9 Award-Winning Designs: Invitation Inspiration

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We here at Print would like to invite you to enter in the 2017 Regional Design Annual. The deadline has been extended to May 1. Since we didn’t have the time to hand-craft each and every one of our lovely readers a personalized invitation to join the RDA, we figured these award-winning designs could do the talking for us.

Grab some design inspiration from these incredible cards. From die-cuts to letter presses, these designers when above and beyond the call of invitation duty and as a result have been forever recognized within the pages of Print magazine. You could be next!

Award-Winning Designs: Cards and Invitations

1. 2015 Tipping Point Benefit Invitation


Elixir Design, San Francisco; www.elixirdesign.com: Jennifer Jerde (creative director/art director), Nathan Durrant (designer); Tipping Point Community (client)

2. Fabulous at Fifty—Invitation Suite


Paulo Lapuz Design, Long Beach, CA; www.paulolapuzdesign.com: Paulo Lapuz (creative director/art director/designer); The Lapuz Family (client)

3. Festival of the Elephants Invitation


“The annual Fort Worth Zoo Ball is their largest fundraising event of the year in support of the nonprofit, privately owned zoo. This is an elite affair put on by a committee of top Zoo donors who rely on Schaefer to help execute the annual theme. For 2014, the theme was inspired by the annual Festival of the Elephants in Jaipur, India. The central piece was to be a high-end invitation that would make Fort Worth’s elite excited about coming to the ball.” —Schaefer Advertising Co.

4. HAPPY Card


Cartoon Network, Atlanta: Jacob Escobedo (creative director), Candice House (art director/designer); Cartoon Network (client)

5. Black Bouquet Series: Holiday and New Years Cards


Carpenter Collective, Kansas City, MO; www.tadcarpenter.com: Tad Carpenter, Jessica Carpenter (creative directors/art directors/designers); Carpenter Collective (client)

6. Boo Cat Club, www.boocatclub.com


Almanac, St. Louis; www.brandalmanac.com: Nathan Sprehe (creative director/art director), Katie Hileman (designer), Angie Winschel, Sarah Truckey (writers); Boo Cat Club (client)

“The name alone is a dream: Boo Cat. It instantly developed a personality. Working with Boo Cat through out brand development process revealed a brand that is hip but accessible, with a bit of irreverent edge. Slightly mysterious and playful, the logo references a keyhole, symbolizing the curious discoveries that await.” —Almanac

7. Save This Date


Matt Hunsberger, Mays Landing, NJ: Matt Hunsberger (creative director/art director/designer); Gina Furnari, Matt Hunsberger (clients)

8. Dear Michael


Go Welsh, Lancaster, PA; www.gowelsh.com: Craig Welsh (creative director/art director/designer/writer); Society of Design (client)

9. Show Me Yours, Show You Mine


Ultra Creative, Minneapolis; www.ultracreative.com: JoEllen Martinson Davis (senior creative), Andy Powell, Bill Burns, Jennifer Sheeler (senior designers), Jennifer Wollak (senior production designer), Eric Forseth (copywriter); AIGA Minnesota (client)

AIGA Minnesota encouraged designers to ‘Show Me Yours, Show You Mine’ for the 2014 Design Show invitation. A beaver, a rocket, a pickle and a doughnut stood beside creative-filed phrases like ‘make it bigger,’ ‘hard copy’ and ‘nice proportions’ to emphasize the purposefully playful theme.” —Ultra Creative