Introducing Pumpkinhead Paperie

So last week I mentioned a way I’ve found to incorporate working with paper. With my own wedding and the several I worked on last year, I decided I wanted to start a separate site that is strictly a paper house. Thus, Pumpkinhead Paperie was born (check out the site, still a work in progress, as I finesse my WordPress skills).

Pumpkinhead Paperie designs Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations and Collateral, Birthday Invitations, Holiday Cards, Birth Announcements, Shower Invites, etc… Essentially all things paper. Though I have featured the majority of these projects on my design site, I wanted to brand these separately as a site dedicated to all things announcement and invitation related. Essentially, a bride looking at invitations doesn’t necessarily want to go perusing my logo studies and brand brochures, though I’d obviously encourage it 🙂 (Note: This does not mean in any way I’m abandoning all the other projects I do, just another aspect to my design business)

Why pumpkinhead? My mom called me pumpkinhead growing up because my birthday is on Halloween. I also love all things pumpkin, so it seemed oh so appropriate. The fact that I’m launching in October is a happy mistake (mistake in that I’ve had this logo designed for the past year, but the whole getting married thing sidetracked me a bit), but also oh so appropriate. Despite not having officially launched yet, I’m already working on a Florida wedding invitation set and starting a Texas save-the-date and then invitations.

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The very beginning of pumpkinhead…

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


My Client Website Designs

After an unannounced (unplanned) hiatus from blogging, I’m back. Work has been busy and we’ve been enjoying the fall weather (especially after a quick jaunt to Houston this past weekend) here in Denver.

When certain clients approach me for new projects, there are several examples of work they won’t usually find in my portfolio. These include things like banner ads, powerpoints, flyers, and a lot of times active websites. It’s not because I’m not proud of these projects, but mostly because I have less control over the final product. For example, when I build a banner ad, I have very little space and most of the time are using not-so-great web fonts. Or, when I build powerpoints, I have very little control on content, just background images. So, while I have lots of examples of these things, I usually wait for someone to request to see them rather than flaunt them on my portfolio site.

Websites are another animal. I don’t tend to show a lot of active websites to potential clients because honestly a lot of it gets botched in the development. Developers versus designers is another post on it’s own, but the short of it is that developers are usually satisfied with high function while designers clearly care about aesthetic over function. {Note: Designers, care about function, we just believe there is a way to achieve it while also achieving something aesthetically pleasing.} After something has gone through development, it often doesn’t look 100% like I designed it. So, sometimes I show .pdfs of websites from my final designs versus sending the URL’s.

Lately, I’ve been working on so many websites I’ve gotten a bit curious poking around old sites of mine and thought I’d share a few. These sites are ones I still work on occasionally (some, regularly) where I was pretty pleased with the development. This kind of gives you an idea of a large amount of the work I do these days. All of the these sites I designed both the logos and the brand look.

Katz & Louizeaux

Maggie S. Photography

OHM Acupuncture

Mountain Daisy

Brenda Simon Photography

With a lot of the work going interactive these days, it’s harder to keep complete design control. I’ve also had several projects that are confidential throughout the development process. And as a lot of those projects are only in the beginning stages, some are never even fully developed as they don’t receive enough funding. Thus, they’re somewhat stuck in my computer as I’m not allowed to share them. However, I do have several sites that are in progress right now that I’m excited to show you all soon.

Branding & More: Brenda Simon Photography

I met Brenda Simon through her husband, a dentist whose company I had just designed a logo and website for. She wanted to overhaul her brand as well after seeing her husband’s company identity completed. She wanted a fun, youthful, bright look for her photography company, which specializes in children and baby photography. We started with a logo, designed a postcard to place in doctor’s offices, and overhauled the front-end design of her website. The logo is loosely based on an abstracted mobile.

Screen shot of the homepage (forgive my massive browser window). Full site here. This was a fun, quick project because essentially we just gave the site a face lift with her new identity. We left the structure the same, but added her logo, changed the colors, and added the film strip element.

I don’t have any children, but I’d highly recommend Brenda to friends who do, her work is gorgeous. Her home is filled with amazing shots of her children, which I imagine has to be a major plus to being a photographer.