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Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by ThornleyGroves, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. ThornleyGroves

    ThornleyGroves TPF Noob!

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    here are my business cards i've just had designed...

    what do you think?
    what can i improve?

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    honestly, they look good!
    your information is well displayed, as is your logo. you used a nice legible font.
    there will likely be a bit more cost associated with having double-sided cards that bleed, but im sure youre aware of that already.

    nicely done.
    you have effectively done what a business card is set out to do.:thumbup:
     
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    ThornleyGroves TPF Noob!

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    Thank you very much, yeah i got a quote to get 100 printed this morning for 70 euros! which is too expensive, anyone know around what i should be looking to pay for 100 cards... tell me in any currency and i'll work it out!
     
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    wow, that is really high. I had mine printed (both sides bleed) 250 for about 25 US dollars, with rush delivery and rounded corners.

    I don't really have anywhere to suggest unfortunately because of your location, sorry, but I would keep looking if I were you. BTW definitely check out online options if you haven't already, typically they are much more inexpensive than local ones.
     
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    Thej front looks very good, but ...

    ... I hate getting handed a business card that I can't write on the back of. This is a personal gripe, I know, but I'm not the only one who holds this opinion. I used to work for a major software company that thought it was cool to print the back of their cards a solid blue (their logo hue). I heard frequent complaints about the back from others when I'd exchange cards at some convention, meeting or party.
     
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    astrostu I shoot for the stars

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    I think you can save money by not doing back-printing. There is no new information on the back that isn't on the front. If I were handed that card and saw the back, I would be thinking, "They just wasted a lot of money."

    Small nitpick - It looks like you have cut-and-pasted your text on the front ... though it doesn't quite line up perfectly with the edges of the text, there is a tiny white corner peeking into the bottom-right red element. If you were to draw a line down from the "k" in your e-mail address, and a line across from the bottom of the "k" in your website, you will find it just about where they intersect. Additionally, there's a red spot below the "k" in your web address, and below that there is a red spot missing from the curve.

    Don't know why, but those were literally the second things that I saw when looking at your card.
     
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    Great card, I'd lose the back printing for the above mentioned reasons. I'm an advocate for writing on the back of cards. I always write appointments and things that I have at the bank on the bankers card for instance.

    Definitely check out online options. They are way cheaper. I got 250 cards for about 30$ (single sided, color)
    -Dave
     
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    i'll sort that bit out, and i hear you all, i'll probably just go with the front side etc.... anyone got any good sites where i can do it online?
     
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    I have to agree with losing the back side. As pointed out there is no new info there so you are wasting money. Also, as someone who uses Rolodex wheels, if there was info on the back it would be lost so I'm not big on the idea. I much prefer the fold over card with text on the inside for those who do have a lot of info.

    Images? I like the word a lot myself but I am not sure how much it conveys the idea of photography when you are not on a photo forum. I would worry that a lot of people may not know what it is you are offering. One way to test this is to make a few on your home printer, hand them to people who do not know you, and ask them what they think you do.

    I like your logo, although I prefer the version you use as your avatar. The rest of the design doesn't do much for me. It just doesn't grab me and a BC needs to grab people's attention. One of the best one I've seen for a creative person was simple black ink on white with coffee spots all over it, as if someone had spilled coffee on it. You couldn't help but pick it up to wipe it or something :lol:

    What's the story with the Greece and UK phone numbers? My first reaction is to wonder where exactly you work and then I can't help but think that you'll be in Greece when I need you in the UK. Or vice-versa. Unless you really need both on the same card, I would make two separate cards so as to not confuse people.

    100 cards? May as well print them at home. Most color printers today will take heavier stock and you can get very good quality if you don't mind doing the cutting.

    I never print less than a 1000 and that usually lasts me 4 to 6 months. Most things I do the BC is my only advertising and I give them to just about everybody I meet and leave them laying around in a lot of different places.

    If they get offset printed, the biggest share of the cost is set up so 100 or 1000 will not cost any different in most places. Bleeds for offset printing do get expensive because of the way normal BC get setup. With bleeds, it needs to be set up differently and there is more wasted paper.

    However, a lot of print shops today can/will print on laser printer so that bleeds have become quite affordable. Talk to print shops before designing anything if you are not familiar with what is doable, and at what cost.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not bad,
    now its time to upgrade the gear
     
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    Ditto!
     
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    One of the best business cards I've seen was from a hairstylist friend of mine:

    Front: You need a haircut.
    Back: Contact info

    Plain white, no frills, just got the message out. Very nice and funny.

    As for yours, I wouldn't immediately assume you're a photographer, looks more like a graphic design firm. A serious one.

    I also wouldn't worry about not printing the back - go for it. Hardly anyone uses Rolodex anymore and if people need to take notes, just about everyone has a smart phone. I personally pay extra for cards to be printed on recycled paper, but I'm sort of an eco-nazi - it's worth the extra cost for look, feel, and conscience. Plus you get to add the little "printed on recycled paper" logo which people like.

    I designed mine to look like Haunted Mansion playing cards with a lens in the center. The front is all graphic with my name, the back has information and contact info. I always get compliments. I figure, your card is who you are after you're done meeting someone. Especially at events and expos or clients you meet in passing - they might not remember what you look like, but they'll remember your card or if it's boring...they won't.
     

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