Behind The Scenes – Building Our 2015 Catalog

By Maria G., Product Designer, Graphique

I always find it fascinating when I see products I designed come alive from a sketch to a real life product. Very few people get to see the nitty gritty that goes into the making of a catalogue, and believe me, there’s a lot of nitty and a whole lot of gritty.  Here’s a step by step process for creating some of the intro pages for our upcoming 2015 catalog…with a little help from New Kids on the Block.

Step 1:  We can have lots of fun—Buy super cute coffee mug. Now this step is very important, as it will set the tone for your entire process. At least, that’s what I like to tell myself.

 Step 2: There’s so much we can do—We put together a top-secret board for our own internal use. This usually gets the ideas flowing, and it also helps us have an excuse to use Pinterest during work ours. Buhuhaha.

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Step 3: It’s just you and me— It’s a lot more efficient for me to sketch out what I am imagining so that Kristina (our photographer) can have something to go by when she has to do photo-shoots.  Because believe me, when the time comes and I have to explain, it’s as if I forgot all my words. So sketches are helpful. This way I can point to her and mumble.

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Step 4: I can give you more— Now we photograph. And photograph. And one more time…photograph.

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Step 5: Don’t you know that the time is right. Huh! — Once all the shots are taken and magically made beautiful, I lay out the page. And bibbidi, bobbidi, boo! We have an intro.  Now that wasn’t so hard!

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Ok there might be some slight panic attacks in between, some trips to go buy shoes to help with the panic attacks, but no need for you to know this.

P.S. If you don’t know what song I used… we can never be B.F.F’s. Sorry mom.

 

 

Top 5 2014 Spring Trends Seen On Pinterest

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“It’s spring fever… And when you’ve got it, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
― Mark Twain

Small town squares and big city boulevards everywhere are brimming with the rites of spring right now. There is a veritable army of happy-go-lucky mannequins waving at us from each store window…”Wear color again, please!” they plead, as they promote patterns and punchy paraphernalia. Yes, it’s finally time to pack up our woolies and get with the program…so celebrate Spring 2014 with us at Graphique! Here’s a look at the hottest trends in fashion and accessories – all the cool mannequins are sporting these!

1.    Polka Dots

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Pack a punch with Polka! This trend has a lovely sense of humor, an uplifting vibe that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is always classic. These darling dots show up both large and small this spring. Ours adorn our “Love Many Things” iPad cover, our purse notes and more. Where will yours pop up?

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2.    Chevron

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“The chevron pattern is both a trend and a tradition- when used properly and sparingly can have a dramatically wonderful aesthetic appeal that will never go out of style.” Kristen Morrison – fashion blogger

Yes, Charlie Brown was ahead of his time donning his chevron patterned jumper! While this trend has been floating around a while, it’s a testament to universal appeal that it it’s still popping up and down on everything from blouses to bedding and beyond! We love our Chevron Stylus pen and boxed note sets for men & women alike!

3.    Tribal
“Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land…” – Duran Duran

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There is something mystical about tribal prints. Not for the fashion faint of heart, these bold geometric patterns were the world’s first storytellers. This season, notice tribal influences everywhere, as bold colors in bright greens and vibrant orange tones announce the arrival of balmy weather. Pair your ensembles with our equally bold IPhone covers for a look that is nothing short of fierce.

4.    Floral
“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” – Luther Burbank
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Once again, blossoms  beguile us this Spring, with a celebration of all things floral! There is no place this trend doesn’t elicit a smile…behold our favorite Graphique blooming beauties!

5.    Blush Pink
“…everything should be available in the color pink, including monster trucks.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

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We wholeheartedly agree that pink is perfection, and this spring it shows a tender side in the hue of blush. Call it romantic, preppy, or plain ol’ pretty – just make sure to have something pink on your person or in your purse this Spring!

So get out into the world and breathe in the scent of Spring…change is in the air, and we at Graphique are eating our lunch outside today – even if it rains!

Umbrella kiss“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables