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Babytalk Festival

Happy New Year! 2013 was a very busy year for us here at curious and 2014 is shaping up to be no different with lots of exciting projects on the go.

In a new adventure for curious we are both the clients and the designers on one upcoming project – babytalk – a new pregnancy and baby festival we are organising in February.

babytalk-logo

The festival is a pregnancy and baby event with a difference with a focus on celebration and clear accurate information. We’ll have lots of shopping and interesting exhibitors as well as short baby friendly talks from expert speakers, comedy, music, demos, face painting – the works!

There’s lots more information available on the babytalk website and tickets are on sale now.

We’d love to see you there and please spread the word if you have any friends or family enjoying or expecting a new baby!

Blog Awards Ireland 2013

Blog-awards

Our sister blog – curious casa has been nominated for the Blog Awards Ireland 2013! We are honoured to have also made it onto the long list.

Our category is The Best Blog of an SME business, sponsored by Sage.

The blogging community in Ireland continues to grow and blossom, we have such a wealth of blogging talent for our little size!

Congratulations to all the other bloggers who were long listed. We can’t wait to find out who will make it onto the short list.

berry nice

While Rachel was zooming around in helicopters last weekend, I was having a lovely time in the Sunny South East enjoying strawberries and champagne at the Sunny Wexford Strawberries’ launch party.

Sunny Wexford Strawberries Launch Party

Check out their facebook page for more photos of the day.

Sunnys are campaigning to get their Wexford strawberries onto supermarket shelves around the country. Working with Pivotal Communications we designed and built the new Sunny Wexford Strawberries website.

Sunny website design

The site shares information about the strawberries and their growers and gives users the opportunity to request that their local store stocks the brand. To promote the launch we also created email and print invites.

Print and email invite design for Sunny Wexford Strawberries

We’re really pleased with the results and it was great to see all our work come to fruit-ion at the launch!

Preparing for lift-off…

Last week we shared some photos from our launch party on Easter Saturday. Today we’re writing a little about the planning process, our inspiration and some of the elements which made the day so special.

hunting for eggs and gardens…

The first step in our planning process was a brainstorming session about the type of party we wanted. We are a friendly, creative company and we wanted a playful, pretty and informal party to reflect this. Since we are called curious we thought a treasure hunt would be a fun activity which would allow us to emphasise our name. As we were launching around Easter the initial treasure hunt idea evolved into an Easter egg hunt with afternoon tea.

With our theme in place the search for a venue began.

We needed to find somewhere that suited our style, branding and budget, with a garden area suitable for the egg hunt. This was not an easy task! After lots of research emails and phone calls we finally found the beautiful Conservatory Restaurant in Laragh, Co.Wicklow, with yummy food, a lovely garden and a light-filled conservatory perfect for the props and photos we had in mind.

The Conservatory Restaurant, Laragh

pretty pictures

The next step is one of our favourites – researching and gathering visual inspiration.

Every design project that we undertake, be it an event, website, branding or poster, involves this research stage when we compile images and ideas from lots of different sources.

When we have gathered enough visuals, we combine them into mood boards like the one below. We then decide which ideas we would like to explore and develop.


Image Credits: 1. www.marthstewartweddings.com 2. www.newenglandfineliving.com 3. www.snippetandink.com 4. www.mymagicmom.com 5. www.fortheloveofskinny.wordpress.com 6. www.newenglandfineliving.com 7. www.snippetandink.com 8. www.metmymatch.blogspot.com

make and do…

Armed with our moodboard as a reference, we set to work creating invites, props and decorations based on our branding.

We took inspiration from our logo for the light-bulb photo props, wooden letters and cogs, egg hunt stickers and mini pencils. Our colours of yellow and white were everywhere from our pom poms, balloons, pinwheels and bunting to the bon bons we filled our guests’ goodie bags with.

special guests…

Of course the most important ingredient for any party is some lovely guests!

Thanks again to everyone who attended, young, old(er) and canine. We hope you all enjoyed our launch as much as we did. See if you can spot yourself below…