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Rainforest Alliance 2017 Annual Gala Invitation


Production Method

Foil stamp



Toky Branding and Design

Executive Creative Director / Eric Thoelke
Creative Director / Katy Fischer
Designer, Illustrator / Kelcey Towell
Project Manager / Laura McCarthy
Geoff Story / Copywriter



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A challenging format, an ambitious print run, and a detailed design come together quite seamlessly in this invitation celebrating a big anniversary, bringing together the love and attention evident within the organization to paper and ink. 



Rainforest Alliance

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Production Cost

Production Time

2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

8 × 8 in.

Page Count


Paper Stock

Cougar 100C Smooth, White

Number of Colors



Holographic foil




Heroic Condensed


Rainforest Alliance 2017 Annual Gala Invitation

Rainforest Alliance 2017 Annual Gala Invitation
Rainforest Alliance 2017 Annual Gala Invitation
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Project Description

In 1986, a small group of volunteers formed an alliance to protect our rainforests from destruction. Thirty years later, the group that would become Rainforest Alliance is celebrating three decades of international alliances and accomplishments. TOKY worked with the non-profit to create a celebratory collection of 30th anniversary gala materials.

This year’€™s gala was a celebration of the alliances on which the organization is built, bringing individuals, groups, and businesses together to make a difference in our world. Designed as a circle, the invitation itself is symbolic of the inclusiveness of these important bonds.

Inspired by volvelles —€” analog wheels that spin to align one idea with another —€” we created a tactile invitation that recipients can turn to create messages of celebration and harmony.

Echoing the theme of alliances, the word “together” is prominently placed across the center of the invitation in holographic foil. This iridescent splash is a subtle nod to pearls, the traditional 30th anniversary gift.

We carried over the look and feel of the invite to a full suite of event materials, applying the same kaleidoscopic imagery, type, and colors to the program, place cards, and more.

Production Lesson(s)

This invitation was a lesson in registration. Early on in the design process, we knew that we wanted to work with the volvelle as a medium. Our challenge was to incorporate the cyclical messaging around the perimeter of the circles, while also using the layers of circles to form the singular message, "together". We put our printer and finisher to the test — the circles had to be cut with fine precision, the foil had to align across three layers of paper, and the grommet had to be placed in perfect center to ensure proper registration. Together, with our vendors, we were able to develop a technically challenging, interactive, gala-worthy, and fun invitation to commemorate Rainforest Alliance's 30 years of serving the planet. ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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June 12, 2017


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