For the past three years I have been studying software engineering at the University of Washing, Bothell. I enjoy the technical challenge immensely. I like to think of my self a somewhat of a creative person and while programming is expressive and requires creative solutions, sometimes I feel the urge to fall back on to my more artistic roots and put my Bachelors of Arts from Digipen to good use.
Over the holiday I proposed to my girlfriend and amidst the initial wedding planning and seeing dollar signs, I thought it was a little ridiculous to spend a few hundred dollars on Save The Dates — essentially a post card that will hang on someone’s refrigerator for a few years (I still have my cousin’s from 2012 on the garage refrigerator). I figured, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on something, I might as well try and design and have them printed my self.
I love national parts. I have been collecting national park stamps for about three years now. I have travelled across the country to collect these stamps. They are just a small token to remember all of my trips and who I got to experience them with. One think I have always liked about national parks are the vintage signage — the postcard, posters, books, signs — they all have a distinct feel to them. So as I started to think about a design for our Save The Dates I kept the vintage feel of national parks in the forethoughts.
Part of my family lives in Kalispell, Montana. It a beautiful part of the state and country. The proximity to so many things I love about life and the outdoors. Additionally, it is located just south of Glacier National Park. One of the few parks that I have every stamp collected for. My fiancée and I also have decided that Kalispell is where we would like to get married, so designing a Save The Date focused on Glacier NP just made sense.
It went through a few iterations, but ultimately this is what I ended up with. The front is the image-filled retro text over another scenic photo. Both photos were taken by myself on one of my many trips to Logan Pass on the Going to The Sun Road. The rest was kept simple, not to make the card feel crowded.
I was going for a true postcard feel, so the flip side was designed to imitate vintage postcards from national parks. Now, since we were going to be actually mailing these through the postal service, I need to ensure that they fit the specifications for a postcard put forward by the postal service.
After waiting a week for them to be printed, this was the final postcard. We both were happy with how they turned out and cannot wait to mail them out.
Thanks for the read,