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Kelly & Michael’s Hollywood Deco Wedding

11

Jun
2014

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design, Invitation Design, Letterpress, Wedding

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This letterpressed invitation suite was written entirely in custom calligraphy and printed on luscious 220lb cotton Lettra in a combination of black ink and gold foil. The wedding theme, which drove the design, was Old Hollywood Deco, with hints of Moroccan influence. Kelly & Michael were married at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, a location rich with patterns, textures, and colors that we used as inspiration. The envelope liner was a custom pattern based on the ballroom’s tiled floor, the black-on-gold foiling was reminiscent of the décor and the emerald green edge painting of each piece spoke to Santa Barbara’s lush greenery.

Printing by the fabulous Czar Press.

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Behind the Scenes – Instagram Lately

11

Mar
2014

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In Behind the Scenes, Calligraphy, Color Inspiration, Graphic Design, In Pencil, Invitation Design, Letterpress, Rubber Stamps, Stationery, Wedding

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Snaking down from top left:

• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Copper Plate Gold ink drying on a navy place card

• An invitation suite I designed for a Bahamas wedding, letterpressed in turquoise ink and gold foil with a custom return address stamp

• Wet gouache in my studio’s evening lighting

• My sister’s favorite Leonard Cohen line calligraphed on a Moleskine notebook card.

• Bleedproof white on craft paper with one of my favorite vintage stamps

• A packet of Plurabelle samples headed out the door to a stationer in Virginia

• White on turquoise!

• From my sketching desk: refined logo sketches for a wonderful event company and an ex libris stamp in Spanish

• Precision light pad work

• Custom-mixed burnt orange gouache

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My New Skillshare Class

30

Nov
2013

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In Calligraphy, Class, Graphic Design, Lettering, Press, Promotion, Teaching

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exciting-news

I have been invited to teach an online calligraphy class at Skillshare.com — Digitizing Calligraphy: Designing A Flourished, Calligraphic Logotype from Sketch to Vector.

Don’t be intimidated — while having at least a basic knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is a plus, it is not required. I will also cover techniques for created a polished design using felt tip pen.

Sign up by December 15th with this link or by clicking the button below and you can receive 25% by entering the coupon code FLOURISH at checkout.

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what-youll-learn

  • Sketching. We’ll start with sketching, covering the basic rules of drawing script letters, and examining opportunities to add flourishes. You will learn to recognize the difference between purposeful flourishes — those that enhance a design — and extraneous ones — those that distract and impede legibility.
  • Adding Flourishes. With a polished sketch in hand, you will then calligraph the design (with a pointed calligraphy pen or a fine tip felt pen) with emphasis on learning special techniques for calligraphing flourishes.
  • Digitizing. Then the computer fun starts! We will bring our design into the computer and polish it further in Photoshop, then vectorize it in Illustrator.* I’ll teach you some special techniques for making sure your final logotype retains the integrity of the stroke contrast, including the charming imperfections of the fine hairlines, that it had as ink on paper.

*You do not have to be an expert in either of these programs. If you do, great, but I will cover absolutely everything you need to know. You don’t even need to have the programs when you sign up. You can download free 30-day trials of both from adobe.com. 

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Process: Nib & Zed Facelift

07

Feb
2012

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design

On 07, Feb 2012 | 4 Comments | In Calligraphy, Graphic Design |

On 07, Feb 2012 | 4 Comments | In Calligraphy, Graphic Design | By Molly

If you aren’t reading this through an RSS feed, you may have noticed that my blog recently got a facelift. Nothing major – I just made a new banner and updated the navigation bar. I am frequently asked about my process for polishing and digitizing my calligraphy, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share some photos of the process. Whenever I design a logo or title treatment, I always start with a pencil sketch and refine it until the layout is just what I want. You’ll notice that this design required a couple different nibs to make the thin and thick lines, and that I start with thin first. Once I get it on the computer, I’m able to manipulate it further until the design fits in the space it’s intended for, and I also change the colors to match the branding.

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a painted dogwood wedding

29

Aug
2011

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design, Paper Art, Stationery, Wedding

{ calligraphy by me, paper design and photography by monumental designs }

I always get really hungry when I’m designing menus (but who wouldn’t when you’re writing out something like “sweet corn & mascarpone polenta”?), but when this menu project came across my plate (pun intended) I was really drooling. My calligraphy design was printed on luxuriously-thick white paper then each menu was meticulously painted by hand (!) by stationery artist Kristy Rice of Monumental Designs.

This project led me to check out Kristy’s other work, all of which is absolutely stunning. Below is her wonderful jewel-toned “painted peacock” theme.

{ “painted peacock” design and photography by monumental designs }

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“Off Book: Typography”

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Aug
2011

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In Calligraphy, Design Love, Fonts, Graphic Design, Lettering

PBS Arts has just come out with this really nice, brief look at the significance of typefaces. It includes great insights by some of today’s best type designers like Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Paula Scher.

“Words have meaning and type has spirit, and the combination is spectacular.”
—Paula Scher

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doyald young

03

Mar
2011

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In Design Love, Graphic Design, Videos

On 03, Mar 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Graphic Design, Videos |

On 03, Mar 2011 | No Comments | In Design Love, Graphic Design, Videos | By Molly

it’s a sad day for typographers. the famed lettering artist doyald young has died. i would write a long post about him but idsgn has already done a very good job here.

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calling cards

11

Feb
2011

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design, Stationery

as a stationery buff, i am very happy about the resurgence of social calling cards. i’ve seen a lot of really creative ones recently. you don’t need to be a business person to carry a pretty little card around with you and give it to people who want your contact information. you just share your vcard, you say? i say, you can do better than that….

here is a design i made recently for my friend christina:

{ my original design; black gouache on cardstock }

{ the finished cards }

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a fine collaboration

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Jan
2011

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In Calligraphy, Graphic Design, Lettering

I always like doing projects with other designers because I get a fresh perspective on my own work. It’s like being back in design school and getting critiques. Last month I collaborated on a logo with South Carolina graphic designer Marco Suarez. I did the calligraphy, he did the rest. I’m so happy with the result but am even happier to hear that the client loves it!

{ Image via the portfolio of Marco Suarez }

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Admirable Web Design Series: Mets de la crème

14

Jun
2010

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In Design Love, Food, Graphic Design

On 14, Jun 2010 | One Comment | In Design Love, Food, Graphic Design |

On 14, Jun 2010 | One Comment | In Design Love, Food, Graphic Design | By Molly


The first website I will be featuring in my new Admirable Web Design Series is a new favorite of mine: Mets de la crème. Even if you can’t read French this site is still well worth a look. It’s a contest to find the best recipe inspired by heavy cream and the winner gets a set of cream-colored Le Creuset. How fantastic (and French) is that!?

First of all, the homepage undulates in a really subtle, attractive way as you mouse over it. While it is by no means flashy it is intriguing and invites us into the space. And the imagery—who doesn’t like that imagery!?
Second, the site’s typography is impeccable. All the font choices and combinations are spectacular. There are many unexpected choices—unexpected because they’re not traditionally French type faces, nor are they generally associated with food—like the subpage headers (see “La famille des crèmes” below) and the main page title (see “METSDELACREME.COM” below). There is also a great type treatment of script written in cream on the homepage (see lower right corner of the above photo).

Third, the color scheme is awesome, although pretty expected for a French gourmet food site. Still, it’s very well done, and I really love the subtle shading and dimensionality added to things.
And fourth, all the photography and video is beautifully shot—no small feat for food. I want to eat it all!
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