Etienne is one of our most complex and most stunning invitations. The design was inspired by art nouveau details and elegant Parisian architecture. Letterpressed here in classic art deco colors, dull gold and peacock, the design really comes to life. Dressed up with antique gold envelopes, Etienne wedding invitations are perfect for an elegant black tie or ballroom wedding.Pin It
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Our Pacific Beach design is the epitome of spring and summer, no matter the colors. These letterpressed invitations in robin’s egg and peacock show how two hues of the same color can work together beautifully. It keeps the invitations simple and elegant, don’t you think? This couple chose turquoise envelopes for a fun splash of color.Pin It
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
I picked up these three rolls of 25 cent tickets (the green ones are my favorite) at the local grocery store because I knew someday I’d use them in a photoshoot. I left them in my studio for a few months, and when the sun faded them to the perfect patina I finally was inspired to use them as props for our new Candy Shop wedding invitation.
One of our newest wedding invitation designs, Candy Shop, is available in stores now. It’s shown here letterpressed in peacock and gray inks.
//photos Erika Firm
Sullivan’s Island is one of my favorite floral wedding invitation designs. It’s not one of our most popular, but I still love it. I was inspired by the sweet butterflies and pretty wild flowers along the sand dunes. Every time someone orders it I am reminded of walks along the beach on the South Carolina coast, where I consider home.
Screen captures from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
I love watching movies on my laptop while I’m working on tedious repetitive projects. Usually I have the movie showing in a little box in the corner of my screen. However 5 minutes into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and my work file was forgotten and the film was full screen! The story is thrilling (after seeing this I went to the library so I could read all three books in the trilogy). But the visuals of this film are what really hooked me. The set design is truly stunning.
The color palette of this film, which is a dark thriller set in Sweden during winter, is a moody mix of cool dark blue greens and near-blacks: teal, verdigris, slate, stone and nightmare black. There were also some ochres and sepias in some of the interior shots.
So far this year, a turquoise, sky blue, mimosa yellow and lemon yellow color palette has been the best-selling ink colors for spring and summer wedding invitations. I predict the palette will darken a bit into darker versions of those same colors (like shown above) for fall and winter weddings. In the film the colors were dark and moody, but for a wedding I think they work really well, too. There’s something quite romantic about this color palette, don’t you think? I love the giant house in the top left corner. Wouldn’t you love to attend a wedding there? Sweden is now on my list of places I’d love to visit.
Screen captures from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo • REMINDER: you can click on just about any picture on this blog to see it larger.
I designed these calling cards for a friend on the job hunt. I took our NEWPORT STRIPES calling card design, added the initial “M” from our Monogram design, and voila: a chic alternative to boring business cards, perfect for handing out at networking events. These are shown in peacock and sand inks, Monica’s fave colors. Not sure what color to pick for your business cards? Take a peek inside your closet and take note of the color you see most.
One of our lovely clients, fresh from a trip to Morocco, asked us to design a birthday party invitation inspired by photos from her trip. We worked together to come up with the perfect palette: peacock and marine blue, paired with bright white 100 percent cotton paper. We toyed around with graphics of Fez hats, moroccon slippers and lamps, but decided upon the pitcher as it was the most festive looking. My favorite touch is the patterned liners.
We’ve just added eight new ink colors to the Delphine ink palette on our website! Peacock is one of my faves. It looks oh so lovely paired with “classic” Delphine inks:marine, bleu, shitake, and another new ink color: Beach Glass. It’s rich, romantic, elegant and yummy.