case you haven’t heard … we’ve moved! From SoCal to SC. I’m slowly getting my act together, unpacking and arranging and rearranging … hopefully I’ll get to address my cool chevron letterpress moving announcements this weekend.

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Authentic, Modern Hand Lettered Sign

Battle of Charleston hand lettered sign 2012Hand lettered Battle of Charleston 2012 Sign I’m not exactly sure what The Battle of Charleston is all about. I’m envisioning a bunch of crazies dressed up in Confederate uniforms, spitting tobacco and drinking whisky. But I’m totally intrigued and have to go check this out.

This sign is beyond amazing. It’s new but looks like it has been around for ages. It’s hand-lettered, not made to look hand lettered. Every line is a different font. LOVE! It’s nailed to the side of a shack. I saw it and literally pulled the car off the side of the road so I could inspect it more closely.

 

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Font Geek Moment: Madelinette

Madelinette Font I’m in love with the classic yet oh so pretty new Madelinette font (by Crystal Kluge & Stuart Sandler). Wouldn’t it be perfect for typesetting a cook book or a menu? It’s lovely, feminine, and slightly fancy, while being totally legible.

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Hand Lettered Signage at the Laundromat | Color Palette

Black Red Turquoise Yellow Color Palette Hand lettered signage from LaundromatI love this hand lettered sign from the local laundromat. The turquoise, black, yellow and red color palette is pretty retro cool, too, don’t you think?

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