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When first contacted by the Historical Society of Washington, DC, I was intrigued by their upcoming exhibit “Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.” Exhibit LogoAs their reentry into the D.C. public space after many months of closure, the exhibit featured paintings, photographs, illustrations, maps, and artifacts spanning over 400 years of DC history.

An exhibit with such a large number of pieces set the stage for a trove of graphic opportunities.
After discussing look and feel with the curator I designed an exhibit logo that unified historic and contemporary themes. Because the exhibit layout followed a chronological path through the gallery I created a subtle nod to a timeline on the bottom of each of the large section panels. Origins Panel

Window to Washington was displayed in The Historical Society’s home, the original Carnagie Library  in downtown Washington, DC. The building sits on its own picturesque block, surrounded by lamp posts and a park area. The general public and tourists have access to the park 24 hours a day, necessitating security measures for the outdoor banners. Some lamp banners were displayed on lower posts and were designed in a shorter length, therefore hanging higher from the ground. Other outdoor signage for the exhibit was produced in mobile, collapsable formats that could be stored inside nightly.

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Designing a website for Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC was an exciting opportunityto create a clean, minimal site that would showcase the very visual work of the firm. A limited copy, image heavy website was the perfect approach for focusing attention on the company’s extensive portfolio.

With such a large number of images it was important to make the site fully responsive. Even when clients visit the site on a smart phone or notepad it needs to work – and to work well.

One unique aspect of the project was the firm’s 30 year history. Having successfully worked in the industry for so long, the firm had project images in every media from scanned slides to high-res digital images. A large amount of digital image editing was required to produce a uniform photo quality.

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Allison and Levi dated ten years prior to marrying. A couple that had grown together since high school – they provided the perfect opportunity to tell a story with their save the date design. Moving several times during their relationship the couple had created quite a timeline, and I integrated that story into a fun iconic map of their journey. Rather than design a map that was geographic, I designed a chronological map with geographic references.

The invitations required a more formal, yet still whimsical approach. I chose to design a light-hearted romantic border of flowers and leaves. Luckily, Allison and Levi were interested in a creative green option; a one piece invitation with a perforated RSVP postcard attached to the bottom. The invitations can be designed in a horizontal or vertical manner.

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Save the date postcard - note the chalk details. A view of the back of the invitation when folded (left) and its interior (right). The top portion of the invitation with the uppermost flap marking the beginning of their relationship timeline. The timeline continued through the middle panel where the event's date and location are detailed. The timeline ended with the wedding ceremony and reception schedule, followed by a final 'creative response' RSVP panel. A perforated strip along the top of the RSVP allowed guests to tear it off and send it back as a postcard. The invitation flap closed around the top of the invitation and displayed the return address. Event details on the back of the invitation. Full view of the invitation. Program that doubled as a fan for use during the outdoor summer ceremony.

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Wedding Save the Date, Invitation, and Program: Nick + Jess

Nick and Jess dated ten years before Nick proposed by writing ‘Will you marry me?’ in chalk on the porch steps of their newly purchased home. Because of their beautiful history together and their fun attitudes, I designed a save the date, invitation, and program that uniquely fit their quirky character.

In each piece’s design I referenced the original chalk proposal through texture and font. In the invitation their dating history was displayed in a fun icon timeline which transitioned directly into the wedding schedule. For the programs I designed a fan that guests could use during the outdoor July ceremony.

Like Allison and Levi, they also used a creative one-piece invitation that they found both budget and environmentally friendly. Guests simply ripped off the perforated RSVP postcard and mailed it. To add interest, guests were asked to respond ‘creatively’ in a blank framed area. RSVP cards were then displayed in a ‘gallery’ style at the wedding.