Business card design for myself.
After kicking around a few different layouts and type styles for the card, I have settled upon this as a card for my venture into a side job.
Logo designed on paper with a pencil, fabricated with Illustrator. Logo type, custom made. That's how I print. Card type, Courier Standard. Backside will have price table for large format prints.
Why not do something that touts color or some sort of "photographic" card? Don't know, kinda like the simplicity of this design. Easy to read.
i'm not liking the fontface.. logo is ok for me.
I think it would be best to leave the Epson 9600 info off the card, for when you upgrade etc...You wont have to upgrade your cards too. Just a thought. Im liking the simplicity...Maybe needs something to catch your eye?
I work in a printshop. I make business cards all day... Upgrading info for new cards is no issue.
Couldn't find a typestyle that I really liked. Maybe it's due to the fact that I look at type day in and day out at my job. I've always been partial to typewriter style fonts. Low tech visuals in a high tech world.
Any typeface suggestions that are simple and easy to read for this particular application? I tried the layout horizontal, didn't look good no matter which type I used. I think it's because of the odd shape of the logo.
I used to have a nice link on 100 creative business cards and they really are hot. Can't seem to find it now...
I think one main thing about business cards, it has to stand out immediately. So the visual appeal must be there. It must be that visually impactful/appealing that your visitor/client pick it up immediately and remember the looks of it, for a long time to go.
For that apparent reason above, when I designed my business card, I did not used white and went for a black/green combi.
Also, a pdf on the top 10 things not to do with your business card:
I guess I'm still old school when it comes to design...
Legibility has always been the main rule. Name and Number. Everything else is fluff. The wow impact should be when your client gets their finished product complete and ontime. That's how they remember your work. Just my thought.
A couple additions to that list there Doc,
-NO BOARDERS! I hate boarders. Even if the cut is perfect, boarders are not acceptable. I try to talk people out of a boarder.
-Legible type styles at readable sizes. Nothing like squinting to read the contact numbers.
rcfreas...I believe what is being said here is that the first impression and your image is very important. Elaine ,Doc and Dave are trying without sounding too rude to help you with what they see. I'm glad that you have posted this to get some response in return. I would however take another look at your overall layout and maybe look at these other examples and see what they have that your doesn't. On your statement..."The wow impact should be when your client gets their finished product complete and ontime" I couldn't agree with you more although I firmly believe that it can and could start with your business image.
Just a thought
[Edited on 1/13/2009 by RandyToons]
If you want to mention a printer try using "Large Format Printer" only , instead of the printers model.
[Edited on 1/14/2009 by digfects]