Rachel Bonness // I'm a UK based freelance Graphic Designer and I have recently established a small design studio with my partner Daniel Geoghegan called Southern Heart Studio. Rachel Bonness Design is my personal website that features my portfolio and my blog about all things design.
My partner Dan and I have set up our own design agency called Southern Heart Studio. I now take all new work through the Southern Heart Studio website and I also invoice through there as well. Please take a look at our website and contact us if you’d like us to work on your next design project.
Southern Heart Studio
I update my blog regularly on anything & everything that goes on in the design industry. From current design trends & upcoming designers, to blog posts that will help you in your creative process. I also throw in a few home & lifestyle musings. My blog posts are very well received and some have reached 4,000+ repins on Pinterest.
My obsession with DIY projects started when I began using Pinterest a few years ago. I was living as a design student but I was wanting to harness my creativity in a low-cost way so this also played a big part in getting involved with DIY schemes. I tag all my DIY posts with the tag ‘DIY’ so take a browse and get your creative juices flowing.
I love designing for print and this is a passion that started at university whilst studying for my degree. I create bespoke wedding stationery & invitations, personalised birth prints, business cards, postcards, greetings cards and much more! I can print some items from my studio. Take a look at my portfolio for all my paper based projects.
Skills // Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Excellent eye for Typography and Layout, Branding, Logo Design, Design for Social Media, Design for Print, Design for Web, Packaging Design
Wedding Stationery Design 1
I designed these invites for my sisters wedding. I used a damask pattern for the background & the colour theme of the wedding was burgundy so I stuck with this for the stationery designs. I paired a traditional font and a cursive font along with a striking gold colour to give it an opulent wedding feel.
The invites included an RSVP postcard that had room to place a stamp on and the address already printed on it so that could be posted back and a 6 page information booklet. I also did an evening set which included an invite, RSVP postcard & a 4 page info booklet.
I also designed the seating plan, table numbers, thank you cards & name cards in the same style. Everything was printed on a luxury textured cream paper and came with matching envelopes.
Images copyright of Tony Booie Photographer.
Top Ten Dessert Table Tips Infographic
I wanted a hand drawn feel for this infographic I designed for wedding blog Paper Angel Designs. I used a sketchy style for the illustrations and paired with hand drawn fonts. I kept to one colour pink throughout the entire design and only used shades of this colour and white to make a simple and elegant infographic.
Bookshop Bicycle Ride Poster
I have designed a poster for a great local company Pedal Your Cycle who provide bike hire, rides and tours in the Herefordshire area. This particular ride was to go from Ross-on-Wye to Hay-on-Wye stopping off at bookshops along the way and having a picnic lunch.
I wanted a vintage theme to the poster so I went for a simple illustrative style for the bike and the style of bicycle with the basket is what you could hire to ride on for the day. There is a bicycle chain border around the edge and I only used two neutral colours to keep the poster clean yet still stand out. I mixed up some modern fonts for the copy to make it look distinctive and stick with the vintage feel I was going for.
I designed this logo and website for a client’s gas boiler business called Boilerworx. The old logo & website was outdated and needed bringing into the modern age. This is where I came in!
I created a simple logo mark of a flame coming out the side of the Boilerworx wording. I used greens and blues at the clients request which I think works really well. After the logo was designed I came up with a responsive website design. This means the website can look good on a range of technological devices such as tablets and smartphones as well as laptops and PC’s. The design featured a simple banner and key services on the home page and then on the internal pages has spaced out text and large imagery.
Take a look at the website here: www.boilerworx.com
Granny’s War Book
I absolutely loved this job I got at my job as Junior Designer at Orphans Press. I created a personal book for a woman who’s mother joined the Army in the 2nd World War and tells her story. She wanted to give out the books to close family and friends at her Mother’s 90th Birthday so I was determined to make it special for her.
I laid out the type with wide inside margins and typewriter font chapter headings to keep with a war theme. I scanned in all the original images and placed along with the text. It was amazing to see it when it was printed out and bound and I think it’s such a nice gift that can be handed down to generations of the family.
Wedding Stationery Design 2
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lovely client this year to create bespoke wedding stationery. The brief was to have it ‘different’ ‘stand out’ and ‘modern’. I do like a brief where I get to be as creative as possible so I found the job really enjoyable … although it can be nerve-wracking sending through the designs.
Thankfully, my client absolutely loved her wedding stationery designs and there was minimal changes from the 1st draft.
I decided to mix together a rough textured headline font with a soft delicate script font which contrasted well. The colour scheme was coral pink and navy blue (which is my new favourite colour scheme now!) and I designed the invitation in these 2 colours with cute icons and a textured ampersand to really lift the whole design.
Personalised Birth Print 2
Diana Tarrè Infographic CV / Resume
I designed this modern Infographic CV / Resume for Diana Tarre of The Lisbonette Translations. I firstly amended Diana’s logo and then followed on the branding for the Infographic from this. I came up with a unique design that reflected Diana’s personality and business branding.
When the Infographic CV / Resume is a PDF you can click on the links. It is embedded as a PDF in Diana’s website here:
And Diana has a QR code on her business postcards that directs people that scan it to this page with the PDF.
Chalkboard Style Kitchen Art Poster
I’ve recently completed a really fun job which was to design a set of kitchen art posters for www.chefevelyn.com. My favourite was this chalkboard style design for the quote ‘Love the wine you’re with’. I’m obsessed with all things chalkboard at the moment so it was the perfect way to display my favourite trend!
I used a mixture of different fonts including handwritten and vintage styles and put these together with some decorative ornaments and incorporated everything into a wine bottle shape.
Baby Shower Invitation
I designed this Invitation as I was throwing my sister a Tea-Party Baby Shower and wanted it to go with the theme. I have used design elements such as bunting, an illustrative tea cup and a spotted tablecloth and then paired all this with a mixture of different fonts to create a striking invite. I had a lot of fun doing it and seeing it through to a printed outcome.
Do you need an invite designing for an upcoming event? I can design to any style needed and produce quality artwork that will make your invitation stand out.
Get in contact at email@example.com
Unique Edible Wedding Favours Infographic
Paper Angel Designs is a popular wedding blog that needed some monthly infographics that their readers could share throughout social media. This infographic was about the top 10 Unique Edible Wedding Favours.
Each item was individually illustrated so that it would be a totally original design.
Take a look at the Infographic on Paper Angel Design’s blog post here:
Unique Cupcake Flavours Infographic
Paper Angel Designs is a popular wedding blog that needed some monthly infographics that her readers could share throughout social media. This infographic was the first design and showcased the top ten unique cupcake flavours.
Each cupcake was custom illustrated as the flavours were very unique and this had to come across in the infographic. The bakery style logo for the heading was designed to tie in with the cupcake theme and it includes a soft pastel spotted background. The description of each cupcake is on a lace doily to incorporate a more tea-party/ bakery feel to the whole design.
Love Gemsy Branding
This is a Branding job I did for Love Gemsy at my job as Junior Designer at Orphans Press. Love Gemsy is a Vintage Chair Designer who needed a new brand and website that showed off her beautiful designs. She has a popular blog that needed integrating with the website; as well as showing the range of chairs she has restored.
I was really excited to get started on this and firstly came up with a logo concept and colour. I chose to do a seal design for the main Love Gemsy Logo. I wanted it to be a font only design so chose a really striking vintage-esque font and made everything a soft dusky pink. I also made another version of the logo using the font, I created a simple vintage illustration above for a simple aesthetic logo that was the basis of the web design.
The web design was a really fun process and I only put 2 of the pages on here but go and check out the website (especially the contact us and blog pages). I wanted everything to be on a white background but not be too boring on the white so made an old looking wallpaper for the background of the website that emphasised the vintage feel of the Love Gemsy brand. All over the website are little vintage twists including the social media buttons (which are dated looking stamps).
Check out all of Love Gemsy’s stunning chairs and her blog too!
Home Survey Branding
New start-up business Home Survey needed help with their branding. The competition in their field of expertise is fierce so we designed them broadening that made them stand out.
We used textured backgrounds accompanied with flat design. The illustrative scene explains simply the process of having a home survey online and how simple it is to complete. The branding ranged from a logo to a website and also a poster with many more designs to come in the future.
This was a really enjoyable project to work on as the brief was to create an Instagram themed 1st birthday party invite and as an avid Instagram user I knew this was the job for me!
I started by using the same gradient background and script font as Instagram and then mixed it up by making the wording of the invite in all different fonts to create a striking typography based design for the front.
For the back I left space for the parents to paperclip a picture of their son too (that they’d taken on Instagram of course!) and then did the RSVP bit in the same style as the Instagram user area.
They loved the design and hired me to design a book in the same style that was filled in by guests at the birthday party.
Please Note: Addresses, Telephone Numbers and Email Addresses have been changed.
Sanchat Challenge Logo
I designed this logo while in post as Junior Designer at Orphans Press. Their yearly Sanchat Challenge charity event that they organise needed a logo so I designed this complimenting the Sanchat Charity brand colours.
The challenge comprises of a full day of walking 32 miles on hilly terrain so I wanted to get the scale of the challenge across within the logo.
For more information about the challenge and the event please visit:
Oh my Words! Translation Branding
Gretel Translations Branding
Gretel Translations is an English/ Spanish to German translation company. The brief was to design a vintage style logo that incorporated a shape. After initial concepts, a ‘seal’ shape was chosen.
The business cards have the logo ‘bleeding’ off the edge of the card for an unusual twist on the standard business card layout.
Business Card Design
I designed this business card for local domestic helper Mandy Penny who needed a marketing tool to promote herself. I sourced the printing at a very competitive price and the business card is on a lustrous gloss laminate stock.
Do you need a business card designed and printed for your company that will get you noticed? Get in contact for a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personalised Birth Print
I decided to commemorate the birth of my first Nephew Jenson by designing him a personalised birth print.
His nursery is safari themed so I carried this into the design, using safari characters and bright colours. I framed it in a simple white frame and it looks lovely hanging up in his nursery. It is an original gift with personality.
Do you want a personalised typography print? Please get in contact for a quote at email@example.com
I print in high quality from my own home so this brings the cost down considerably than other personalised prints out there.
The Kotlich Cook’s Scrapbook
This was a really fun layout job I have done at my job as Junior Designer at Orphans Press for a client who sells Kotlich’s which are outdoor cooking pots that you put over a fire and you can use anywhere outdoors. She wanted a cookbook of her recipe’s to sell along with the Kotlich’s and the brief was to do it in a scrapbook style.
I couldn’t find the right scrapbook elements online anywhere so I created my own and scanned them in. I used handwritten fonts and mixed and matched the recipe’s on different bits of paper with coffee stains & sticky tape effects etc. The images were a main feature of the book as she had taken a lot of great photos of the Kotlich in action and it was a very picture heavy scrapbook which I think really lifts the whole design.
Save the Date Invite
NHS Responsive Website Design
I completed these designs as a brief for a job interview within the public sector which was to re-design their website.
I chose to make it responsive which means it can be seen on a wide range of technological devices that recognises the resolution constraints associated with the device that is accessing it (desktop, tablet or mobile) and makes adjustments to the content so that it fits best to that particular device. Responsive websites eliminates multiple versions of a site and allows the same content to simply be reformatted automatically, based upon the screen size of the site visitor.
I created colourful medical icons as the basis of the design. I ended up getting the job with these designs! I used colours from the NHS web colour palette taken from their brand guidelines and stuck to the web guidelines in terms of logo placement, typography, font sizing and navigation specifications.
I ended up getting the job with these designs!
The Lisbonette Translations Branding
The Lisbonette Translations is a one-woman enterprise focused on providing translation services. The brief was to update the logo and create matching marketing materials such as; business cards, postcards and business documents in the same style. The mint green was a dominant colour of the branding and this has been portrayed through The Lisbonette Translation’s designs.
Cake Label Packaging
I made these Cake Packaging Labels at my job as Junior Designer at Orphans Press for a local company that wanted to sell everything you need to make the product in one box. The brief was a country living style label that would be self adhesive and then would be stuck onto the front of a rectangle box. I then made a list of ingredients etc in the same style to be stuck to the back of the box.
I hand drew the illustrations of each product so that there was no other packaging like this on the shelf, I mixed this with a neutral colour scheme and bold ‘country living’ style typography.
These were made for a pitch to Marks and Spencers so hopefully might be gracing their shelves in the future!
Typography Quote Posters
I had such a great privilege to be able to design a range of typography quote posters for New York company Elementem.
I was given the quotes to use from Elementem and they are all such powerful and moving quotes so I wanted to portray this through the use of the different fonts and layout of the typography. I had so much fun coming up with the different range of styles for each poster and think the finished result looks great! Above is just a selection of my favourite ones from the range I did.
These are going to be sold by Elementem at their premises in New York. Go and check out their website at:
Shortlist’s Infographic Website
I was hired to design an infographic website for a research project that ShortList magazine had undertaken. The research was based on the ‘Modern Urban Man’ and was aimed at a target audience of 25-44 year old males. ShortList already had the illustrations of each ‘man type’ drawn so it was up to me to make a truly unique infographic style design for this website using these and the research.
I wanted to create a website that was designed right to the edge of the page and that flowed with the users screen size. I used the brand’s fonts and colours and added textured backgrounds and header areas to enhance on their brand. There were 8 man types to design for and each needed their own spider chart that when the user hovered over it would show another man type’s statistics. Each man type also had their own pie charts so this had to be included on each man page also.
There were 2 pages which consisted of sliders that were all different infographics stitched together. These pages were the Brand Love page and Insights page. Go take a look and see how much easier the information is to digest when it is laid out in this format.
Overall I am really pleased with how this website turned out. I worked with a brilliant web developer, Richard Brown, who turned my designs into the working website and managed the ideas for it from the start.
Go take a look at the website here: ShortList’s Urban Man
NHS Intranet Design
I created the design for the staff intranet whilst in post at NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group as part of a team. They use a CMS system called Easysite and my job was to utilise the CMS and create a striking interface for staff to be able to navigate easily whilst still being aesthetically pleasing.
I found it challenging designing through a CMS system rather giving my designs to a trained web developer but the overall outcome I think looks really great and the feedback from the staff was brilliant. When designing for the NHS, brand guidelines have to be adhered to and I feel I have done this but still kept the intranet modern.
Eve Lindemuth Bodeux Infographic Resume / CV
I have worked with French to English Translator Eve Lindemuth Bodeux of Bodeux International LLC to design an infographic CV/ Resume that reflected her website branding and personal style so that she stood out from the crowd to potential employers.
I loved working on this project and it was really fun to work with Eve and create something she was happy with, she didn’t want something to over the top with creativity but enough design elements for it to be professional and inviting for people to read. I’m a big fan of infographic CV’s and how they make you look a lot more willing to a potential employer. I also designed corresponding business cards and a promotional postcard based on the same style for Eve to take to a conference.
Do you need an infographic CV / Resume designed? Please get in contact to discuss this further with me.
Eat Cake for Breakfast Poster
Custom poster designs for Chef Evelyn who is a rising expert on culinary entertainment.
The theme for the posters was illustrated kitchen quotes aimed at foodies. Chef Evelyn wanted the quotes to be pieces of art that you could hang up in the kitchen.
Michael Duquet Infographic CV / Resume
I had the pleasure of being able to work on this infographic CV for Mike Duquet who wanted his work and life experience to stand out from the crowd and attract the attention of a future new employer.
I absolutely loved working on this project and it was really fun to work with Mike and bring his personal brand into the design and produce something that reflects his personality. I’m a big fan of infographic CV’s and how they make you look a lot more professional and willing to a potential employer. I decide on a minimalist colour scheme of 2 colours plus grey and white to give it a contemporary, modern look that is aesthetically pleasing.
Do you need an infographic CV designed? Please get in contact to discuss this further with me.
Illustrative Quote Posters
I was really excited at the opportunity to be able to work for New York company Elementem again and I was this time commissioned to produce a series of illustrative quote posters that needed to be a little more fun than the typography ones I worked on previously. This was a great chance to be able to do some original illustration work and really brainstorm creative ideas in which I was to portray each quote.
I tried to make each poster look different to one another in style and colour and keep the designs on trend and fresh. I love the finished result of all the posters and please see a selection of my favourite ones above from the series I did.
For more information about my client Elementem please see their website here:
About this Blog // Welcome to my design blog. I want to bring together design projects that inspire me from around the world and also blog about what I get up to as a designer.
Hello! Well today the weather is raining but what a fab few weeks of sunshine we have had up until now. I went to visit my sister’s family in York recently for my nephews first birthday. York is a gorgeous place and I can’t wait to go back for a bit longer so I can take a lot of photos and explore a bit more. Continue reading
The Lisbonette Translations is a one-woman enterprise focused on providing translation services. The brief was to update the logo and create matching marketing materials such as; business cards, postcards and business documents in the same style. The mint green was a dominant colour of the branding and this has been portrayed through The Lisbonette Translation’s designs. Continue reading
It’s been 2 months since I moved to The Isle of Wight and it has been great. There have been a lot of beach visits and the weather has been lovely, so a lot of time in the sunshine sitting in the garden or on a walk as well. My creative CV’s have really picked up recently and I’ve had a lot of orders come in for them. I’ll be doing a special blog post on creative CVs / Resumes soon so look out for that. Continue reading
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a lovely client this year to create bespoke wedding stationery. The brief was to have it ‘different’ ‘stand out’ and ‘modern’. I do like a brief where I get to be as creative as possible so I found the job really enjoyable … although it can be nerve-wracking sending through the designs. Continue reading
I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than a Letterpress Business Card. Printed onto thick, uncoated paper stocks; letterpress business cards offer a unique, tangible and classic feel. Simplicity works really well on letterpress business cards with minimal colours – usually only one or two. The relief that it creates on the stock is perfect for embossing areas of the design. Continue reading