Plain Speaking - Online

 

Having got to grips with creating my own GrownGals blog in the first few months of 2016 I was delighted when Louise from Resonance Voice Training asked me to look at her wordpress website and give it a freshen-up. One of the main problems she faced was that her wordpress template was a few years old and was not ‘responsive’ so it didn’t work well on smartphones and tablets. With mobile internet use now overtaking desktop computers this is an important factor in keeping customers engaged with your content – they have to be able to read it on the go. 

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Wise Words

We’ve just received a copy of Wise Words, The Philosophy of Everyday Life, by Stephen Trombley and we think it looks very smart. Of course we did do the typesetting and design the text layout, including these very smart chapter openers. There is nothing like a bit of good old fashioned monochrome text layout to get the typographic design juices flowing. It is also a fascinating read.

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Crumbs

Andrew’s latest pencil crayon series is of great British biscuits. We are a nation of tea drinkers but what is a cuppa without something sweet? It seems that everyone has their own personal favourite which is why McVitie’s Family Circle and Crawford’s Teatime assortments include everything from pink wafers to chocolate digestives. Dunkers go for plain biscuits, nibblers like a bit of chocolate and snackers like wrapped biscuits that can be eaten on the hoof. We are only at the beginning of what promises to be a delicious if somewhat sugary gallery of biscuits.

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Look Mum I’ve got a Tattoo

We are always looking ahead of the current season and so even before santa receives his wishlists we are thinking about spring, Valentines and mother’s day. Our temporary tattoo cards were made for this season so I thought that they deserved a little blog of their own to show just how wonderful these fake examples look. When illustrating the images I spent a lot of time trying to get that inked, slightly fuzzy look, that you get in the real thing and they do look very convincing, especially when they are a day old and the image loses it’s shine.

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What’s Fir Christmas?

After receiving such nice feedback from last year’s slot-together reindeer we’ve decided to give you all a sneak preview of our 2015 Christmas Tree Card. Not least because the amount of hand finishing required means some people might have to wait a while for it to arrive. Our illustrated tree design is printed digitally, with a white ink special, on a lovely craft board. Two pages are bound together on a sewing machine with metallic silver thread and each card is hand cut so that no two trees are exactly the same.

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Drawn Again

Its no secret that designers use tear sheets, pinterest mood boards, sketchbooks and collected scraps to build an inspirational library around them. Some of this is job specific research and some of it is just stuff you like and want to hold onto, visually, just in case. I was flicking through an archive folder today and came upon a few illustrations that inspired some of our work for Tala Originals and I thought we should post some of them for posterity. Of course the end result is something different - thats how inspiration works, it’s not plagiarism but the spark of a mood, an idea that sets you off in a creative direction.

Above The ultimate domestic goddess by the famous Jim Flora (www.jimflora.com).

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