When we were approached by the Texas Lakes and Trail Region to create a campaign that helps to market this traveling exhibit, I was excited for the challenge. The design had to be generic enough to travel around the globe, but specific enough to describe the emotion of the subject. Research on this project was amazing, it was a great break from the service industry websites we have been working on and refreshing to dive into our history. For this design, especially, I was led by my emotions and not statistics. The Native American story is beautiful, so I wanted to make this project lovely and with truth.
“Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker are two important names in U.S. frontier history. Much can be learned from the dramatic story of these two courageous individuals. In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann from her family.Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah. After Cynthia Ann was taken back by Texas Rangers, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders both in war and peace. The photo exhibit tells this story of the lives of these two persons caught between two different worlds. The Lakes Trail Region views this traveling exhibit as a way to educate visitors about their lives.“
I used design elements such as a Texas map, sunset colors, and silhouetted buffalo on the horizon. However, I wanted the focus of the logo and the print material to depict the same thing, Quanah Parker. The title of the exhibit suggests he is caught between two worlds. Many of us can easily relate this to our personal lives. And, striving to find the balance between our heritage and our future is something shared by many. Also, our external appearance may show signs of years of experience, this personal battle, amongst other realities. I chose this photo of Quanah Parker, stoic and looking forward for many reasons. I illustrated the photo for the logo, and also kept it visible in the background for impact. I chose the Native American feathers purposefully to represent his heritage while giving a nod to current trends of feathers used in today’s fashions with the air of freedom. I am suggesting that we are not “caught” in two worlds, instead we are free to be part of both as well as representative of both. The font choices are for aesthetics and readability, a little vintage to pull it together and a signature type font to suggest authenticity.
If you see this exhibit in your area, I hope you will take the time to view this amazing story. As I have begun to see the design pop up in places I hadn’t expected, I am excited that I had an opportunity to work on the project. Another fun fact about this project is that we made all the materials into editable PDF’s. At first it is hard to see things changed, but its rewarding to know that communities with limited budgets now have access to modern design and have the ability to share this important story of our past.
Summer is in full swing at enVision. Everything in Texas is moving a little slower and the invitation of the cool water from the lake is so inviting this year. A spring full of rain has been an exciting moment for our lake front community. Things have finally started to settle down. The last year brought a great deal of excitement to our little office. One wedding, two babies, and a new office later… I am here thinking how relaxing this summer has been without planning a wedding, also, our two new mamas are adjusting to the balance family, and we have officially moved into our new office complete with light fixtures and decor on the walls. While I love the moments of work that are fast paced and exciting, I also enjoy the time to just be creative and free. We are ready to begin the next publication design, writers are finishing up stories, photographers are clicking away, and our advertisers are all set. So, just for a moment while writing this post, we are going take a moment to celebrate a sweet summer.
There are certain moments in your life that you can say without a doubt serve as a beginning or an end to a Chapter. Last night was definitely a moment where I felt a new chapter beginning. After a year of closing a few doors and evaluating our surroundings, enVision has grown on a solid foundation and we were ready to celebrate. We often sit behind our computers and create, but last night we invited the community to our ribbon cutting and grand opening event for our new space and I couldn’t have been more proud to be a part of enVision Creative Services. Being a small business owner is a weird place, it is hard work with countless hours and often has more pressure than I feel am able to handle at times, but at the end of the day you just celebrate anyway.
We took some time to look back on how far things have come, how they have evolved and the positive impact we can have. I have been told many times to not take business personal, and I have to agree, but I have yet to learn how an artist who puts her heart and soul into her work does that. But by the support we received last night I think I recognize that it’s okay to give something everything you have because it just makes the return that much greater.
Last night with our families by our sides we cut a ribbon, to most it is only a ribbon, but to us it symbolizes a bigger start, more support, opening our doors even wider, and expanding our reach. Thank you to everyone who came, and also to those who couldn’t, we know you were there in spirit. We look forward to working with you. We look forward to growing your businesses. We look forward to highlighting the community, and we look forward to continuing to express ourselves creatively through our careers and nurturing our families. Thank you for allowing that to be a reality and thank you for being the place we call home, Granbury.
Choose us for your next creative project, and if you don’t have one, dream one up. Life is short.
As a photographer, it is always fun to get out of town, even if it is just down the road. There is something about seeing new scenery that brings the rush of looking though a lense to another level. Recently I went to Downtown Fort Worth with my Nikon and a 50mm 1.8 lense, to do some street photography. Here are few of my favorites:
Page layout and design is one of our favorite things, from organizing the pages to placing pictures and text together on a page to create art, we love it all. Putting art in a form that you pick up with your hand and it tells a literal and visual story, there is nothing more fun to me. With the growth of our web based clients doing these pages of printed magazines is a treat. Paper and print media is not going away anytime soon in central Texas. Publishers have started to produce better quality and put and emphasis on good design, good paper choices, and beautiful photography. Check out our latest magazine design below.