I’m Christine Castro Hughes, a designer, writer, and mother of two darling children. I also run a graphic design studio out of my charming, crooked craftsman house. Brunch is my blog. More »
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Monday
Aug262013

project peek : hello shiso

Here's a project I worked on earlier this year—a website redesign for Hello Shiso, purveyor of seriously adorable accessories. Mimi, the shop owner / accessory maker, wanted a website that was clean and modern but colorful and playful. The slightly unconventional type in the navigation bar, fun illustrations, and Mimi's quirky photography make it an enjoyable place to shop. With a secret pop-up and rotating knock knock joke, what's not to love?

I am available for branding services. If you need help with business naming, logo and website design, or consulting, please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.

Website coding by Zoe Rooney

Friday
Aug232013

a perfectly planned meal

I am having a serious craving for a repeat of the meal above that we served at Maira's 2nd birthday last month. Fried chicken, homemade waffles, corn on the cob, fresh berries, and a peach, mozzarella, arugula & basil salad. It was kind of perfect. 

Friday
Aug162013

i carry your heart

Rama and I have been following the traditional anniversary present guidelines since we first got married. Sometimes, I'm able to find and buy the perfect gift. Other times, I try to make it. This year, the theme was wool, so I bought a wool felt heart pillow and embroidered a not-so-secret note on the back. The e.e.cummings quote has always been a favorite, and I think the present was simple but sweet. 

Wednesday
Jul242013

project peek : little hip squeaks

One of my favorite recent projects was a rebrand for Little Hip Squeaks, a delightful children's line of clothing and accessories. Amy, the brains behind Little Hip Squeaks, wanted a playful but sophisticated logo and website. Aeolidia hired me to design both and Zoe Rooney to do the coding. The result? A darling handdrawn logo and monogram, a suite of geometric icons, and a merrymaking color palette.

The website isn't just a pretty face, either. The new e-commerce site paid for itself on the day it launched and the company has tripled its wholesale orders! 

I am available for branding services. If you need help with business naming, logo and website design, or consulting, please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday
Jul242013

indie inspiration

On Sunday I got to sneak away—all by myself—to the Renegade Craft Fair. What a treat!

I found myself zig zagging from booth to booth, snapping photographs, and feeling so insipred. I recognized a few familiar faces, and I discovered some new-to-me gems. 

Above are photos of my favorite makers from the show: Sweet dresses and rompers by Mabo Kids, Perfect prints by Dutch Door Press, Bold and bright pillows by Cotton & Flax, Quirky patterns by Leah Goren. Not pictured, but still adored: Small Adventure, Ilee, and Oh Hello Friend.