Mikado Font [Friday Favorites]

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!

 Mikado Font

Description and samples from MyFonts.

Mother’s Day Printable Card

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!

Mother’s Day Printable Card

Mother’s Day Printable Card

Event Venue Branding // Race & Religious

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.

quoteAs 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


Race and Religious live site and check out some photos from my visit to the venue!

Olive Box [Friday Favorites]

Olive Box - Hand-picked paper & lifestyle products delivered monthly to your door

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.