And you may also come back next week for the making of this year’s card, should you feel so inclined.
Our Christmas reindeer make a reappearance this week in time for Valentine’s Day to wish you the best day whether you’re sharing it with someone special, someone random or whether you’re just having a special date with yourself.
We got lovely post this week: an author copy of UC.Quarterly, a publication by Under Consideration. To our joy, Dog Days poster appeared on Quipsologies a while ago and then made it to the publication which “features 48 of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects from across our blogs” (their words, not ours).
The magazine has a pretty charming zine quality, with newspaper-thin paper and rubber binding (except, of course, it’s better designed than most zines) and our poster looks like this:
We’re still a little lazy with post-Christmas and end-of-year celebrations but we’re working on new things. In the meantime, we wanted to thank you for a wonderful year of blogging and wish all the best for the New Year: may it be even better, full of love, happiness and calm.
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.