Every autumn, just as wedding season begins to ebb, we perpetually work on a very interesting project that stretches our creativity well beyond
graphic design and printing. Our wonderful client, Graphic Communications, came to us many years ago to commission a unique letterpress calendar as a year-end gift to their clients. Each page of the calendar includes three months, but with every passing month, the user changes the page so that they are always looking at the current month plus the two ahead. So instead of designing a simple twelve months, we design each month three times with no repetition of artwork or themes.
We collaborate with Graphic Communications each year on a new theme which often includes a liberal sprinkling of literary pith. For the 2009
calendar however, we all stepped down from our lofty laurels to create a Hollywood theme, replete with 36 caricatures of famous actors ranging from Woody Allen to Julia Roberts. Each head shot was illustrated by the brilliant Antony Hare. Then character was painstakingly separated and rendered into two to three spot colors by Dauphine Press designers Katrina McHugh and Heather Landry.
On the 2010 calendar, we decided upon cities of the world as our global theme. As in years past, the idea became a collaboration with several of us searching for 36 perfect quotes and images to weave through the calendar. I was thinking along the lines of New York, London, Paris and other obvious metros, but our well-traveled client had more off-the-beaten-path locales in mind. “How about Bogata and Damascus? Tripoli and Kiev?” The challenge then was to research and find stock images that were evocative of these more obscure destinations. The theme quickly evolved into a vintage travelogue which we think fit the project beautifully. Heather Landry continued the design with a beautiful airmail themed cover page that included vintage postage stamps from various countries. She also designed two vintage travel postcards that were included with each calendar to allow recipients the opportunity to voyage vicariously to these exotic destinations.
For years, brides have sought out Dauphine Press for letterpress invitations and announcements to their destination weddings and events. Several years ago, a particular invitation to a Nantucket wedding incorporated a custom map of the island. The map was printed in a pale celadon in the background with darker type overprinting the image. That single design has gone on to inspire countless others.
Several other map invitations may be previewed in our Design Gallery. If there is a destination you have in mind for your event, please check with us as we may likely have an existing map in our library.
Here are several that we felt were noteworthy. Bon voyage!
Earlier this week on The Fine Print, we showcased Cinderella stamps which we designed and printed for the Absolutely Best Cotton Deluxe Envelopes Fancy Guide (or ABCDEFG for short). This guide was the clever party favor for the Correspondence Salon sponsored by Crane & Co. at the opening of Alphabetilately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
The guide’s airmail imagery and color scheme were a perfect tie-in to an exhibit about the collecting of stamps and the sending of mail.
The contents of the slipcase were postal as well, a series of cards each profiling a different envelope size in the Crane offering.
The guide also received a Merit Award from Print Magazine.
Since I was small, I’ve been fascinated by maps. The World Atlas was
always my favorite go-to book in the family library and l collect
vintage maps of the different places I’ve lived in the world. So I’m
really delighted that our custom map-themed invitations have resonated
with so many clients over the years. Our map library has grown to
include so many wonderful destinations from Hawaii to the Iberian
Peninsula. We continually create custom background maps for intrepid
couples planning weddings in yet-to-be-illustrated destinations.
One of our absolute favorite dealers, Linda Hays at Wedding Library
in New York asked us to create a gorgeous map of Long Island. The map served as the
backdrop for the romantic, laid back announcement for the Hamptons
wedding of Colleen O’Keefe and James Rybakoff.
We always love seeing photographs of our clients’ weddings and this one
is no exception. We are grateful to the wonderful photographers and
editors at Well Wed Magazine for including
our announcement design in their story of this magical wedding.
Photography by Francesco Mastalia
Image of O’Keefe-Rybakoff Save the Date, custom background map