New gift sets
After a few requests, you can now Inky Animal Postcard Gift Sets with gift boxes and envelopes. Shop here for your own!
One of my regular Clients (see here, here, and here for more) needed some vibrant invitations for a Christmas event. Utilising some work I'd done for moo.com, I put these together - I hope they did the trick in persuading people to beat the weather and head outside!
Bunting and Birds
Bunting and birds on a postcard were requested for a country garden themed Save The Date. I do aim to please...
The main thing I've learnt from this commission is that there are better ways to refer to a Save The Date than an STD... I don't advise that.
I'm not quite sure how it's happened, but somehow, moo have decided that I have lovely handwriting?! So if you've received any material on their latest marketing campaign for notecards, or a hand written press pack, chances are that I've jotted that down for you!
Sometimes it seems our world is more digital than anything else, and the personal touch can seem like a gimmick. Time barely allows for such niceties as a handwritten note… But it should. Many birthdays have been anticipated by deciphering envelopes, working out where they’ve come from before ripping them to pieces! Or more importantly, who they’ve come from. Handwriting is one of those instantly personal things, and almost a part of someone’s personality.
It can also be immensely beautiful and a channel for enormous creativity. As a multi-faceted designer, (or a creative jack of all trades if you’re being less pretentious!) I’m as often behind a camera lens as designing in front of a computer screen. But one aspect that runs through my design work (I hope!) is a hand drawn, natural element. Sure, things get tweaked digitally, but more often than not, it’s started as a scribble on a sheet of paper.
In a full circle-type gesture, these natural elements are more often not made with natural elements. My bamboo pens started by hacking at some twigs in my parent’s garden (which had to be pruned, honest!) and a spot of whittling with a junior hacksaw and a massive knife. Coupled with some drawing ink and some sumptuous paper, and you’ve got a recipe for visual beauty! They take a few uses to bed in, and as a natural product, they each have their own quirks and character, which is half the fun. I often use them in my illustration work, but they are equally as lovely for calligraphy and handwriting. There are many people more talented at lettering work than me, but not many writing tools that you can personalise as easily.
So take a break, write a letter.
A few months into being at moo.com now, so when an invitation commission comes along, I automatically think: "that would look great on a postcard."
Hope City Hereford, who I have had great pleasure working on a number of commissions for, have built a new premises and wanted to shout about their opening ceremony...
Other ideas included:
Here it is! The launch of the projects that I've been working on at moo. Luxe has a seam of colour, either black, blue, red or white.
And we got some lovely pressies to say thanks for our work, including a hand written note from the CEO. Ace.
The end is near.
The final countdown has been in my head for about a month now! It's the last scary push to try and get a half decent degree, which is made much harder by the gorgeous sunshine outside! I've just ordered my new business cards and postcards that neatly tie in with the website!
Geared For Growth
I was asked to design a postcard flyer for a women only meeting called Geared for Growth... I was adamant this didn't need to have any pink on it anywhere... Don't get me wrong, if you need something pink designing, I'll do it... Just.
A few stamps cut out of rubbers and polystyrene and, ta-da!
Thinking with a pencil...
The final thing...
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