Socialology’s Academia-Inspired Business Stationery

Nikki from Akula Kreative sent over this academia-inspired stationery suite that she designed for a wedding and event planning business – and the whole suite is absolutely stunning from start to finish! The color palette of bright orange and gray is so much fun, and the dictionary-theme letterpress printed business cards? So good!

Academia-Inspired Business Stationery by Akula Kreative via Oh So Beautiful Paper (8)

From NikkiJasmine, the owner/founder of Socialology, came to us with a Pinterest board filled with orange, salmon, gray, and taupe images, all inspired by academia. The photographs of pencils, erasers, vintage books, and dictionary pages in conjunction with her company name, Socialoogy, made it obvious from the get-go that we’d have the opportunity to expand on a theme with endless possibilities. From the edge painting and cotton paper to the four printing processes it took to make it, this stationery suite is all about quality and attention to detail.

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First, we had to do something about the name.  The suffix “-ology” means “the study of,” so “Socialology” refers to “the study of being social.” An academic name for an academic theme. The hurdle, however, was getting people to SAY it correctly, as it was—and is—a bit of a tongue twister. And so we set out to create a logo that would not only be easy to read, but it would have to instruct people how to pronounce it. Enter Andy Luce, who created the beautiful lettering for the first half of the name. He actually came up with options for the entire name, but in the end we landed on a combination of calligraphy for “social” and a serif font for “ology.”

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To drive the idea home, we went with a dictionary-themed business card. On the front, we used a multi-level sculptural die to deboss the “book plate” area around the logo. On the back, we letterpress printed the contact information in the form of a dictionary entry, complete with pronunciation cues, part of speech, and definition. In the bottom right, we foil-stamped a dictionary tab.

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The postcard-style correspondence card mimics a library catalog card, using the phone number as the reference number. The red tab reads “This book was catalogued on” and leaves a space for a date stamp. At the bottom of the letterhead, we repeated the dictionary-style layout and orange tab, but our favorite feature is the ghost-like quality of the pattern that becomes visible when you hold it to the light. To top it all off, we ordered handmade fabric portfolio folders that Jasmine can use when presenting to potential clients. The outside features a blind deboss logo, and the inside features pockets for the 4″ x 1″ business card and a custom-made client intake form.

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Thanks Nikki!

Design: Akula Kreative

Custom Calligraphy: Andy Luce

Printing: In to Ink and Senekeo

Photo Credits: Caroline Tran

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #14 | Gilded

Everything looks better with a little gold foil, don’t you think?

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration: Gilded via Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Belinda Love Lee for Christina Yan; 2. Commando Group for Krohn; 3. Catherine Dimalla for Jeopardy Magazine; 4. Buro Ofho via Lovely Stationery; 5. Queen of Spades via FPO; 6. Kate McLaren

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Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #13 | Pattern Play

Business Card Ideas and Inspiration: Pattern Play via Oh So Beautiful Paper

These days I’m loving bright pops of color and all kinds of patterns for business cards!

1. The Millswyn floral business cards; 2. Jessica Comingore, printed by Presshaus LA; 3. High Five Factory; 4. Paper & Stitch, design by Create Like Crazy and letterpress printed by 42 Pressed; 5. Fiji Airways; 6. Dingbat Press plaid business cards

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Aubri’s Pink + Gold Foil Business Cards

Designer Aubri Duran sent over her new business cards, and the combination of chipboard, hot pink foil, and shiny gold foil accents is so exuberant! Just the photos of her lovely cards make me smile, so I can only imagine how pretty they must be in person!

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From Aubri: These are my dream business cards! I rebranded myself at the end of last year and this year was all about redoing my website and getting the perfect business card to go with my new look.

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I love the luxe of cotton paper but I decided to go with the natural chip board because I wanted an organic element but also wanted to mix it with the pretty foils. A shiny gold foil was a must for me but for my second color it was either going to be pink or turquoise. After looking at lots of swatches I went with the pink and LOVED it!

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Thanks Aubri!

Design: Aubri Duran

Printing: Genuine Letterpress Inc.

Photo Credits: Ben Peacock Photography

Kelsey’s Modern Hand-Lettered Black + White Business Collateral

I love business cards in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but sometimes you just can’t go wrong with classic black and white. Freelance designer Kelsey of Pinegate Road Designs sent over the materials that she designed after rebranding her blog and personal identity, and I’m loving the crisp design and hand lettered elements. But my favorite part? The little space for notes on the back of the business card – total genius!

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From Kelsey: I’m currently working towards my MFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I freelance on the side under the name Pinegate Road Designs and have a soft spot for hand lettering and photography. I recently rebranded my blog and personal identity, and I wanted my stationery to go along with the new brand system.

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Lately I’ve been inspired by natural elements, my hand-lettering practice, as well as a clean and modern sensibility. My stationery includes a hand lettered postcard sealed in a vellum envelope with a custom sticker, as well as new business cards that I designed myself and were letterpress printed at Cotton Paperie.

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Modern Hand-Lettered Black and White Business Cards by Pinegate Road Designs via Oh So Beautiful Paper (1) (3)

Thanks Kelsey!

Design: Pinegate Road Designs

Letterpress Printing: Cotton Paperie

Photo Credits: Pinegate Road Designs