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shyanne
« on: April 28, 2005 04:55:40 PM »

I need some suggestions on what to put on my business cards

So far I've got:




....I'd like to put what I specialize in, and then maybe my address and email? Does that sounds good to you guys?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2005 04:57:03 PM »

Oh and please exuse my typ-o "business"
I'm tired...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2005 05:06:17 PM »

........blink.blink .............i don't get it. maybe being able to see the image would help me make some sense out of it all?
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2005 05:10:40 PM »

........blink.blink .............i don't get it. maybe being able to see the image would help me make some sense out of it all?

Yeah I guess it is all a bit confusing. Let me finish up a draft and I'll post it for you Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2005 07:12:24 AM »

I would move the Website and Email info under your bunny...Technically, you don't need to put both the web addy and the email address on your business card, unless customers can't email you from your website, or you email address is not listed on your website.

Maybe something like this...
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2005 11:38:46 AM »

I would move the Website and Email info under your bunny...Technically, you don't need to put both the web addy and the email address on your business card, unless customers can't email you from your website, or you email address is not listed on your website.

Maybe something like this...


Thank you so much! Thats perfect Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005 10:09:35 PM »

I would still have both your email address and website on your card.  If, as a potenial or returning customer, I  wanted to get in touch with you via email, I wouldn't want to have to search through your website in order to find your email address.  I would make getting in touch with you as easy as possible to decrease the chance that someone won't want to take the time to look it up and therefor not contact you.

Just my two cents!  I like your business card, though!


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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005 10:36:18 PM »

Always put both the E-mail and web addy, they need your storefront address and the best way to contact you at their fingertips. I like vertical cards, so this was my idea http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=10455

I also think that, with the look of your card, a more elegant lettering should replace the blocky lettering you had. Also, the bags are by you, not "Today is Sunday", almost made it sound like a book. A business card should be carefully laid out, it tells people why they should contact you in a very limited amount of space. Make them want to look at it. (Bwaha, I design business cards as a side in Houston)
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2005 10:39:11 PM »

deamon...i like that design alot. yeah, vertical cards are cooler b/c you dont see those all the time, and they'll stick out more i think. good luck w/ the site
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2005 10:47:41 PM »

(Bwaha, I design business cards as a side in Houston)

Deamon, what do you usually charge to design business cards?  I have a logo, but can't seem to put together a good lay-out for my business card, which is weird because I really enjoy doing desktop design.  Having my own logo makes it harder for me, I guess, because I don't know whether to have the logo (which is basically my business name and a small design) and still have my business name printed on the card or let the logo speak for itself.  Anyway, I'd be interested in your input.

Thanks!


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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2005 10:51:19 PM »

So far so good.  I'd make the color on the cards match the color of my website.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2005 10:56:39 PM »

Just a tip! http://www.vistaprint.com has a great deal on business cards. You can use your own artwork (I think---I never have) or theirs. If you allow them to put their web address on the back (very small) the cards are free, you only pay for shipping. If not, it's a little bit more, but still a good deal. Ours come out looking great.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2005 11:13:36 PM »

Just a tip! http://www.vistaprint.com has a great deal on business cards. You can use your own artwork (I think---I never have) or theirs. If you allow them to put their web address on the back (very small) the cards are free, you only pay for shipping. If not, it's a little bit more, but still a good deal. Ours come out looking great.

My business cards for my children's clothing business are from Vista Print.  Not only are their cards a good value and great quality, but their customer service is fantastic.  I had a problem with the checkout once and they gave my 60% off my order!!  I didn't even ask for any discount, I was just calling to see what I was doing wrong and make sure my order got placed correctly.

I'd highly suggest spending the extra $20 for your "own" cards (without the Vista Print address).  To me, it shows that you believe in your business enough to invest in it.  Of course, if your business is something you're doing for fun, then by all means, get the free ones.  But if I were handed a free card, I don't think I'd take the business quite as seriously.  It may seem harsh, but I think $20 isn't too much to invest in your professional image.


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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2005 06:31:01 AM »

I just got my first set of real cards in from overnightprints.com .  They're fabulous, and on really heavy card stock.  So I'd highly recommend them.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2005 08:42:42 AM »

Deamon, what do you usually charge to design business cards?  I have a logo, but can't seem to put together a good lay-out for my business card, which is weird because I really enjoy doing desktop design.  Having my own logo makes it harder for me, I guess, because I don't know whether to have the logo (which is basically my business name and a small design) and still have my business name printed on the card or let the logo speak for itself.  Anyway, I'd be interested in your input.

Thanks!


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Well, since I do it freelance, it varys on the specific job. If you already have the logo, the bulk of the job is taken care of, so to layout and design the card itself I wouldn't charge more than $20. I don't know how other people do it. If I design the logo, it gets up higher than that depending on the ammount of time that goes into it, the number of logos I draw, etc...

You always want your business name on the card, if people are talking about your business, they need to be able to verify the name with just a glance at your card.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2005 09:01:21 AM »

Well, since I do it freelance, it varys on the specific job. If you already have the logo, the bulk of the job is taken care of, so to layout and design the card itself I wouldn't charge more than $20. I don't know how other people do it. If I design the logo, it gets up higher than that depending on the ammount of time that goes into it, the number of logos I draw, etc...

You always want your business name on the card, if people are talking about your business, they need to be able to verify the name with just a glance at your card.

Sorry to hijack this post, but here's my logo.  Do you think I should set up my business card with the typical:

Business Name
My Name
Position
Etc.

Or leave off the business name part since the logo *is* the business name?



Thanks so much!


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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2005 09:48:32 AM »

Sorry to hijack this post, but here's my logo.  Do you think I should set up my business card with the typical:

Business Name
My Name
Position
Etc.

Or leave off the business name part since the logo *is* the business name?
Thanks so much!


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In that case, I wouldn't repeat the business name.
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2005 10:16:19 AM »

Thanks everyone for all of your great advice, as of right now my card psd is stuck on my DEAD computer but after I get the hard drive out of it I'll be able to fix it up. I think I am going to go with the vertical card, like you said it is unique and I am going to switch around the arial bold font to something more curvey!

As for printings I'm going to stick to a local business, but thank you all for sharing your advice on that subject.
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2005 12:03:04 PM »

I am going to switch around the arial bold font to something more curvey!

I would stay away from the curvey type-- try something very readable and clean for the information on the card. A really classic serif like Garamond or a gothic sans serif (sort of similar to the Arial, but not as heavy) could work well here. You don't want a lot of stuff cluttering up your card- the emphasis is on the name and the image, everything else should stay really clean. Maybe make the image a bit smaller- I can't really tell how the space is being used here because I don't think the image I'm looking at is proportional to a business card size (2"x3.5")

I like the layout that KimmyLynne82 is showing. Although I would put the website before the email address. I think that the image you have works much better on a horizontal card than a vertical layout. I do agree with Deamon about your tagline though-- Leave the business name, but maybe you could combine the other two lines of text so that it reads "one of a kind handbags by Cheyenne Golding" And I like the type you chose for your name-- you can use more decorative type for that part. The script you used is nice, and not too "cute." I consider the way you have typeset "Today is Sunday" to be your logo.

One more thing to know-- borders like you have here can be tricky-- when the cards are cut, they aren't always exact, and there is a potential for the border to look uneven. If you do use it, make it sort of thick so it isn't chopped off, and be sure to do a bleed. If I were you I would just lose the border- it's not necessary.

ok, have to get back to my real design job now, but this is much more fun Smiley Good luck!

ps- I like the rabbit image you have- where did you find it?
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2005 12:19:50 PM »

Wow I'm getting tons of great advice from everyone, thank you! I am going to try out different styles and see what I like best. Also thanks for the advice on the boarders...I never really thought about that. And as far as size goes this is just something I whipped up to be able to show an example Smiley

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The rabbit is an actual rabbit picture that I cut out, contrasted then changed the color of in photoshop.

Thanks again everyone!
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« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2005 04:15:58 PM »

Wow, I design my business cards at home on my PC, and get them printed and cut onto whatever card stock I like at kinko's (local copy shop) I pay about $10 USD for 1000 one-color printed cards that way, and I don't have to rely on delivery, someone else's processing time (if I need more immediately, I go make some more up), or having to pay extra for my own design or artwork. I also don't have to worry about whether my printing company has the right clip art or will charge me more for using my own. *smile* And it is usually MUCH less expensive to do it yourself. I take them (precut by the print shop) home and my family and I have a fun time gluing them to magnetic card backings that a friend of mine found in a dumpster and sold to me for $5 for 2 cases. (Those cases have lasted me 3 years)
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