We say it all the time—unique, fun cards that spark a genuine emotion are tough to find. Personally, we love a cross between quirky, cute and outrageously funny, and that's exactly what we found when we discovered Ghost Academy. Their hand-illustrated cards are designed and block printed by Megan and Matt, the husband and wife team based out of Long Beach, CA. We caught up with them to learn more about their inspiration and how they create such amazing cards.
How would you describe your style?
Megan: Thematically, we're a good blend of heartfelt and snarky. We want our cards to make you laugh, but also to genuinely make you feel good. Stylistically, we tend to be fans of minimalism. We're always trying to convey more while keeping things as simple as possible. Like how cute can we make an animal using the least possible amount of detail?
Matthew: Hand-crafted and a little rough around the edges, but still sweet. When I saw our cards in a store for the first time, I felt that they looked punk next to the other cards, and I like that, but they are first and foremost, cute.
Megan: That's funny, I forgot about that. I felt a little weird about how different ghost academy was back in the beginning (2008) and you said "no, they're punk as f*ck." Funnily enough, Grace Bonney said something similar in Design*Sponge. Without the swearing though.
What’s the weirdest occasion you’ve ever sent a card for?
Megan: Uh, I don't know what occasion it was for, but definitely hands down the weirdest card I've ever designed was a pop up card with brontosauruses (brontosauri?) getting it on. For my best friend when we were about 20.
Matthew: Same. Just kidding. Seriously though, I am speechless at Megan's answer.
What’s one of your favorite cards you’ve ever designed?
Matthew: This 'Hamerheads' card is discontinued, but it's the only card I actually did the art for and not just the concept. I make Megan a birthday card every year, and this one she liked so much, it became a part of our line!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Megan: Literally everywhere. nature. books. the internet. movies. music. everywhere.
Matthew: Our cats. Mostly.
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were young?
Megan: I wanted to illustrate children's books. Hugh Lofting and Quentin Blake were early influences.
Matthew: I drew a lot as a kid but never imagined I'd be doing something like this. I always wanted to make music for a living.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Megan: Some muddy mix of blue and green. Not because it means anything, just because I'm always drawn to those shades.
Matthew: Neon gray.
For more hilarious illustrations from Matt & Megan, follow Ghost Academy on Instagram.