Signed, Sealed, & Delivered

Below are our save-the-dates inspired by our love for books and fairytales. We decided to go with a two-piece save-the-date because we realized all the old folks (if not every one) love to stick these sort if things on their refrigerators. 

Also, can I just say how great it is to be your own client? Being one's own client is a great way to break the mundane 9-5 routine full of revisions after revisions and pending approvals. Sometimes one needs to just design for oneself & just have fun with it!

I believe in giving credit where credit is due so here it is:

Concept & Design: Nicole Orona (that's me!)  

Photographer: Matthew Reiter

Print Production: Got Print


Portia & Chris

Portia is a dear friend of mine that got engaged around the same time as I did. Being the awesome friend I am, I offered to design her save the dates for her and her fiancé.  

There wasn't any challenge here, thanks to Pinterest there's a ton of inspiration out there. Portia and Chris are having a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Out of which, I sent her the follow examples (found on various posts on Pinterest)  :


Luckily for me, the couple wasn't indecisive. They agreed to go with the "Pack Your Bags" concept. With any design, I strive to make it unique even when referencing existing work. I wanted to put some personality in the wording and the couple loved it. 

I also added some dimension with layering the background layers over the suitcase. As a finishing touch I added a luggage tag with the couple's initials.  


And lastly, to keep the travel theme going and saving a few extra bucks, we decided to  making this design into a postcard. 

Special thanks to Portia & Chris for letting me be part of their wedding journey. Congratulations to you both!


Recap: Art & Design Career Discovery - Speaking Event

Since I got engaged, I've been planning to the most smallest detail (it's the designer in me) that I haven't had the chance to recap my first ever public speaking engagement about design. 

Since I have a moment to catch my breath, I figured I'd share my experience at this event.

To be honest I was nervous. I was drinking a lot of water to hide the shakiness in my voice. Didn't work. To make things worse they were filming the whole thing. Somewhere online lives a video I would probably cringe at just watching myself. There was a room of at least 40 people. Even so, I was still just as nervous. I was asked the typical Q & A questions of what the industry is like, in-house designers versuses agency designers. I got a few head nods that boosted my confidence a little as I was sitting and talking to some of the most intelligent driven people in the creative industry. After the Q&A students were able to come up ask questions themselves. I was surprised and humbled by the students that thanked me for speaking that my answers resonated with them. It was an amazing experience. People always told me that the design industry is competitive and cut throat, although that is true, I never believed that education and knowledge is meant to be kept to ourselves. Seeing what great potential is out there, if we changed these students' mindset of hoping and counting on their peers failures & instead teach them in building a design community to not only better another designer but to better the industry as a whole, that in itself would be far more rewarding than climbing the career ladder by oneself.


Tips on Designing Your Save the Dates

Your venue is booked and it's official, you have your wedding date! Now it's time to start your save-the-dates. Before you get started, here are three components to consider when making your save-the-date.

1. Invest in a Professional Photographer

Although, there are plenty of well-designed save-the-dates that don't use any photography, more than likely your friends and family would love to see a photo of you and your significant other smiling and gazing into each other's eyes without a selfie stick in the way. Choosing to invest in a professional photographer can enhance the overall design with minimal effort. Below are some of photo examples from our engagement session with our photographer Matthew Reiter.


2. Fonts

Fonts are letter forms that like imagery, are used to visually communicate a story. Here are some general tips when selecting your fonts:

  • Stick to 3 fonts or less. Too many fonts can make what you're trying to communicate harder to digest.
  • Check your font sizes. If you can, do a test print at home or the office to test legibility. Things may appear larger on screen.
  • Think about hierarchy. The most important information should be the bigger than less important information. 


3.  Show Some Personality

Taking photos in a field of flowers isn't everyone's style. Your save-the-date is a chance to show your common interests between you and your fiancé. Feel free to get weird. We decided to go with a bookmark save-the-date because we both love books and I've always had a love for fairytales so a whimsical approach suited us.

Our groomsmen & fellow graphic designer who knows both of our personalities and made these fun "edits"...


Hope you enjoyed this blog! Stay tuned for more design tips as I embark on this wedding journey with you!

Bride Goes POP!

My fiancé and I are nerds and have an obsession with Funko POP! Seeing a lot of couples using POP! characters as their wedding cake toppers, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to express ourselves. Searching every corner of the internet for inspiration we also found out that people customize these POP!'s to look like themselves. We loved this idea so much I decided to illustrate what I would like mine to look like. 



First I began sketching. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw a few posts on my instastories. I had to research some existing POP! character's heads and bodies to find what character's head best resembled mine and what dress I could use to make it look like my wedding dress.  

I used Poison Ivy's head as reference since she has a cat eye and side bangs (my signature look) and used Daenerys from Game of Thrones for the dress reference. Out of these references I've created an unique POP! Illustration that resembles what I imagine myself on my wedding day.

Stay tuned to see what I create for my Fiancé Rob!