Every time Chloe Aftel calls I know the project is going to be special. This time around she asked us for a “pop of kick ass color” to go with her “rad new logo.” (Yes, she’s from LA). We delivered with shocking electric turquoise edge painted business cards.
I think the new branding is a spot on match to her photography style: powerful and slightly dreamy. The image at right is one of my personal favorites. It was part of a stellar collection commissioned by Levis. Please note: the crappy photos in this post are by me, not the super talented lady we’re discussing here.
These letterpress cards are killer, right?! We printed them with our super super dark blackest black ink for a sharp, crisp impression; Reich Paper’s ultra thick SAVOY paper in brilliant white; tight edge painting on every.single.card; and lots and lots of clean white space.
I’d like to pause for a shout out to all our photographer clients for understanding the power of white space. We looooove youuuuu!
Now go grab a bottle of wine and dive into Chloe’s portfolio and blog. Down, down the rabbit hole you go … enjoy!
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.
We’re on a roll … another fun new invitation suite: Rockefeller. With an art deco edge, this one is bold and rich. Inspired by architectural and decorative details in the ever fabulous New York City, Erika’s birthplace.
Shown here flat printed in emerald green and jet black inks, with cocktail napkins foil stamped in shiny gold.
Design week continues here at the Delphine studio. I’m happy to announce the release of another fresh new wedding invitation suite: Portland. It’s a modern (one might even say “hip”) twist on the classic monogram. We love it best in basic black.
We’re in the midst of design season here at the Delphine studio and I’m happy to announce the release of a fresh new wedding invitation suite: Coral Reef. Inspired by daydreams of summer snorkeling trips. Shown here in red and black ink for a little twist on tradition. For a truly classic look, coral and marine inks are the way to go. Who’s ready for some boat drinks??
The year is just whizzing by. I was scrolling through photos from this year’s Stationery Show and realized I forgot to post photos of our 9th Annual Stationery Meetup invitation. Ooopsie. Here she is. This year I went with something bold and fun, in my favorite colors: emerald green, chartreuse (aka “Delphine green” around the studio), and black.
It was such a fantastic party. It’s impossible, really, to put it into words. Thanks a million times over to all my favorite paper peeps for celebrating 10 amazing years of Delphine with us, and for being so supportive as we launch our new brand, Chromatic & Co., into the wild. Merci!
Wow. Just wow. I cannot wait to see Ferme à Papier by Cat Seto in person (and to see and squeeze Cat herself) at the National Stationery Show (Booth 2136). Truly, I couldn’t wait, so I went ahead and placed an order already. Patience isn’t my thing.
Filmotype LaCrosse is a true retro font — it was first released in the 1950s. Can’t you just picture it on an ad for lipstick or gold earrings? I love the casual penscript … I really wish my own handwriting looked like this.
This month’s desk calendar quote was inspired by someone I’ve known my whole life. A few years ago, on what was otherwise the most horrible day, Rachel C. told me “do something silly every day.” When I’m struggling through a bad day I try to remember her advice; even if I don’t have the energy to do something silly, I still manage to feel a little better just thinking about what she told me. Hope her advice helps you the next time you’re having an icky day. XO —E.
Cobalt blue always reminds me of the 1980s … in a totally awesome way. Pictured left: the rad ladies’ room at Crust on James Island; right: weekender bag by Kate Spade’s new line, Saturday, customized by me!
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.
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.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Case in point: this letterpress wedding invitation, typeset in black ink with no motif. Don’t call it plain, though! It has gorgeous (if I do say so myself) shiny gold edge painted sides. Letterpress edge painting is an extra touch that is always worth the extra effort.