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What’s in a name?


n. (Typography) – An elegant extension on a letter form, either a decorative elongation of an existing element or an added-on flourish. Typically extends beyond the limits of the individual character. 

Wash and Fold

n. (Service) – A convenient and cost-effective method of sending out your laundry to be done by professionals. Many take advantage of a wash and fold service to save time and reduce effort.

Swash and Fold

n. (Service) – A design company set up by Ian Davenport of Big Bouquet Wedding Photography, offering a professional range of print, type and digital services to brides, photographers, bloggers, and other creatives in the wedding and lifestyle industries.

Take a look at the homepage for more information on the available services…

Helpful Things

Barrow & Fall – a paintbook-inspired swatch

Sometimes colour inspiration can be hard to come by…

You know the sort of tones you want, but you just can’t tease them out of the computer. If only there was some sort of ready-made collection of subtle, classy tones out there, colour-balanced to work in harmony with one another and to give your designs a touch of… y’know… class

Hopefully this swatch will go some way to filling that gap! We’ve painstakingly replicated the 2011 colour range from everyone’s favourite heritage paint manufacturer, the oh-so distinguished Farrow & Ball. Each colour has been sampled (in RGB so perfect for screen use!), labelled with the corresponding paint name, and bundled up as an ASE (Adobe Swatch Exchange) for you to use in the CS application of your choice.

The swatch is available to download from Gumroad for just £1…

Get the swatch!

Design Work

Vintage-inspired Wedding Invitations

There’s something rather exciting about getting invitations back from the printers…

You can spend as long as you like tweaking, kerning and proofing your design in the relative safety of the computer screen, but there still remains a huge sense of trepidation and anticipation when unwrapping a freshly delivered parcel hot off the press.

With the invitations above the printers did themselves proud.  Sara & Mark wanted something type-led and vintage-inspired, with the final design drawing heavily on poster styles of the late 19th-century, complete with wood-cut influenced illustrations. To complete the look we agreed on Colorplan’s Mist stock, with an off-white tone and tactile finish.

The final product is better than we could have hoped for – colours are vibrant and punchy (even on this darker paper), and the details are crisp and precise. Take a look at the photos below and see what you think!


Paper: A5 350gsm Colorplan Mist
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Mailart Rubberstamp, Foglihten No 01, Rosewood Std