Happy Chinese New Year! I made my own Chinese New Year cards this year with the design above. I’ll share photos on another day. Have a wonderful weekend!
Merry Christmas to all! I thought I’ll design a little greeting today, this time in a more traditional colour scheme than the Christmas gift wrapping printable. I’d also like to say a quick thank you to everyone who downloaded and shared the printable I posted last week. It was far more popular than I anticipated which is very encouraging! Thank you and check back for more DIY and printable designs in the new year.
Have a lovely holiday everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’s celebrating! Here are some free Thanksgiving DIY/decor ideas I found online if you need some last-minute ideas to make your celebration a little more interesting:
I’m happy to share a recent design project which was great fun and all the more special as it was a present for a good friend. To celebrate the birthday of one of my dearest friends, Jenny, I bought her tickets to the Top Hat musical in the West End. Top Hat is a stage musical based on the classic 1935 Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film, so lots of fun research into the 1930s/40s era and Art Deco imagery inspired the final design.
One of the difficult things about getting gift experiences like this is that it isn’t a tangible object, so I decided to make it extra special with a matching birthday and invitation card as a keepsake. The designs were printed into a lovely thick cardstock and were a nice little memento at the end of the night!
I love designing bespoke stationery so this was an enjoyable project. If you are looking for custom stationery for a special event/person in your life, drop me a note and let’s chat! :)
While I do enjoy a pop of colour every now and then, I normally gravitate towards clean, restrained palettes in design. There’s something particularly elegant in a monochromatic, minimalist aesthetic in print/packaging. Some recent finds that showcase an excellent use of black & white:
1. Nordic House by Anagrama: This is possibly the most gorgeous dry-cleaning shop identity and collateral design I have ever seen.
2. The Geometry of Pasta by Here Design: I’ve seen this cookbook in bookstores and have almost bought it just based on the cover alone!
3. Topshop opening flyer by Johanna Bonnevier: Love the use the clean geometric patterns and type.
So.. I’m quite late to the party but I have only just upgraded my iPhone to iOS7 over the weekend. I’m probably going against popular opinion here, but I really adore the new aesthetic. A few of the icons look a bit odd, I admit, but I find the overall design clean, refined and very aesthetically pleasing.
This brings me to today’s post. Since the type display is now cleaner, it does not lend itself too well to my existing wallpapers as you can’t really see the time stamp and the unlocking slide when the wallpaper is too busy. I went looking for some new wallpapers to fit the new aesthetic.
Here are a selection of wallpapers from Poolga that I think go very well with the iOS7 visuals. If you don’t already know Poolga, do check out the site. There are some stunning work from a group of talented designers and illustrators (although only catered for Apple devices for now). As you can probably tell from the selection below, there is a wide range of illustration styles so you’re bound to find something you like.