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.Pin It
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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.Pin It
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.Pin It
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.Pin It
The Art Deco trend is big on our radar here at the Delphine studio. We’re all just dying to see the new Gatsby movie.
Word is the release was pushed to Spring 2013 —boooo— so we’ll have to make due with re-reading (again) the book until then, and watching the 1974 film (again).
Top collage photos// Jenny Packham gown | roaring 20s wedding | 20s inspired wedding | vintage gramophone | shoulder necklace | 1920s headband | art deco inspired place setting | champagne | The Great Gatsby book
1. Party Like It’s 1919 Earrings 2. Rosy-Cheeked Champagne Coupes 3. Moét & Chandon Champagne 4. The Dorothea Ring 5. Dustin Tumbler 6. Draped Swag Necklace 7. Alena Heels by Chrissie Morris 8. Embellished Pipali Dress 9. St. Germain Liqueur 10. Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Passion 11. Antique Engagement Ring 12. Gold Iron Mirror Tray
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
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.Pin It
Shiver me timbers, this is a crazy snapshot, isn’t it? Just a couple of pirates hanging about the Charleston Harbor. Don’t you love the jewelry the tall pirate is sporting? And the tights? Trés chic. I think the red, leather, black, linen and malachite green palette would be so fun for a kids’ party color palette. A pirate party sounds like just the thing to ease into fall. Bonus: invite the parents and it’s a great excuse to whip up a batch of grog.
BTW, today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Here is some advanced pirate lingo for those of you who want to know how to talk like a pirate: bung hole – The stopper in food storage barrels is called the bung, and the hole is the bung hole. For realsies.Pin It
Hello, August. Wait … how is it August already? Back to school?!? Already?!!!? John’s BIG birthday?!? Already?!?? What happened to July? Heck, what happened to June? Wish I could stop the clock and hit re-do on summer. It’s hard to think of anything I like better than a lazy summer day at the beach. Good thing summer stretches into fall here in South Carolina … I plan on packing in as many beach days as possible. I even bought a fresh bottle of sunscreen yesterday.
photo//Erika Firm | DelphinePin It
Our signature Ava design (a variation of our Amelie) is hands down our most ordered design. Here are three variations of the same design shipping out on the same day. Changing the ink colors totally changes the feeling, doesn’t it? I imagine the left one for a garden party, the center one for a fun bash, and the one on the right for a black tie ball.Pin It
While on vacation last Sunday I skipped breakfast and sought out the local Target to snag this Jason Wu for Target striped dress. I just love the unusual color combination of charcoal, mustard and blush. It’s pretty short on me, so I may have to use it as a Fall dress with tights, but I still love it. Right now it’s hanging on the outside door of my closet so I can admire the colors every time I pass by it.
Tuesdays are photo shoot days. It’s such a great break from sitting at the computer all day. But booooo, it’s cloudy and icky this morning, so I’m not sure how much shooting we’ll get to do. Wishing it was a blue sky day, like last Sunday, when we went to the pumpkin patch near Rancho Santa Fe, California and were surprised to see hot air balloons launching in the field next to the pumpkin patch parking lot. The pink one actually hit our car as it was filling up!
//photos by Erika Firm
When Sarah Kleven McGann, a San Diego based criminal defense attorney, came to me for help branding her new law firm, Kleven McGann Law, I just knew that she needed something a little different from the run of the mill boring lawyer logo. She isn’t like all the other lawyers I’ve met in my life … no stuffy office, no ascot, no circular speeches. Instead she is all smiles, fun energy and warmth.
This project is a perfect example of balancing what the client wants (something fun, energetic, feminine) with what the client needs (a professional brand that will appeal to other lawyers, which is where she gets all her referrals).
While the brand needs to appeal to other lawyers, who generally go for super traditional looking, solid brands, we also needed to keep the look “her” — modern, feminine, professional. So I went with a strong peacock/teal, jet black and bright white color palette, to express her professional/serious side. Peacock is a teal blue color, so it rests comfortably in the “I’m a professional, you can trust me, I know what I’m doing” BLUE world, but pushes into the fun zone a tiny bit with the green undertones.
A really colorful peacock envelope keeps it “Sarah” without making it too girly or frilly. I chose a fairly traditional, but warm font (Neutra) to add stability to the brand, and threw in a lot of white space and played with scale (her business cards are super tiny: 3.5in x 1.25in … standard width but short) to keep the overall look modern and fresh. To give it all a luxe polish, we letterpressed everything on bright white 100 percent cotton paper.
I had lots of fun working on this project, which is not something you can usually say about working with lawyers! Readers, I hope you never are in need of a criminal defense attorney … but just in case keep one of Sarah’s snazzy cards in your rolodex.
//photos Erika FirmPin It