Last weekend, I went through and rescued a few Photoshop and Illustrator files from my work’s iMac and found a few gems I designed work friends and colleagues. One of them was a Top Gun themed 40th Birthday Party Invitations, and this was one of my favourite jobs. I had a few giggles Photoshop-ing the recipient, my colleague Geraint, against a sunset background with two fighter jets.
Geraint LOVES Top Gun, and he watches the film, listens to the soundtrack, dresses up as Goose at any opportunity given to him. This guy even went to San Diego, California a few years ago and visited the filming locations, including the Kansas City Barbeque.
In the months and weeks running up to his big 40th Birthday back in 2011, he wanted a Top Gun themed birthday party at his local pub. Luckily, I have a iMac in work and designed these invites for him:
We thought it would be great by adding a Welsh twist to the birthday invite by changing ‘Top’ to ‘Twp’ (Silly or Stupid in Welsh) to read ‘Twp Gun. The invites were flat 95 mm x 210 mm, full colour print on matt stock. Printed via VistaPrint.co.uk.
It didn’t stop there – Geraint was so impressed with the custom ‘Twp Gun’ Logo, he asked me to design T Shirts for the bar staff to wear in the evening as well as some signs for the toilets!
The big day came and the birthday fairy visited and birthday bombed his office desk (I wonder who that could be?) but I took the ‘Twp Gun’ branding onto another level. I resized the artwork and made a big birthday card for Geraint, something he can frame as a momento.
Also, you can’t have a birthday without birthday cake, so I made a batch of lemon and poppyseed muffins (Geraint’s favourite), baked in American style paper cases and decorated with red, white and blue butter icing. Topped off with the Twp Gun logo printed onto rice paper.
The birthday party was a success and fair play to a lot of Geraint’s guests, they put in the effort and dressed up in their flying jump suits, Top Gun T shirts and aviators. There was a lot of sore heads the following morning.
Penblwydd Hapus Geraint!