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Sometimes a high end and exclusive event calls for a different vibe. This invite goes historical in look and feel which generated a spark about the event that stood out for a group of people used to glossy paper and crisp materials. 




Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Wallet pack: A3
Schedule Booklet (folded): A4
Flyer: A5

Page Count


Paper Stock

300 gsm
280 gsm

Number of Colors



Hair spray



Blackoak Standard
Baskerville Bold
Baskerville Bold Italic
Clarendon Black
Cooper Hewitt Heavy
Klinic Slab Black
Klinic Slab Medium Italic
League Gothic Regular
Tenez Black


An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation
An evening onboard the HMS Victory Invitation

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Project Description

Senior board members of a major UK retailer were to meet for a dinner onboard the HMS Victory - Vice Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship during the Napoleonic Wars. As a site of major historical interest, we looked to create a set of invitational materials that reflected this using two color risograph printing on kraft paper and card stock.

The design also aims to that reference the era with a lot of heavy typefaces similar to ones used at the time, as well as incorporating the various ensigns (naval flag patterns) used by the British navy during the battle. For example the horizontal band on the invitation wallet front (and also shown on the back of the schedule) reads 'England Expects Every Man Will Do His Duty' - a message dispatched by Nelson at the start of Trafalgar - the battle which proved a decisive victory against the French. Additional assets were also used to enhance the packs and add further visual interest to the kit, as well as a redrawn historical map (the wallet inner), to help create a sense of anticipation before the event itself.

Produced as a small run of 30 packs, we hoped to create a set of materials that wasn't luxurious or expensive but rather something that was clearly historical with a more analogue and tactile feel - as such riso with it's varying output and registration it created proved a great solution.

Production Lesson(s)

Riso ink can rub off when handled a lot. To account for this we sprayed a hairspray as a clear laquer to help bind the ink to the paper, and prevent any grubby fingers ruining dinner!

Furthermore for each guests name we used a rubber stamp on the invite itself and the wallet - we had to make we had plenty of spares as things can get messy with 30 different names to be set on each pack. We also hand folded each of the packs which required lots of patience and steady hands!

Although the print costs were fairly low it did require a fair of time to prepare each pack. However the client loved it, with some great feedback on how different it was from the usual, more slickly produced print materials they receive. ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

June 27, 2017


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