Women’s Board Gala Invitation

Our project brief tasked us with creating an invitation suite for an event. I chose to create a set of invitations to The Women’s Board of Chicago’s annual fundraising Gala hosted at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Client: Women's Board
Services: Print, Experimental Mediums

Origins

This invitation set was created to celebrate an annual meeting of one of Chicago’s biggest philanthropic powerhouses, The Women’s Board of Chicago. Class and poise were two of the intangible ideals I wanted it to encapsulate; The Field Museum stood alone as a contender for the event space. The visual direction for this invitation set was inspired by the architecture and ornate detail of Stanley Field Hall and Balcony in atrium of The Field Museum of Natural History.

Elements from The Grainger Hall of Gems and the natural gold flecking found in minerals around the museum were used as textural and color inspiration. Blue agate was inspired by pieces in the collection but also ties in the blue of The Field Museum’s identity in a subtle way. Neenah Paper carried an off-white, gold flecked cardstock that encapsulated the “high-end-ness” of the event while tying in the gold as well.

Invitations

The invitation set for this project encompassed multiple pieces all delivered to the attendee (and their plus one) in an ornate box. Each piece was designed with an intentional look back at The Field Museum and was created for user interaction. The collection is comprised of a ticket with an agate “fob” to serve as an entrance key, a Save The Date,  an RSVP card, an itinerary that doubles as a map of Chicago, and a formal invitation modeled after the intricate nave grounding Stanley Hall.

For Print Only

The gold foil was applied to mimic the flecking of gold found naturally in minerals. The aubergine paper was chosen to reflect the refractions found inside the 97 Carat Ruby Topaz housed in the Grainger Hall of Gems. The natural green was chosen to mirror the origin of all elements in the Field Museum: our Earth. The peep-through envelope sleeve and the RSVP are modeled after the skylight in the atrium.

Origins

This invitation set was created to celebrate an annual meeting of one of Chicago’s biggest philanthropic powerhouses, The Women’s Board of Chicago. Class and poise were two of the intangible ideals I wanted it to encapsulate; The Field Museum stood alone as a contender for the event space. The visual direction for this invitation set was inspired by the architecture and ornate detail of Stanley Field Hall and Balcony in atrium of The Field Museum of Natural History.

Elements from The Grainger Hall of Gems and the natural gold flecking found in minerals around the museum were used as textural and color inspiration. Blue agate was inspired by pieces in the collection but also ties in the blue of The Field Museum’s identity in a subtle way. Neenah Paper carried an off-white, gold flecked cardstock that encapsulated the “high-end-ness” of the event while tying in the gold as well.

Invitations

The invitation set for this project encompassed multiple pieces all delivered to the attendee (and their plus one) in an ornate box. Each piece was designed with an intentional look back at The Field Museum and was created for user interaction. The collection is comprised of a ticket with an agate “fob” to serve as an entrance key, a Save The Date,  an RSVP card, an itinerary that doubles as a map of Chicago, and a formal invitation modeled after the intricate nave grounding Stanley Hall.

For Print Only

The gold foil was applied to mimic the flecking of gold found naturally in minerals. The aubergine paper was chosen to reflect the refractions found inside the 97 Carat Ruby Topaz housed in the Grainger Hall of Gems. The natural green was chosen to mirror the origin of all elements in the Field Museum: our Earth. The peep-through envelope sleeve and the RSVP are modeled after the skylight in the atrium.