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Chaos Comes Before Order

Chaos Comes Before Order by Erika Firm DelphineSorry for the radio silence around here. Things have been … well … chaotic. On top of my already hectic home and work life, I was in a car accident two weeks ago. I can now say that I know exactly how it feels to be hit by a Mack Truck. (Not good, in case you were wondering). I’ve not been able to work a fraction of my normal workload, at home or at the studio. My projects and to do lists are piling up, my house is a certifiable disaster zone, I have no idea how I’m going to find a car I love as much as my old one, I haven’t been able to exercise (i.e. unload stress), I’m missing all the fun Spring Break things I should be doing with my little one, and I feel really really super lousy. But my very wise Tatie (“Auntie”) tells me, “Chaos comes before order.” So I push on.

So to all of you struggling to meet deadlines, struggling to get dinner on the table, or just plain struggling … chin up. Chaos comes before order.

And to all my clients: thank you for your extra patience. Xo —Erika.

 

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Award Winning Logo for Chromatic & Co. by Delphine

Chromatic-Logo-by-Delphine-PublishedHOW magazine Award winning logo design for Chromatic & Co. by DelphineAs 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.

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8th Annual Stationery Meetup featured in Stationery Trends

Delphine-NSS-Meetup-2012-Stationery-TrendsIt’s a very good snail mail day when any issue of Stationery Trends magazine lands on our desk, but it was one of the best days ever when the latest (Spring 2013 – NSS) issue arrived with a lovely story about our 8th Annual Stationery Meetup.

stationery show meetup 2012 delphine partyLast year’s meetup was covered in Stationery Trends’ inaugural “An Event To Remember” column & I just love looking at the pictures and re-living last year’s big bash, which was co-hosted by Oh So Beautiful Paper. 

nss 2013 stationery trends issue at delphineLets talk about the gorgeous redesign of the magazine for a moment. The Stationery Trends team handled everything in-house … and in less than six months! 

Sarah Schwartz, editor, says, “At a company retreat this past fall, the entire Stationery Trends team met for what we’ve all started calling ‘the fireside chat’ — it was at a B&B in front of a fake fireplace. During it, we reviewed several consumer books and discussed in a rather macro way what we hoped to achieve with the new look. Later, our graphic designer Laura Nagle and I would usually talk about each specific element  — logo, cover, TOC, headers, footers, departments like Fresh Picks  — and come up with three options to show the team, who would vote on them.” 

As a graphic designer, the “design by committee” approach that they used scares the pants off of me. But they pulled it off and the new Stationery Trends looks stunning. I love the clean, new look, the perfect black and white logo, and the fun mix of fonts used throughout the magazine.

After reading the issue cover — insert shout out to my girl and fellow Chromatic & Co. designer Claudia at Fig. 2 Design for landing the front cover — to cover I got super excited about heading to New York for the annual National Stationery Show in a few weeks. I can’t wait to reconnect with all the paper peeps at the J. Javits Center! 

*** PDF of The Ultimate Paper Party courtesy of Stationery Trends magazine. Thanks, ST!!! 

 

 

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Paper Camp 2012

Erika Firm president of Delphine to speak at Paper Camp in LA 2013

The schedule for the Spring 2013 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that I’ll be a speaker at Paper Camp in Los Angeles, CA next month.

For all the details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there is a SCHOLARSHIP UP FOR GRABS!!!

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshop. Cannot wait to see everyone in Los Angeles.

 

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Fun Friday Wishes

Fun Friday Geometric Beach Shells via DelphineWishing all of you a fun Friday! I’m going to be working, working, working away all weekend to catch up on a few overdue (oops) deadlines. So please have some extra fun for me this weekend.

 

// photo: Erika Firm |  Delphine

 

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Peaceful Weekend Wishes

Johns Island South Carolina Peaceful Weekend at the Beach or Salt Marsh via DelphineIt’s starting to feel a teensy bit like Fall here in Charleston, so I’m hoping to make it out to the beach one last time before the chill settles in. Wishing all of you a peaceful weekend. Cheers!

// photo: Erika Firm |  Delphine

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Tradeshow Bootcamp Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Stationery Tradeshow Bootcamp Speaker Erika Firm of Delphine

The speaker lineup for the Fall 2012 season of Tradeshow Bootcamp has been released and I’m so happy to let you know that once again I will be speaking at the online webinar  series.

For details visit Tradeshow Bootcamp. Heads up: there are TWO SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS!!! This is an amazing opportunity. All submissions are confidential, so don’t be shy.

I will be discussing developing a wholesale stationery product line, developing a wholesale wedding invitation album, industry standards for pricing, terms, ordering, shipping and packaging. If you have any specific questions feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to cover as much as possible in the workshops.

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Erika Firm featured in Arts + Power issue of Riviera Magazine

Erika Firm featured in Arts + Power issue of Riviera Magazine San Diego 2011So happy to share that I was featured in San Diego Riviera‘s annual Arts + Power issue (December 2011).

The story covers inspiration (Mother Nature, Pinterest), design do’s (blues, yellows, and chevrons), next season forecast (melon/pistachio/gold palette), don’ts (neon for wedding … sorry!), and my favorite wedding details (the classics: proper menus).

Riviera Arts + Power 2011It was such a treat to be in my favorite issue of the year! Merci, Riviera.

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I Love Turquoise

I Love the Color TurquoiseI do love the color turquoise so so much. Turquoise reminds me of happy days sailing, snorkeling, and lounging about with my family.  Green is my absolute most favorite color in the world, but turquoise is a close second. It’s the color right next to green on the color wheel, so it’s no surprise that I love it so.  Looks lovely paired with gold accents, don’t you think?

Some beauties representing my fave color of the moment: No. 1 Cotton taffeta J. Crew strapless party dress in fresh emerald   No. 2 Pretty Elva Fields  ”Keeping Them Close” turquoise triple strand necklace with gold accents   No. 3  “Slapper” turquoise Butter nail polish  for my toes  No. 4  Preppy Sperry Top-Siders in pretty aqua (reminds me of my preppy middle school days)    No. 5  beautiful photo of SoCal lifeguard tower by the super talented friend Jessica Davis. 

By the way, this is an example of one of the type of posts students will be learning how to create today at Camp Delphine! 

 

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North County Graphic Design Meetup: Wed. Feb. 1, 2012

north county san diego graphic design meetup february 1 2012North County San Diego Designers: Please join us Wednesday, February 1, 2012 |  8 am – 9 am at E Street Café in Encinitas, California

Kick off the day on a positive note with other North County graphic designers. Feel free to bring a recent project to share.

R.s.v.p. by leaving a comment on this blog (or on the LinkedIn thread or email Kathy or I directly). To join our LinkedIn group: do a GROUPS search for “North County Graphic Designers” on LinkedIn to join (free).

Hope to see you all there. All creatives welcome. NCGD co-founded by Delphine and KMG. Logo/artwork by Kathy McGraw. This is a free event. Coffee/snacks available for purchase at the café.

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