Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

It’s almost the weekend and we’re celebrating with a special two-part post showcasing a duo of creative cohorts that also happen to be partners-in-life. We stumbled across Good South several years ago (c. 2016) as we were prepping for a long weekend Gilded Getaway to Raleigh/Durham. As with many of our sweet sojourns, trying to squeeze in every morsel of eateries, shoppes and other tucked away treasures requires some degree of planning. Yellow Dog Bread Co. popped up in our pre-departure search and led us down the proverbial path (aka the rabbit hole known as the ‘www’) to the husband + wife team of Good South, the brains behind the branding and graphic elements for many ‘Research Triangle’ boutiques, restaurants + food purveyors.

From their adorable Raleigh studio (Love a good renovation story? This is one not to be missed), Chris and Elizabeth Boyette combined a love for all things old and historical into not only their reimagined railroad shed turned postage stamp-sized perfection, but also bespoke branding and identities for companies across the country. Reclaimed elements are the makings of sooo many ‘good’ projects, both architectural and on paper. And if we’re being completely honest, it was their packaging design for Slingshot’s Coffee Caramels that truly stopped us in our tracks – a black kraft wrap with beautiful typography will win our heart every. single. time.

The pair have since relocated, personally + professionally, to our favorite southern city, Charleston. While their zip code for snail mail may have changed, their eye for design has remained a constant. From letterpress to logos, signage to suites, there’s no stopping this creative couple. They also offer services in styling + interiors, and even have art if you happen to be in need of that, too.

In the words of a legendary homemaker, ‘It’s a Good Thing’. And since we can all agree one can never have too many of those, stay tuned next week (if life goes according to plan, because these days, we all know any semblance of normalcy is up for grabs), for the second serving of this super-size story, highlighting the pair’s new(ish) venture, Palmette. Until then, we’ll be ordering some of those coffee caramels, single servings of caffeinated cuteness to calm the nerves in times of global uncertainty.

Images courtesy of Good South.

In the blink of an eye, travel (and let’s be honest, life) has taken on new meaning entirely. We’re optimistic the world will return to a state of normalcy (albeit defined differently from here forward) and we’ll find ourselves navigating new spots in traditional Gilded Getaway fashion. In the interim, like the rest of the country world, we’re relishing the quiet comforts of home while mentally adventuring to places high atop our list ‘to-visit.’

We discovered Vancouver-based Flourist in early 2019 and have since been creatively captivated by a relaunch with beautiful new branding, a picture perfect bakery and an unwavering company mission celebrating supply chain transparency. Originally founded in 2014 as Grain, the team behind the Canadian brand has been dedicated to providing consumers 100% traceable grains, beans and fresh-milled flours, exclusively sourced in Canada. “In a category dominated by opaque supply chains and mysterious origins, Flourist connects people with the sources of their food. Every product can be connected to the farmer who grew it.” In an era where scrutiny of everything we ingest, apply and encounter has become paramount to maintaining health and happiness, you’d be hard-pressed to ask a brand for anything more.

Working in collaboration with creative studio Glasfurd & Walker, the world of newly named Flourist provides not only delicious products, but a visual feast for the eyes. A reimagined brand mark reminiscent of flour mills past is the common ingredient across product packaging, brand signage and the necessary to-go tote. Defined as ‘nostalgic but with a modern touch’, the logo resides on a field of kraft, the most humble of papers in the design world and perhaps a nod to the humble farmers behind each grain and grassy pasture.

Out of their simple and sophisticated storefront, Flourist serves sourdough, sweet treats and specialty coffee in the company of many other menu items to the Vancouver community. If, similar to us, your mouth is watering but the miles are far, Flourist thankfully ships to locations across the United States and Canada. They also have an extensive recipe collection on their site, perfect for work-from-home days when something savory (or sweet) is just what the world demands.

Flourist | 3433 Commercial St, Vancouver, BC V5N 4E8, Canada

Images courtesy of Flourist and Glasfurd & Walker.

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When we first met the team behind Stitch Design Co., 9 Cannon St. was their home, it was a two-man lady operation, their talents freshly tapped. Fast forward more years than can be counted on a single hand – they’ve moved on to bigger & brighter digs, the team has expanded and anyone with a pulse on design knows this crew is crème-de-la-crème when it comes to all things branding + creative. Co-founders Courtney Rowson + Amy Pastre have been behind several of our projects, most recently (circa 2012) having developed all of the visual gilded goodness you see here at TGL. Hence, it goes without saying, our respect runs deep for this dynamic duo and the bustling studio they’ve created in sweet ‘lil Charleston. We’re voyaging down to their city in the South this time next week for a few days of r + r (yes, secret’s out, a shiny new Gilded Getaway Guide is soon-to-debut!), so we thought it only fitting to highlight some of our favorite Stitch projects as we pack our bags, practice our Southern drawl and head for the Lowcountry .

With countless awards + accolades aplenty, (our very own TGL brand mark included here + here,) the work of Stitch Design Co. resoundingly speaks for itself. From spot-on type to hand drawn illustrations, not to mention an unrivaled passion for unconventional materials, these design darlings are truly masters of the mix. You name it, they’ve most likely letterpressed it, printed on it, or in the very least, considered it. We encourage you to take a deep dive into their portfolio, go ahead, pour yourself a cocktail, spend some time up close and personal, and walk away from your screen feeling fully inspired. Fancy yourself a design junkie? Step right up to their online Dribble, pint-sized doses of new work in the queue, certain to satisfy the darkest of design cravings. Oh, and lest we forget, they also have a side gig, aka Sideshow Press, because surely every A-list design studio needs a playground for homegrown products oozing with style, craftsmanship and playful panache.

Have a project of your own that needs some aesthetic punch or creative pizazz? Give the ladies a ring and tell ’em we sent you. Or better yet, happen to be in their ‘hood? Drop by + simply say hello, Southern hospitality is real y’all, and Stitch lives by the golden rule when it comes to delivering Charleston charm.

Stitch Design Co. | 121 Wentworth | Charleston SC

All images courtesy of Stitch Design Co.

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