Monthly Archives: January 2013

Chromatic & Co. Paper Goods | Branding by Delphine

Stationery company Chromatic & Co. branding by DelphineOf all the branding projects I’ve worked on over the last few years, this one is most near and dear to my heart. As any designer can tell you, designing for yourself is nearly impossible. After many starts and stops, crumpled sketches, head banging, hand wringing, and second guessing I’m beyond thrilled to present our new brand, Chromatic & Co.

It’s our newest paper adventure, and the focus is all about color. Inspired by the golden age of advertising, and the trappings of a graphic design studio circa 1959, the brand has a decidedly retro vibe. You can check out the inspiration board we’ve been using at the studio to help guide our new brand on our Project Chromatic board on Pinterest.

Check back soon for snapshots of our new business cards, press kits, and other collateral. Meanwhile, please pay Chromatic & Co. a visit online, and by all means, follow ChromaticCo on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, too! (Instagram & Vine coming soon).

Chromatic and Co. logo and branding by DelphineUPDATE: 5/17/2013: just got word that this logo won a graphic design award from HOW Magazine. Yippee!

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Big News: Chromatic & Co. Launch!

Introducing New Chromatic and Co. via DelphineBig big (HUGE) news!!! We’re overjoyed to announce the launch of our latest paper adventure, Chromatic & Co. Paper Goods. With Chromatic & Co., we’re bringing to life a passion for stunning design and a firm commitment to color.

all new chromatic & co. paper goods

Color Block Invitation by Chromatic & Co.Pairing impeccable design, pitch perfect typography, and bold, modern use of color, Chromatic & Co. is not your mother’s stationery. It’s an ode to the golden age of advertising, it’s the cutting edge of design trends, and it is, pure and simple, for the love of color.

Broadway Chromatic & Co. invitationWe’ve collaborated with some top stationers and graphic designers, including Fig. 2 Design Studio, 42 Pressed, Delphine (of course), The Peach Press … and more to come!

modern hearts wedding invitation by Chromatic & Co.Stationery designs include suites of wedding and party invitations, personal and business stationery, party goodies and fun extras like iPhone cases, binders, notepads, journals and cool serving trays.

printable shower invitations from Chromatic & Co. All designs are available expertly printed by Chromatic & Co. on the finest paper stocks, or download a customized printable file and PIY (print it yourself).

There are mini bottles popping here at the studio as we celebrate our big launch. Many thanks to all our collaborators, suppliers, vendors, designers, cheerleaders and supporters who have helped us get to this day! You know who you are. We love you!

Cheers!!! xx—Erika + John

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Work in Progress | January 2013

Delphine work in progress January 20132013 is off and running at a frantic pace. Wedding season is in full force — our designers are busy busy busy preparing invitation proofs for Spring weddings. We’re seeing softer colors this year, lots of pastels and neutrals, which is a lovely change from the past few years, when purple ink was coming out of our ears.

We’re pulling late nights getting ready to launch our super secret great big exciting project. Just a few more days ’til we let the cat out of the bag. Speaking of cats, we’re working on a branding project for a super cool party cat in Texas. And as always, we’re busy working on fun photo cards for our licensing partners. Right now we’re already working on Father’s Day designs!

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Valentine’s Day Photo Cards

Valentines Day Photo Cards by Delphine for Cardstore American Greetings

Never got around to sending holiday cards? Good news: the Delphine valentine’s day photo card collection for Cardstore is live! Yay! Valentine’s Day (or Love Day, as I like to call it) is just around the corner … where does the time go???

Cardstore has recently added some really cool new features (not to mention a bunch of cards by yours truly), so please hop over there and check them out. Let me know what you think of our new designs.

 

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Color Fun

Color if Fun via Delphine EphemeraI’ve had color, color, color on the brain lately. I’m loving everything chromatic these days. Here are some fun ways to introduce a bit of color into your life. I just bought the 2-tone balloons from Brooklyn Bride’s Pop Up Shop to use at an upcoming party. Love them so much, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wait until the party to blow them up!

Sources: 1| Two-tone balloons  2 | Colorful packing tape  3 | Brightly colored note books  4 | Colorful Pantone iPhone cases 

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Getting Organized

Getting Organized Tools Confession: my pantry is an absolute disaster. Over the holidays I accumulated a lot of extra stuff … big bags of flour, snacks suitable for entertaining, and yummy treats as gifts. This morning as I reached for my son’s cereal box (and the contents spilled all over the floor) I resolved to tackle the whole messy kitchen situation.

Organizing comes down to having a home for everything … and, I believe, a pretty home for everything. Here are some tools I *hope* will help keep me organized in the New Year:  1/ Large canning jars for storing bulk food  2/ An organizer tray for my messy utensil drawer  3/ Super cute container bins in my favorite ombre colors  4/ a P Touch for labeling the cute bins.

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Paper Camp 2012

Erika Firm president of Delphine to speak at Paper Camp in LA 2013

The schedule for the Spring 2013 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I’ll be a speaker at Paper Camp in Los Angeles, CA next month.

For all the details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there is a SCHOLARSHIP UP FOR GRABS!!!

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshop. Cannot wait to see everyone in Los Angeles.

 

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2013 Bucket List

Delphine Bucket List 2013 CharlestonI am just loving the January issue of Charleston magazine. Their bucket list is inspiring, and came at the perfect time for me … I’m determined to get to know my home town better.

Angel Oak Tree on John's Island, South CarolinaOne of the things I’d love to do this year is visit Angel Oak Tree more often. It’s just a few minutes from my house, and every time I go I leave feeling calm and centered. I snapped this photo with my iPhone the morning after a rain.

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Silver and Gold: Serve in Style

Silver and Gold serving trays via DelphineThe holidays are over—phew!— but that doesn’t mean you can’t still eat in style. Put a little plate of cheese, a bowl of fruit, a few crackers, and a candle on a tray (plus a glass bottle of red wine, bien sûr) and voila: a pretty setting for one (or two). Perfect for a cozy evening on the couch, as you recover from a whirlwind season. Here are some of my very favorite serving trays, in luxe silver and gold — timeless and chic, non?

Sources: 1/ Scallop edged metal tray  2/ Faux bamboo butler tray in gold and white 3/ Clear acrylic modern serving tray  4/ Gold lacquer rectangle serving tray

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