Studio tour: Paperfinger

Name: Bryn Chernoff
Location: DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) | Brooklyn | New York City
Company: PaperfingerModern Calligraphy & Hand-Drawn Design

What is your aesthetic? Organized | Tasty | Comfortable | Contemporary | Natural | Spacious

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? A place for everything and everything in its place. It’s important to me that when I walk into my studio each morning that it is the kind of space that makes me excited to sit down and start working.  On a clean wooden desk, whatever is spread out while I work looks good in the process. I work mostly to natural light thanks to the large windows. And I get immense pleasure from the organized drawers stocked with pens, inks, paper samples. My studio has pops of color here and there but still has a quiet, graceful feel to it.

Favorite part of your studio? My tackle-box of nibs. It’s my version of a candy store.

Where do you go for inspiration? Children’s books. A photo of myself at age 7 that I keep on my desk. Plants. World wide web.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Harvest, my bookkeeping and invoicing software. I love everything about it. It makes invoicing fun.

I have to give a shout-out to my geeky device that helps me keep straight lines on opaque envelopes, the Phantom Liner.  Oh and one more must-have! My wireless Sennheiser headphones that I wear all day and keep on my head all the way across the office and at the sink while I’m washing nibs.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A giant studio where I could explore larger format work, host events, work with friends, run around.

Anything else we should know? I used to have a radio show called “Plus Size Soul” featuring women vocalists from the first generation of jazz, blues and soul. I relive those days by posting a song to my blog, Paper Tastebuds, every Friday. The music is diverse and is always a song that I’ve been listening to that week in the studio.Via my blog, I also continually add ideas to a wedding gift guide if you’re looking for unique presents. Come visit and listen in on Fridays!

[images from Emily Gilbert]

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Ryan Feerer

These custom portraits from Ryan Feerer over at Elsewares make excellent wedding or shower gifts for the happy couple in your life!

[images by Ryan Feerer]

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New invitations from NicStudio

The lovely Nicole Block of NicStudio has 5 new ready-made wedding suites coming out in June…they’re all pretty swell, but of course, I’m partial to the Brooklyn themed ones.  You can never have too much Brooklyn!

[images from NicStudio]

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Studio tour: SugarB Studio

Name: Kari Becker Beard
Company: SugarB Sudio
Location: Washington DC

What is your aesthetic? I would say my aesthetic is clean, simple and modern.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I tend to create designs, whether they be print or web, that are crisp, clean and modern. I adore white space, little visual clutter and deliberate of use of color.

Favorite part of your studio? The lighting in my studio is fantastic. I get great light throughout the day. Also, I share my studio space with my co-worker Snickers, a rescue greyhound. He finds the lighting to be just right for his grueling nap schedule.

Where do you go for inspiration? When I need inspiration I look through different design and illustration books. I also have a “like it” file, these are things that I have clipped out of magazines, received in the mail or taken home from a favorite restaurant over the years. Living in our Washington, DC,  I can always find amazing architecture from the 1800s to the modern era. It is inspiring to see the way our society can turn something outdated into something new and functional again. Getting out, exploring the city and taking a walk with Snickers also helps clear my mind and come up with fresh ideas!

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I love creating comps and trimming things out. In order for my work to be of high caliber I need to ensure all measurements are exact. The ruler and the exacto knife are the simplest tools that help to verify the quality of my work to ensure the satisfaction of the customer and myself.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I could always use more surface space! I would love to have more flat space to create demos on and be able to layout my work on.

Anything else we should know? Each piece I create – whether it is a wedding invitation, brochure for an event, or website for a business is created for the individual with time and care. My goal when I work with each person is to provide them with the design and creation that best represents them and their need. I love being able to be creative while also providing a service to people. I love my job and take great pride in the things I create. I really love what I do and feel so lucky to be able to say that. I have a few other projects up my sleeve, that allow me to be creative away from my computer. Check out my photo blog: & my adorable hand-knitted baby hats:

[images from SugarB Studio]

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