Instead of a turkey themed Turkey Trot teeshirt design for the Speed Freaks this year, we decided on something a little more universal.
This is a family of runners who all live in different states and support each other through Facebook, emails and forums. When they do get together, they tear up the road! Each year they have a virtual turkey trot and I design a race shirt for it.
I've been busy lately, busy having babies! Yes, in the past two years we have had two babies! Because of these two babies, I have had no time to design outside of work, unless it it for the babies or other personal projects. Now that the younger of the two is one and the elder is two and half, I feel like I can get back in the saddle. Please excuse my catching up!
This is our holiday card from 2010. Our only child at the time was JJ. He is 5 months old in the picture.
I have been MIA for about 6 months now because we have been busy... having a baby! It's been a bumpy road but we have somehow made it through and the reward was a precious little boy! John William Pepper Jr. (JJ for short) was born on May 25th, 2010 at 4:09PM. He was a whopping 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long! So, between diapers, feedings, the occasional nap and cuddles, I have put together some announcements. Tell me what you think!
I know it seems like I have been neglecting Petit Fig Tree because I haven't posted in a while. The truth is, I've had multiple projects up my sleeve, two being holiday cards, one holiday open house invitation and a Turkey Trot logo that was printed on tee-shirts.
I would love to show off the holiday cards and open house invitation but considering they have yet to be sent, I don't want to ruin the surprise for the potential recipients.
I will, however, show off the SPD Turkey Trot logo. This inventive idea came from Justin, the client. SPD is essentially a group of runners within a family, spanning the United States. They have a forum where they can post their trials and tribulations when it comes to running, support each other through the tough times and just keep in touch. This close-knit family keeps each other going no matter where they are and how many miles they are logging.
The first Annual Turkey Trot is virtual race. Each person ran on Thanksgiving at whatever pace and mileage they could handle. The point was, everyone ran and even though they couldn't be together, they were joined in spirit.
The skull depicts the struggle running brings about, the pain you go through to push through that last mile. The turkey legs replace the crossbones, illustrating the holiday that it is held on, and the incentive to run those miles in the first place!
What's more challenging than designing Bat Mitzvah invitations for someone who is half way between childhood and adulthood? Designing Bat Mitzvah invitations for a Manhattan thirteen year old! Kids in New York City grow up fast. They mature quickly and know what they want out of life at a very young age. When I started brainstorming for this project, I leaned toward designing for an adolescent, not a sophisticated teenager. I was definitely put in my place!
Katie is a strong and driven. At a young(er) age she decided she wanted to become and actor and has since followed through with that dream, taking classes and going to a performing arts school. She has even performed in some Off-Broadway shows. I think I was still playing with Barbie and listening to My Little Pony tapes at 13! She is talented, witty and full of life. When her mother came to me with this request, giving me an idea of Katie's personality, her likes and dislikes, etc., I started to come up with some ideas.
Katie loves New York and loves living in the greatest city in the world. The first invitation illustrates that passion. Her favorite color is purple which you will see throughout each piece. New York City is the epitome of drama, excitement and living life to it's fullest. This, in itself, encompasses Katie's thriving personality.
The piece underneath and the last vertical design are my two "girly" invitations. Donning the signature purple, the first is boisterous, glamorous and a bit retro, the latter is more subtle and classic. I plan to add two tiny rhinestones to the first "girly" design, where some of the round bulbs come out. This is something that can't be overdone. Although they are fun and pretty, any more than that would be distracting.
Last, but not least, is my very first attempt at the Bat Mitzvah invitation design. I created this one knowing very little of what Katie wanted, just what I knew of her from her mom. I started to think of different types of entertainment... plays, movies, concerts... then, suddenly, I thought of the circus. I looked up a bunch of vintage circus posters. Putting a clown or a lion on it would obviously be a bit too childish but the way the type was laid out, the fonts that were used, all of this contributed to a really interesting idea for an invitation. The reception is going to be at a comedy club that uses bright oranges and greens in their funky, fun logo so I thought that these two styles went hand in hand. I replaced the green with our signature color to keep with the theme.
I think that they all came out really nicely. There are, of course, some I like more than others, but all in all, a really nice group of designs.
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