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NEW on Chromatic & Co.: The Sweetest Occasion

introducing the sweetest occasion wedding invitations for chromatic & co. Squeal! Soooo so so so sooooo excited to announce that my darling and super talented friend Cyd (you know, the genius behind “The Sweetest Occasion,” the best blog ever) has launched a collection of pretty party and wedding invitations, stationery, party goodies, iPhone cases and other treats over at Chromatic & Co. 

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Meet Sarah

Meet Delphine graphic designer Sarah Croswell
Meet Delphine Sarah Croswell1.My role at Delphine/what I do all day: 
Make bad decisions look pretty…
2.Describe why you went into graphic design.
It’s always challenging and always changing.
3.Where do you draw inspiration from?
color, other artists, the streets.
4.What would you do if you won the lottery today?
Travel
5.What is your favorite font?
It would be easier to tell you my least favorite(s).
6.How do you stay organized?
I prefer organized chaos.
7.Which super-power would you like to have.. mind reading or invisibility?
Invisibility 
8.What do you listen to while working?
Anything Pandora throws at me… I’ve got pretty eclectic taste. It all just depends on what I’m in the mood for.
Black keys, Black Crowes, Top 40, Kanye West, Jack Johnson and Michael Jackson.
9.What is your Favorite Delphine design and why?
Chevron – its simple, modern & bold.
10.Name 3 things you can’t live without.
1. My Family
2. My Dog
3. My Mac… sad, but true
11.What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? (include who it was from)
” Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain” – one of the far decent fortunes i’ve ever gotten in a cookies. I keep it in my wallet.
12.What is the latest book that you have read?
Change By Design – Tim Brown
13.What is your favorite place to eat in Charleston?
Dukes & Hometeam BBQ 
14.What keeps you going throughout the day?
Prozac and Coffee
15.How do you get past creative blocks?
(.)(.) 
16.Are you a Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter series fan?
If I’m being forced to choose, which i feel like i am…i would have to say Harry Potter
17.What is your favorite thing about Charleston?
Certainly not the drivers… I love the laid back atmosphere and copious amounts of creativity
18.What is the craziest line of text a client has ever asked for on an invitation?
nothing has shocked me yet. I think whats crazy is trying to fit 35+ lines of text on a 15 line card
19.What’s your favorite color?
It changes daily.
20.What’s your favorite movie?
Step Brothers
21.What’s your favorite book?
At the moment… Sarah’s key – Tatiana de Rosnay & Loving Frank – Nanoy Horan
Something you might not know about me are..
 ( well, pretty much everything since we don’t know each other)
22.My pet peeve.
borrowing without asking!
23.Where were you born?
Columbia, South Carolina
24.Best advice for a bride?
  Listen to our design suggestions! Quality printing takes time – order in advance!!
25.Favorite magazine?
 Architectural Digest
 26.Favorite Blog?
Delphine Ephemera… obviously and anything that gives me a chuckle.
I GIVE UP. 
—Sarah C.
 
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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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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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Pépé’s Antique Gold Pocket Watch

antique gold pocket watch propWe’re doing some major site upgrades over on Delphinepress.com. A major part of that is new photographs. We’ve been super busy for months styling photos. One of the props we’ve been using is my Pépé (grandpa) Giovanni’s antique gold pocket watch.

I just realized a few days ago that the monogram on the watch is not his (or my grandmother’s). I wonder if it was his father’s? Or perhaps it was won in a crazy poker game? My Pépé loved playing cards!

The clock side opens, but the other side, where a photo goes, is stuck shut. I’m DYING to open it but am afraid to force it. I’m going to take it to a jeweler to see if they can open it for me. I can’t wait to see the photo inside.

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Sneak Peek: Classy Christmas

classy christmas card sneak peekJust a sneak peek at some of the graphic elements and fonts used in the Classiest Christmas Card on Earth. That’s what I’m calling it, anyway. The snippits above are taken from the final card.

prop shoppingFaux Vaurnet shades, jingle balls, and drugstore Egg Nog … just a few of the props I picked up for the shoot.

Rudolph and Egg NogRudolph, post shoot. He got a lot of lovin’.

 

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My Dreamy Workspace

ghost chair silver desk polaroidThe studio is in the midst of a big cleanup/reorganization. It’s in the “it’s going to look worse before it gets better” stage. It is so incredibly messy in there that I had to move my computer to a new workspace just to be able to think. Can you work in a messy office? I absolutely cannot do it. The “noise” of the mess makes my brain hurt … and it’s difficult to design without a functioning brain! This is my temporary workspace. I borrowed a Ghost chair from Mom. I love it except for the fact that I can’t cross my legs into my lap — Mom told me if I scratch the chair I’m toast!

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