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    Graphic Sugar is a design blog with fabulous images, words, & ideas, along with a behind the scenes peek into the world of Warren Design Group, a husband & wife graphic design team living in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are passionate about our clients & all things design! So glad you found us! Welcome & Enjoy!!

Chalk Talk

We absolutely LOVE chalkboard typography.  It’s everywhere these days and the more we see it, the more we swoon.  The swooshes, the curves, & the movement are just a few elements that create this beautiful dance of type and word, which is so enchanting to behold.

This video takes typography, design, and wine… some of our favorite things, and blends them together into an amazing work of art.

Nagging Doubt Viognier from Dana Tanamachi on Vimeo.
 Want to try your hand at the chalk board effect?  Check out this great Photoshop tutorial from Foolish Fire  on how to achieve this fun look. We’ve also included some free Chalkboard fonts to get you started!

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{Personal} Share Your Sparkle

Remember how much fun it was to give and get those cute albeit cheesy Valentines in elementary school?  We thought it would be fun to create one of those for our gym family whom we actually see more than our immediate family.  As part of our morning regimen, we kick start things with Spark, which is an energy drink that works like coffee without any of the bad side effects. So we came up with  Spark Valentines using the mushy yet effective inspiring quote “Share your SPARKle wherever you go.”

{Personal} 7 years of I do…

It’s hard to believe that today marks the seventh year we have been married.  Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday we were preparing to say our vows in  Roanoke,VA on that chilly February day at the historic Grandin Theatre & the snow had just begun to fall.  It was a truly  magical day.  We both are huge movie buffs, so it just made sense that we were married in a beautiful theatre from the ’30s with film scores  serenading the building and the smell of popping popcorn in the air.  It has been a wonderful seven year journey, and we wouldn’t change a thing.  Here’s to 77 more beautiful years! <3

Photo Credit: Walters and Walters Photography

Best in Show: Poochy Packaging

In honor of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend, we wanted to feature packaging design with man’s best friend… and this one is pretty awesome.  The Dog Lover’s Wine Club has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to create the “Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection.”  This is a series of 22 red wines that each features a beautifully painted portrait by Cyrus Mejia of a dog rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring.  On the back of the label, you will find each dog’s individual story.  A portion of each sale goes towards Best Friends Animal Society to stop dog fighting and breed-specific legislation.  We ordered Meryl and Georgia along with a print of all the adorable dogs.  Wine for a cause, power to the pooches.  Cheers!