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Stationery | New Address, New Announcement

When Mr. G and I began talking about a move to Nashville, the very first thought that crossed my mind went a little something like this: <gasp> “I get to design a moving announcement!!”  Naturally.  I knew this would be a great opportunity to announce not only our new address, but also share the recent happenings in our lives.  I also knew it had to be a show piece for Design in August.

I stumbled across this original “Chuckle Map” of Tennessee by Bill Dyer that dates back to 1949.  Those who know us well, know that Mr. G and I met each other Lindy Hopping in Asheville, NC.  So a piece that incorporated all things Tennessee with a vintage 40′s voice was just about perfect.  The map determined the horizontal shape of the piece, while I added our own text to the welcome sign on the cover flap.  Matching the feel of the “Chuckle Map” illustrations, a handsome 40s-style reporter of “The Nashville Observer” voices our latest news with hep cat lingo of his era on the inside.  A string of twine and a western star-printed belly band wrap it up oh-so pretty, while each of the 184 envelopes was addressed with a printed label to match.

Vintage style Nashville hospitality.A little army of announcements about to inundate the mail system!I adore the little scenes of the “Chuckle Map” – especially this sleepy fisherman and the lady archer.Each envelope dressed up with a printed “brown paper bag” label.I had a custom return address stamp made to match the print.  Economical solution to printed envelopes!Hep Cat Reporter from “The Nashville Observer.”  You dig, Daddy-O?Mr. G and me: Lindy Hop Love.Tennessee is officially the “Nation’s Most Interesting State” – didn’t y’all know?

Branding | Self-Promotional Mailer

With the popularity of social media these days, a tangible piece of personal mail seems all the more precious.  Wouldn’t you like to receive a pretty package like this in your mail box?  A stack of these went out this week to introduce my Studio to local event planners, including my business card, a hand-written note and a sample of a recent design project: our New Address | New Announcement mailer (to be featured on the blog later this week!).

Whether you are a popular storefront, a personally-owned business operating out of your home office, or an individual looking to promote your upcoming event, consider what an impact a thoughtful and attractive piece of direct mail might have for you.  Interested?  I would welcome the opportunity to chat with you about it.  Cheers!

Pretty packages tied up with string!  Colorful stamps in shades of browns, black and greens add a bit of whimsy.

Bon Voyage!

Today is a happy day.  Today is the day Design in August launches its blog!  I have recently referred to this project as the “cobbler’s child.”  You know… the shoemaker’s kid without shoes?  Client work has been steadily streaming through my office door, and all summer and into the fall I have let the launch of my own website take the back seat.  Until now!

Like the old tradition of blessing a new sea-worthy vessel for her maiden voyage, I feel compelled to raise a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut and *smash* it against my desk as I say, “Bon Voyage!” to this inaugural blog post.  But rather than waste a perfectly lovely bottle of the French bubbly (and risk flooding my Mac), instead perhaps I’ll pour myself a flute and raise it to you, my new readers and dear friends.  Thank you for your love and support and encouragement.  I’m excited about this journey into the blogosphere, as well as sharing my most recent and precious projects with you!  A bit of brand design, a bit of stationery, a bit of inspiration, and the occasional peek into my studio.  Cheers to the future of DesignInAugust.com!

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