This is the best kind of job, where I get to create from scratch. I really like the name I landed on for this item. I think colorjoy will be a great new brand for the Imagine Nation company. Imagine Nation is starting to sell bulk school supplies since that is their primary customer. I really wanted to play up the product itself with the design, I drew stripes with the varying colors of markers In a spectrum pattern. Little marker ‘dots’ were a cute addition to the label I created for the brand.
I had so much fun designing this item! I really wanted all of the tags to be imaginative and joyful. I love when I get a project and I get to start from scratch. Books are fun wanted a bulk Christmas tag box for their winter display. Here’s what I did!
I found an old red velvet book cover and used that for the base of the box, I Then designed and old “Candy” label that I had printed on heavy vintage paper and taped to the box to add some texture and depth. I initially wanted to do a ribbon box, the rivets on the opening of the box were meant to make it easy to pull ribbon through to wrap your gifts. The buyer REALLY wanted ribbon, but it was too expensive so he was going to scrap it. I really love the look of raffia and thought that I could make them look like they belonged with this set. Raffia is so much cheaper! I wrapped a few gifts using the raffia and magazine paper, sheet music and bakers wrap to show the buyer along with a few of the tags I had already designed at that point and he loved it.
I was so relieved that it didn’t get cancelled because I was having so much fun designing the tags, just the way I wanted them. I sketched out many different designs, some just didn’t look right so I didn’t include them, here are a few designs that I decided to scrap at the end.
This is a hanging photo quilt that I designed about a year ago, It’s amazing how big owls hit and they are still going strong. I really loved how I designed the lettering and the color palate.
The manufacturer didn’t get it quite right, as you can see in the final item. I still like it and hopefully I will have more time with the manufacturer to get the colors and patters right.
Just like every other child of the 1980’s I loved to collect scratch & sniff stickers! I haven’t seen much scratch n’ sniff things around lately so I decided to invent my own variety. I came up with a brand name that I think is pretty funny (it’s being copyrighted right now…by me) I’m going to do a three set of scratch and sniff board books. Here is a sneak peak of the idea and design.
Since I design a lot of stationery, for my friends I usually make a unique card with a joke I made up for them. I gave one to my employer for his anniversary *not shown here* and he loved it and asked me to design a series based off of that card. Here are 3 of them, I don’t know if other people find them funny or if it’s just my strange sense of humor…