Jessica Destoppeleire is the most recent addition to Elixir and we couldn’t be happier. It will take us some time to say her last name properly and to really know her, but here’s what we’ve gleaned so far:
We’ve had the curious pleasure of sharpening over 1,000 pencils this month in preparation for our annual holiday mailing, an Elixir tradition dating back to 1996. This year’s inspiration was a favorite quote, “Luck favors the prepared,” which has been attributed to Louis Pasteur. We had the quote foil-stamped on custom-made boxes — to house a single Blackwing pencil and the shavings we made while sharpening it. We are outfitting everyone on our list with a sharp pencil and a compassionate eraser as we all head into the new year and whatever it holds in store.
Elixir’s annual holiday gift to clients, colleagues, and friends is always a studio-wide undertaking — from concept to design to packaging to assembly. This year, silver linings seemed just the aspirational thing. Enclosed operating instructions laid things out simply:
Cover pillow with liner.
Cover liner with pillow case.
Rest your head.
Rest your head.
We’ve been delighted by the flurry of appreciation and exclamation points — and by people’s creative descriptions of the linings and the optimism they portend. Wishing you happy holidays and the very best for 2009.
Warm holiday greetings from all of us at Elixir,
Just a quick note to wish you the best as the year (our 16th in business!) draws to a close. Our thanks to everyone who in 2008: provided the reference, signed the check, took the photo, styled the shot, found the location, edited the copy, drew the picture, illustrated the concept, wrote the code, visited the studio, determined the positioning, suggested the paper, printed the brochure, proofed the color, drank the margarita, AND fed the inspiration.
The year included new projects with old friends at Sundance, Gump’s, Naturopathica, New Leaf Paper, The Golden Bear, Hlaska, TravelSmith, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. And we met new friends through projects with the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Star Tea Company, Stand & Deliver, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, New York Life, and Sandia National Laboratories. Our collaborations with our clients, colleagues, and friends mean the world to us.
As we head into the new year — and into challenging economic times for everyone — please know that we remain at your service. Call us if you are looking for ways to do more with less — and still present your best self while keeping your spending in check.
Wishing you a prosperous and innovative New Year!
2134 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
We’re excited to start the new year with a profile in the Jan./Feb. issue of Communication Arts. You’ll also find us online: on our blog (subscribe via RSS or email for client news and updates); on Facebook (become a fan); or at LinkedIn, where you can “link in” with each of us individually. Resolve to connect; we’d love to see what you are up to.
Renovations to our third-floor annex are complete, expanding the Elixir offices by 700 square feet and four workstations while providing access to an outdoor deck space (that, given the season, we are yet to fully utilize). Wish list items for the new deck include pink flamingo, jacuzzi, six Adirondack chairs, sunshine, outdoor shower and a few potted plants. Continue reading
Every November, the Elixir team gathers to assemble and mail a holiday gift to friends and family. This year we met around the fire at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach. (For you non-locals, yes, this is what the holiday season looks like in Northern California.) We rented out the main dining area, with plenty of room to spread out our assembly line. We hope you enjoyed the warmth, freedom and flexibility of the fingerless gloves. We found ours wonderfully convenient at the keyboard on frosty mornings, tying shoelaces at the Muni stop, chopping garlic, and eating roasted organic peanuts in the shell. Continue reading
Elixir’s model sashayed down the runway in a flowing gown made entirely of coffee filters, with a cloud of white smoke streaming out of her bustle, for Afterlife: Paper, Purgatory and the Great Beyond, a recent AIGA competition whose theme was to create a dress made of used paper. Continue reading