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A Jolly Good AIGA Fellow – Writer Alyson Kuhn

“I’ve been hugely lucky to work with design firms that I think are not only brilliant at design but super respectful of… the reader.” – Alyson Kuhn, AIGA Fellow

Sharing her talents with us for over a decade, we have long treasured Alyson Kuhn’s gifts. She was awarded a Fellowship for the SF Chapter of AIGA.

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AIGA SF Portfolio Day – A Portfolio is Your First Impression

We’ve all been there. Time to show your portfolio to the world and land your first design job. Jen and Nate share their portfolios from back in the day. (Before iPads. Gasp!)

At Elixir, we believe in the power of first impressions. We are often charged with creating first impressions for our clients through design assignments.

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Elixir Celebrates 18 Years with Nate Durrant

It is with profound respect and honor that we celebrate Nate Durrant’s 18 years at Elixir this week.

“When work stays as fresh as it does at Elixir, time really flies. 18 years has passed in a blink of an eye — chock full of amazing and diverse clients, talented designers and collaborators, and rewarding challenges.” — Nate Durrant

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From Polaroids to Sculpture: Hearts in San Francisco

One of Elixir’s own designed a heart for the 2015 Hearts in San Francisco Project that benefits San Francisco General Hospital.

What do boat epoxy, 1,035 Polaroids, Elixir Design and San Francisco General Hospital have in common? We all benefit from the talents of William Westley (aka Billy)!

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Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

We are honored beyond words to have assisted in designing the cover for bestselling author Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal.

In this powerful work, Dr. Gawande discusses how we as a society can better care for our aging loved ones in the last months, weeks, and days of their lives.

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The Benefit of Spray Painting For Tipping Point

Say it AND spray it – graffiti for a cause.

It was an honor for us once again to help create the visual language for the annual Tipping Point Benefit. Elixir hand spray painted close to 2,000 invitations.

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A Day in the Office

Our Monday – Friday places and faces.

Our good friend John Dolan recently stopped by the studio and took a few snaps. A typical day at Elixir in 8 photos.

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See Jane on Larkin

A case could be made that a city is only as good as it’s coffeehouses, no wonder San Francisco is world class. We’ve found a new addiction: Jane.

We were quite excited when one of our favorite local clients, Amanda Michael, informed us she was opening a sister location to her self-described “punk-rock tea house” named after her daughter: Jane.

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New Packaging for Quince’s Tusk Pasta

What’s more fun than designing food packaging? Opening the package! Mangia!

We were thrilled when Quince‘s owners, Michael and Lindsay Tusk, approached us to design the packaging for their new venture: a line of high-end dried pasta debuting at FOG Design + Art Fair.

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Front Porch Farm wine makes 7×7’s Wine of the Week list

Elixir raises a glass to Front Porch Farms.

We’re excited to see Front Porch Farm‘s 2011 Front Porch Red as 7×7‘s wine pick of the week.