We take our office supplies pretty seriously around here (rule of thumb: retro + functional), so we were excited when Neenah Paper asked us to design file folders for them. Erika took inspiration from one of her favorite movies, Anchorman, when designing, and tested out the most difficult print method of all: white ink on black paper. We love how they turned out, but the best part of the whole project is taking them into client meetings and watching their reactions.Pin It
Category Archives: branded by delphine
I’m so happy to report that the logo we designed for OMO CHILD, a Southern California based non profit dedicated to rescuing and caring for children in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, has been selected for publication in LogoLounge Volume 8 (available Spring 2014).
Read more about the brand we designed for OMO CHILD here.
I’m so happy to report that the logo we designed for Shannon, a Brooklyn, New York based photographer, was selected for publication in LogoLounge Volume 8 (available Spring 2014). Hooray for one color design.
Read more about the brand we designed for Jessica here.
Kat Creech, wedding + event planner extraordinaire, is such a joy! I’ve worked with her and her fab team many times to design wedding invitations, so I’ve seen first hand the passion she brings to each and every event she plans. When she told me it was time to bring her own brand to the next level, we both said “yellow” at the same time. It just fits. Yellow is optimistic, bright, exuberant, clear and warm all at the same time … just like Kat.
When she showed me her signature, I just knew we had to incorporate it into the logo. Its bold, cheerful and fresh look is just the message we were going for. Kat loved her look so much she decided to throw a rebranding party! I could hear the champagne popping all the way from Houston, Texas. Love that!!!Pin It
As any creative person can tell you, designing for yourself is the worst. The self-doubt, the procrastination … the ulcers! So it is with lots of joy (and more than a smidge of disbelief) that I report that the Chromatic & Co. brand identity that we designed won a merit award for graphic design in the 2013 HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards. Thanks so much to all the HOW judges!
To see a bit more of the corporate identity check out our Branded by Delphine post from a few months back.Pin It
This project was a first for me. Nanna’s boyfriend, Oliver, hired me all the way from Denmark to design a logo for her as a surprise birthday present! I have to say it was a little scary to design something for someone I couldn’t talk to, especially when communication is her field —and, when it boils down, mine, too— but it all worked out great. Nanna loved it (and was completely surprised), I had fun tapping my inner journalist (my old job), and Oliver got loads of brownie points for being an awesome boyfriend.
Nanna is a freelance journalist and communications consultant in Denmark, so the design had to be professional and to the point. I chose a font that has a hint of a pen and a black and green color palette, inspired by vintage typewriters and those dark green office chairs everyone used to have (I still have one at our drafting table).
The logo isn’t her “real” signature, but I can almost hear the scratch of a fountain pen when I look at her name. I threw in the typewriter and pen icons for a touch of whimsey for her social media avatars, but left the business card and note cards clean and simple. It was also fun to design for the standard European business card size, which has a different proportion than American business cards. They’re a little bigger all around, but also more square, which frees up a lot of precious negative space.Pin It
It was so much fun to design this playful logo for Jany Columbo, a pet sitter (and pet lover) based in Charleston, South Carolina. Taking care of someone else’s pet is serious stuff, but a big part of the job is play, and I wanted that aspect to shine through with the branding. Jany has a bright, cheerful personality and a genuine love of animals, thus the bright colors and fun animal graphics.
The bright, fun color palette was inspired by the outdoors: turquoise sky, green grass, and sunshine yellow. I chose a strong, modern font with a little bit of quirkiness. The bright graphics and bold font choice imply trust and stability, but nothing is too serious looking, since I wanted to stress the importance of play.
We’re still working on some other elements, including a report card for pets and a website, so check back in a few weeks.Pin It
Of 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).
UPDATE: 5/17/2013: just got word that this logo won a graphic design award from HOW Magazine. Yippee!Pin It
Big 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.
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.
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.
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 + JohnPin It
Things have been so busy around the Delphine studio, with the cross country move, new school, new staff, new studio, crazy (!) number of new clients … it’s been on my to do list since February to share the great pro bono project we did for Omo Child. The distressed logo is the unifying element throughout the brand, along with the warm African sun orange color and the fantastic photographs (most by Jessica Davis Travel Photography). This project was a true labor of love. John and I spent nearly all our time on this project for several months, at a time when we should have been packing our house and preparing for the big move. Though it was a lot of work, for nearly no money, at the exact wrong time in our lives to be spending a lot of time on a project, I’m still really glad we did it for these precious children.
Just off press … some really cool letterpress business cards for a fabulous San Diego wedding photographer. We letterpressed the square business cards in dark black ink on double thick bright white cotton cover stock, with killer black edge painting detail. Love these!
In a previous life Paul Barnett was probably a doctor … just check out that crazy signature! Lucky for all you brides and grooms out there, Paul is living life as one of the most fabulous, charming, and super talented wedding photographers in all the land. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about his work. His sense of humour is killer, and he has impeccable timing, too. Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about:
Those shots crack me up! Paul is based in San Diego, but travels far and often, so check him out if you’re looking to capture some memories.
//wedding photos by Paul Barnett wedding photographyPin It
Jennifer Price is a pioneer of the industrial-chic look. Her vintage wares, displayed at the oh so fabulous SoLo collective in Solana Beach, California, are carefully curated, swoon-worthy treasures. Dubbed the “Real Dealer,” Jen is the best of the best when it comes to industrial furniture and vintage finds. No doubt the SoLo staff regularly needs to wipe drool off her merchandise, which ranges from vintage factory tables to industrial lighting to awesome Mad Men -esque martini pitchers to vintage signage and educational charts.
When she asked us to design a new look for her business, we knew it had to seem like it had been around forever. Of course letterpress was a natural choice for her business cards, but since she goes through tens of thousands of cards each year we also printed a more economic flat printed version to keep on display in the shop.
Jen’s favorite color, and the color of much of her merchandise, is warm steel grey. We paired it with retro teal, referencing the 1950s office furniture that she loves so well to form her branded color palette. We broke my self-imposed 2 font max per logo to create her crest logo. Of course we used tried and true, been around the block fonts (including THE vintage font of fonts, Futura Bold).
Her new website and blog are full of eye candy (Jen was a professional photographer). If you like the vintage vibe, do yourself a favor and road trip it to her studio. You are in for the ultimate shopping experience.Pin It
When Steven and Casey approached Delphine for a brand refresh for their professional organizing business, Organizer Guys, I knew their project would be a dream. There is nothing I like better than a perfectly organized drawer, books aligned just so on a shelf, and spotless supply closets. I was totally right: Steven and Casey are dream clients. They love white space, simplicity and clean lines, and have a less is more philosophy. A match made in heaven!
While the business of professional organizing sounds a little — dare I say it — boring, these guys are anything but!!! So in order to pull their joie de vivre into the brand we used a fun color palette (tangerine, turquoise, crisp black and lots of white), retro fonts with a hint of industrial solidity, and infused a cheeky tone to all the messaging (“your junk drawers can’t scare us”).
The design is restrained and contained … we used lots of rule lines, boxes, and borders so everything is arranged just so, without looking stuffy. The fun colors and cheeky tone are balanced with strong fonts, sober black, and nice bright clean white space.
Read about what makes them cool, who their celebrity doppelgangers are, words they live by, who has slept outside for more than 500 nights (!!) and what makes them laugh. I’d trust these guys to organize my home or business in a heart beat. Right now Organizer Guys is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they have big plans to take over the world. Guys … open a satellite office in Charleston, pretty please? My junk drawer(s) need some taming!Pin It
Holy Neon Green! Bust out the sunglasses!!!! My fabulous new neon green edge painted letterpress business cards are back from press. I LOVE love love love love them. Check out the neon shadow they cast on the desk. Snazzy, right?Pin It