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Eightyone Design Christmas Cards 2009

Eightyone Design Christmas Cards Design

Well, time has certainly flown, it doesn’t seem that long ago we were designing our 2008 Christmas cards! Unlike last year, we were particularly organised this year and started designing our 2009 Christmas cards in early November. We were already developing Christmas artwork for clients so whilst we were in the full festive flow (with “Jingle Bells” playing loudly and mince pies and hot chocolate on hand) we thought we’d get down to work and create the Eightyone Christmas cards.

We received some great feedback from our blogger friends on last years cards so decided to keep the design in keeping with our brand, particularly focussing on the shapes of our logo. During the development of last years card we mocked up a version of the design using our company colour green as the backdrop. We decided not to use this colour at the time as we thought it wasn’t very ‘Christmassy’. However, I think I regretted this decision all year as I really wanted our cards to stand out. So it was already decided that we would use green as the backdrop and once again utilise the shapes of the Eightyone Design logo.

After trying several ideas (snowman, Christmas pudding, stars and even snowflakes) we decided on a bold yet simple ‘JOY’ design. We thought it followed on well from last years cards once again utilising the circle shape from the logo.

eightyone design christmas card design 1

Having already decided on the green background so far felt that the best colour to work with that backdrop was white. After looking endlessly at the design, we still weren’t happy with the card. We felt that it was a little too similar to last years cards so we put down the project for a couple of days and on our return unanimously decided that it was the size that we weren’t happy with. We therefore decided to go for a square card as we thought this better suited the bold design.

eightyone design square christmas card design

We are always apprehensive about colour and as the green covered the majority of the card we wanted to make sure it was perfect so ensured we got a proof before we commissioned a full print run. The colour on the proof was spot on so we were pleased to get the card printed in mid November rather than the usual two weeks before Christmas.

eightyone design Christmas card design

eightyone design Christmas card design

As usual the inside of the card was left clean and simple with ‘Season’s Greetings’ and our logo, the back of the card holds our contact details.

It was great to have time on our side for this years Christmas cards and to have the luxury of taking time to step back from the design rather than having to rush to the printers with the first idea that comes to mind. Client projects always come before our own and this often causes us to rush our own projects meaning we don’t always have the time to spend on  our own projects as we would like. 

What do you think of our Christmas card design? Do you think they look ‘Christmassy’ enough? Do you feel that you don’t always have the time you’d like to spend on your own design projects as you do for client projects?

Posted by Lu

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Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 10:33 am
Posted In Branding, Personal Projects, Print Design | Tags: , ,

4 Responses to “Eightyone Design Christmas Cards 2009”

  • Great Christmas card! Nice, simple concept, retaining your own branding along with a Christmas message. I know exactly what you mean about having little time for your own design / promotion / Christmas cards – I’m in the same position, and my Christmas greetings will be emailed out in the next couple if days. The clients come first, as you say! Have a great Christmas.

  • Lu says:

    Thanks Peter we’re pleased! You’re right the client always comes first!

    Have a great New Year!

  • Very nice, but I still have a penchant for last years design :)

  • Steve says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for the feedback – I too am quite keen on last years design!


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