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Glamorous Art Deco Invitations for a London Wedding

A modern take on the Art Deco glamour of 1930s Hollywood with these sleek, sparkling wedding invitations…

Samantha and Joe are getting married next year in Hackney Town Hall, one of East London’s finest examples of Art Deco civic architecture. The venue is packed with original 1930s fixtures and decor, and the perfect location for anyone wanting to bring a bit of silver-screen style to their day. Sam & Joe certainly thought so, and are embracing this glamourous era in every aspect of their day. The invitations had to capture the spirit of the ‘Hollywood Deco’ era, so the first job was to get some glitz! The designs have been printed on an iridescent, shimmering pearlised paper, which gives everything a deep metallic shine when the light catches it. This was topped off with a gold, green and black colour scheme, matching Sam’s colour theme and the interior of the venue.

This era of Art Deco also had a much more innovative approach to design than the previous decade – artists and illustrators began experimenting with striking angles and composition, faux-three-dimensional effects and airbrushed gradients. This visual style found a perfect partner in the film poster artwork of the era… And I think you’d have to agree, it looks just as good as an invitation!




Paper: 300gsm Sirio Pearl
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Passage / Passage Decor (Tour De Force), MB Deco(Ben Mecke-Burford / M-B Creative)

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Springtime New Forest Wedding Invitations

It may be a rainy mid-January day, but today we’re looking forward to a far sunnier springtime with these fold-out invitations!

Lisa & Kevin are getting married this spring at Rhinefield House, a grand Victorian lodge-turned-hotel hiding deep within the woodland of Hampshire’s New Forest. Lisa already had a great Pinterest board on the go packed with fresh, zesty lime colours, pale crisp apple tones and woody neutrals… all offset by splashes of bright, floral tones. This gave us a suitably spring-like colour palette, around which I based the design.

Rhinefield is such a distinctive building I wanted to feature it somehow in the design. The rear of the hotel is a Victorian riot of turrets, peaks and chimneys rising over the striking ornamental pond, hidden from view by the tall pines of the surround woodland. This is carried across to the invitation, revealing a stylised version of Rhinefield once the tree-covered outside of the invitation is unfolded. The remaining sides of the invitation were finished off with a detachable RSVP slip, and a map of the surrounding location.

Take a look at the finished product below!








Paper: 300gsm Olin Rough
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Cantoni Pro (Debi Sementellis Type Foundry), Passport (Coniglio Type)

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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.


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.


Fonts: The Luxx (Giuseppe Salerno / Resistenza)

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Font Friday: Magnel

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the bold Didone elegance of Magnel

The Didone has quietly experienced something of a revival in recent years… A splicing of the surnames of French typefounder Didot and the Italian print pioneer Bodoni, Didones are typified by very heavy vertical strokes and ultra-fine horizontal lines, and barely-there hairline serifs.

Didot and Bodoni developed their typefaces independently in the mid-19th century, but the boom in travel brought about by the steam age meant both were soon in common usage across the whole of Europe, fast becoming a staple part of the neoclassical aesthetic. Before every foundry had their own take on the Didone form, and the family soon became so commonplace as to be taken for granted.

It wasn’t until a century later that the Chauncey H. Griffith decided to update Bodoni for large-format use, emphasising the verticals to an excessive degree in his Poster Bodoni, of which the current plentiful crop of ultra-heavy, design-friendly Didones are direct descendants.

To Magnel then, which first emerged in 2011 from the hand of Lithuanian designer Eimantas Paškonis. The font is a contemporary, almost relaxed take on the Didone shape with more space in the counters (the empty holes in letter like “o” or “d”) and shorter descending elements (e.g the tail of a lower-case “g”). It also boasts some lovely ligatures, cheeky OpenType swash variants for any characters at the end of a line, and nicely implemented ball terminals (check out the lower case “f” in particular!). Magnel looks great at large sizes, and lends itself perfectly to typographic posters, headlines or most other display usage.

Inspiration and musical soundtrack this week is Bret and Germaine’s Masterclass in back-handed compliments.

Magnel may be purchased from the MyFonts store, which also features lots more examples of the font in use.


Fonts: Magnel (Eimantas Paškonis)