My name is Mariko. Kittenette is an account of my life in San Francisco, running a business from my apartment, my interest in film and media, cooking and crafting, and how I got adopted by a stray 5 month old kitten.   Read More




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Rebranding with Circles

I’m in the process of rebranding and redesigning Studio Kitchenette. The name is too long and bulky and I’m not 100% in love with it anymore. I resisted this for a while but I’ve decided to just rename the portfolio to Kittenette, like the blog. It’s shorter, simpler, cuter, and I’ve abandoned all pretense of caring about seeming professional.

This is still a work in progress, and I’m not even sure how I’m incorporating this into the page design, but this is what I’ve come up with so far. It’s somewhat of a departure from the old design but with some similarities.

Kittenette Logo

When I made the circular design with all discrete objects I realized it would translate well to a paper cut. I tweaked the design by taking out the business specific objects and adding the phrase “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” I’m going to make a whole series of these paper cuts, perhaps all in circular designs, and include them in my shop.

April Showers Laser Paper Cut

I was also recently walking through a Japanese gallery at the Met in NYC and was struck by the similarity of this wall scroll.

@ the Met

Business Cards

These business cards were made quite a while ago but I haven’t had the chance to post about them yet. They were designed in Photoshop, printed on laser-printer safe card stock I bought from a paper store called Flax, and then the edges were rounded off. Finding a home laser printer that will print on thick card stock is apparently impossible. I tried three and none of them would do it. Finally I just took them to the local printing store.

The Studio Kitchenette card features the hand-drawn logo.

Studio Kitchenette business card

The paper is textured and has a pearly shine to it that wasn’t captured in the photo. You can almost see it in the photo below.

Studio Kitchenette business card

The iluxo card has a sakura stamp over the “xo” part. I bought the stamp/ink at Tokyu Hands.
iluxo business card

It’s a periwinkle color, but has a high shine of bright blue.

iluxo business card

The best part about making business cards yourself is the price. The worst part is wrangling printers and paper cutters.

computer cat