Tag Archives: San Francisco

The San Francisco Symphony prepares for its centennial season

Elixir is excited to be working with the San Francisco Symphony to develop invi­ta­tions and event mate­rials for its Centennial Opening Night Gala on September 7, 2011. The dinner and con­cert — Fanfare for a New Century inau­gu­rate the Symphony’s cen­ten­nial season.

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Kokkari: cooking up a delicious book

Elixir recently had the plea­sure of col­lab­o­rating with pub­lisher Chronicle Books and Kokkari Estiatorio on the design of a cook­book for this acclaimed San Francisco restau­rant. Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors, authored by Executive Chef Erik Cosselmon and Janet Fletcher, presents almost 100 of the restaurant’s most pop­ular recipes and illu­mi­nates the Greek tra­di­tions that inspired them. Photographs by Sara Remington are fea­tured throughout.

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Levi’s takes the high line

Levi Strauss & Co. recently spon­sored the Care to Air Design Challenge, seeking “the world’s most inno­v­a­tive, cov­etable, and sus­tain­able air-drying solu­tion for clothing.” Levi’s awarded $10,000 in prize money on August 16 at the tem­po­rary Levi’s Workshop on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission district.

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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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What’s in store at Hlaska

Elixir began working with Hlaska in 2007, redesigning their web­site and cat­alog to align with the growing company’s new luxury posi­tioning. In 2008, Hlaska opened their first store on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. In antic­i­pa­tion of addi­tional store open­ings, Hlaska has recently asked Elixir to develop a brand visual lan­guage that will inform in-store col­lat­eral, pack­aging, and advertising.

Anthony Mazzei, Hlaska’s founder and CEO, recently had occa­sion to describe his ini­tial expe­ri­ence working with Elixir: “The first thing I noticed about Elixir is how much time they take to ask ques­tions to under­stand our brand. Elixir does not take the easy way, they don’t look for short­cuts.  They are so pas­sionate about our prod­ucts that the work feels seam­less, like they are part of our com­pany. They helped keep our goals both real­istic and ambi­tious. They are always on time, and every­thing they touch looks 50 times better than the orig­inal. They are worth every penny.”

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Designerly Dozen

Jennifer Jerde, who alchem­ized (?!) Elixir in 1992, has been selected as one of a baker’s dozen of San Francisco designers whose work will be show­cased in San Francisco Graphic Design. The exhi­bi­tion opens at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design on January 15 (and will run through April 12, 2009).

Curated by Michael Osborne, the exhi­bi­tion will also pro­vide his­tor­ical con­text, including a nod to local design leg­ends and to the illus­trious printers who were the City’s first graphic artists.

In addi­tion to showing selected strategic client work, Elixir will dis­play a heady ret­ro­spec­tive of the firm’s hol­iday gifts to clients and friends.

The other designers whose work will be show­cased include Barbara Vick of Barbara Vick Design, Josh Chen of Chen Design Associates, Sara Schneider of Chronicle Books, Tom Ingalls of Ingalls Design, Mitchell Mauk of Mauk Design, Michael Schwab of Michael Schwab Studio, Christopher Simmons of Mine, Cinthia Wen of Noon, Jennifer Bostic of Paper Plane Studio, Philippe Becker of Philippe Becker Design, and Adam Brodsley and Eric Heiman of Volume Inc.

Inviting indeed

Rockport Publishers recently released Design for Special Events: 500 of the Best Logos, Invitations, and Graphics. The hard­back book show­cases sev­eral invi­ta­tions designed at Elixir.

Collateral for SFMOMA’s Modern Ball, designed by Elixir in ’05 and ’07, is pre­sented as one of nine­teen case studies. Continue reading

Ready, set, go: the Contemporary Jewish Museum launches

Contemporary Jewish Museum design work

To herald the grand opening of its new building in June 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum planned a pro­gres­sion of events for sup­porters at var­ious levels. Elixir devel­oped a system of nesting invi­ta­tions that mailed in a single enve­lope. Major donors received the full set. Continue reading