For our post-wedding session we really wanted to pose with a bunch of huskies but, unfortunately, we don’t own such a pack. Luckily, one of our neighbors does and so we arranged to have the dogs pose with us in return for a logo for the company. We actually enjoyed this arrangement because it seemed like a fun challenge to design a logo-shaped husky. Also, we just like drawing dogs.
The company is a small family business, or really just a husky-lover who owns over twenty dogs and puts them to work by making them pull sled in winter and help in dogotherapy and sometimes pose for pictures with people like us. His are not exactly sports dogs so we decided to aim for a more friendly look.
Please be informed that this is for now work in progress.
The first logo uses a full dog silhouette with a grid of snow.
The other one is just a husky’s head that we took pains not to make too sports-team like so that it wouldn’t feel aggressive but more huggable (they are really huggable).
And here is one of our pictures with the monochromatic version of the logo.
Should you be superinterested in what it’s like to have your pictures taken with huskies, I wrote more about it here.
This week we are taking a much-needed (end-of-)summer break and staying away from the computer. Have a great week everyone and see you soon.
* The illustration doesn’t really reflect what we’ll be doing, I’m afraid.
Just like planned, except a little later, we get to present you our wedding invitations. This was an extremely challenging subject to design, not because wedding invitations are difficult (they are not) but because we expected so much from ourselves and also we had to come to a consensus between our two ideas.
And yes, we did fight a little over the concept. Very little.
The first thing we agreed upon was the shape and the method of folding, simple yet apparently surprising (so much so that more than one person seemed puzzled to refold it after opening). The second thing was offset printing that we wanted: it’s in two Pantone metallic colors, copper and warm silver, printed on one side of the paper (Munken Pure) and folded. That was all done in a printing company but the difficult part, cutting out the triangles to make the ribbon shape, we did by hand. (Okay, it wasn’t that difficult, just time-consuming.)
We printed the inside information at home because it had to be unique for each invitation. As for the ornament, a closed invitation shows just a pattern of abstract round shapes with only two copper hearts. As it is opened the shapes are replaced by more hearts, with pigeons and our initials thrown in for a good measure.
At the back we repeated the initials, together with the most fun part of the design: couples of various animals. We designed most of them especially for the invitation but those of you who drop in here often will recognize a bit of design recycling, too. We later reused the animals for other wedding materials, such as menus. We packed the invitations into metallic copper envelopes that we bought on the internet and were lucky because they matched the print perfectly.
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We remember that we’ve got wedding invitations to show you but as tomorrow is my 30th birthday, we’ve created a little poster to celebrate this weighty and overwhelming occasion. Instead of focusing on the past the poster illustrates 30 (of all the) things I’ve yet to learn in the future.
This was an opportunity to use a style of illustration we developed for a book that never came through so even though it took more time than we had expected, we enjoyed working on the poster.
(Thanks everyone for the lovely words of support.)
As we got married on Friday we feel quite justified in postponing the proper wedding-related post till next week when we hope to show you our invitations. This has been an exciting but exhausting weekend and we’re resting.
We’re in the middle of moving and shaking here (not really moving and not so much shaking either but right before a big personal change, to be described in more detail soon), which is not so great for updatification. But we’ve got plenty of great new stuff to come, both from the portfolio of jobs and more entertaining, as the teaser image above shows. Just bear with us and the big posts (you know, those taking forever to prepare) will be back.
Today’s post is not only late but also sketchy because we spent the weekend in Warsaw enjoying ourselves. We went to see Mark Rothko’s exhibition, which looked something like this:
only more colorful and less like a rug. Then we took part in a guided walk in the Old Town, which was full of medieval prostitutes and hangmen and even mermaids. Even if these were only members of the Friends of Warsaw Society, they looked impressive.
But the best part, as usual, was feeding squirrels in the park, which we did enthusiastically (even if almost all our almonds went to that one very patient and hard-working squirrel).
So, as you well see, we simply did not have time to prepare a proper post. We promise to improve next week.
Today’s post is number
When we embarked upon this blogging… adventure? enterprise? it’s been both, but both words sound cheesy. Well, when we started blogging we never expected it to become so exciting and inspiring, mostly because we never expected to find so many exciting and inspiring readers. From something to try out, through a platform to share our work, blogging has become a necessity. Sometimes it has also been a reason to continue thinking of graphic design as creative, fun and meaningful when everyday work is nothing like that.
Most of all, thank you for your continuous support and interest: we appreciate every single visit, comment and like. And stick by because we have a lot of new fun stuff coming up in the next few months and beyond.
Awesome followers, let us add. Also, close-ups of the intro image: