FONT FREAK, PAPER PERVERT, PRINT PASSIONISTA, AND THE SOLUTION TO YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY.
Ladies and lovelies, meet Richard from Com Bossa. A patron of divine design and a specialist in letterpress and embossing, he’s a stickler for solid and stunning stationery. Get to talking to Richard about invitations for 2 minutes and it’s obvious that he lives for offering couples a sleek and chic alternative for their stationery suites, and this stays evident throughout the whole process of ordering with Com Bossa, from design to delivery…
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
Font freak, paper pervert, print passionista – these are just a few of the things my wife refuses to call me. However she does get slightly perplexed by me trying to identify fonts used in film and tv titles. I started Wedding Invitations by Com Bossa many years ago and I still love every day of it. My background is in commercial design working for brands like Vidal Sassoon and Channel 4 Television but my true passion lies in creating beautiful printed stationery. I like a beer, love a dog and spend more time than I should collecting fonts. I’m based in sunny Stewarton about 20 minutes from Glasgow.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE.
I work from my home, a townhouse with 3 floors which I am slowly taking over as one big studio/workspace. I have a work space with my Mac and some pretty funky stationery gadgets. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of using a corner rounder on a pile of luxe cards give me a shout!
I also have a consultation room where clients can come round for a cuppa, handle the lovely cards and discuss ideas for their wedding stationery. There you can also meet Rudi my Irish Love Hound (I made that up, he’s a stray hound from Ireland and he loves everybody) – so if you like tea/coffee, stationery and dogs then we’ll get on like a house on fire.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
As with so many wedding businesses, I couldn’t find what I wanted when I was looking for wedding invitations. All I could find were ribbons, bows, diamanté brooches and the occasional swatch of tartan. Bling really is not my thing so, given I had a design studio in Glasgow (sudden epiphany!) I decided to design and produce my own. Com Bossa grew from there and to date I’ve produced wedding stationery for well over a thousand weddings.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
Oooft that is a hard one to answer. Personally my design ethos is…’A design is complete not when you cannot add anything to it, but when you cannot take anything away’. Basically, I believe less is more when it comes to design, so if I had to choose it would be the Letter Press Combined Rings design I created many years ago.
Although I’m also very proud of a bespoke design featuring a stack of 100% cotton gold foil and letter press cards with bevelled gold gilded edges. It sounds like there is a lot to it but the elegant simplicity of the design really defines what I try to achieve for my clients.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
In a word – my clients. Most of the designs you see on my website are a result of working with truly amazing couples and creating something which reflects their own unique sense of style and personality. I also spend a lot of time looking at and collecting new fonts. One of the main elements that defines the style of a wedding invitation is the font or combination of fonts used. I am in awe of and deeply admire good font designers, and like many designers I have a dream of one day creating my own font.
Outside of design I listen to a lot of podcasts (Tribe of Mentors, How I Built This etc.) and always find inspiration from people who have followed a passion, overcome obstacles and created a life they love.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
I get up and make breakfast for my beautiful wife then take Rudi for a walk after which it becomes very untypical indeed. The thing I love about what I do is that no two days are exactly the same. I’m constantly working on new ideas for clients and looking for ways to innovate – I now offer very cool online r.s.v.p.’s making the whole guest list, menu choice thing a lot easier. Other than the fact that I regularly drink too much coffee I don’t keep a strict routine!
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
Definitely the beach with my wife and Rudi. We love watching him running after a ball – he’s the worlds worst catcher so the game is called ‘chase, chase, miss’. In town, we often head to the Kelvingrove Cafe – good food, good beer and super dog friendly.
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
I have to say Erroll Park near Perth. Simply because my cousin Jenni got Married to Mo there and it was a truly magical day. Outdoor ceremony, dinner in the stables and a massive fire pit and ceilidh in the evening, all captured by fellow collectivists Darren and Sarah aka The Hendrys, made it one to remember.
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
Botanicals were my prediction and it seems to have been a pretty good one. I love the intricate and very accurate illustrations of flora and fauna that were created for books before photography superceded them. When combined with simple elegant fonts they really are a winner.
I think simple typography invitations will continue to have their place amongst the more elaborate creations I see around.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Be yourself. Anytime I have something nerve wracking or difficult to do these words my Dad said to me before my first job interview ring in my ears. I suppose I could add be true to yourself and be kind, always be kind.