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Jul 27, 2011 12:41 |  #3526

photoguy6405 wrote in post #12799995 (external link)
Anyone else think that we sometimes overthink business cards?

I'm sure some people do! I sure don't have the time or patience to at the moment.

How is this for a simple card? Has anyone else not included a telephone number? These are proof prints and will be worked on more when I have the time to get a large run printed.

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Jul 27, 2011 15:19 |  #3527

SaxonIV wrote in post #12832065 (external link)
I'm sure some people do! I sure don't have the time or patience to at the moment.

How is this for a simple card? Has anyone else not included a telephone number? These are proof prints and will be worked on more when I have the time to get a large run printed.

I don't list my phone number either, just website and e-mail.


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Jul 27, 2011 15:21 |  #3528

SaxonIV wrote in post #12832065 (external link)
I'm sure some people do! I sure don't have the time or patience to at the moment.

How is this for a simple card? Has anyone else not included a telephone number? These are proof prints and will be worked on more when I have the time to get a large run printed.

To me using a Gmail and a Smugmug account says amateur to me.


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Jul 27, 2011 16:31 |  #3529

Hikin Mike wrote in post #12832977 (external link)
To me using a Gmail and a Smugmug account says amateur to me.

I don't know if I see at as totally amateur, but pay the $10 for the domain, set up gmail on the domain and forward the domain to smugmug.
There's really no excuse not to.




  
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Jul 27, 2011 17:34 |  #3530

Hikin Mike wrote in post #12832977 (external link)
To me using a Gmail and a Smugmug account says amateur to me.

If the person is an amateur (or small time person just wanting to sell a print here and there), is that necessarily a bad thing?

Yeah, domain names are cheap, but setting up forwarding and all that stuff can be a pain in the rear end for someone who isn't experienced doing such things and really isn't that into it.


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Jul 27, 2011 17:37 |  #3531

kfreels wrote in post #12826838 (external link)
I think that most people will assume that if your business card looks like crap, you probably have poor artistic taste.

There's a difference between looking like crap vs looking good and looking good vs pulling out all the stops and using exotic materials and stuff that takes a great deal of time and costs quite a bit more money. I was talking about the latter.


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Jul 27, 2011 19:14 |  #3532

photoguy6405 wrote in post #12833710 (external link)
If the person is an amateur (or small time person just wanting to sell a print here and there), is that necessarily a bad thing?

Yeah, domain names are cheap, but setting up forwarding and all that stuff can be a pain in the rear end for someone who isn't experienced doing such things and really isn't that into it.

If you buy the domain from google, email just works and smugmug has instructions. If you buy the domain from SmugMug (which sells for GoDaddy) that's set up and you can get Google's instructions to work with GoDaddy.

If you have no clue what you're doing, it probably still won't take more than an hour.
Or you could probably find someone to help you/do it for you locally pretty easily.




  
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Jul 27, 2011 20:09 |  #3533

photoguy6405 wrote in post #12833731 (external link)
There's a difference between looking like crap vs looking good and looking good vs pulling out all the stops and using exotic materials and stuff that takes a great deal of time and costs quite a bit more money. I was talking about the latter.

I certainly agree. My take on the question was whether a thread about what everyone's business cards look like is worth getting involved in. I can be a bit dense sometimes.

So yeah, exotic materials and such is probably overkill. But then I paid $20 for 100 cards on a linen cardstock front and back and spent about an hour making the card up which I think is perfectly reasonable. :-)


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Jul 27, 2011 20:16 |  #3534

photoguy6405 wrote in post #12833710 (external link)
If the person is an amateur (or small time person just wanting to sell a print here and there), is that necessarily a bad thing?

Yeah, domain names are cheap, but setting up forwarding and all that stuff can be a pain in the rear end for someone who isn't experienced doing such things and really isn't that into it.

Considering I've set up everything so far, I'm not inexperienced. We will be getting a domain name, but waiting out until we launch the site officially. For now it's not been a priority really. Thanks for the suggestions.


So no actual feedback on the card itself? That's what I'm really looking for help with.




  
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Jul 27, 2011 20:19 |  #3535

SaxonIV wrote in post #12834424 (external link)
Considering I've set up everything so far, I'm not inexperienced. We will be getting a domain name, but waiting out until we launch the site officially. For now it's not been a priority really. Thanks for the suggestions.

Just an FYI - the number on my card is simply a free google voice account. That way I can have a dedicated voicemail, voicemail messages transcribed to text, and I can have the calls sent to my cell without having to give my cell out to people.


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Jul 27, 2011 20:44 |  #3536

kfreels wrote in post #12834456 (external link)
Just an FYI - the number on my card is simply a free google voice account. That way I can have a dedicated voicemail, voicemail messages transcribed to text, and I can have the calls sent to my cell without having to give my cell out to people.

I do this too.
I have an android phone so my contact list is all integrated too.
If the caller is on my contact list they get my regular voicemail greeting. If they're unknown they get my business voicemail. Unfortunately there's no way to set it up that the google number gets one greeting and my number gets another, but this gets it close.




  
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Jul 28, 2011 09:08 |  #3537

some very nice designs here

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Jul 28, 2011 09:51 |  #3538

I like it! It's different


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Jul 29, 2011 12:42 |  #3539

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I like it! It's different

Agreed!


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Aug 01, 2011 01:48 |  #3540

kfreels wrote in post #12834384 (external link)
I certainly agree. My take on the question was whether a thread about what everyone's business cards look like is worth getting involved in. I can be a bit dense sometimes.

So yeah, exotic materials and such is probably overkill. But then I paid $20 for 100 cards on a linen cardstock front and back and spent about an hour making the card up which I think is perfectly reasonable. :-)

when i see people holding the camera with the shutter on the bottom of the camera like that it drives me nuts. in my opinion a photo like that appears like a mirror shot (may or may not be) but feels out of place on a business card. samples on the other side are good though.


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