the wine goddess

While in Chicago, T and I worked with Rick. Within the first few weeks of our job, he announced that I needed to be friends with his wife. And he was right. The first time I met Diana Hamann she compared our wine to Dolly Parton. She is hysterical, real and a great mom. She is also an incredible expert on wine. After working in for she ventured out on her own, working as a sommelier and teacher in Chicago. She opened The WIne Goddess in Evanston, IL in late 2012. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to revamp her logo. wg for blog

I loved the image of Venus as the goddess, but did not love that it begged to always be in the upper left hand corner. Below was my original presentation to Diana.

wine goddess logo page


The new round "seal" can be placed anywhere. And the type works well with so many of their materials.

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We miss seeing the Hamanns, but are so thankful for that fateful introduction. And if you are ever in Chicago, you MUST stop by the store. If you are worried about your kids being bored, there is a train table to keep them occupied while you imbibe.


vintage printable


Vintage printable is an excellent site for exactly what you think: vintage printables. The library is well categorized and easy to navigate. The above image is from the science section.

Featured fonts are Duke (another from Lost Type), Baronesse and Barnyard. Once again, the all caps are kerned out significantly. Baronesse is delicate and nice smaller than it's partner. And I am a sucker for a nice silhouetted object in any layout.

More from Vintage Printable below:

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font and image friday

lomax-cover I am a font and vintage image junky. Since the era of the internet (yes .. I am old enough to remember having to go to the library to search for images. Microfiche anyone?) I am blown away at how many sites there are with thousands of digitized images. Library of Congress is obviously the pinnacle of catalogued data. All pictured here are from the Lomax Collection. Aren't they wonderful?

There have always been free fonts on the world wide web, but these days really really good type designers are offering their work for free or for a small donation. Lost Type has gorgeous, incredibly meticulous fonts. Featured here are Wisdom Script and Homestead.

Design hints:

Homestead begs to be in a light color over an image due to the fabulous transparent patterns imbedded in it's display mode. Any font in all caps, particularly a squatty font, should be kerned out. I have Homestead up to 200. All-cap fonts also look great with structured script fonts. Wisdom is perfect as is, or great layered with its own outline. A quick note when using hairlines (like those on either side of "collection") ... always go with 0.5 stroke or lower. A thick hairline tends to clunk-up a layout.

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