This January, I wrapped up a big project—creating seven custom A2 greeting cards for Great Northern University here in Spokane, WA. Especially fun was the creative freedom to propose quotes from Scripture, the church fathers, and other believers. They needed to be black and white for economic printing fees. I also created two separate versions of each card—one version with full bleed (printing all the way to the edge) for professional printing, and one version with margins that could be printed in-house on Avery templates or regular card stock.
Every card is either primarily or entirely custom hand-lettered/calligraphed for this project!
I loved the challenge of designing only in black and white. It forced me to add interest in other ways—texture, pattern, and geometry.
It was also a challenge to create designs that matched the regality of an academic institution, as well as the quotes from church fathers themselves.
My two favorites from this set are the quotes from Athanasius as well as Richard Sibbes (above). I’m really happy with the way the geometric waves help convey Athanasius’ quote about Christ being the fountainhead!