Kickstarter really has some amazing stuff y’all! I recently came across Stately Type, a project by graphic designer David Lesue. It’s basically two things: first, it’s a big 20″x 16″ letterpressed map of the United States where David hand-lettered the name of each state within the distinctive form of its boundaries.
Second, it’s 50 individually designed hand-lettered t-shirts—one for each state in the union. David designed each one to reflect the identity of the state it represents—matching the shirt color and graphic color to each state’s personality.
The inspiration for this project came from my love of hand-lettered type and my fascination with the iconic shapes of state boundaries. By combining those two elements, I’ve come up with something that looks stunning—maps of the individual states and of the US as a whole that feel very personal, distinctive, and hand-crafted. -David Lesue
David has actually reached his goal but if you like this project as much as I do, head over to his Kickstarter page to support it, he has lots of amazing rewards for those who back his project!
Even though Thanksgiving is only one day out of the month, November always gets me thinking about everything I am thankful for. I like to slow down, appreciate the small things and the wonderful people in my life. I’m thankful for having a creative career and being able to do what I love, my boyfriend of eight years, family, friends, the blogging community and for you guys, my readers! Remember, there is always something to be thankful for and I hope this design can be a little reminder for you this month!
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This post was done in collaboration with Brian Gavin Diamonds. After a little brainstorming we decided that it would be fun to create moodboards around words commonly associated with diamonds, today we have bright! I love the colors we ended up with and the kind of funky vibe.
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So I first saw Inaluxe over on IAMTHELAB and just had to share with y’all because I am in love! Inaluxe is a small design team consisting of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd.
While we both have a very different approach to creating, the upside of this is we love working on designs together, and what comes out of our combined efforts. As well as keeping busy with Inaluxe, we freelance and work on independent design and writing gigs. It keeps things fresh, and we love that.
I’m working on a logo, branding and website for a new client that is opening a business just around the corner from me! Here is the moodboard that I created for her and I can’t wait to share more once it gets a little further along!
Back in March I designed this invitation for little Cameron’s first birthday party. The party was really just for the adults and they requested a New Orleans theme with a kiddie twist. Below are how the invites turned out and Coco Photo Nola‘s photos from the event, it turned out SO cute, I can’t get over it! And this design is now for sale in my Etsy shop!
I shared one of Debi Sementelli‘s fonts, Dom Loves Mary, a few months back and she just released another beauty called Cantoni! I just love using her fonts, they are so much fun! And once again, Debi is offering a huge discount to Ciera Design readers! Cantoni is 40% off with code “cieradesigns” so go grab it while this offer lasts!
The Cantoni font family is a hand lettered font with a variety of standard and alternate characters that play together well and has a total of 1265 glyphs, wow! Lots of additional features are also included, like roman numerals, fractions, ordinals, ornate and old style numbers, greek symbols, a set of flourishes, ornaments and DIY wedding words and images.
Named after my large Italian family, the unique variety of letters based on my own fluid upright style of brush lettering, reminds me of every family I know. There are creative and conservative siblings, crazy in a good way cousins, affable aunts and corny joke telling uncles who somehow come together and form one cohesive unit.
In the same way, using the Open Type features to insert a “wild t”, begin a name with a “flashy f” or end a word with a “rambling r”, the font comes to life. The party starts. The fun begins. And soon they’re all laughing and dancing up and down the baseline. Like a family gathering to celebrate a special occasion, there is a palpable sense of joy expressed through the letters and images, not unlike the sharing of good food, memorable stories and lots of laughter. - Debi Sementelli
As Jasmine and I begin to plan our second networking event, I’m taking some time to reflect on how this whole thing got started. Neither of us had any experience in event planning but we were determined and passionate and decided to figure it out! After a lot of research and hard work, we were able to get a successful launch party down in the books!
It’s so inspiring to be able to meet up with other bloggers and right-brainers that I’ve decided to write an e-course on how to start your own local event similar to The Made In Mind Social! Today I’m talking about our branding and the e-course will cover everything else like the who, what, when, where and how!
As a designer, I know how important a brand is to launching a successful business, or in our case, event. We need to look professional and showcase what we are all about.
After we decided on a name (this was the hardest part) it was time to start designing the logo. We knew we wanted it to have a hand drawn look and fun, bold colors so we collected inspiration and I got to work! After a few weeks the logo was complete and we started applying it to promotional materials! We got our website up and running and designed business cards, member discount cards, magnets, stickers, canvas bags and sponsorship brochures.
We didn’t have much of a budget to work with, so we decided to collaborate with sponsors in order to make our first event a success. I designed some brochures with our information and what we could offer our sponsors in return. It was very important to be taken seriously for our first event. Although I try to work with local printers whenever possible, there are times that an online vendor is more cost-effective. We used UPrinting to print the sponsor brochures and they came out really great!
UPrinting is fast and affordable and the ordering process was incredibly simple. The thing I love most about them is that you can upload your files and get a free digital proof before you ever enter any payment information. They also have a 360 degree preview option. This allows you to get a physical sense of how your final product will look. When using a new online vendor these things really helped to put me at ease. I definitely hope to be able to work with UPrinting in the future. They offer all kinds of printing services, such as table tents, wall graphics, stickers, magnets, door hangers, event tickets, etc
It was so fun to give out our magnets and have our logo applied to everything at the launch party!
Now back to that e-course, sign up here if you’d like to stay up to date on this new offering. And leave a comment below if there is anything specific you’d like to learn about starting an event.
Today’s Maybe This Inspired That is from Lisa! Lisa Danielson is a Graphic Designer/Photographer living and working in Chicago, IL. She is the founder of Neat Idea, Lisa. Design, Photography, Optimism. Your brand with a fresh perspective. Lisa specializes in logo design/branding, print design and custom photography for start-up companies and entertainers.
The Art // Monday Blues Confusion by Peggy Reimchen is instantly mesmerizing and beautifully abstract with the strong blue hue and bright reflection. The lines are sharp yet skewed by the water and capture the viewer’s attention to lead them through the photograph. I love that this piece is hard to tell what exactly it is until you look closely.
I am currently taking submissions for this column! If you think you have a “Maybe This Inspired That” match, email me links to “the art” and “the inspired” along with descriptions. Please note that not all submissions will be published.
I love a good, bold script, don’t you?! Jam jars; Warhol’s “Tomato Soup”; chalk lettering and baseball. Those were the triggers to make this soft chancery cursive turned into a script font. Brand by Maximiliano Sproviero is thought mainly for packaging but can be used in magazines and invitations also. Pro styles are loaded with the most complete sets of alternates, ligatures and ornaments; while Std styles are smaller versions of the font, with no decorative alternates. This awesome font is super affordable and is an extra 10% off right now! And as always there are a bunch of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.