One of the projects that I create on a regular basis in Illustrator are invitations. Illustrator and InDesign are great programs for creating the perfect, custom invitation. As I review my students’ homework, I see one particular invitation format that I would like to call a little attention to today. Many invitations include fields such as “Who,” “Where,” “When,” etc. This is very common to see, but I feel like it’s a fallback to the fill-in-the-blank style of invitations that we all used as kids.
Think, as you are creating the invitation, are you creating a fill-in-the-blank template that anyone can print and use? (Like a birthday party printable invitation?) Or are you creating a custom invitation for one event only? (Like a wedding invitation?) If you are creating an invitation for one event, consider the fact that by labeling the “who, what, when, where, why,” you may be cluttering up your design and wasting valuable space. Instead, focus on actually giving the details, and arranging them in a way that makes sense, rather than labeling them.
On the other hand, if you are creating a printable invitation, like the free download included in this post, then you do want to include these fields so that people can simply print, then fill in the information.
If this fill-in-the-blank invite is the perfect thing for your Thanksgiving gathering this year, feel free to download it and use it! I’m including this dark version plus a lighter version that you can use if your printer has problems with the dark background!