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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…






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

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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: Frontage, plus new greeting cards to buy!

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the stackable, multi-layered fun of Frontage

Frontage has been around for about a year now, but still stands as one of the best examples of a “layered” font currently on the market. The principle is simple… Each weight or variation of the font family can be stacked on top of another, with some providing shadows, some lending a 3D layer to the design, and others create an in-line effect. When combined with colour, layered fonts make it possible to create some amazing typographic designs.

What makes Frontage stand out from its peers is the construction of the actual letters. The shadows are subtle but effectively done, the ingenious “Bulb” layer lends an easy retro feel, and the lettering itself is a well balanced, Deco-esque geometric sans with more than a passing nod to House Industries’ Neutraface.

Frontage is one of only a couple of typefaces available from the hand of Juri Zaech, the other being the equally ingenious Telemark.

Today’s font samples also double up as a means to introduce my Redbubble store, where you can now buy selected Font Friday designs as greeting cards, postcards and prints!

99 Problems But A ___ Ain’t One – Seamstress Edition

99 Problems But A ___ Ain’t One – Hogwarts Edition

99 Problems But A ___ Ain’t One – Yachting Edition

Frontage is available from MyFonts and YouWorkForThem, which also features lots more examples of the font in use. These Font Friday designs and others are also available to purchase as postcard and greeting cards from my Redbubble Store.


Fonts: Frontage (Juri Zaech)

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Font Friday: Runcible

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the Attack of the 50ft Typeface with the B-Movie inspired Runcible

I originally had something very different in mind for this week’s Font Friday – something clean, crisp, versatile and elegant, packed to the rafters with OpenType trickery and fanciness. But the minute I saw the new offering from Font Friday stalwarts Pintassilgo Prints I realised what I really wanted was some good old-fashioned display-font fun.

There’s a time and a place for elegant type. Pintassilgo know this and are more than capable of delivering on this front, but they seem to really come alive when it comes to big, bold, 50s and 60s-inspired poster fonts. And Runcible definitely falls into the latter category, with its Jazz-artwork-meets-B-Movie poster influences. The inclusion of the shattered “cleft” version just completes the poster-friendly package – this is a font that likes to be used BIG!

As you’d expect by now from the Brazilian duo, the font makes intelligent use of OpenType and character variations to keep things organic, avoiding too much repetition with subtle variations. Things are upper-case only, but to be honest I can’t imagine this font suiting anything less than the loudest of messages. To be blunt, this typeface probably won’t find its way into many circumstances where subtlety is required, and the audience is going to be fairly niche compared to some of the previous Font Friday offerings. But the font is such unmitigated fun to use that it seemed unfair to exclude it on range of use alone!

Inspiration and musical soundtrack this week is best listened to early in the day for maximum earworm effect! A real Jurassic classic, you might say…

Runcible (presumably named after the nonsense poems of Edward Lear) is available at an introductory half price, and may be purchased as standard or the more rock-hewn “cleft” version from Pintassilgo’s MyFonts store, which also features lots more examples of the font in use.


Fonts: Runcible, Runcible Cleft (PintassilgoPrints)

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Logo Design: Big Bouquet

Another logo tease today, with a look at the new branding for Swash and Fold’s sister company Big Bouquet Photography

Sometimes the hardest clients to satisfy are yourselves. Big Bouquet is the wedding photography company I work on with my wife Emma, from which Swash and Fold was borne. After a few years with the same look-and-feel we felt it was overdue a brand refresh… should be a straightforward job, right? After all, between us we have a clear idea on what we like visually, I know the company identity first-hand, and I’ve got all the resources to hand to make it happen.

Despite this, it hasn’t been a quick process. Anyone who’s ever tried to come up with a logo for their own company knows the iterations, revisions and “not-quite-right” tweaks that come from being close to the project (which is why many turn to a designer for help!)

Anyway, eagle-eyed visitors to the Big Bouquet blog and Facebook page may have started to spot the new branding starting to filter through recently. There are three variations of the logo depending on the context it will be used, including a simplified version for watermarking and die stamps on our albums.

An updated website will follow soon, but for now I’ll just tease you with the logos…


Design: Swash and Fold

Photography: Big Bouquet

Fonts: Gelato Script (Schizotype), Brandon Grotesque (HVD Fonts)