Behind The Card | Last Lemon

April 19, 2012


Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar (creators of Last Lemon, bringing you Gnarlio, The Honors List, Harold’s Planet and Mahoney Joe) made their debut in greeting cards by self-publishing a range of funny but positive designs in London in 1999. The success of the initial line led quickly to licensing and to selling over one million Last Lemon cards each year throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Not a pair to rest on their laurels, Ralph and Lisa have more than 30 books published in over 20 languages. Drawing inspiration from some legendary illustrating wordsmiths – Dr. Seuss, Herge (TinTin) and Shel Silverstein – Ralph and Lisa craft simple strokes of insight through line drawings and a gentle sense of humor. You can see all of their products on their website here.

When asked who their dream collaborators would be, Lisa and Ralph said: Recycled Paper Greetings. (They like our style…not to toot our own horns or anything.)

Fun Fact 

Simple may be the essence of their design aesthetic, but when not in the studio, Lisa and Ralph do everything but simple. Lisa loves flea markets, dancing and hiking, while Ralph enjoys mountain biking, kite-boarding, sailing and safaris.


Marin County, CA

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