Mother’s Day is Sunday so I wanted to share this design with you guys in case you are still looking for a card! All you have to do is print it out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock, trim around the lines and fold down the middle! This card fits perfectly into an A2 envelope. Grab it now on Etsy for only $2! And thanks to Henry Happened for featuring my DIY Geometric Coasters in their 100 Handmade Gifts for Mom roundup, if you are still thinking about what to get for mom, this is a great list!
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.
Do you ever find it a little overwhelming trying to figure out which blogs to follow? You can’t follow them all or you would never get any sleep! Well Joe Cole made things a little easier by putting together an infographic listing the top 100 design blogs to follow. And I am SO proud to say that THIS BLOG made that top 100 list! It’s pretty awesome to see Ciera Design on the list with some amazing blogs, and many of my personal favorites!
Update: the original infographic page from Joe Cole does not seem to active anymore. Since Joe’s graphic was not clickable I added all of the links for his top 100 design blogs below! Check out the list and hopefully you’ll discover some great new design resources. And thanks again to Joe for including the Ciera Design blog! Do you have any favorite design blogs that did not make this list?
Top 100 Design Blogs To Follow
1.http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/ • 2. http://www.colourlovers.com/blog • 3. http://www.awwwards.com/blog/ • 4. http://designmodo.com/ • 5. http://naldzgraphics.net/ • 6. http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/ • 7. http://www.designzzz.com/ • 8. http://www.youthedesigner.com/ • 9. http://coolhunting.com/ • 10. http://www.codefear.com/ • 11. http://graphicleftovers.com/blog/ • 12. http://creativenerds.co.uk/ • 13. http://www.graphicmania.net/ • 14. http://www.icanbecreative.com/ • 15. http://stylishwebdesigner.com/ • 16. http://creativeoverflow.net/ • 17. http://www.booooooom.com/ • 18. http://www.itsnicethat.com/ • 19. http://www.psdvault.com/ • 20. http://stuffandnonsense.co.uk/blog • 21. http://www.smileycat.com/ • 22. http://smokingdesigners.com/ • 23. http://uxbooth.com/ • 24. http://www.orphicpixel.com/ • 25. http://photoshopsupport.com/ • 26. http://sachagreif.com/ • 27. http://www.thefoxisblack.com/ • 28. http://www.graphicdesignblender.com/ • 29. http://www.7boats.com/author/debajyoti • 30. http://www.weheart.co.uk/ • 31. http://www.pondly.com/ • 32. http://www.designfollow.com/ • 33. http://www.designjuices.co.uk/ • 34. http://www.92pixels.com/ • 35. http://designwebkit.com/ • 36. http://www.sitebee.co.uk/category/blog/ • 37. http://www.altitudesummit.com/content/ • 38. http://nubbytwiglet.com/ • 39. http://www.designerblogs.com/the-blog • 40. http://iainclaridge.net/ • 41. http://www.mydesigndeals.com/blog/ • 42. http://www.designpanoply.com/blog • 43. http://theinspirationgrid.com/ • 44. http://www.snapily.com/blog/ • 45. http://randaclay.com/articles • 46. http://www.visualwatermark.com/ • 47. http://www.cre8d-design.com/ • 48. http://www.topcreativemag.com/ • 49. http://thedeependdesign.com/blog/ • 50. http://www.companyfolders.com/blog/ • 51. http://www.tipsquirrel.com/ • 52. http://designstutorial.com/ • 53. http://www.ddesignerr.com/ • 54. http://www.creativepublic.com/graphic-designer-blog • 55. http://www.coalesceideas.com/ • 56. http://akadesign.ca/ • 57. http://couchable.co/ • 58. http://www.designquotes.com.au/insiders/ • 59. http://anothera.net/v2/ • 60. http://www.extremestudio.ro/ • 61. http://inkbotdesign.com/blog • 62.http://www.andybudd.com/ • 63. http://www.circleboxblog.com/ • 64. http://www.topleftdesign.com/blog/ • 65. http://www.dvorakdesigns.com/blog • 66. http://www.re-nourish.com/ • 67. http://www.seascapewebdesign.com/blog • 68. http://godsofart.com/ • 69. http://www.designsojourn.com/ • 70. http://www.sherykdesigns-blog.com/ • 71. http://thewebshoppe.net/ • 72. http://magculture.com/blog/ • 73. http://cieradesign.com/blog/ • 74. http://www.delphine-ephemera.com/ • 75. http://graphicdesignertips.com/ • 76. http://timothybrand.com/ • 77. http://www.designerbooster.com/ • 78. http://graphstock.com/ • 79. http://www.jellylondon.com/illustration/blog • 80. http://www.pixelsmithstudios.com/ • 81. http://boutiquebydesign.com/blog • 82. http://www.artjunks.com/ • 83. http://www.mindblossomcreations.com/ • 84. http://www.promisetangemanblog.com/ • 85. http://www.thesportsdesignblog.com/ • 86. http://www.interactivered.com/ • 87. http://www.squareinchdesign.com/ • 88. http://www.thevisualrealm.com/ • 89. http://www.maxx-design.co.uk/ • 90. http://www.freshlookwebdesign.com/ • 91. http://kolorkube.com/klick • 92. http://www.designers-books.com/ • 93. http://davidnbrooks.com/ • 94. http://sapphiregraphics.co/ • 95. http://www.rairdesign.com/ • 96. http://www.digital-telepathy.com/ • 97. http://www.pinegateroad.com/ • 98. http://www.artbyherbie.com/latest-articles • 99. http://kauaidesign.com/ • 100. http://kittyasapicture.com/
When I found out that I was getting to attend Alt Summit THIS year, it was only a few weeks before the event. After I ran around my house screaming with excitement, I totally freaked out. I heard that business cards were a HUGE deal at Alt and I was not sure I would have the time to design and get something produced in time. After hours of brainstorming, I knew that my “Let’s Be Friends” concept was the way to go. After all, I was going to this gathering to make connections and new friends! Once the idea was set, I started designing and ordering supplies like crazy! I went back and forth with myself and finally broke down and splurged on letterpress cards. The night before I left for Alt, I had received all the parts to make my little packages… except for the actual business card, ahh! There was a huge communication breakdown inside the print shop I ordered them from, so sadly I never got them (but did get a full refund). The morning of my flight I was left printing and trimming business cards on whatever cardstock I had laying around and stuffing and sealing the envelopes! Luckily my parents are awesome and they helped! It all turned out fine, but boy was that stressful! My idea was received well and hopefully inspired those I met to keep in touch! SO here we go, my Alt Summit business cards… and lucky for you guys, I have some extras! All you have to do is sign up for my e-news list (don’t forget to include your mailing address), then leave a comment here letting me know you signed up – and I’ll send out as many as I have left!
If we met at Alt and you have a picture of you wearing one of the friendship bracelets, I’d love to see it!
Among many things at Alt, I was VERY inspired by the Tiger in a Jar design camp so I decided to make a video showing the process of me putting my cards together!
While love is in the air, I want to share the cutest little hand drawn serif font family, Love Potion. Three fonts (regular, bold and ornaments) that include extravagant ligatures, swash letters, catchwords, arrows, borders and other little specials. Seriously adorable, right?
Zander and I are going to celebrate Valentine’s Day tonight. With Mardi Gras on Tuesday we just couldn’t handle it yesterday. Did you do anything special yesterday?
Description and samples from MyFonts.
Hi y’all! I’m back from Alt Summit and trying to get back into the swing of normal life. It was the best, most exhausting four days of my life! While I’m still processing all of the information I took in, I decided to share some of my favorite business cards from the awesome bloggers and brands I met while in Salt Lake City. Since Alt is a conference for creative people, the business card exchange has become a beautiful and fun tradition, now in it’s fourth year. I have linked to all of their blogs so click around if you are looking for some awesome new people to follow, I still have some exploring to do myself!
Alt set up these boards in the hallway for everyone to stick their cards too, so fun! I was seriously amazed by all of the creativity!
Do you have a favorite card here? Or were you at Alt and receive a super special one? I’ll be recapping different aspects of Alt Summit next week, so stay tuned! I’ll also be sharing the cards that I brought to hand out!
All images by Ciera Holzenthal except the last one is by Justin Hackworth from Alt Summit’s Flickr stream.
Happy Friday! I am SO excited about today’s favorite font! Last week I received this amazing box in the mail presenting a new font from Debi Sementelli and Brian J. Bonislawsky of Correspondence Ink. The font, Dom Loves Mary, was inspired by and created in memory of Debi’s in-laws, Dominic and Mary Sementelli. The package was such a creative way to present the story behind the font and also included some amazing letter pressed note cards from Aerialist Press!
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE DOM LOVES MARY FONT FAMILY:
The script and text fonts are lettering styles that were made to compliment each other. The script, with a vintage, classic feel, will add elegance to your design, while the text serves to offer support with easy to read simplicity.
In addition to the standard character set, each of the uniquely styled script fonts includes a collection of flourished ornaments. Use them to create corners, headers or other embellishments to complete the look. And if you really want to fancy things up, they offer two sets of 72 additional flourishes that were specifically made to add to upper and lower case letters for easy customization. Dress them up with one, two or more. It’s like choosing simple pearls or piling on the glitz!
Dom Loves Mary also has a set of the most frequently used add-on words. This set of 66 includes envelope friendly titles including Mr., Mrs. and Miss, as well as words to fill out your invitation suite including RSVP, Respond, Save the Date, Accommodations, Directions and more! Add-on words also include angled words like and, at, to, on, for, from and of to add a special touch to your large groups of copy.
I had some time to test out the font and I just love all of the variations and flourishes it offers! For the design above I used a combination of the three Dom Loves Mary script fonts for the wording (you get all three in the Pro package). The capital N is from the Stylistic version, while most of the lower case letters are from the Contextual version. To encapsulate the saying, I chose two simple flourishes. The top one comes from Flourishes One set, while the bottom is from the Flourishes Two set. To read more about the inspiration behind the Dom Loves Mary font (it is truly a great story) and the diverse packages available for purchase head over to Correspondence Ink on MyFonts!
A VERY SPECIAL DEAL FOR CIERA DESIGN READERS!
Debi is offering 40% off her new font with discount code “bloglove” when you purchase at MyFonts, this is an amazing deal!
I received a copy of Dom Loves Mary c/o Correspondence Ink. All opinions are my own.
Maeven is a Brooklyn-based online shop with a collection of vintage and preowned designer clothing. In my opinion, designer Lotta Nieminen really nailed this brand using a minimal and clean design. With this beautiful packaging, I would definitely be tempted to buy something from the shop! It’s so simple, yet I can’t stop staring at it!
Images via Lotta Nieminen
A new favorite font for y’all today! Brandon Grotesque is a sans serif type family of six weights plus matching italics. It was designed by Hannes von Döhren. Influenced by the geometric-style sans serif faces that were popular during the 1920s and 30s, the fonts are based on geometric forms that have been optically corrected for better legibility.
Brandon Grotesque has a functional look with a warm touch. While the thin and the black weights are great performers in display sizes the light, regular and medium weights are well suited to longer texts. The small x-height and the restrained forms lend it a distinctive elegance. You can grab Brandon Grotesque from MyFonts.
Description and samples from MyFonts.
Hop & Jaunt is a couple of designers who started their creative agency while traveling and is now based out of New Orleans. John of Hop & Jaunt started an illustrated guide to New Orleans that I can’t get enough of! His illustration style is amazing and he captures the feeling of the city perfectly. Here are a few of my favorites and you can check out more on Hop & Jaunt’s Facebook page!