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  • Black Spire Coffee Roasters

    Do you know what Galaxy's Edge is missing at Disneyland? Their very own coffee roasters! Disney has created Galaxy's Edge to be an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. Guests are transported to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. It's like being in your very own Star Wars world. There is Aurebesh (the basic language in Star Wars) all over the walls and in the signage. It's an outpost so there is a marketplace to either get outfitted as a First Order or a Resistance Fighter. There is a cantina that serves unique drinks. There's even a meat roasting shop, where they have converted an old podracing engine into a giant grill. The only thing that is missing in Black Spire very own coffee roasters! 

    I based these Star Wars Coffee Labels on Stumptown Coffee Roasters, originally from Portland, OR. Stumptown is a nickname for Portland because the city grew so fast that when the trees were cleared, the stumps were left for a long time. Supposedly, in some areas there were so many stumps people would jump from stump to stump to avoid muddy, dirty roads. 

    This made me think of Galaxy's Edge because it's on the planet Batuu, but the outpost is named Black Spire. Black Spire Outpost got its name from the towering petrified trees that dot the village, surrounding the land. In Star Wars lore, Batuu is an outer rim planet, near the edge of wild space. 

    Logo comparison: Stumptown Coffee Roasters vs Black Spire Coffee Roasters

    Additional logos. The first one uses Aurebesh writing to spell out BSCR. I noticed in many of the Black Spire Outpost merch, they had the initials BSO. 

    This logo uses the Black Spire Outpost city logo and the Aurebesh writing BSR. 

    Stumptown has a few different paper coffee cup designs. I put a Star Wars spin on these illustrations and used them to highlight different parts of Galaxy's Edge. 

    BB-8, R2-D2, and an R6 Astromech droid.

    Loth Cat from the Marketplace Creature Stall 

    Rathtar logo

    Photo composite of the Loth Cat cup design in front of the Creature Stall. 

    One of the most intricate designs was the Black Spire city design. The Aurebesh above says 'BSCR' and the Aurebest below reads 'Batuu.'

    A Millennium Falcon design highlighting the Smuggler's Run ride. 

    Here's a few other mug designs: 

    Porg

    City icon with the coffee plant going through it—similar to Stumptown's horseshoe.  


    Here's a few of the coffee bean packaging: 

    Thanks for checking out my designs! This was a great passion project while out on maternity. Check out Stumptown's website to learn more about them: https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/

  • Star Wars Baby Shower Designs

    Here are the designs from the Star Wars baby shower. I illustrated popular Star Wars characters, objects, and vehicles and added shading the Adam Grason Gouache illustrator brushes. The invitation was a custom design sent through Paperless Post

    I used a similar design for the guestbook:

    And thank you cards:

    We also made little tents for the dessert table descriptions: 

    The illustrations were then broken out for inspirational centerpiece and table tent artwork:

    I also created 'Wishes for Baby' and 'Advice for the New Parents' cards using the illustrations: 

    In addition, I created tags for the party favors: 

    I had way too much fun designing this for the shower. I've even taken the leftovers and place them into the nursery. 

    Our complete vendor list:
    Printing: The Print Works of Altadena
    Star Wars Onesie Cookies: Lavender's Blue Tea
    Balloon Garland: All Events Prints
    Party Rentals: First Stop Party Rentals
    Desserts: SNACK by Tiffany

  • Star Wars Baby Shower

    My husband and I had a little baby boy back in March. Earlier this year, our friends and family threw us a co-ed baby shower. I wanted to design the event, based on the theme 'Star Wars' and our friends and family were gracious enough to let me. 

    I purchased a balloon garland from All Event Prints. The 'Oh Baby' balloons were from Target. We didn't originally have everything in a tent, but then Los Angeles decided it was going to rain. We rented the tents, tables, and chairs from First Stop Party Rentals

    I made terrariums using moss, wine corks, and various Star Wars action figures and vehicles. Each one was paired with a design I illustrated (using Adam Grason brushes). Because of the rain, we added candles and chargers to all the centerpieces. It ended up warming up so we didn't need to light the candles. 

    I also created table activities for guests: 'Wishes for the Baby' and 'Advice for the New Parents' cards. 

    The guestbook was a poster I created of my different Star Wars illustrations. 

    The party favors were cookies designed and baked by Lavender's Blue Tea

    Desserts were catered by SNACK by Tiffany.


    My husband and I at the shower. 

    My family. 

    There will be another post coming with a close up on my designs and illustrations. 

    Here's a condensed version of the vendor list:
    Printing: The Print Works of Altadena
    Star Wars Onesie Cookies: Lavender's Blue Tea
    Balloon Garland: All Events Prints
    Party Rentals: First Stop Party Rentals
    Desserts: SNACK by Tiffany

  • Star Wars Coffee Design Series: 12 Parsecs

    Roger Dario recently redesigned the brand mark and retail-facing products for 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. I was excited to change this one for the Star Wars Coffee Design Series. 49th Parallel forms the border between the Canadian provinces British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (to the north), and the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota (to the south).

    It reminded me of the Kessel Run, which is a hyperspace route used by smugglers and freighter captains to move spice through the mines of Kessel to earn money off their ilegal trading. It's most famous because Han Solo and the Milennium Falcon made the run in a history-making, record-breaking 12 parsecs. Wookieepedia says, "The route involves several extreme changes in velocity in order to jump to, and drop out of, light speed with the minimum time spent out of hyperspace while making drops, pick ups or tight turns. It was therefore the source of much bragging between smugglers."

    Sadly, if you're in the U.S. you won't be able to go to a 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, but you can buy their beans at a lot of the higher end stores, including Go Get Em Tiger and Copa Vida

  • Star Wars Coffee Design Series: Imperigentsia

    This one was hard to determine the right name. I knew that I wanted to do something with Imperials and Intelligentsia. In my research, I discovered Intelligentsia means, "A group of intelligent and well-educated people who guide or try to guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society." I felt like is the same kind of air (or arrogance) that the Imperials and the Galactic Empire has in the original trilogy.

    I hand traced and drew some of the new letters from the original Intellgentsia logotype. You can see some of my process below:

     And here is the finished project next to the Intelligentsia logo:

    Took a little longer and was a bit harder than I expected. I really like the tie fighter though and how that came out. 



    If you have never tried Intelligentsia Coffee, they are pretty widespread these days. Many small cafes and coffee shops carry their brews now, but you can also find their shops in Pasadena, Silverlake, and Venice

  • Thank You Run Disney!

    This past weekend I completed my first Rebel Challenge RunDisney race! It was so much fun and I want to take a break from the design work to post about RunDisney races and how incredible they are. 

    In the last year, I've done two Star Wars Half Marathons, the Wine and Dine Half Half Marathon (not a typo), the Star Wars 10K, and I've volunteered at the Avengers Half Marathon. 

    I've done a handful of triathlons and competitive running races in addition to those, but nothing has compared to RunDisney Races because of how much they encourage everyone to run. Their races really believe everyone can participate and everyone can complete a half marathon. It's hard to run these races for time because they are just so much fun and you want to be part of it. I love seeing the resilency of human spirit and human body come to life, especially as people push their bodies to the max, no matter who they are.

    Not only do they celebrate the first runner to finish, but they also celebrate the last runner to finish!

    These races are so much fun, give so much joy, and make running a half marathon something anyone can do. Thank you RunDisney! 

    Some crowd shots from my corrals.

    It's always awesome to see the 501st Legion

    Medal selfies! Can't wait until next year!

  • Star Wars Coffee Design Series: Skybucks

    The name Starbucks comes from Captain Ahab’s first mate, Starbuck in the novel, Moby Dick. 

    Starbucks founders were looking for a way to capture the seafaring history of coffee and Seattle’s strong seaport roots. That’s when they found the twin-tailed mermaid, the Siren. “There was something about her — a seductive mystery iced with a nautical theme that was exactly what the founders were looking for.” Starbucks has reformed their identity over the years, but they keep the Siren because “she is at the heart of Starbucks.” 

    Steve m., senior writer at Starbucks blogged in 2011 after another redesign: “She is a storyteller, carrying the lore of Starbucks ahead, and remembering our past. In a lot of ways, she’s a muse — always there, inspiring us and pushing us ahead. And she’s a promise too, inviting all of us to find what we’re looking for, even if it’s something we haven’t even imagined yet…For people all over the globe, she is a signal of the world’s finest coffee — and much more. She stands unbound, sharing our stories, inviting all of us in to explore, to find something new and to connect with each other. And as always, she is urging all of us forward to the next thing.” 

    So when it came to choosing who would be the Siren in my Star Wars coffee series, it was a no-brainer: Queen Amidala. Dare we speak of the prequels, but in this trilogy she represented so much of the same thing as the Siren—especially to Anakin. 

    This made me realize how much Starbucks has steered away from putting their name on things now. It did make it a tad bit easier to create this logo, but I still basically had to go in and hand draw the Queen Amidala and choose how the negative space would interact with the positive space. A good practice. You can see my progression above. 

  • Star Wars Coffee Design Series: Blue Droid Coffee

    For the next couple weeks, I'll be redesigning coffee labels for different Star Wars characters. Not sure if they will all be this fun, but it helps that R2D2 is charming. This one is after one of my favorite San Francisco coffee shops, Blue Bottle Coffee. It's also in New York City and Los Angeles. You can find it in Echo Park and the Arts District.

  • Star Wars Vino Party Designs

    For my 30th Birthday, I wanted a party that combine two things I love: Star Wars and Italy. Thanks to our trip to Italy in the Spring—I've got the pasta fever bad! 

    I also was looking for ways to avoid a cheesy Star Wars birthday that party that looked more like my 10th birthday than my 30th. Here's an example and another example

    There was the only link of a semi-not cheesy adult Star Wars birthday party.

    I also did a ton of research on vintage travel posters, Star Wars designed posters, and Italian vintage posters. Here's a few snippets of it: 

    Doing this sort of process book research helps me with any and every project as I try to collect my thoughts and understand the look, feel and vibe I am trying to capture. 

    And here's the final products I came up with: 

  • Star Wars Vino Party

    Happy Star Wars week! My awesome husband and family helped me throw a great Star Wars Italian party for my 30th Birthday last week. Here are some highlights: 


    We used Paperless Post to send out a custom Star Wars Italy/Wine party invitation. It's a great way for designers to send out custom invites for a low cost and not have to cringe at all those Evite preset ones—for important parties at least. 

    This was the main table with an note writing activity Reuben devised. I designed two Star Wars wine parties (I will go into more detail about them in my next post) to carry on the vintage Star Wars Italy theme. I also created Endor Terrariums with this great tutorial. I ended up buying a terrarium kit from Hobby Lobby for $20 that had more than enough and so I threw together the Yoda one on the crate last minute. 

    The other two were planned out a little more intentionally: 


    I also copied this picture of Obi-Wine Kenobi and Darth Malbec, but renamed him to Darth Vino because Malbecs are from Argentina. 

    I also used a few new merchandise additions as well as a few from my childhood to round out the decor.

    We also made Tie Fight Balloons from this Dana Made It tutorial and downloaded a template for lightsaber napkins from Catch My Party.

    My sister, Bethanie, decorated by HAND these amazing cupcakes and sugar cookies for dessert. 

    We tried to have mostly Star Wars-themed food or a play off Star Wars wording: Death Starghetti (Spaghetti and Meatballs), Lightsabers and Cheese (Elbow Mac and Cheese), and bread with Dark Side Dipping Sauce (Bread with Oliver Oil and Balsamic Vinegar). 

    We tried to shape two appetizers into Star Wars-themed food: Tie Fighter Caprese and Millennium Falcon cheese and crackers.

    We also had special appearance by Chewbacca and Ewok Nikita! 

    Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thanks to everyone who dressed up. It was a great and memorable 30th Birthday! 

    Custom highlights besides Chewbacca: Twin Suns of Tatooine, two Padme Amidala's from Attack of the Clones, an R2D2, a Darth Maul, a C3-PO, another Chewbacca, and Luke Skywalker from the end of Empire Strikes Back.

    Reuben and I were: R5 and Han Solo respectively:

    And thanks to Adam, Bethanie and Frances for capturing these images! 

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