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Designer Jim Godfrey chose a unique format to lend an air of playfulness to his otherwise restrained 2-color, monogram-driven invitation to his daughter’s wedding. 



Addie & Zach Olsen

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Production Cost


Production Time

3 Weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

card: 4 × 9 in.
inserts: 3.5 × 2 in.

Page Count

Paper Stock

Crane / Lettra / Pearl White / 110C

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Baskerville Italic
Avenir Light
modified form of Mrs Eaves


Addie & Zach Wedding Materials
Addie & Zach Wedding Materials
Addie & Zach Wedding Materials
Addie & Zach Wedding Materials
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Project Description

What do you do when you're a graphic designer and your daughter is getting married? Well, after the parental joy and panic have subsided, you design her invitations. Inspired by Erhardt Ratdolt's beautiful initial caps from the Renaissance, I tried to create something elegant and detailed. I wanted a format that was somewhat unique, to offset the fact that I would print two colors but only on one side of the paper. I sized the invitation to fit into a #10 policy envelope (with the flap at the top), to make it more unique and accentuate the verticality of the invitation. My daughter and her fiancé (and my wife and his parents) loved the design, which was letterpressed at Rowley Press.

Production Lesson(s)

There were a couple of production problems we addressed. First, Rowley Press was concerned about the large area of ink coverage at the top of the invitation and being able to balance that with some of the fine details that printed in the same color. We decided it would be best to move some of those details to the other color plate, allowing him to run the ink more heavily for the lighter green plate. This created a beautiful, solid color background. The second issue to address was the trapping of the darker green vines (which also had some fine detail in their terminals) onto the lighter green. We decided to overprint the vines and only knock out the white in the highlights of the terminals. This worked well, although if you look closely there is a slight difference in color. But it was worth it to avoid the registration issues. ”

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Kelly Cree

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Date Published

September 16, 2015


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