party invitations - Look Who's Turning Two

Tags: party invitations, bright, two, fun, simple, clean, modern

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comments from Laura:

This type design is perfect for any birthday party theme for the perfect kid who's turning two.

tags:

party invitations, bright, two, fun, simple, clean, modern

colors shown:

sky blue, green, royal, cyan

fonts:

Deming, Cyclone, Learning Curve, Quicksand, Futura, Archer

design inspired by:

A7 Photo Invitation

submitted on:

Jan 24 2012

Edited on:

Jan 28 2012

average score:

2.40

comments:

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party invitations - Look Who's Turning Two by Laura Bolter Design

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Anne on Feb 1, 2012 at 1:09pm

perfect invite to a adorable childs celebration.

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Carol Fazio on Jan 25, 2012 at 5:23pm
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Like this version, Laura! The photo is working well! Colors working too.

Giselle Zimmerman on Jan 26, 2012 at 4:09pm
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I'm Liking this version too Laura..! The photo fits perfectly.. :) Just a suggestion, I'm seeing a green stroke on the word " TWO" .. I feel like it's kind of distracting, but maybe it's just me..

Ellen Morse on Jan 26, 2012 at 5:26pm
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I like this, also the photo looks great in the space

Kimberly FitzSimons on Jan 27, 2012 at 4:15pm
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Hey Laura! Love this. Just one suggestion...it looks a little squished. I would consolidate "who's turning" and "& wants to" at the very least to make more white space at the top and bottom.

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Laura Bolter Design on Jan 25, 2012 at 8:43am
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Thanks Susan! The alignment was definitely an oversight! And, I'd been thinking that I needed to simplify the banner. Funny how you need someone to point it out sometimes.

Carol Fazio on Jan 25, 2012 at 9:10am
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I am not opposed to a background, I just think the you might want to try some other color combos. I also think all the type in the vertical rectangle should be reduced in size. It feels squeezed in the space. Please feel free to comment on any of my designs. This shouldn't be one-sided! :-)

Susan Asbill on Jan 25, 2012 at 9:44am
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Hi Laura, it's me again! I was just thinking about this some more and the space on the sides feels extraneous. What if you changed this to a horizontal format card and included a photo? I'm attaching a (very rough) sketch... just throwing the idea out there. It'd probably require moving the 2-4 pm to the information on the right. Also, I agree with Carol that the type is a little tight in the white area, but I don't mind the colors. :)

Natalie Peeples on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:26pm
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I like your simplifications. I think it looks nice now that the type is the focal point!

Laura Bolter Design on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:53pm
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Carol, as soon as I get this finalized, I'm heading over to start looking at yours! :-) Susan, funny, this started out with a photo and when the designing got more complicated I dropped the photo! Guess I should've simplified the type! You are amazing to have taken the time to draw the sketch, upload and share your comments. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Minted designers are amazing, generous people!

Laura Bolter Design on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:54pm
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Is it okay to submit as a type design alone as is or with girl colors, and then also as a photo card? Or are those too similar to post for the same challenge?

Susan Asbill on Jan 25, 2012 at 1:10pm
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I like it with the photo. What do you think? Of course, I'm sure you want to get additional feedback. :) My husband is from Lenexa, btw.

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Laura Bolter Design on Jan 25, 2012 at 8:29am
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Carol, thanks so much for your continued comments! I'm wondering what you think about a textured background. It just feels like it lacks structure without a background.

Susan Asbill on Jan 25, 2012 at 8:31am
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I like the simplifications. A couple small nits... I don't think you need the "IS" after "CHRISTOPHER". Also, I wish the RSVP info aligned on the right side too.

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Laura Bolter Design on Jan 24, 2012 at 9:44pm
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You guys are awesome! Thanks for the comments! I guess I'm trying too hard, and need to focus on keeping it simple. I'm going to leave it for now at this and look at it in the morning. The help is much appreciated!

Carol Fazio on Jan 25, 2012 at 5:25am
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Much better, Laura! I still think the colors aren't there yet. Maybe it's the blue background? Something. You are losing the light type on the bottom too. I'd go to the next weight.

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Laura Bolter Design on Jan 24, 2012 at 3:20pm
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Been spinning my wheels on this all day and would love any suggestions! Thanks!

Carol Fazio on Jan 24, 2012 at 7:32pm
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Hi Laura, I like what you're doing with the type combinations, but I find the colors to be distracting as well as the diamonds on the side and stripes in the background, although I know you are trying to create a festive, fun background. You really want people to focus on the copy. Try a plain white background and then really focus on noodling your type. I'd also pare down your color palette, 2 blues and the green are nice. Simplify the bottom block to maybe one color and gray. Just my two cents here.

Elaine Stephenson on Jan 24, 2012 at 7:48pm
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Yeah, I agree with Carol & suggest you try to simplify things. You could maybe leave the bkgd blue, but I'd take away the stripes, diamonds & the top & bottom borders. & maybe not have a color block surrounding the bottom info..hope that helps! It's got lots of energy!

sarasponda on Jan 24, 2012 at 7:50pm
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I agree with Carol - I like the type treatment, but I'd ditch the background, diamonds and stripes, since they distract from the message.