Possibilities: graduation party, engagement shindig, summer birthday
Possibilities: casual wedding, anniversary or engagement party
Possibilities: summer cookout, family reunion, shower
Possibilites: wedding, milestone birthday
PHOTO: Jennilee Marigomen
01. love these tie-on birthday crowns
02. I need some neon in my spring wardrobe
03. a little morbid, but some of us want to be modern even in death
04. I’m awful at making lunch, looking forward to trying some of these recipes
05. make a hanging gutter garden (then say that three times fast)
06. yeah, I could shack up in this treehouse
07. make your own Peeps + Cadbury Eggs (there’s even a deviled version!)
08. I like the idea of a skewer station next to the grill
09. cloud doughnuts
10. a brilliant paper record player invitation from Kelli Anderson
PS: Sign up for the mixtape swap!
At the end of the day minimalism is still my favorite style, as it will probably be up until the end of my life. Joke of tokketok captures it perfectly in every single piece she creates. (I’m crossing my fingers for the day I get to do a blind embossing project for a client!)
I’ve had the chance to befriend a lot of talented people thanks to this blog, one of which has been fellow OKC-dweller Kathleen Shannon. And, well, she’s amazing. Both as a designer and as a friend. (See that Design Crush logo up there? Yeah, she did it.) We happen to share a love of Wes Anderson movies, so when I heard she was designing a wedding invitation inspired by The Life Aquatic I started salivating at the idea. She’s lovely enough to allow me to share it with you first, right here right now. And because no one describes their work better than the artist, I give you the story behind the invitation suite in Kathleen’s own words.
Vanessa contacted me for custom wedding invitations after she stumbled across my portfolio on my blog. She and her fiance George met in Iraq working for the Department of State and love traveling. They are huge Wes Anderson fans, love maps, and giant squids. Sounds odd and quirky – so of course it was right up my alley. They had lots of fun requests – along with a giant squid on the invite they also wanted to include pi (you know, mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space), Par Avion written in Persian somewhere, and a map with important places to the couple highlighted. It’s not everyday you get requests like this from a bride and I was more than happy to oblige. Overall, Vanessa and George wanted the invite to spark a bit of curiosity in its recipients and I was up for the design challenge.
The Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies of all time so I used that as my primary source of inspiration. I wanted the invitation typography to feel like opening credits and the RSVP tag to feel like a baggage claim tag. We utilized a limited color-palette of emerald and aqua with a few pops of orange. I managed to include all the requested elements without making the suite feel too cluttered – I think what we came away with was a layered and positively curious collection.
+ Hoping these Apple Nachos find my face soon.
+ Halloween dessert table, party of one!
+ Great article about chefs, their scars, and how they got them.
+ I love a good bow tie.
+ I automatically don’t like anyone who refuses this Halloween party invitation.
+ Pretty excited about these Pittsburgh tees.
+ Love this Halloween invitation download!
+ Helvetica + Cross-stitch = Awesome
+ A scratch-n-sniff print that smells like the moon!
+ This woman chronicled her life in fairground shooting gallery photos.
+ You should pick up a copy of Dick and Jane and Vampires for your favorite kiddo (or kiddo at heart).
+ I love these DIY flower bulb favors.
+ Yesterday I shared some out of the ordinary wedding rings over on Oh, hello friend.
+ I also answered a few questions for Annie at Poetic + Chic.
+ I’ve been wanting to paint some Mason jars, so this DIY is perfect timing!
+ Sad I didn’t think of this idea when I moved into my first apartment.
+ Every designer, actually every human, needs to read these words from Milton Glaser.
+ Wowed by these courtroom sketches.
+ Web designers rejoice and meet the Gridulator!
+ I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Baked’s second cookbook.
+ WANT: these Maple Candied Apples in my face.
+ One more reason I need to my ass to NYC: FoodParc.
+ Did you know you can visit illustrator Edward Gorey’s house?
+ Looking for a reason to make + wear a fall leaf mask.
Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. consistently blows my mind with her clever design ability and stunning hand-lettering skills. I’m not sure why it took me so long to skip across these DIY Cocktail Party Invitations she created for The Crafts Dept., but it’s time to find an excuse to hand some out. Love.
+ I know it’s the weekend, but it’s never too early to get things organized for the other five days
+ I wish my backyard were bigger because this Backyard Scrabble project is begging to be a part of the decor
+ Pretty Marimekko desktop wallpapers
+ Receiving one of these balloon invitations would make me positively giddy
+ Check out Dating Brian, a social media experiment of sorts chronicling his thirty dates in thirty days
+ A brilliant idea for recycling crayon nubs with the most beautiful results
+ This 80 Penguins ad campaign had me rolling
+ Measure your attitude by the length of your skirt with these rad leggings
+ I really want to read this book (doesn’t hurt that it’s easy on the eyes)
PS: Don’t forget, you have until Monday at 9am CST to enter the Make Believe giveaway
+ Are your recipes organized? Bet these would help.
+ This Letterboard app alone makes me want an iPad
+ This free disguise kit made me giggle and click PRINT
+ I write like Stephen King
+ Contemplating this DIY frame shelf project
+ Because every summer cocktail needs a parasol
+ I love movie intros – have you seen The Pacific’s?
+ This insect hotel is nicer than places I’ve actually spent the night
+ I’ve been wanting to make jam all summer (just to be able to say I’ve made jam of course) and think these canning party invitations might be in order
+ Serious Post-It art
+ The ability to customize chocolate bars? Yes, please!
+ Summer Lasagne is on the menu this weekend
+ In love with the colors of Jeremy & Kathleen’s office
+ Quotes + Music = Music Philosphy
+ I’m smitten with these calligraphied invitations
+ Still up in the air on Tom’s new wedges
+ Swooning over these ceramic glazed tiles from Barbara Barry for Ann Sacks
+ If you’re still in morning over Lost, check out these rad graphic posters
+ Brilliantly designed Alice in Wonderland themed invitations from Jag Nagra
+ A life-like DIY crepe paper bouquet
+ Love this article about the palettes of famous artists
+ A stunning concept design for teabag coasters