Design Work

Kim Hawkins Photography, Swashed and Folded

Custom WordPress theme development and a shiny new logo for Hertfordshire-based Wedding and portrait photographer Kim Hawkins

Kim’s old branding and website needed a fresh new look, so together we set to work on coming up with something that better captured her approach. Kim wanted something that would appeal to the contemporary bride, but still felt fairly “classic” and stylish in tone. As Kim’s work also features family and portrait photography (many of which may be returning customers) it was also important not to alienate or exclude previous clients, so some continuity in design between the old and new was essential.

The most striking aspect of Kim’s previous branding was the deep cerise colour, which dominated the old design. This was an immediately recognisable element, which was retained as a highlight for text, and combined with paper and watercolour texture for the footer and header strip. This was combined with light, natural tones, subtle HTML detailing, clean and light lines of the timless Futura typeface, and the more modern bold italics of Playfair for titling and other featured text. For the logo, the flowing hand-lettered style proved the perfect contrast to the clean lines elsewhere, with a bronze gradient toning the screen version into the colours and textures of the rest of the page.

Take a look at some samples from the project below, or head to www.kimhawkins.co.uk for a nose around the finished thing!

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Thanks to Kim for being a great client – if you’d like to see more of her work, take a look at the full site at www.kimhawkins.co.uk.

Details

Website: WordPress custom theme development and logo design.
Fonts: Futura (Bitstream), Playfair Display Italic (Claus Eggers Sørensen)

Design Work

Vintage-Style Wedding Invitations and an RSVP Website

Ryan & Steph thought a Wedding website would be the ideal way to make it easy for their guests to RSVP and find out more about their day, so we set about creating a fun vintage design that would work equally well online and print.

There are plenty of ways you can share information about your wedding day with guests, like info sheets and wedding maps, Facebook groups or email updates. Increasingly people are setting up wedding websites, with lots of services out there letting you add content, maps and links to their pre-designed templates. Steph and Ryan however wanted to theirs to be designed to closely complement their printed invitations, so asked if I could produce both at the same time.

Steph had a clear idea on what she wanted, with vintage-style lettering and an old-fashioned poster layout detailing the back-story to their engagement and wedding. We agreed on some dusty, dusky shades for a splash of retro colour, and I used a combo of HVD’s Brandon Printed and Microbrew from the Albatross foundry – two newish type families packed with weathered detailing, inked imperfections and vintage ornaments, that worked perfectly together and gave Steph the look she was after.

For the website the ever-flexible WordPress was used, creating a simple but flexible site that can also be used to display maps, photo galleries and all sorts of helpful guest-friendly info. Ryan and Steph had their own login details too, so they can update all their information whenever they wish.

Take a look at the finished bits and pieces below…

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Tintoretto Gesso
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Brandon Printed (HVD Fonts), Microbrew (Albatross)

Design Work

Folding Book Invitations for a Literary-Themed Wedding

One of the things I enjoy most about working on bespoke invitation designs is the variety… Everyone has something different in mind for their day, and I love the challenge of carrying that across into print.

Laura & Peter’s wedding is taking place deep in Hardy Country, the picturesque corner of Dorset where Thomas Hardy spent so much of his life. With so much rich literary history surrounding their venue it’s no surprise they decided to adopt this as a loose theme for their wedding, which gave me the chance to come up with something suitably book-inspired for their invitations!

The design takes late 19th century book-printing as the starting point, with grained linen and leather covers, hot-stamped gold lettering, embossed details, and precise, immaculate typography on the pages within. The irregularly-sized folds of the final printed piece allow the faux book cover and spines on the front to unfold into an info-packed invitation, complete with detachable RSVP, custom map and plenty of information to help guests get around on the day.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about that bee-autiful copy of “Far From The Madding Crowd” peeking out from under the invitation on the first photo, that’s one of the amazing Coralie Bickford-Smith’s Penguin Classics range – well worth a nose through the rest of her cover designs if you’re not familiar with them. Only of course after you’ve scrolled down and had a look at the rest of the details below…

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Details

Paper: 340gsm Splendorgel Extra White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Garamond Premier Pro (Adobe), Modnoc (Borutta Wood Type Collection), Appareo (Kimmy Design), Aphrodite Slim Pro (Typesenses)

Design Work

Anniversary Invitations for a 75-Year-Old Business

With branches across Dorset and Hampshire, Wessex Pharmacies will have been a part of their local community for a remarkable 75 years this year…

The company is holding an evening event for the people that have helped them reach this impressive landmark, and wanted something a bit special for the invitations. The design features an illustrated “75” made up from hundreds of tiny symbols relating to their business and incorporating their logo and colours. This was printed on a superior quality Colorplan cardstock, and each one hand-finished with a metallic silver and green seal.

Take a look at the finished article below…

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Colorplan Ice White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Rama Gothic (Flat-it), Beautiful (ES Typography)

Design Work

Rustic Floral Invitations for a Countryside Wedding

Hand-lettering and a custom map add the finishing touches to these fresh, floral invitations for Hannah & Tom’s farm wedding…

Hannah & Tom are getting married later this year on the farm Tom’s family live and work on. We’re lucky enough to be spending the day with them as their wedding photographers, but they also got in touch to ask if Swash & Fold could produce their invitations.

With so many rural details to draw inspiration from these were great fun to design, even managing to sneak in a few references to Tom’s prize pigs! We produced an info sheet and created a map to help guide their guests through their day, and both the map and invitations were completed with a dash of custom hand-lettering to make things all the more personal.

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Tintoretto Gesso
Design & Hand-lettering: Swash and Fold
Additional fonts: Charcuterie (Laura Worthington), Mirabelle (Magpie Paper Works)