Category Archives: Events

Fish & Wildlife makes a grand splash!

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s recent fundraiser caught the fancy of a full house of gen­erous patrons. Elixir cre­ated the invi­ta­tions and event col­lat­eral for Celebrating the Great Outdoors, NFWF’s second annual fundraising event in San Francisco. We are delighted to learn from Michelle Houston, Director of Special Events, that NFWF received “rave reviews on the invi­ta­tion and the pro­gram — from all over the country.”

Invitation, table cards, auction paddle, and program.

Swimmingly received, from left to right: invi­ta­tion, table cards, auc­tion paddle, program.

Third annual Tipping Point Benefit exceed$ highest hope$

The May 7 Tipping Point Benefit was a stellar suc­cess by all accounts — finan­cial as well as social. Despite the eco­nomic down­beat, the upscale event was over­sold — and funds raised were over-the-top. Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point Founder & President, acknowl­edged, “We were shooting for $2 mil­lion. We didn’t think we could get to $3, but we did!” Elixir is hon­ored to have upped the pre-party buzz by designing the invi­ta­tion. Daniel Lurie made us smile when he told us, “We had many people say it was the best invi­ta­tion they’d ever received.” Lurie and the board fund 100% of oper­ating expenses, so that every penny donated goes directly to one of the Bay Area char­i­ties vetted {and coached} by the Tipping Point. To learn more about what they do and how they do it, watch this.

Invitation and event collateral: auction preview, program, pledge & table cards.

Invitation; event col­lat­eral: auc­tion pre­view, pro­gram, pledge + table cards.

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Partners in time

Jennifer Jerde, Elixir’s founder and cre­ative director, and fre­quent col­lab­o­rator Alyson Kuhn will pair up for a panel dis­cus­sion on March 5 with three other pairs of cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tors. “The Business of Design” is spon­sored by the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design in con­junc­tion with the cur­rent exhi­bi­tion San Francisco Graphic Design. The event will take place at the Hotel Rex (next door to the Museum), 562 Sutter Street, from 6 – 8 pm. The Museum will be open for a pri­vate gallery tour after the pro­gram. (Presentation is free to Museum members/$10 for non-members.)

Alyson has worked with Elixir since 2000 on diverse assign­ments: branding strate­gies, voice guides, inter­views, and client mar­keting mate­rials. She is also an invalu­able con­trib­utor to the studio’s own self-promotion, crafting blog posts, staff bios, and project descriptions.

Focus on the Tipping Point

Elixir is hon­ored to be working with the Tipping Point and Stanlee Gatti on mate­rials for the Tipping Point’s third annual ben­efit dinner and auc­tion May 7. The non-profit, ded­i­cated to “making poverty pre­ventable, not inevitable,” pro­vides grants and man­age­ment exper­tise to orga­ni­za­tions throughout the Bay Area.

The Tipping Point Board of Directors under­writes 100% of fundraising and oper­ating costs. This means that every penny raised at the 2009 Benefit will go directly to the best poverty-fighting pro­grams in our com­mu­nity. For ticket details, click here. The upbeat goes on…

Bridal brunch brava!

Wedding Chic, Gump’s recent show­case for brides, was a grand suc­cess. Elixir designed the col­lat­eral for the February 8 event, including a custom logo­type used in print ads and the e-nnouncement. Consultants from Gump’s wed­ding reg­istry and spe­cialty pur­veyors were on-hand to tour brides-to-be through the dis­plays. Elixir has designed and evolved the Gump’s cat­a­logue since 2005, evoking in print the dis­tinc­tive in-store shop­ping experience.

Elixir’s custom logo­type for the event dressed up the win­dows on Post Street.

Wine and con­ver­sa­tion sparkled as guests cir­cu­lated throughout the store.
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Celebrating the Great Outdoors

Elixir is delighted to be working with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished by Congress in 1984 to pre­serve and restore our nation’s native wildlife species and habi­tats. The Foundation directs public con­ser­va­tion dol­lars to the most pressing envi­ron­mental needs and matches those funds with pri­vate contributions.

Elixir is cre­ating invi­ta­tions and event col­lat­eral for NFWF’s annual Bay Area fundraising event Celebrating the Great Outdoors, to be held March 24th. This year’s hon­oree is Julie Packard, marine biol­o­gist and Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. San Francisco’s own Stanlee Gatti will be designing the event.

Since its incep­tion, NFWF has invested more than $1.5 bil­lion in con­ser­va­tion, pro­viding over 10,000 grants to more than 3,500 orga­ni­za­tions in all 50 states and over 50 other countries.

Opening night at SFMC+D

Last Thursday’s opening of San Francisco Graphic Design at the SF Museum of Craft + Design drew a kalei­do­scopic crowd. Guests were chal­lenged to see the design through the designers.

We hope you’ll visit, or revisit, the exhi­bi­tion, which is up until April 26, at 550 Sutter Street, between Powell and Mason. While you’re out and about: The Hotel Rex, two doors up, has a peek-worthy ele­vator, decoupaged with vin­tage pages from San Francisco Social Registers. The hotel’s inte­rior was designed by Elixir client Candra Scott & Anderson — whose logo is fea­tured in our Communication Arts pro­file along with sev­eral invi­ta­tions and other projects show­cased at the exhi­bi­tion. Continue reading

Elixir in the mixer!

Elixir is proud to be one of twelve San Francisco design firms whose work is show­cased in San Francisco Graphic Design, a new exhi­bi­tion at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design. If you’re in the neigh­bor­hood, join us at the opening pre­view on Thursday evening, January 15, from 5 to 9 pm. Elixir’s mini-exhibit will include a ret­ro­spec­tive of hol­iday gifts to friends and clients, plus selected work for local events and innovators.

Here comes the… bridal event

Gump’s recently invited Elixir to design col­lat­eral for Wedding Chic: a custom logo­type, plus print ads and an e-nnouncement with a pho­to­graph from fre­quent Elixir col­lab­o­rator John Dolan. The bridal brunch on February 8 will present the ulti­mate in ele­gant, rel­e­vant home­wares, sup­ple­mented by dis­plays and demos from spe­cialty pur­veyors. The Wedding Registry at Gump’s has enchanted and inspired gen­er­a­tions of Bay Area brides. Elixir has designed and evolved the Gump’s cat­a­logue since 2005, evoking in print the dis­tinc­tive in-store shop­ping experience.

Party arty

Elixir again received the vote of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to create the mate­rials for their annual bash. Artists Ball 7 pre­sented a high-spirited plat­form for The New Party ’08, com­plete with a voter invi­ta­tion pam­phlet to the “polit­ical fun­raiser.” The two indis­tin­guish­able can­di­dates were San Francisco’s iconic iden­tical twins, Marian and Vivian Brown. The per­fect pair inspired a pork barrel o’ puns {Twint: E Pluribus Twonum}, and the RSVP ballot was chad madness.

Off the top of our heads: Poster gals Marian and Vivian Brown show their unimbleachable character.

Off the top of our heads: Poster gals Marian and Vivian Brown show their unim­bleach­able character.

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