Refreshing Wedding Invitation Receives PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award for Quarter One 2013


Refreshing Wedding Invitation Receives PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award for Quarter One 2013.

Kelly Galbreath and Joe Galbreath, the creative couple responsible for this fun and unexpected design, turned the idea of the wedding invitation on its head with a large format and untraditional paper choice and color palette.

Palo Alto, California – May 1, 2013 – “Two graphic designers getting married and creating their own wedding invitation,” muses Sabine Lenz, founder of, “now there’s the opportunity for some creative fireworks and a Take Note Award!”

Lenz revealed today that Kelly Galbreath and Joe Galbreath have been selected as winners of the PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award for Quarter One 2013.

Brian Dougherty, founding partner and creative director at Celery Design Collaborative, served as guest judge for the quarterly competition sponsored by Erickson Stock.

“The Galbreaths’ wedding invitation is so refreshing and well executed,” comments Dougherty on his Take Note Award selection. “It plays well with the design vernacular and the paper choice.”

“What we really wanted was a casual, non-precious artifact,” explains Joe Galbreath, an assistant professor of graphic design at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV).

Kelley, a designer, agrees, “Our wedding was a really laid-back afternoon so the standard, formal invite package just wasn’t going to fit the event or our personalities and design inclinations.”

Their personal sense of humor, design aesthetic and penchant for fun can be seen in every element of the invitation suite:

  • a BBQ bib designed to be cut out and used for an out-of-towners dinner the night before the nuptials;
  • a no-fuss, fold-me-up-and-take-me-along tourist guide complete with maps, local history and tourist destinations of the host city; and
  • a blended photo the couple created of themselves (left half is his face/right half is her face) with the caption reading “Together Forever.”

To read the full inside story on the Galbreaths wedding invitation, please visit

To see a video about how Brian Dougherty chose the Take Note Award Winner for Quarter One 2013, please visit

About Our Judge: Brian Dougherty
Brian Dougherty is a founding partner and creative director at Celery Design Collaborative where he focuses on creating communications that have a positive impact in the world. Celery helps clients to craft CSR communications, online communities of action, eco-innovative packaging, and interactive exhibits from studios in California and Paris, France. Clients include HP, Microsoft, Bloomberg, and the Linux Foundation. Brian lectures frequently around the world on the subject of sustainable design and is the author of the book Green Graphic Design.

About Our Winners: Kelley Galbreath and Joe Galbreath
Kelley Galbreath, is an art director, designer and occasional instructor. She began her career as a book designer for Viking Children’s Books over 12 years ago, and most recently was a senior designer at Design Army in Washington, DC. Today, Kelley divides her time between a home studio and the offices of New South Media.

Joe Galbreath is assistant professor of Graphic Design at West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia). His research focuses on vernacular design traditions, most notably the work of the American poster print shop. Formerly an art director at a communications firm, he engages in a wide range of design making from running dies on a letterpress to writing and designing a book about Globe Poster.

Kelley and Joe regularly collaborate on letterpress, invitation and book design projects. When they aren’t working, they can be found hanging out with their infant son, Willis.

About Our Sponsor: Erickson Stock
Erickson Stock is a photo boutique featuring images that are 
anything but “stock.” Founded by veteran commercial photographer
Jim Erickson, Erickson Stock boasts more than 60,000 images 
and over 5,000 video clips. Learn more about Erickson Stock at their website:

About PaperSpecs Gallery
The PaperSpecs Gallery was created to inspire and expose great achievement in the graphic arts industry by showing how paper plays an integral part in carrying our most imaginative creative impulses out to the world – and how wonderful design and skillful printing transform paper into an unparalleled vehicle for communicating marketing messages or conveying individual thoughts and feelings.

The Take Note Award winner is garnered from the top ten entries selected by popular vote of online visitors to the Gallery. Based on design, print quality and paper choice, a notable industry designer serving as guest judge then selects the winning piece.

PaperSpecs Gallery Take Note Award winners receive special recognition in the PaperSpecs e-newsletter as well as a video highlighting the winning piece. The video can be viewed at the PaperSpecs Gallery website at

About PaperSpecs
Finding the most accurate information on paper availability, green certifications and trends like digital paper options is a challenge for designers, print buyers and paper purchasers worldwide. This reality inspired Sabine Lenz, designer and author, to create PaperSpecs, the first independent and comprehensive Web-based paper selection tool. The search mechanism is specifically designed to help paper specifiers easily and quickly find the paper that meets their project’s sustainability goals, creative vision and process requirements. You may visit the PaperSpecs website at


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