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Deco-Inspired on-the-day wedding stationery

A ‘part-two’ post today, with a set of on-the-day wedding stationery and print work following on from previous invitation designs…

Occasional visitors to the blog may recall the previously featured Art Deco-inspired invitations produced for Roy & Pieter’s wedding. The invitations were such a hit that the guys asked if I could produce a suite of on-the-day stationery to help guide their guests through the day, and carry the theme through beyond just the invitations.

The suite consisted of individually printed place-cards, table names, wedding favour gift-labels, cocktail menus, and assorted other signage for use throughout the day – including an easel-mounted seating plan and food menu not pictured here.

Cocktails were very much a theme throughout the day, with each table represented by a different classic. Here’s a quick look at the finished products…

Congratulations Roy & Pieter for tying the knot! Great work also from Melanie at Bellissimo Wedding in organising everything, and I can’t wait to see photos of the day from the fab Angela Ward Brown.

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Paper:350gsm Colorplan White at assorted sizes
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Neutraface (House Industries)

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Font Friday: The Luxx

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s The Luxx, a bold Deco with a twist

I’d not come across the Valencia-based Resistenza Studio before now, but I’m wishing I had. The duo of Giuseppe Salerno and Paco Gonzalez have been producing some outstanding work for several years now, flitting effortlessly between crafted vintage typography, effortless brushwork and exquisite hand lettering.

The Luxx is an update of a font the studio first released back in the 2010, inspired by Italian Art Deco posters and advertising of the 1930s. The original ‘Luxx’ incarnation of the typeface was true to the authentic form of the era – all perfect geometrics, even weights, truncated descenders and a flat serpentine ‘S’. The simple 2013 addition of ‘The’ to the name however has heralded a whole host of OpenType extras with extra language support, bold ligatures, in-filled letters and lots of edgy alternates. These additions bring things right up to date meaning The Luxx is equally at home in retro or ultra-modern designs, and perfect for print and design work at all sizes.

Musical soundtrack this Friday is courtesy of 80’s hip-hoppers Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, who managed to combine an admirable sentiment with one the most niggling earworms of all time.

More examples of The Luxx in use can be found on Resistanza’s MyFonts store, where the font is currently available at a discounted rate.

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Fonts: The Luxx (Giuseppe Salerno / Resistenza)

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Deco-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Some more print work today with a set of clean and contemporary wedding stationery, inspired by the streamlined lines of 1930s Art Deco design

When Melanie from Wedding planners Bellissimo Weddings got in touch to ask if I could help with some Art Deco-style invitations, I jumped at the chance! There’s something very satisfying about the clean, streamlined typography of that 1930s style – the strong geometric letter shapes and very structured layouts have been a timeless classic for wedding stationery, and for good reason!

Pieter and Roy also wanted a bit of an identity creating to tie everything together. I came up with something halfway between a logo and a monogram which incorporated their initials, reflected their love of cocktails, and tied in to the general aesthetic of their day with a splash of purple and a gradient rays pattern common to design of that era.

As well as celebrating their day at Bournemouth’s wonderful The Green House Hotel, the guys were having a follow-on event in South Africa a few weeks later. This required its own invitation, which when combined with an “Order of the Day” card and some oh-so-important drinks vouchers made for quite a comprehensive set!

The font just had to be House Industries’ Neutraface, inspired by the signage of 1930’s architect Richard Neutra and with a perfect balance between precise geometry and a warm and human feel. The final invitations were then printed on GF Smith’s iconic Colorplan paper, with a cotton-soft finish that complements the sleek type perfectly. Take a look at the finished product below…

Details

Paper: A6 350gsm Colorplan White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Neutraface (House Industries)

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Font Friday: Deco Neue

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the elegant free font Deco Neue

I’m a strong advocate of paid-for fonts. Generally the quality and execution is better than their free counterparts, you get support if they don’t work as expected, and you also get to support the designers or artists who created them. There are exceptions of course, such as the wonderful Lost Type Co-Op or the iconic League of Moveable Type, both of whom have seen their professional-quality fonts used extensively in print and screen. Deco Neue is another such free offering that deserves a place in your font folder, from the hand of designer Jonatan Xavier.

Deco Neue was produced as part of a typography course Jonatan was undertaking, and is a well-balanced, elegant example of the sort of Art Deco typefaces that came to prominence in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The font is undoubtedly limited in some areas – there are no lower case characters, numerals or punctuation – but as a free offering there is much to recommend it with plenty of scope for use on posters or invitations.

I’ve put together an example of the font in use below, with the musical soundtrack this week provided by Brett Anderson’s recently-reformed Britpop romanticists

The light version of Deco Neue is available to download for free from Jonatan’s Behance portfolio page – all you have to do is give a little tweet to say thanks, and hopefully Jonatan will develop this into a fully-fledged professional typeface before too long!

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Fonts: Deco Neue (Jonatan Xavier)