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Nautical Bridal Shower Moodboard

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any snippets of my work so I wanted to show you guys a sneak peek at one of my latest projects for a nautical lobster bake bridal shower on the East coast! How fun is that? :)

We’re aiming for a light and fresh take on the nautical theme with lots of white space—can you say swoon-worthy? We’re working on an invitation, registry card, and recipe card for this project, and I must admit that I’m really loving how things are coming together. The designs are looking good, and I can’t wait to share the final product once everything is said is done!

Nothing makes me happier than helping people throw parties that make their loved ones feel like they are the most important people in the world. If you’re throwing a party for a friend or family member who is unlike anyone else you know and stands out from the crowd in all the best ways, why not make sure their event invitations do the same? Drop me a line for a same-day quote on your next project :)

photos: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5



New Work: Baby Shower Sprinkle Invitations


Just a few short months ago, a client reached out to me to design a baby shower invitation and matching thank you card for her best friend who was expecting her second child. My client had a very clear vision of a lighthearted and low-key event, and we collaborated together to find the best solution for translating that imagery onto paper. This collaboration resulted in an invitation with playful, modern typography and lots of cheerful polka dots.


I also want to note that I had an absolute blast photographing these as well. I secretly love photography and art direction, and any excuse to make and play with confetti is a good one in my book!  It always feels good to step away from the computer for and do some hands-on design work and art direction too :)



Moodboard: Romantic + Fresh

Wedding Invitation Suite Moodboard

The beginning of the year is always jam-packed with bridal shower and wedding invitation projects, but this year’s collection of projects is especially lovely! While I can’t share all of the details yet, I promise you the designs I’ve got in the works are nothing short of delightful. Let’s just say there’s a lot of very pink projects over here ;)

Since we’re coming up on Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share this romantic and adorable moodboard for some wedding invitations I’m working on (for an incredibly fun and energetic couple!). This just might be my favorite moodboard to date! How cute is that couple in the corner? We’re going for a very fresh + feminine look with a modern twist.

There are few things I love more than passionate clients who share my love for cheerful design and crisp, clean typography. Plus, this couple specifically requested a fun ampersand which is pretty much every designer’s dream! :)

flowers // xo cookies // neon sign // cute couple // ampersand // glitter // kitchening & co



Kristy Black Design Website Relaunch!

Kristy Black Design New Website Launch!

I am so excited to announce that I’ve officially launched my new website! It’s been in the works for the past few months (and I even hinted at it in some previous posts), and I’m so happy to finally share it with all of you on the great big interwebs :)

Designing for yourself is one of the hardest projects (ask any graphic designer), but I’m so happy with how far my website has come. I’m sure there will be some more tweaks and refinements down the line, but right now, I’m content. 

While some of the graphic design projects have previously been featured on this blog, there are quite a few brand new projects showcased (including some really fun branding examples) on the site that you should definitely check out!

Kristy Black Design

For now, my blog will continue to exist in the Tumblr-sphere of the internet as it always has since I’ve built up a nice little community of readers here. So there’s no need to worry about tracking down new URLs and whatnot, loyal readers :)

All in all, it feels good to have a fresh new look! Take a look for yourself!

Also, if you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner, blogger, photographer, and/or passionate creator in need of branding, handlettering, or print material, let’s work together! I’m now accepting new clients for March 2015 and onward!


I also wanted to note that this is my 100th post on this blog! What a perfect post to share for the occasion! :)



Valentine's Day Card Printable

Valentine's Day Card

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving snail mail. There is something special about getting mail that can really brighten my day in a way that no email can parallel. That’s why I thought I’d create my own little Valentine’s Day cards to send to those I love this February. Admittedly, another reason is that I’m known to buy holiday cards quite early and then lose them by the time I actually need to send them out (oops!). By creating a printable valentine, I know that I can easily print as many as I need whenever I want.

Printable Valentine's Day Card Detail

Now through Friday, January 23, you can download a free copy of this folded A6 greeting card (offer ended)! If you happen across this post after January 23, 2015 (or you just like supporting graphic designers and local artists), you can also buy a downloadable copy here!




Spreading a little Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Cheer

As a way to spread a little holiday cheer to my readers, I’m going to be giving away 48 original mini watercolor paintings for free! Paintings feature this illustration and are about 3"x3". Fill out the form below to snag yours! Offer is good through Monday, December 15 or until I run out!


No international shipping available—sorry! USPS only. You information will not be redistributed to anyone, it is solely to mail you you this item.



Moodboard: Splash!

Splash Moodboard

I am so excited about this branding design project that I’ve been working on that I just had to share. This is the moodboard for a logo design for a water park/aquatic center. It’s been great to let myself get swept away in a lot of warm, summer visuals since the winter weather is now in full swing. For this design project, we’re focusing on creating a logo and brand that is warm, sunny, and playful without looking too juvenile. The logo will be prominent on location signage, and I can’t wait to see how this new cheerful look will breathe new life into the location. Just one more reason to look forward to summer!



Milwaukee Zine Fest + Jelly Legs Zine Launch!

Milwaukee Zine Fest 2014 + Jelly Legs Zine Launch

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to tell you about my awesome experience at Milwaukee Zine Fest! This recap post was a little delayed because I’ve been a bit busy (and reading this thought-provoking article about why I should probably knock that off), but I’m done making excuses, so here we go!

Prior to attending Milwaukee Zine Fest (MZF), my only experience with this type of event was earlier this year when I got my feet wet in the zine scene in Chicago (Fun Fact: the “big plans for later this year” I hint at in that blog post is referring to Jelly Legs). I had a great time in Chicago, but as with many things Milwaukee, I found MZF to be far more inviting and intimate. Plus, there was beer available at Falcon Bowl and that never hurts either!

I met some incredible writes, illustrators, designers, and all-around inspiring people. It wad able to talk to so many other bike fanatics who were beyond thrilled to get their hands on a copy Jelly Legs Issue #01. In return, I found myself giddy with pre-teen glee as I scurried along the aisles of zines quickly making trades/purchases. Some of my favorite finds include:

  • Neil Brideau’s Write Now & What is This? — Adorable minicomics filled with love and inspiration for children and adults alike. I wish someone would’ve given me Write Now (or told me about zines at all) when I was just a kid who was obsessed with writing.
  • Anna Jo Beck’s Biff Boff Bam Sock Issue 4, Nuptial Edition — I haven’t read any of the other zines in this series, but if they’re anything like this one, I know I’m going to love them! She’s got a killer illustration style, and this particular issue definitely melted my heart. Go pick it up!
  • Eric’s Junk Drawer Zine — This zine was made for me! I had the pleasure of talking with Eric at the event (his table happened to be across from mine), and we quickly realized that we’re pretty much the quirkiest of kindred spirits. We’re both obsessed with junk drawers and ephemera so his series was right up my alley! Only at zine fest can these kinds of oddball connections happen :)
  • Stephanie Lane Gage’s VOID zine — Refreshingly well-designed and fun little zine. However, my favorite purchase (not pictured) is this AMAZING poster I got from her which features her take on Mulder’s famous “I WANT TO BELIEVE” poster. She definitely had some fun playing with the type treatment, and to top it off, portions of it are in glow-in-the-dark ink. To say I’m ecstatic about that purchase would be an under statement. Thanks Stephanie for rocking my nerdy world!

Of course, I got far more zines than those listed/photographed above, but trust me, they’re all gems. Milwaukee Zine Fest, thanks for the incredible experience!

Jelly Legs Zine Stickers


I had heard time and time again at numerous design events that the work you create in a group will always surpass the work you do alone. I always knew there was merit to that statement, but I never took the time to actively seek out those opportunities. When I first started working on Jelly Legs, I was doing it as a solo endeavor. However, shortly after I had started brainstorming what Jelly Legs would eventually look like, I went on the Bike to Brew ride in Chicago. It was on that ride that Iwas reminded of the close-knit comradery of the bike community that I’d come to love. I knew immediately thereafter that Jelly Legs needed to exist in a larger capacity, and the quality and quantity of responses I received (and continue to receive) from this community is absolutely astounding.

I love that sense of community that organically develops when people with similar passions come together. It’s the reason why I feel so lucky to be a graphic designer, it’s why I love zine fests, and it’s a big part of why I love cycling. Jelly Legs is truly the definition of a passion project for me, and I can’t wait to see how it grows and shifts over the years to come.

Be sure to snag your copy and some sweet stickers while they last!

Jelly Legs Zine Store

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Design WORK: Baby Shower Invitations

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any of my design work on here (aside from the Jelly Legs stuff that has consumed my life as late), so I figured I’d share these gems with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you may even recognize these from when I posted this cryptic teaser photo.

I was approached by a friend to create a baby shower invite for her due to the lack of fun, modern options currently available. I immediately knew that this project was going to be one that I could really have some fun with.

Of course, nothing says “PARTY!” like candy and party horns, so I knew I had to set up a photoshoot to capture the mood of these youthful invitations.

Baby Boy Shower Invitation
Baby Boy Shower Invitation
Gender Neutral Baby Shower Invitation
Baby Girl Shower Invitation

Upon completion, she recommended that I sell it on Etsy to provide a great option for people looking for a bold and playful invitation. With her blessing, I made a few other versions and did just that.

If you want to see more photos of these bad boys, head on over to my website and take a peek!