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New Work for Loyola University Maryland

Hello! Happy Autumn! My maiden name is actually German for “autumn,” so I have a special kinship with the season. I am trying to stay on top of schoolwork this semester and keep a consistent blogging schedule, but I don’t want to give your hopes up…it might not work out as a consistent schedule, but I will try posting whenever I have new projects on the site!

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This first project is a campus notebook designed to give to prospective students as they visit various universities. It features checklists, questions to ask, a glossary, and plenty of space for notes. I made some changes from the original design, mostly changing and streamlining graphics and typography.

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A new exploration in packaging design, I had the opportunity to design a Google Cardboard headset for prospective students. The original form was a flat, mail-able package with instructions for assembly (iPhone not included!). Once a student assembles the headset, they place their smartphone inside the headset to view a 3D webpage and virtual tour of campus.

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I had the opportunity again to venture into 3D work, this time for a freestanding letter cut-out for display. The project brief was to design a freestanding Loyola “L” that features fun facts about Baltimore, Maryland, on the back flap. It was an interesting challenge to design the standee from scratch, since we had to figure out logistics with paper weight and folding technique. The finished result was very unique and professional.

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Yes, this was designed a few months ago (….) but in my defense, it was a very quick project and I have not had much time to photograph my work lately! This was a project designed for current undergraduate students to send valentine postcards to prospective students. This particular valentine card was my favorite: I had the opportunity to design calligraphy for a custom poem. We printed in 2 color ink (red and black) for simplicity. The valentines were a huge hit and I was happy to be a part of the project!

Well, that’s what I’ve got for now! Keep a look out for a new wedding project (you’ve probably already seen it on my website). I’ve also got another huge wedding project on the horizon, so you’ll be seeing some sketches soon. Thanks for viewing!

-Anne

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Valentine’s Day Card: Moon & Stars

Every year, I try to do a little personal Valentine’s Day card on time. It almost never works out. I always start too late on them, and barely finish them in time for the holiday. I’m lucky if I’m able to send a handful. I have my ideas and sketches done way ahead of time, I just can’t get them finished, printed and mailed. So this year I’m doing something a little different.

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I’m going to design a card just to give to my sweetheart. My husband is not mushy or sentimental, and I don’t think he would really like the “you’re the peanut butter to my jelly,” offbeat Valentine’s Day cards. Over the years I have seen some interesting valentines, but a lot of them are what he would describe as “twee hipster silliness,” and I would have to agree. It’s difficult to find a valentine that is short and sweet, funny or actually heartfelt. Sometimes modern cards feel too forced, awkward, or “ironic.” So this year, I’m taking an inside joke from the both of us and turning it on its head.

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So when we first started dating, I jokingly asked my husband, “How much do you love me? More than the moon and the stars?” And he laughed and said that was an absurd question, because he didn’t really have feelings for the moon and the stars. It became a sort of “romantic comedy” absurd phrase we’d say when we were joking around. I decided to letter “I love you more than the moon and the stars,” and to make it really sweeping and romantic. The funny thing is, it could actually be romantic, and I can see an audience looking at that and saying, “Oh wow, that’s exactly how I feel.” I actually love the moon and stars, and think it could look very beautiful. But when I give this card to him, I think he will chuckle. He will know how much I love him, but he’ll appreciate the sweeping look of the letters and know it’s supposed to be a bit tongue-in-cheek.

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I used gold and silver metallic Sharpies in the final version. I attempted to use colored Sharpies (yellow, pink and blue) but it did not look right at all. I ended up doing 4 different versions. Maybe someday I’ll vectorize this and actually make it look good, but this is what I could do for today! Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you can find the perfect card, because that is a rare treat!
-A.K.

Holiday Card Wrap-Up 2014

I know, I know: I am way late in the game on this! I can promise you I meant to post this on December 19th, before I left for the holiday break. I even had all of my photos edited and ready to go. But holiday madness being what it is, I just did not get this post ready in time. So here I am, on January 6th, posting about my two holiday cards I designed for the year. Please enjoy them anyway! I am hoping with the new year I will become more organized and keep this blog going at least on a semi weekly basis.

My first client card of the season was for my dear friend Heather Yeager. Instead of sending out birth announcements in the fall and then a separate holiday card right after, she decided she wanted a birth announcement/holiday card combination. I thought it was a great idea, because I had seen some very adorable cards like this and was excited by the opportunity to design something new. Heather is a talented photographer, and provided me with the photo of her newborn baby Penelope to use for the card. I designed the baby’s full name in calligraphy, and then decided to add snowflakes and “my first noel” to signal that this was a birth announcement as well as a holiday card. To match the baby clothing, I used unexpected, yet feminine pinks and purples. She was delighted with the result!

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For my holiday card, I knew I wanted to do some hand lettering, but I really didn’t have any other ideas for a while. I wanted to include a photo of my husband and I from our trip to Europe this summer, but I did not necessarily want an overly European holiday card. I chose a photo we took at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria, because it had incredible lighting at the interior of the building was stunning. From there, I designed a thick, festive “season’s greetings” lettering motif, and decided to add checkered snowflakes to the edges of the card. I was very happy with the result, but this reminded me that I need to keep working on my hand lettering technique. I also seem to run out of time to actually finesse the curves in Adobe Illustrator. And, me being me, I took on the extra task of doing red ink calligraphy for each and every envelope. The result was beautiful, but there were definitely some late nights furious cleaning my calligraphy pens so that I could go to bed!

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This is going to be a more organized year for me. I’ve got my resolution(s) set, and I will be posting about them hopefully later this week! Thanks for looking and I wish you a happy, healthy, and harmonious new year!

-A.K.

Colorful World Travel Wedding Suite

Hello! I have always said I love to do unusual, unique projects, and today I have a good one. I have for you a wedding suite that was inspired by travel, bright color, and modern style. Marrying many design ideas together can be tough, but the result was truly unique and beloved by the couple and the wedding attendants.

When two of my friends became engaged, I was so thrilled with the opportunity to design wedding stationery and signage. This project consisted of guestbook signs, menu card, program, table cards, thank you cards, and a welcome sign. The palette consisted of saturated violet, orange and teal, with clean sans-serif typefaces. The bride had a world map outlined in colorful paint splatter, and wanted to incorporate that visual style into the travel-themed wedding. I designed signage (not pictured) that included a “Come Travel The World With Us!” sign encouraging guests to sign a guestbook, a small instructional sign guiding guests to pin where they had traveled from, and a “Choose a seat, not a side…” chalkboard style sign. The thank you cards featured “thank you” in different languages, and the table cards featured illustrated landmarks from cities that the couple had traveled to. The menu card, program, and escort cards all continued the colorful travel theme, with hints of the paint splatter and hearts inscribed with continents.

The thank you cards, programs, escort cards, and menu cards were printed digitally on Cougar White Opaque #70; and the table cards on Cougar White Opaque #100 cover. The signs were printed on canvas, vinyl, and Cougar White Opaque paper.

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I’ll add photos of the signage if I can get it. The biggest challenge was definitely the table cards: finding and creating notable skylines from cities of all sizes was difficult, but I managed to create vectors out of whatever imagery was available. It was a bit of challenge finding different typefaces to represent “thank you” in multiple alphabets too. But I learned that the best way to tackle these large scale projects is to prepare and schedule extra time – I always end up using it!

-A.K.

Rustic Yellow & Gray Wedding Suite

Hello again. I’m here to share a wedding stationery suite I designed for a family member who recently tied the knot. The ideas for the aesthetic were eclectic: she wanted a rustic, country feel, in yellows and grays, with Art Deco shapes. I took some time to explore some typographic options, knowing the bride liked script typefaces, but wanting to choose just the right one. The full suite included a save the date postcard, an invitation suite, and a program.

For her Save the Date, I designed a simple postcard featuring her engagement session photos, simple typography, and a mini-calendar on the front with her date highlighted. For her invitations, I designed a typographic card with yellow ornamentation that combines rustic charm with a touch of art deco. The program also features the ornamented shape, with an emphasis on clear hierarchy of typography. The bride loved the full suite, and was so happy to have it for her special day!

The Save the Date postcards were printed digitally on Cougar Opaque White Cover #70. The invitation suite was printed two color on Cougar Opaque White Cover #70, with bright yellow A7 envelopes. The programs were printed digitally on Cougar Opaque White #80.

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We were so happy with the result; and the wedding was wonderful. Thanks for looking!

-A.K.

Summery 80th Birthday Party Invitations

Well, summer is usually considered over by Labor Day, but I like to counter that by pointing out that summer technically lasts until the Autumnal Equinox (which will be September 23rd this year). So, to enjoy these last few days of summer, I am bringing to you one of my latest invitation designs.

I was asked by my mother to design an invitation for my great aunt’s 80th birthday party. She wanted something summery and upbeat, and suggested that perhaps sunflowers could be included in the design. I decided to design a hand drawn typographic lockup to contribute to the rustic summery feel, and I drew several styles of sunflowers before settling on the marker style.  A light, peachy pink gradient finishes the background of the invitation.

I designed and illustrated the card, and had it printed on Cougar White 80lb uncoated stock. The invitations were mailed in 70# white opaque envelopes.

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I am really pleased with the invitation, and my family loved it too. I think I will try out more illustrations with Prismacolor markers, because they had an unexpected texture that I liked. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy these last few days of summer!

-A.K.

Love Language Idioms for Valentine’s Day

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day! I wanted to design some Valentines this year, but as usual, I started on the project far too late and barely managed to finish the project right before the holiday. I need to give myself more than a month to complete something of this scope, but I don’t seem to get my best ideas until right before the holiday spirit sets in!

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For this series, I designed four different cards featuring a love-related idiom in a foreign language. I envisioned a lettered illustration on the front, plus a witty translation on the inside. I chose a variety of languages (Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian) and I tried to convey a concrete object from each idiom. Drawing the compositions proved to be more difficult than I thought, but the watercolor painting actually elevated each illustration more than I expected.

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The first one completed was the French idiom, “Le coup de foudre.” That translates to “bolt of lightning,” and refers to instantly falling in love at first sight. I wanted the words to looks like lightning coming from a stormcloud, and the lightning to strike a heart. I really love the indigo-violet halo around lightning, so I outlined the words, and once I painted them striking the heart, I realized how similarly they also look to veins. I was very pleased with the result.

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The second one completed was the Russian idiom, “Po yshi vlubitsya.” That means “up to [your] ears in love,” and means to be completely in love with someone. This one was difficult to execute because of the odd imagery and the composition of the letters. I tried not to be too rectilinear with the composition, but I didn’t want to overdo the fluidity on the Russian characters so that they became illegible. I decided the hearts will have to balance the composition. The ears were difficult to paint, because not many people enjoy illustrations of disembodied ears. But after loosely painting them and attaching them to the Russian word for “ears,” I liked it a lot more.

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The third one completed was the Chinese idiom, “(yí) () (sān) (qiū),” which translates to “One day, three autumns.” That phrase means to miss someone so much, that one day apart feels like three years (isn’t that beautiful?). The characters themselves are beautiful, and fit into a snug rectangle, so I had a lot of issues with composition here. I wanted to add leaves to the longer strokes, but since I am not fluent in Chinese, I didn’t know if that could be misconstrued or mistranslated. I painted a lot of leaves and just placed them around the letters until it felt right.

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The last idiom was one of my favorites, the Spanish idiom “media naranja,” which translates to “orange half.” It’s an expression meaning your better half or soulmate. I knew this one had to be cute, so I wanted to do thick, happy letters inside of an orange. I am not the best at drawing circles, so this ended up looking more football shaped than round, but I am still happy with the result.

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So there you have it! I am not in time to start selling them this Valentine’s Day, but I’m hoping to clean them up a bit and sell them next year. Maybe if I find more lovely idioms, I’ll add them to the series.

Happy travels!
-A.K.

My Holiday Card 2013

Happy holidays! Our holiday card this year is, of course, travel-themed. My husband wanted to incorporate our new home (Mt. Vernon) into our card to share with our family and friends. I decided to draw a line drawing of the Mt. Vernon monument, and only add color to the holiday string lights that are added every December. A simple hand lettered salutation at the bottom finishes the design.

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I also chose to use a festive red ink for the envelope calligraphy. I’m really happy with the result and I am looking forward to designing more travel themed works.

Happy travels,

– A.K.