Amelie G Magazine got its start in 2009 as an online fashion magazine and printed its first issue in the fall of 2010. If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember me attending the launch party. I posted this project to my portfolio, but I realized I never wrote about it here on the blog. Amelie G is a quarterly style magazine based in New Orleans featuring emerging artists and designers, and distributed throughout the United States. It covers international fashion, art and design from the Gulf Coast perspective and is the only full-gloss style magazine in New Orleans. I worked side by side with the Amelie G team from 2010 through 2012 to design and produce their first five issues.
Love this font! Naïve is a handwritten serif font designed by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin from the french foundry La Goupil Paris. The three weights of this new parisian typography can be enhanced with three weights of two alternates fancy glyphs for each letter, the “Fantaisies”, to improve your designs and bring a more poetic and unusual feeling. They also designed an inline bicolor version of this typeface, Naive Inline. Annnnd, this beautiful font is 50% off right now! There are also lots of other great fonts on sale right now at MyFonts.
Happy Friday! I have a new favorite font for you guys! Looking at this font just makes me happy. It makes me feel like a fun summer is approaching and I just want to go eat snoballs, ride a ferris wheel and lay out on the beach!
Mikado is a friendly, casual type family designed by Hannes von Döhren. It is intended to be used everywhere where a pleasant feeling should be conveyed. It has the openness and regularity needed for agreeable reading, and a lively and informal appearance that makes it shine in large headlines, slogans and logos. Mikado has a positive, kind of “out-of-the-box-appearance” in big sizes, but because of its straight architecture the fonts are also very legible in smaller sizes and longer texts – in print or on screen.
Mikado is equipped for complex, professional typography with alternate letters, ligatures, arrows, fractions and an extended character set to support Central and Eastern European as well as Western European Languages. Love Potion and Brandon Grotesqu, two of Hannes von Döhren‘s other fonts have shown up on this blog before as favorites!
The Art // This painting titled Galena by Erik Jones stopped me dead in my internet browsing tracks. She looks like she’s wearing some futuristic head-dress. The splashes of lines and colors create an exotic mane, but her features and expression is so calm and elegant.
The Inspired // This ceramic vessel by Elke Sada is a piece of art on it’s own. It looks as if a painting has been cut up and molded into a bowl.
As y’all know, I have been designing desktop wallpaper freebies over the past few months so I was super excited when Alicia from Whimseybox asked if I would design a few for their blog readers! I love creating these because I get total design freedom, it’s a nice change of pace from client work. And while I can’t go and rearrange my office each month, I love switching up my desktop and iPhone wallpapers to keep things fresh! For the next few months my designs will be available for you to download over on Whimseybox’s blog, so go grab this one for April as a great reminder to always look on the bright side! Click here to tweet this quote.
The Art // Natalie Nicklin’s colorful, geometric mixed media art has me thinking Space Race/Cold War with a updated hipster flare. I love the soft pastels and the harsh blacks. Her Society Six shop has lots of affordable print options that it makes it hard to choose just one!
The Inspired // This Alyson Fox Triangle Pillow Cover from West Elm echoes the soft colors and geometric shapes of Natalie Nicklin’s art. This would look really good on my sofa…
About two years ago I was contacted to design a new logo for Race and Religious, an absolutely beautiful event venue in New Orleans. After the logo was completed we moved forward with the web site and have been creating new items to build their brand ever since! I have designed information folders, maps, their website and blog, site and floor plans and ads. I really enjoy working on projects where I get to create an overall look and then apply my concept to multiple designs. I started the process by sending a Q&A to help determine the exact look they were going for.
As the owner of Race & Religious we couldn’t have been more satisfied with all that Ciera has accomplished for us. Because of her designs for our logo and website we feel that we have become internationally recognized as one of the most eclectic, beautiful, funky places to have an event in New Orleans. She was able to incorporate the ambiance thru our website and logo that is signature to our location, and renovation of our 1835 historical houses situated at Race and Religious Streets in the warehouse district of New Orleans. We are so proud to hand out our cards eluding to the website that is unique and embodies the mystery of what is yet to be seen at Race & Religious. We feel that it is because of Ciera’s design ability that we have been named by Travel and Leisure as one of the coolest rental houses and also by Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine as one of the most spectacular wedding venues available. All this in less than three years of operating! -Billie and Gran Semmes | Owner, Race and Religious
Okay y’all know I love good design right… and paper… and getting stuff in the mail. So when I recently discovered Olive Box, a subscription for curated paper products, it was like a dream come true!
As a member of Olive Box you will receive a delightful box of paper and lifestyle products delivered to your door each month. From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month. Each box has a surprise theme and will include goodies that have been transformed by the beauty of paper.
Great news for y’all! Founder, Grace Kang, of Pink Olive, was nice enough to offer a 10% discount for Ciera Design readers! Just enter the code “cieradesign10″ at checkout to receive the discount! It’s valid through 03/31/13 (and only one per person). Enjoy, friends! Images from Olive Box.
As I have mentioned in the past, I love fonts that have layering options and I’m back today with a new one for you! Trend is a font made of layers with both a sans and a slab serif option and lots of different styles including inline, shadows and dingbats! Loving this font, hope y’all do too!