In celebration of the new website and the beginning of the holiday season, we will be featuring the amazing designers that collaborated with us on our new 2011 custom holiday collection! Each artist or group truly inspired us with their festive illustrations, and after months of collaborating behind the scenes, we’re ready to shine a little light on our dear designer friends. We’ve gathered some Q&A about the creative minds behind our spectacular collection, and the first to the spotlight? Jolby!
Jolby began in 2005 when design duo Colby Nichols and Josh Kenyon joined forces in Portland, Oregon. Their jolly illustrations and super colorful combinations create the perfect mix for holiday merriment. We’re more than excited to feature their cards this season, and hope you all find as much fun in their designs as we do!
Q: What inspired your design for the holiday collection?
A: For us the holidays have always been about celebrating with family and coming together to recharge. We wanted both cards to reflect that and to make whoever was receiving it smile. As far as style goes, we are both heavily inspired by mid-century children’s book illustrators and especially their holiday pieces. Hopefully a little bit of that comes through on these cards!
What are you currently working on?
Each year we try to take some time to work on a solo art show for a gallery, and we’re up to our ears in one right now. The new collection of work is called “Shapes & Smiles” and it explores everything in our lives that makes us happy. It’s really refreshing to take a break from our client work to produce art and explore new mediums.
What influences your style the most?
So many things: Our favorite artists, the amazing creative community that surrounds us in Portland, nature, our family and music. We are always trying to push one another to try something new and to take something further.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Colby: When I was a kid, my dad used to make these homemade cinnamon rolls and they are amazing. I always look forward to those.
Josh: For me it’s Thanksgiving dinner. It was my mom’s favorite holiday, and it just rubbed off on me. I love gathering with my family around the table to talk, eat and be with each other. Nothing is better.
Best holiday memory?
Colby: Finding a Mega Man NES cartridge in my stocking one year. It blew my mind! I played it all day.
Josh: When I got “Denver the Last Dinosaur” pajamas and a fake guitar as presents.
To enter to win a $100 gift certificate of customizable Jolby designs from the holiday collection, head over to their blog here!