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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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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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Merry Christmas from Delphine

Merry Christmas elf on vintage typewriter with mini bottle of boozeThank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks so much for reading this little blog, for all your support, and for being all around awesome. Just a quick note to let you know we’re signing off to get ready for our Delphine studio bash, then we’re closing doors here at the studio for the rest of the year (woot!!!).

But rest assured, we’ll be working over the break (from the comfort of our couches, in our fuzzy slippers + jammies) on some super exciting new releases for the new year, so be sure to check back with us in January for some big news and some awesome new designs.

Wishing all of you a fabulous holiday, full of love and laughter. xoxo, Erika, John and the Delphine team

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NEW Christmas Photo Cards by Delphine for Cardstore

Delphine for Cardstore Christmas Cards Holiday 2012Yay yay yay!!!! My Delphine holiday photo card collection for Cardstore is live. I had a lot of fun designing for Christmas last summer (one day I even busted out the flannel jammies, hot cocoa and watched Elf to get in the spirit). I am so thrilled to see all my designs on the brand spanking new & improved Cardstore. Please hop over there and check it out and let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite? Can you guess which one I’m sending out this year?

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Happy Halloween from the Cat Burglars

Family Costume Idea Cat Burglar Halloween via DelphineFor our first Halloween in Charleston, we decided to dress up as a Cat Burglar family. Mommy Cat + Daddy Burglar = Baby Cat Burglar! We had a blast walking around the neighborhood, but really were missing our dear friends from SoCal. It’s just not the same without y’all!!

Halloween at Delphine Studio 2012Some of the Delphine crew got the Halloween spirit going earlier in the day. Lytle was a hoarder, and Brelyn was a gangster. Trish was all smiles in her jack-o-lantern outfit. Jeff was out sick: booooo (feel better soon, dude). Sarah took the photo since she was the only one sans costume.

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Meet Brelyn

Meet Brelyn Holmes Designer at DelphineMeet Brelyn
1.My role at Delphine/what I do all day:
Graphic Designer-create custom proofs for clients
2.Describe why you went into graphic design.
I actually studied costume design in school, but always had a knack for visually communicating ideas. I got an internship with a magazine in graphic design and haven’t turned back.
3.Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everything- but my background in costume design makes me look at fashion designers and fabrics for inspiration.
4.What would you do if you won the lottery today?
Start a men’s clothing line
5.What is your favorite font?
Right now..script: Aphrodite Slim Pro ……..Serif: Prestige….Sans Serif: Erik Sans
6.How do you stay organized?
I write everything down
7.Which super-power would you like to have … mind reading or invisibility?
Neither. I think people should keep some thoughts to themselves and I love to be seen.
8.What do you listen to while working?
Florence and the Machine-Pandora Station
9.What is your favorite Delphine design and why?
Meeting Street. I love the shape of the frame-very rococco
10.Name 3 things you can’t live without.
My moleskin sketchbook, chicken salad, and color
11.What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? (include who it was from)
“Do what you love to do.”-Andrew Walker of Entropy Arts/Ensemble
12.What is the latest book that you have read?
The Great Gatsby (again)
13.What is your favorite to place eat in Charleston?
The Macintosh for a nice dinner or Fuel for casual.
14.What keeps you going throughout the day?
The Delphine Crew and Diet Coke
15.How do you get past creative blocks?
If I get a creative block, I have to step away from the project for a second (and if possible enjoy a glass of wine) then revisit it after I’ve cleared my head.
16.Are you a Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter series fan?
Harry Potter and the Hunger Games for sure!
17.What is your favorite thing about Charleston?
The culture and the community
18.What is the craziest line of text a client has ever asked for on an invitation?
When referencing their wedding attire: “like something you would wear to a fancy restaurant”
19.What’s your favorite color?
Turquoise and yellow (like Van Gogh’s “sunflowers”)
20.What’s your favorite movie?
Marie Antoinette by Sophia Coppola (for visual purposes only)
21.What’s your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby
22.Some things you might not know about me are …
I make handbags with Libby Ganong and Add Libb Designs, a local Charleston Handbag company
23.My pet peeve?
When people pass you on the sidewalk and do not say “hi”.
24.Where were you born?
Anderson, SC
25.Best advice for a bride?
Chill out
26.Favorite magazine?
Neiman Marcus’s “The Book” (catalog/magazine)
27.Favorite blog?
The Satorialist
 
 
// photo by Nesbitt Photography & Design
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Meet Lytle

Meet Delphine designer Lytle CannonMeet Lytle

Today we’re taking a peek behind the scenes at the Delphine studio … at the awesome people behind the brand! Meet our newest designer, Lytle Cannon.
1. My role at Delphine/what I do all day:
I design proofs of wedding invitations and stationery for brides to be.
2. Describe why you went into graphic design.
Well, I have always loved art and I majored in Psychology in college. I thought graphic design would be a way to combine two things that I am really  passionate about!
3. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Nature and anything in my environment
4. What would you do if you won the lottery today?
Take everyone at Delphine out for drinks!
5. What is your favorite font?
It changes all the time…. right now I’m really liking Bombshell and Carolyna.
6. How do you stay organized?
By color coding, writing myself notes, and highlighting!
7. Which super-power would you like to have: mind reading or invisibility?
Definitely mind reading! I think it would get old really fast to be invisible all the time.
8. What do you listen to while working?
Depends on what mood I’m in. Lately I’ve been listening to Amy Winehouse Radio and James Brown Radio on Pandora
9. What is your favorite Delphine design and why?
San Francisco- because it can be really fun and casual
Chrysanthemum- because of the detail in the design element
10. Name 3 things you can’t live without.
My family, ERNIE! My golden retriever puppy, and cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks
11. What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? (include who it was from)
Don’t be afraid to fail. -Professor from college
12. What is the latest book you have read?
13. What is your favorite place to eat in Charleston?
14. What keep you going throughout the day?
Recently- Milkshakes from Chic fil a and an awesome Reeses cake that Jeffrey made
15. How do you get past creative blocks?
Take a break and walk outside
16. Are you a Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter series fan?
17. What is your favorite thing about Charleston?
The humid summers, bad drivers and flooding :)
18. What is the craziest line of text a client has ever asked for on an invitation?
“party pants required”
19. What’s your favorite color?
It changes all the time but I always love any shade of blue
20. What’s your favorite book?
21. Some things you might not know about me are…
My pet peeve? When people don’t push their buggies to the cart return and leave them in the middle of the parking lot
Where were you born? Spartanburg, SC
Best advice for a bride? Stay calm and have fun
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Meeting Space at the New Delphine Studio

Delphine Studio in Charleston South Carolina by Erika Firm I’m soooo happy to report that we FINALLY have a meeting space here at our new downtown Charleston, SC digs. We found a vintage drafting table to serve as a conference area … and, drumroll … stools to sit upon! Want to come for a studio tour, check out wedding invitations, talk about graphic design projects? Drop in any time!

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We’re hiring!

delphine is hiring graphic designers and design internsThe Delphine studio is growing & we’re looking for a few fabulous designers. Check out our Craigslist ads for a Graphic Designer, Studio Intern, and Product Styling & Photography Intern.

GENERAL NOTES ABOUT DELPHINE INTERNSHIPS:
Internships are unpaid and last approximately 10 weeks; scheduling is flexible (min 8 hours per week).
Interns will not have access to letterpress print shop.
Academic credit is available (depending upon specific institution’s requirements).

Please reference the Craigslist ads for application information and instructions for graphic design position and for both internships.

UPDATE 9/10/12: We’ve filled the graphic designer/production artist position, however we are always on the lookout for wonderful studio interns and product styling/photography interns. Email studio [at] delphinepress [dot] com to apply for an internship.

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