letterpress save the date

As you may have seen in my previous posts I’ve been working on invitations for my brothers multiple bachelor  parties. But it’s not just about bachelor parties there’s actually wedding happening. Sean + Julie are getting married September 19th, at least thats what it says on the save the date – I hope it’s not a typo. I’ve been charged with designing their save the date and invitation wedding collateral. It’s been a fun process and I’ve really enjoyed working with Rob Charlton at Goosefish Press in South Boston. Below are some images of the save the date and the block from the press. The invite is in production. Be on the look out for those images when it’s finished. Enjoy.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Last weekend I hosted my brothers 1st bachelor party. In true Grady fashion you can never have enough parties! On the eve of fathers day I must quote my father “Isn’t FUN the best thing to have!?” I thought I’d follow up my previous post of the 1st bachelor party invite post with a preview of the invite for bachelor party II. My good friend Ken Gray developed the illustration. If you have the need of illustration hire him, he’s the best! feel free to download the illustration for a desktop wallpaper. Enjoy.

Catfish Bachelor Party invite II

Catfish Bachelor Party invite II

Boat wallpaper

Boat wallpaper

No Parking!

The Parking signs in my neighborhood are terrible. It’s about the worst hierarchy I’ve ever seen. I have this theory it’s done on purpose to increase revenue for the city. Why is it that the largest type on the sign is “Street Cleaning”? Does any one care that it’s street cleaning? No, people want to know what day they can or can not park on the street. I’m trying to find out who is in charge of this and I’d be willing to offer my design services to help this situation. See my suggestion below and let me know if you think this is a better solution.

Apparently Boston is not the only city with these problems. See this recent post from the New York Times.

Raise a glass and raise some cash

CSANA Invite detail

CSANA Invite detail

On Sunday 5/31 the Chester Square Area Neighborhood Association (CSANA) had our 1st fundraiser for the SOON to open renovated parks. CSANA is building a fund to support trash pickup, gardening, and implementation of capital growth for future improvements like park benches, trash cans, bicycle racks, and more. CRU Wine & Spirits was kind enough to host the event with delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Toro.

CRU Wine & Spirits

CRU Wine & Spirits

I helped the CSANA board by developing and designing an invitation for the event that keeps with the new Chester Square identity. I’ve made it very clear to the CSANA board that we need a clear an consistent brand in order to build neighborhood awareness. I want the neighbors to immediately recognize a piece of communication from CSANA. Neighbors need to realize that when they see the Chester Square logo that it’s an important piece of mail that will directly effect what is happening out their front door for the good.

CSANA invite cover detail

CSANA invite cover detail

The event was a a great success. I really enjoyed meeting more neighbors that care about Chester Square as much as I do.

Bachelor Party Invites and the Simpsons

I guess it’s uncommon to send invitations for a Bachelor party? Apparently guys don’t need invitations; we somehow have the ability to know when and where a party is? I get that feeling based on all the flack I’m getting from my guy/girl friends. But being a type A graphic designer there was no option. I designed my brother’s bachelor party invites and sent them out today. I was so happy to find that the USPS just released the 44 cent Simpsons’ stamps! I think these stamps are the perfect accompaniment to my brother’s bachelor party invitation – 1. because he loves the Simpsons – 2. it makes it a little less “girly”, I guess?

Bachelor Party Invite

Bachelor Party Invite

Simpson's Stamps

Simpsons Stamps