You may remember that I once worked as a designer for Beans and Strings, a local music school with a full-service coffee bar. My old friends Eric and Vanessa Foster-Whiddon started the company in January 2010, and since then it has grown into the most popular live-music destination in town, as well as the most popular coffee shop in the county.

Fortunately for both of us, they’ve done well enough that they are now selling their own packaged blends of coffee via Grassroots Coffee, a shop in Thomasville, Georgia that also roasts and sells custom lends. Eric asked me to design the packaging, which, though exciting, was a first for me.

After going back and forth, this is what we came up with. (Note: 1-2-Ready-Go! is a collaboration between myself and Eric; my elements, his implementation).

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I’ve got some really cool shots of the final packaging coming, so stay posted (I’ll just say that we make some pretty creative uses of recycled guitar strings). If you’re interested in the coffee, here’s what they’ve got:

1, 2, Ready Go

  • Mild medium roast nutty and caramel notes with a light chocolate body.
  • Make-up: 80% Central American 20% South American beans

Blue Note

  • Bright and citric up front with a medium body, made up of earthy and cocoa notes.
  • Make-up: 50% Central American 50% African beans

Elvis Ate Dinner

  • Dark Roast, with light hints of caramel and sweetness up front with a thick body made up of earthy notes and slightly burnt raspberry
  • Make-up: 50% Central American 50% Indonesian beans

Find out more about purchasing the beans via @beansandstrings on Twitter, by following Beans and Strings on Facebook, or by calling Vanessa at (229) 985-0093. Or you can check out their site.


Amory-Warburg Wedding

Jami Lyn and I are excited about heading back to the coast weekend, but not for the usual reasons. Sure, (no. 1 in the country) Georgia Southern has a football game Saturday, and sure, we’ll take any and every excuse to go back to Savannah, but this weekend in special. Because, on Sunday afternoon my little sister Allison is getting hitched! We couldn’t be happier for her and Brian, and I was honored that they asked me to design their invitations and wedding programs for them.

Above is the wedding title, used as the invitation and the cover for the programs. Her colors are blue and yellow (think Georgia Tech’s old gold and navy, Brian’s alma mater) and she’s an artsy gal, so I got the chance to doll it up a bit. She’s also a big fan of birds.

Congratulations to you both! We can’t wait to see you guys on your big day Sunday.