Branding + Signage . Retropress

Retropress is a new local printing studio that specialises in letterpress. When you visit their offices you may catch their fabulous letterpress printing machines in action, a chance to watch living history! Experts in their field, it was a fantastic opportunity to work with them on their branding. One thing led to another and we also developed signage for their studio and a customised wordpress website. I have also had the opportunity to work on some of their letterpress projects, such an awesome experience as designing for letterpress has it’s own unique requirements.

Kirsten and Andrew wanted to portray a sophisticated look. Although they love all things retro, vintage and the Beatles, they are serious about what they do, they have the professional experience, and always produce work of an exceptional standard.

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Their logo worked beautifully as the elegant inline version, and the more compact and bold round version. Having alternative logos is something I cannot recommend highly enough. The round version works so well as a watermark on photography, even within Instagram. It also translated perfectly as signage.

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Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to letterpress print your own business cards? The quality is just second to none.

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A customised wordpress website was the next step. Easy to update and maintain yourself, easily customisable, wordpress websites are a fantastic way to get yourself out there online.

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Branding . Jo Wagstaff

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Jo Wagstaff is an amazing and inspirational woman, and I had the fortune of working with her to create her branding, and extensive package including the usual suspects, logo and business cards, and extended to include her website and presentation documents. Jo had been working on her own Weebly website, a great way to get yourself up and running, but wanted it customised to suit her new branding.

 

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Fresh and confident, friendly and uplifting. The fluid design and palette full of greens were strongly indicated by the end of our mood board.

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I’m sure I say this about all my clients, but honestly such a wonderful project to work on, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

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Branding . Margot Renton

Working with Margot Renton gave me the opportunity to work with a creative on their own branding. And Margot is crazy creative, her work is an explosion of colour and texture, that sort of masterful handling of complexity that is a special talent. Margot’s branding needed to be a complement to her work, not a competitor. A signature, if you will.

Our inspiration board.

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A sample of Margot’s illustration work, I fell in love with her peacocks, just divine.

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Margot’s branding, a simple suite of logo, colour, alternate logo and font.

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Serving a dual purpose, these business cards are also swing tags for products such as Margot’s stunning silk scarves.

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Branding . Adrift Furniture

I meet some really talented people in my line of work. Adrift Furniture is a one man band, producing some really beautiful pieces, all with a rustic beachy aesthetic. A logo, some business cards and a Facebook page and Adrift was launched.

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The rustic timber grain background also looks like the ripples left in wet sand, and the old sea blue of the text completes the beachy feel.

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Printable calendar

Get organised | Print a free calendar

Too easy, print it out, be organised!

Right so Christmas is over, we said good-bye to our lovely Christmas tree, almost all the leftover food is gone. Now what? Now it’s time to get organised for 2013! That’s what! It starts in just two days! Yikes! And here’s me without a calendar. Didn’t get one in your stocking either? Well lucky you came here, I have a neat little free printable calendar all set and ready to print. In fact it’s perpetual, so if it’s already March when you see this, no problem! Just start with March and date the sheets from there! Nice.

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I clip my pages and hang them on push pins.

In fact I started last November. As you do. I often have to start new diaries or calendars part way through the year, as things take a turn for the busy. This time I can already sense impending busy-ness!

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Write the dates in the yellow boxes…

Happy New Year!  Now go and get yourself organised!

Download the calendar here.

Please note it is for personal use, but feel free to share it with links back via your blog or Pinterest etc.

Branding + Site . The Possum Man

The Possum Man website redesign

The Possum Man website design, bold graphic elements give it impact.

Designing the website for  The Possum Man happened by accident. They had no more than a phone number on their old site, so initially this job was just to get more useful content up on the existing website. During a meeting with Buki of The Possum Man, it soon turned out that the whole website would need to be created from scratch. New business cards soon followed.

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Branding . Heritage Advisory Services

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I have worked with Louise for quite a while, and when she set off into freelancing, starting Heritage Advisory Services, I jumped at the chance to help her get started. I love to see small businesses putting their best foot forward. You are never too small to consider your branding.

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Packaging . missIsa

Packaging for missIsa

Photo by Rachel Baker of missIsa

Brown paper packages, really is there anything more lovely? The brief for this project was Rachel of missIsa needed a simple but effective packaging design, using her existing logo, that could be adapted to suit a variety of products and be easily produced in a home studio office. Rachel had already done a lot of research into what she wanted, establishing cello bags with toppers as the basis for the packaging design and kraft paper as her material.

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