Don’t worry — I still love love, and I still love branding, and I still want to do your wedding invitation suite for free. However, the rules have evolved a bit. Initially, I planned to post photos and stories from LGBT couples and let votes determine a winner. But things have evolved in the past week.
I am happy to announce that I was contacted by One Colorado to donate the invitation suite design as a silent auction item at the Civil Soirée, One Colorado’s civil union celebration on April 30. At midnight on May 1, committed couples will be able to legally apply for civil unions licenses for the first time in Colorado history. Preceding this historic moment, the soiree will feature a seated dinner followed by a dessert and dance reception.
So, if you’re looking to win a free invitation design, buy a ticket to the Soirée, and I’ll see you on April 30.
Also, be on the lookout during Denver PRIDE in June — you might see some of my work around there as well.
History was made yesterday when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB-11, a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions in the state, into law.
Shooting photos for Law Week Colorado, I stood next to Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists and felt dwarfed by the magnitude of hundreds of Coloradans: old and young, gay and straight, religious and non — packed together in the History Colorado Center to celebrate something they’ve been waiting for their entire lives. They cheered, clapped, congratulated and thanked the lawmakers who made this bill signing possible. I watched from behind my lens as the tear-filled eyes of men, women and children met with Hick’s as he shook their hands. He high-fived two teenagers. “Thank you,” they said to him, “thank you.”
After the ceremony, I gathered my sherpa-pack of equipment near two older women.
“It’s a wonderful day,” they calmly said to me with smiles on their faces.
“It certainly is.”
The sky, which was ominous and gray as I walked into the bill signing, had opened up and that famous Colorado sunshine poured in.
“With the Governor’s signature here today, the protection of Colorado’s laws will now extend equally to all,” House Speaker Mark Ferrandino said in his speech yesterday, “Thousands of Colorado families will now be able to receive the recognition they deserve. — Ladies and gentlemen, the Colorado sun now warms all our people.”
Thank you to all the men and women who made this possible. I am proud to be a Coloradan.
Photo © Matthew Meier/Law Week Colorado 2013
Making of 25 Tenns: No. 17 by Matthew Meier*
This artwork is part of a series of 25 posters designed for the same play, Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, over one year. For No. 17/25, I recorded my screen to document the creation process. What you’re seeing is about three hours worth of design time compressed into three and a half minutes. The music, released the same year as STREETCAR (1947), is “The Duel” by Dexter Gordon & Teddy Edwards.
What struck me about the final scene in STREETCAR, Act III, Scene 5, was the burst of color that enters the scene. Particularly since our main character is named Blanche. I see the color as what her world becomes after she breaks from reality and goes into her fantasy state.
Matthew Meier, mMeier.com
No. 14 — December 29, 2012