Archive for September, 2010

A Rainbow of Joy at Color Me Katie

September 28th, 2010

A recent personal setback gave me a resurgence of love and admiration for blogger Katie Sokoler and her colourful world documented at Color Me Katie.

Having grown up a shy, quiet girl in a family with traces of depression, Katie chose to be a photographer, a mouse freeing vegetarian, daily life observer and outwardly positive personality.

I share her sunny outlook, understand her obsessiveness for pet cat Moo (introducing puppies Parker & Basie) and am fortunate enough to also have an enthusiastic participant in my own creative adventures (introducing husband Simon). If only I could take a halfway decent photo and learn the patience of meticulously cutting tiny paper shapes to arrange on my walls and I’d be set.

I will adopt her ‘why grow up’ mentality and feel less guilty about collecting colourful otherwise throwaway objects to give them pride of place in my home. So much inspiration!

For your daily dose of the joy… x Zed.

A Sea Circus of Pretty Pastels in Bali – Rachel & Luke

September 22nd, 2010

This mood board was created with Rachel and Luke’s playful nature and contemporary sense of style in mind, set against a spectacular Balinese wedding backdrop. As a guest, when travelling to a destination wedding as exotic as Indonesia, it becomes not only an unforgettable event but also an excellent excuse for a much needed holiday. As hosts, it is a thoughtful touch to make ease of getting to and around the wedding weekend’s events. Therefore each concept presented to the couple was designed to generate excitement, help guests make the most of their time away and ensure ease of travel. With an edible of palette of candy coloured hues, married with clever, cost effective printing processes, the essence is tropical citrus by the waters edge.

Row 1. Vintage Stamp Cover, Layered Pastel Coconut Pound Cake by Martha Stewart Weddings, Tatler Photoshoot by Luis Monteiro, Etsy Find: Dotty Garland on Apartment Therapy Los Angeles. Row 2. Vintage Camera, ASOS Untitled by Marque Creative, Watermelon Refreshment styled by Jen Everett, Mason Jars at A Pink Vintage Wedding on Once Wed. Row 3. Guestbook Idea from Martha Stewart Weddings, Stamps of Approval from Martha Stewart Weddings, Notebooks by O-Check, Real Invitations – Chris + Emma’s Vintage Texas Cactus Invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper.
Row 4. Beach Lounging photography by Amanda Pratt at Kate Ryan Inc., Bridesmaids, Luxury Poolside, Return Address Stamp from Primele on Etsy.

Z is for Zealous Poster

September 20th, 2010

When our friends at Digitalpress approached Zed & Bee to be part of a poster exhibition and potential collateral series for their business, we jumped at the chance.

Digitalpress asked 26 of their favourite design studios to submit a poster with their creative take on a letter allocated to them. Each studio was to select an adjective that sums up Digitalpress (beginning with their letter) and graphically interpret this word on an A1 sized poster.

Zed & Bee were quite fittingly allocated the letter Z. And the word Zealous came to mind as an accurate description of our relationship with Digitalpress, and a shared enthusiasm for our own and each others craft.

Graphically interpreting the word Zealous is no easy feat. Zed & Bee are certainly avid typography fans and thought there could be no better way to demonstrate our zealousness than by creating a typographic letter BY HAND. Luckily Steve and our buddies at the Penrith Print Museum were only too happy to help us make this concept a reality. A frame was created first in wood, in which hand set lines of metal type were laid. The experience was a fascinating collaborative effort and the result, (like the letter Z) quite stand alone in it’s uniqueness.

The Penrith Print Museum has designed a Typography Programme to give participants the opportunity to go back in time and learn how printing was done prior to the advent of computer based technologies. To book phone 02 9673 1287 or email

‘Lone Wolf Takes a Lady’ Engagement Poster

September 5th, 2010

You can imagine our excitement when Bride to Be Magazine Editor, Amelia Bloomfield, approached Zed & Bee to design her own Engagement Poster.

Impressed by a previous Zed & Bee creation with the same title (on our website), Amelia wished for a vintage movie poster tailored to include her and her partner Hunter’s personalities and colourful courtship. The illustrated kissing couple used was carefully treated to match Amelia and Hunter’s colouring and typical movie poster typographic elements were added for authenticity.

The poster was printed oversized on a gorgeous linen stock with overlaid aged texture, intended for framing in Amelia’s new home.