graphic design

graphic design

more weddings!

I have been working on helping a dear friend with her wedding stationery; here is a sneak peek of the design language:

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Whenever I work on this stuff I always end up with 8-15 “sketch” designs— I just get a lot of ideas at once and find myself hopping from one idea to the next, and before I know it I have 20 pages in my inDesign doc with 20 different variations of the same design. Inevitably a lot of ideas go un-used, though sometimes I do apply the ideas to other projects when applicable.

I am seriously considering opening an Etsy shop for some of these designs. I produce a lot that doesn’t see the light of day, but could still be used! It’s one reason I have been slow with updates lately; I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot so I spent a lot of time researching ways to go about the Etsy shop set up smartly.

It doesn’t seem like Etsy is the best place for a freelance graphic designer necessarily— prices are competitive and I honestly think they’re lower than the actual designs are worth in many cases. Very talented designers seem to spin their wheels in order to compete with larger shops (I’m not sure how the larger shops manage to make it worth it— just lots of templates I guess?). Either way, I wouldn’t be in it for a full-time gig, but if I have designs to share, and can change a name within my own template, then I think it could be a fun way to make a little extra income.

Anyway, enough rambling from me. I’m just excited and feeling hopeful.

graphic design

something different

Finished some invitations for grooms Elliot & Zachary— these guys had a completely different take on wedding style. First of all, their colors are red, purple, and gold; their pinterest boards included strong block letters alongside whimsical cursive and paper crane textures alongside stark vector graphics. It was an interesting line to balance but I think we nailed it.

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I’m so glad they trusted me to design this for them; the majority of my wedding stationery work deals heavily with the typical wedding aesthetic: florals, watercolors, pale blues, greens, pinks, etc. But this was completely different, and a really fun design problem to solve.

cheers to these two!!

lettering, graphic design

Darker Than Blue

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Darker Than Blue, Volume 1 by David Brothers

^^^ follow that link to purchase!

I created the title lettering for the cover and chapter breaks for this self-published volume of short stories, written by my longtime Image+ collaborator and friend David Brothers. I also did the typesetting. The cover art is by comics legend Nick Dragotta.

David needed it printed in time for the upcoming Toronto Comic Arts Festival so I mocked up the pages and drawings within a week.

I’m wondering how acceptable it is to be vulnerable on my professional portfolio website, but I’m going to go ahead and write how I’m feeling about this project. I finished these drawings about two weeks ago now, and I remember, at the time, feeling absolutely devastated that this was what I delivered to David in the end. I wonder how many other designers have this practically debilitating self doubt the minute before hitting send on an email with completed project files. It’s self doubt that pushes me through a process, too, though— “this can be better” or “this can ABSOLUTELY be better, try something else” or “work this more, just another couple hours on this and it’ll click.” But never being satisfied with what you’ve created must be a staple ingredient to being an artist of any kind— how else do we push ourselves to get better?

Sometimes (most of the time) I don’t have time to push it one, two, three more miles, and my commitment to following through is ten times stronger than the little devil whispering in my ear that my work isn’t good enough. So I hit send, take a nap, move onto the next project, use what I learned etc etc etc.

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I mention all of this mostly because looking at this book now I realize how skewed my own perspective is while I’m in the act of creating. These title pages are fine. They’re absolutely fine! I of course see things I’d like to change, or certain elements I’d have leaned into or edited had I had more time, but they’re absolutely fine, and David is satisfied with them, so I’m going to allow myself a small pat on the back. I’m very excited to see it in print, and I’m very excited to be a part of David’s first self-published work. Onward and upward and all of that!

🎧 “Nevergreen” - Emancipator

graphic design

Invites are here

The invites & rsvps I designed for Jen and Curtis just arrived from Moo.com! I really love their products; been using and suggesting them since college.

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Going to properly photograph them and upload soon. I like how these turned out.

🎶“The Nightfly” - Donald Fagen