The National Branding by Love and War

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this brand for The National – an all-occasion “grand café” inspired by London cafés and French bistros, but with a unique, New York City twist. 

Love and War, a branding and advertising agency, developed the visual identity including a minimal wordmark logo and a beautiful abbreviated alternate. The agency also created the website, promotions, illustrations and a range of in-restaurant materials from menus to tableware.

Simple is extremely hard to do well, but Love and War nailed it and I’m not the only one who thinks so. The agency was awarded a 2011 James Beard Award of Outstanding Graphics for this work. What do you think about this identity?

Photos from Love and War and The National.

Give Thanks – Freebies

MOO is an online printing company that I absolutely love! They can print with your photos or designs stored on certain social sites or you can upload your images directly to MOO. My favorite thing is that printing with MOO means you have the option of a different image on each card or sticker!

Since not everyone out there is a designer (or has the time to create a custom design) I have created a variety of Thank You designs that use Moo templates! These work really well for sending out Thank You’s after a party or for your Etsy shop. You can send postcards or greeting cards, slip a minicard or notecard into a package and use the stickers on packages or to seal envelopes. So many options! You can download the design packages below, head on over to Moo, upload and customize before placing your order. Pick black or teal or both and use only what you like from the sets! One more thing to make this deal even better… if you follow the Moo links from this post you get 10% off your first order! You can also download and print yourself!

Chevron Moo Designs - Teal

Chevron Moo Designs - Black

Note Cards (choose square or rounded edges) 3.46″ x 2.32″
You can customize text for the back of card at or leave blank to write personalized messages. (Select “Business Cards” at for this option.)

Mini Cards 2.9″ x 1.26″
You can customize text for the back of card at or leave blank to write personalized messages.

Greeting Cards 4.13″ x 5.82″
You can customize text for the inside of card on or leave blank to write personalized messages.

Postcards 4.13″ x 5.82″
You can customize the back of your postcard at with your logo, text, footers and a mailing panel.

Rectangular Stickers and Labels 3.30 x 2.17″

Round Stickers and Labels 1.5″ diameter (shown below)

Moo Stickers

This post is not sponsored by Moo, I just really like their products. Ciera Design will not be held responsible for printing errors. Please make sure you check the templates for proper colors, bleeds and safe zones, and fonts before printing. I can not offer assistance for using these files but please contact me if you need customized items. This design is © Ciera Holzenthal, 2011. All rights reserved. It may not be copied, resold, made available for download, given away or redistributed elsewhere without my written permission. Please link directly to this page if you would like to share these downloads with others.

Pinterest Picks – Neutrals with a touch of mint

A few of my recent pins to inspire you this weekend. I want my front door to look like that and would love to have that beautiful lace dress!


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 
Unfortunately I can not find the origin of image 3, if anyone knows please share!

Head over to my boards and pins for all of the inspiration that I have been collecting and if you’re on Pinterest, leave a link below so I can check out your pins!

October Favorites – A Recap

This past month was amazing! Experiencing my first Fall…celebrating my two year blogiversary…working on a bunch of new projects and so much more! Here are some of my favorite posts from October…


1 // The A-Z of Ciera
2 // Workspace Snapshot 10/5/11
3 // Apple Picking
4 // DIY Jewelry Organizers
5 // Sweet Snack: Cinnamon Apple Chips
6 // Free Faces – Design Resource
7 // Autumn Hues and Some Blues
8 // Two Year Blogiversary and Giveaway
9 // Three Ponds Vintage

I have lots planned for November but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera

Portfolio Updates – Long Overdue

I made a few updates to my design portfolio that were long overdue. Click through to see more about the work I did for each project.


Salvations – Event Identity and Collaterals

Salvations is a furniture design competition utilizing reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials all to benefit New Orleans’ oldest local environmental non-profit, The Green Project. The Green Project keeps over 1.8 million pounds of usable materials from the waste stream and over 40,000 gallons of paint out of the ground water supply and wetlands. See full project.

Salvations Invite 2


YLC 25th Anniversary Logo and Role Model Gala Event Package

The Young Leadership Council has maintained its tradition of highlighting 25 members of the community each year since its inception in 1986. Role Models are selected each year by a committee comprised of past Role Model honorees and members of the YLC’s Board of Directors.

Honorees have distinguished themselves by: promoting a positive attitude and an unyielding desire to enhance the quality of life in our community; striving to unite our community in collaborative efforts for its future prosperity; serving as an exemplary role model to young talent in the community; taking an effective and vigorous leadership role in the community; and/or making significant contributions in their specific fields of endeavor. See full project.

young leadership council gala 4

I am very proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with these organizations that do so much for the city I love!

Please contact me if you are interested in custom designs.

Two Year Blogiversary

Hi friends! This month my blog turns two years old! I can’t believe two years can go by so fast. Whether you’re a new reader or have been around since day one, I want to thank you for following me on this journey. I have shared a lot with y’all over the years and I thought it would be fun to recap some major milestones along the way! Click on the images to read the original blog post.

I’m so thankful that I get to do what I love on a daily basis and can’t wait to see where I’ll be in two years from now! As a thank you to all of my readers I am having a two year blogiversary giveaway! It’s a good one so don’t miss out! You can also check out my current giveaway over at Freckled Nest!