To reveal our process here, our blog posts are a collaboration of our design team and me (Kendra) — the designers gather all of the inspiration and gorgeous visuals and I get to talk (write) about it. It’s like everything we do, even the way orders are processed — Tracy and I get to talk to our retailers about the details and the designers make it happen. To get back to the point, I have the pleasure of opening blog post drafts that have already been infused with the visuals and then I get to write about them, sharing all of the details with you. Every single time, I think I let out an audible gasp and today’s post was no different. I love seeing the inspiration behind each of our designs, all in one place and alongside the full suite. I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of our designs and it amazing me how seeing the inspiration boards makes me fall in love with our designs even more!
Today’s Suite Spotlight, Cloverdale, really lets the couple’s special day shine by highlighting their wedding date and making it the centerpiece of their save the date card. As Dauphine Press graphic designer, Heather, mentioned in our recent Designer’s Pick post, the large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. The wash of pool letterpress ink on the borders and charcoal vintage-meets-rustic fonts give it a slightly beachy vibe perfect for a spring or summer wedding. The intricate detail of the bold numerals and delicate pattern has a lovely and tactile feel when letterpress printed into our rich cotton papers. See for yourself!
And now for the gasp-worthy inspiration board:
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We are excited to introduce a new series brought to you by our design team. We are very fortunate to have a team that brings creativity and spirit to their work and is invested in providing each client with a truly custom design. Our designers will be choosing their favorite suites to share with you. Kicking things off is Heather with her pick of the week.
As a type enthusiast, one of my favorite Dauphine Press suites is Elegant Date. One of the reasons I like this design is that it uses typography as a motif. The elegant script feels calligraphic and makes a bold statement. The large format is unexpected for a save the date and makes a great impression to those who receive it in the mail. From a design perspective, I love how many variations I’ve seen over the years, not only with font and colors, but with motifs and embellishments (like painted edges or foil). Whether Elegant Date stays true to the original or is customized, the design never goes out of style. The oversized date not only celebrates the couple’s special day, it has been the inspiration for other save the dates. I also love our other typography based suites.
Inspired by vintage typogrpahy, this custom Volusia from Events blends a beautiful script with bold type.
This fresh take on Elegant Date has flourishes, an all over pattern and painted edges, which makes Calistoga the perfect choice for any extraordinary event.
Pairing bold numerals with delicate patterns, Cloverdale is the perfect way to make a statement.
With 2012 nearing its end, we wanted to share some of our favorite Instagram photos from throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what 2013 has to offer, so be sure to follow us!
1. Beautiful Papaya color inspiration | 2. Our new Key Lime and Seaglass swatches | 3. In the workroom with one of our vintage presses | 4. Edge painting – now in 56 of our ink colors
5. Our foil suite, Stinson, on press | 6. Design inspiration for one of our favorite suites, Larkspur | 7. The sweetest thank you card from Austin Warnock | 8. Some lovely liner patterns
9. We’re thrilled to be a part of the LAB Event 2013 | 10. Our Larkspur design was a big hit this year | 11. Foil stamped pendants for the National Stationery Show | 12. Festive letterpress and foil on our Hamilton save the date
Inspired by vintage letterpress wood type posters, this suite is perfect for a rustic barn setting or casual country affair. The Auburn typography makes a statement and sets a cheerful, fun-loving tone for your guests whether printed in one, two or three ink colors.
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Happy Friday! Today we want to share a sweet customization of our Auburn save the date. This lovely little job came to us from INK by Kymberli Parker. We think that the color palette and playful woodblock inspired type is a perfect fit for a late summer wedding, don’t you?
For more on how to customize one of our suites (or create one from scratch with a Dauphine Press designer) click here.