New Orleans Film Society Gala Invitation

I’m so excited to share this project that I’ve been working on for the past few months! I’ve had the pleasure of working with the New Orleans Film Society to design their invitation suite for this year’s gala. This year is extra special since they are celebrating 25 years of bringing great cinema to the New Orleans community! They wanted the design to be modern, bright and fun so I presented a few directions, then once the final theme was decided on, I produced a save the date, invitation suite, web graphics, signage and also an evite. The event is this Saturday if you are in the area and want to attend grab a ticket here!

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Made In Mind March Creatives Meet Up

Another Made In Mind Social in the books! This time we got together at The Pressery for delicious spring rolls and fresh, organic cold-pressed juices. This space is so beautiful and serene, I want to move in! As always it was a blast to meet new inspiring people and catch up with all of our creative friends and their amazing ventures, take a look!

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Photos by Trevor Mark Photography.

The Made in Mind Social is a local group of creative types that gather every other month to meet other like minded creatives, learn about other local businesses and collaborate on future projects. Interested in sponsoring an event? Find details hereNot in New Orleans but want to hold awesome events like this one? Start a Made In Mind chapter in your city! OR start your own from scratch with the help of The Meetup Guide.

Coral, Navy and Gold Wedding Moodboard

Wedding planning is in full swing y’all! It’s actually a lot harder than I thought it would be but so far I have my dress ordered, venue, florist and photographer. I have 9 different Pinterest boards so far, seriously, don’t judge. Just like I do for client branding, I’ve compiled all of my inspirations into a mood board now that I’m working on some of the smaller details and the invitations. Guys, designing for myself is so hard, I’m scared to get started, but that’s what’s next on the wedding list!

Coral, Navy, Gold Wedding Theme Inspiration

bridesmaid dresses | hair | unknown | suitcake | invitation | shoes

P.S. Did you know that I have a wedding invitation suite for sale in my Creative Market shop?

Design Portfolio: Julie Rootes Interiors

Sometimes clients come to me with a logo that just needs a little tweaking or they need help building an overall style to carry through their other materials. This was the case when Julie Rootes reached out to me. She had a great start to a logo but needed to take her brand identity a step further to really stand out within her niche. We decided on which items were most important for her business and I got to work. We went with a letterpress business card and a simple design including a blind emboss to add some additional texture.

Branding Mockup

While I love starting from scratch and designing logos, one of my favorite parts is also building out the brand and bringing it to life after the logo is finalized!

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If you are not sure how to expand your brand, reach out to me and we can brainstorm and collaborate on some new materials for you! P.S. Did you see the brand identities for The Made In Mind Social and Sweet Tea and Co.?

That’s A Wrap: January and February

January and February were pretty packed and I feel like I’m being pulled in a million directions: blog, design work, The Made In Mind Social, wedding planning and conference planning, whoa! Don’t get me wrong, I love it all! And this is one of the reasons I decided to bring contributors back to the blog and I’m super excited for that!

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I got to visit my sis in New York for the first time since she moved about a year ago and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll also know that Mardi Gras was pretty early this year, I kind of feel like 2015 is just starting and it’s already March! Speaking of Instagram, I realized that I don’t ever share my photos here on the blog so I did a fun little collage above.

 

IN THE STUDIO, SHOP & BLOG

 

ELSEWHERE

P.S. I love to collaborate with brands and other bloggers, find out more here.

Galano Classic Font by Rene Bieder

Galano Classic from Rene Bieder is the latest in a series of releases inspired by the classic grotesques of the early twentieth century. Designed as a companion to Bieder’s Galano Grotesque family, Galano Classic is informed by the geometric faces of the early twentieth century. But instead of attempting another reinterpretation of the geometric genre, this subfamily prefers to linger in the past, flirting with modernist proportions, and sporting details such as the long stretched leg of uppercase ‘R’ and the traditionally shaped lowercase ‘g’. Many of Galano Grotesque’s characters were redesigned from the ground up for the Classic variety; it also has more alternative characters, ligatures and OpenType features. With ten weights with matching italics, each containing 555 glyphs, Galano Classic is an ambitious subfamily; while it was planned to be the display version of Galano Grotesque, it also works perfectly well in small sizes and long text passages. Y’all know I love to share a font sale and this one is big! Galano Classic is 80% off until February 15 so grab it now!

Galano Classic Font Samples

Call For Contributors

Paid Blogging Contributors Wanted

Happy Wednesday! After much thought, I’ve decided to bring additional content creators back to the blog! I love collaborating and connecting with other bloggers & creatives. You’ll still see a majority of the posts from me, but doesn’t the idea of having some fresh faces around here sound like so much fun? Not to mention, with my wedding and conference both in October, I have a lot going on and I don’t want the blog to suffer!

 

Advantages For You

  • Your posts will include a brief author bio at the bottom and a link back to your website.
  • Increase your exposure by sharing your work on an established blog.
  • Blog posts will be promoted across my network of followers.
  • Being a guest contributor helps to distinguish you as an expert in your field.
  • You will be paid per post. It probably won’t be enough to pay the bills, but a little extra spending money is always nice.

 

The Ideal Candidate

  • You have unique ideas and are creative.
  • Organized and timely. You must meet our pre-determined deadlines and follow any guidelines you’re given.
  • You have prior blogging experience.
  • You write in English, with proper grammar and spelling.
  • You are able to contribute 1-3 posts per month.
  • High quality photography if your ideas require it.
  • Familiar with scheduling social media posts.

I’m looking for original, top-notch content that is relevant to the readers here at Ciera Design. I’m very open to all of your ideas, especially a DIY column and advice posts (business, blogging, freelance, design). I also have some specific ideas for anyone with food photography experience. If you’re interested in having a column, just submit your ideas through the link below! Thoughts, visuals and examples are all welcome!

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The application will be open until February 25 and I will be following up with candidates the following week. Please note that I may not be able to respond to each application.

Do you know someone who would be a great fit? Just send them a link to this post. I’m really excited to add some new faces to the blog this year!

 

 

 

Print Your Own Valentine

In New Orleans, we’ve all been a little pre occupied by Mardi Gras to even think about Valentine’s Day. So if you’re like me, and totally behind, I have some VERY affordable print yourself card designs up in the Etsy shop. And what makes them even better, you can print them as many times as you need for personal use.

Greeting Card Featuring Modern Arrow and Love Type

Greeting Card Featuring Watercolor and Script Love

Marseille France

Marseille France Travel Guide

Truthfully, when we were in Marseille, we didn’t love it. I think we were just a little worn out at this time in the trip. But now that I look back on it, it was really great and I totally recommend going! I can’t believe I didn’t appreciate it more when I was there! We stayed here, in the heart of the old town. Use this link for $25 off your first Airbnb booking!

Food + Drink in Marseille

Le Cercle Rouge – we actually ate here twice (in the courtyard) we liked it so much
Rowing Club for brunch
Bar des 13 Coins
Fish Soup – we meant to get a Bouillabaisse (traditional Provençal fish stew originating from Marseille) but we somehow never got around to it

Things to do in Marseille

Beaches – We went to Plage Des Catalans, the first beach you’ll come across on leaving the Old Port
Vieux Port (Old 
Port)
Markets along the port
Îles du Frioul – I’m going to write a separate post about Plage De Saint-Esteve which is just a ferry ride away
Panier (Old Town)
Churches
Cours Estienne d’Orves

Marseille’s train station is gorgeous and offers a great view since it is perched on top of a hill. After we left Marseille, we took the train to Nice and this was an amazing ride, we passed through the cote d’azur and it was gorgeous!

Sail Boats in Marseille France Vieux Port

View of Boats in Marseille France Vieux Port

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Street Scenes Marseille France Panier

Cathedral in Marseille France

Laundry Hanging from Window Blue Sky

Girl Walking Down Marseille France Alley

Boats on the Water Marseille France Vieux Port

European Traffic Sign

French Vintage Boutique

Sunlight Over Buildings

Cathedral and Port Marseille France

Eating a Baguette in France

Textured European Wall Posters

Cold Beer Serena Biera Corsa

Marseille France Beach Front

Marseille France Plage Des Catalans Sun Sign

French Dinner Table

Textured Door and French Sign

French Produce at Market

Marseille France Train Station

P.S. Have you seen my travel memorabilia and other travel guides? Madrid | Barcelona | Segovia

An Exciting Announcement!

As I mentioned in January’s Made In Mind meet-up recap, we used this time to celebrate our accomplishments from 2014 and to set our most ambitious goals for 2015. We all displayed our goals and it was really great to see everyone’s enthusiasm for the new year!

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Then Kristy and I, along with Justin from Invade NOLA, announced our plans for 2015… that we will be holding New Orleans’ First Creative Entrepreneur Conference!

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It’s crazy to think that it was a year and a half ago when I was telling y’all about my new venture, The Made In Mind Social. Ten meet-ups later, I felt that it was time to take it to the next level!

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So far, we’ve created the event framework, divvied up tasks, are scouting locations and pulling together equally enthusiastic volunteers interested in being a part of something bigger. We are ambitiously working to build a killer conference!

Now, we are asking for your help in picking the perfect name and are starting to build volunteer teams to make this dream a reality! If you are interested just fill out this form, it takes 1 sec and we’d love your input.

Also, if you have any tips we’d love to hear them… (locations, things you like at other conferences, things you don’t like, sponsorships).