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Aug 19, 2007 08:03 |  #1

Right guys,

I've just started putting some ideas together, and I thought a good place to start would be a business card. I'll be producing a design/photography portfolio PDF this week I hope.

After 46 views and no comments, either it's totally crap or people don't want to go to an external site. Here's to hoping it's the second reason!

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So, thoughts please!

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Aug 20, 2007 18:28 |  #2

I don't know why there are no comments, but I like it. I'm not quite sure if the graphic on the front is supposed to signify something, or if it's just a design? And I'd definitely print it out actual size and make sure you can read the text on the back.

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Aug 20, 2007 18:41 |  #3

might be trying to teach grandma, but here goes...

personally i'd steer away from type that close to the edge for a couple of reasons...

a) because it will emphasis any shift on the printing & crop that might make some text look closer to the edge than others

b) because if people keep your card in their wallet you they might lose the details if the edges wear

if your printing out of 4 colour i'd be tempted to make the type a tad bigger, because the dot might eat the edges...however if using a spot 5th it should be clean, but even so, sometimes obvious comes across better.

i'm also not getting the x or c thing...

and i'd check those colours in 4 colour

i might be tempted to play with the type a little more, just to see if it can be lined up differently...to me the close leading looks a little clashy.

i like the simple/abstract approach idea, thats my taste :)




  
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Aug 20, 2007 18:54 |  #4

I like them. Nice and simple.

Rob makes some great points though. Rob, you should be the official graphics design critic for POTN!


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Aug 21, 2007 03:59 as a reply to  @ JaertX's post |  #5

Thanks for the advice Rob, I've got an idea I'm using on the front of my portfolio that will bring the text a lot closer to the centre so I may try that.

Tracknut, as for the graphic on the front - it's an intermeshed D and C - for Digital Creative. That's the term I'm using for myself - I'll get an amended version up tonight.

As for the colour points - I've made sure all the colours are CMYK so reproduction should be good with a 4 colour process.


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Aug 22, 2007 09:09 |  #6

Don't kill the messenger so here are my thoughts:

If I were handed your card I would not understand the front. To me it looks like out of focus trees. I am sure there is a story behind the image but personally I do not get it. The type on the back is going to be much to small for anyone to easily read. It will look fine on your screen but when they arrive you will see what I mean. Your logo on the front and the bottom right corner looks great.


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Aug 22, 2007 11:40 |  #7

give the text room to breathe and you need to add more of the D so that its obvious..

you'll need a 3-5mm safe area if this is going offset lytho


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Aug 24, 2007 13:15 as a reply to  @ Bobster's post |  #8

Right guys,

Here's another version I've come up with:

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Same again if you don't mind!

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Aug 24, 2007 17:15 |  #9

With Biz card, the rule is keep it simple. The second one is much better.


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Aug 24, 2007 17:43 |  #10

ok im confused, is your business name sam nesbit? or digital creative?

i prefer the second design although the front still doesnt tell me what you do


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Aug 24, 2007 17:49 |  #11

front says what it does on the tin!

photography, graphic design, creative audio and digital creative

much better design than the first, but the typography still needs a little tweeking - and theres that huge empty space on the lower right, layout on the front needs a little tweeking to get a good use of space happening..
i would only concentrate on 1 profession at a time with a card

i have a card for my graphic design business and one for my photography..


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Aug 24, 2007 20:34 as a reply to  @ Bobster's post |  #12

Loved both designs. Great stuff man. Especially "digital creative." Love that title.


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Aug 29, 2007 20:52 |  #13

personally I like a photograph/design with color on the front. I agree with the positioning of the text. With the full bleed the recommended spacing is at least 0.125" from the sides, however if you go 0.15" you would be safer if there is a shift in the printing.

If you are looking for a place to print the cheapest quality printing I have ever found is gotprint.com for full color heavy stock glossy front/back business cards.

When reviewing the designs again I prefer the back of the second card with a design similar to the front of the first card.




  
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Aug 30, 2007 05:29 |  #14

Thumbs down for the first - thumbs up for the second... clean and simple! If people want to find out more about your work they'll check out your website rather than being bowled over by trying to achieve too much with a business card.


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