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Normunds
Apr 27, 2006, 03:06 PM
Hi,

Wwhat do you think - is it a good business card or not?



iGary
Apr 27, 2006, 03:09 PM
No, it's confusing.

Sorry, you asked. :o

dornoforpyros
Apr 27, 2006, 03:18 PM
I'm personally not a huge fan of minimalist design like this, yeah sometimes it looks great (ala: apple) but a lot of the time it looks barren.

But if you insist on using this style I'd say play with kerning a bit, the letters all seem pretty widely spaced.

puckhead193
Apr 27, 2006, 03:18 PM
more info...address of the office...

superninjagoat
Apr 27, 2006, 03:19 PM
Honestly, it needs a little help.

The basic idea is there. Good use of white space and simplicity.

Now for the criticism. A business card should tell the holder what business you're in. Perhaps adding a descriptive underline to the logo/brand would help with that.

Also, coloring the first and last letters seems a little random. I can see coloring the first letter of each word in leu of capitalization.

You may want to add a physical address. Clients (generally) want to work with businesses they can meet face-to-face with, and proximity is important to that.

savar
Apr 27, 2006, 05:34 PM
Hi,

Wwhat do you think - is it a good business card or not?

What business are you in? It's probably suitable for a designer, but obviously not right for a banker.

Also I think the color isn't dark enough...seems like it would be hard to read on paper.

dogbone
Apr 27, 2006, 10:59 PM
I must qualify my answer first...I assume you know what information you want on the card and have deliberately chosen to leave off the sort of important stuff that people want a business card for...having said that...

I like it.

electronboy
Apr 28, 2006, 01:45 PM
no. Why would you change color for first and last characters? What happens when you make a business card for Betty Harris? You get B and S in bright yellow! Hopefully you won't have to make a card for Frank Wu either. :eek:

Normunds
Apr 28, 2006, 01:52 PM
interesting points. I dod not include adress, because of I am on constant travel and my customers can always reach me over the phone or e-mail.

pedrov
Apr 28, 2006, 04:30 PM
No, it's confusing.

Sorry, you asked. :o

why not give some coonstructive criticizing for his card instead of just saying it no good?

Blue Velvet
Apr 28, 2006, 07:17 PM
What's a business card for? To remind others of you... and what the feck you do.

So I'm going through my purse and I find a business card with someone's name on it and after discounting the probability that I picked it up in a bar :D, I'm thinking 'What does this person do again?'

someguy
Apr 28, 2006, 07:27 PM
Good design, I like the style of it.

Now keep the design and incorporate what others have said into it and you should be good to go.

Macky-Mac
Apr 28, 2006, 08:25 PM
interesting points. I dod not include adress, because of I am on constant travel and my customers can always reach me over the phone or e-mail.


if you prefer that customers contact you by phone or email then I don't think you have give a postal address as well....I would agree that it's a good idea to put some sort of information about what your company does

daxx
May 1, 2006, 10:05 PM
Just not organized

CanadaRAM
May 1, 2006, 10:12 PM
if you prefer that customers contact you by phone or email then I don't think you have give a postal address as well....I would agree that it's a good idea to put some sort of information about what your company does
It's a good idea to put on the location you want them to send the cheque to...


even if it's just a postal drop.

XNine
May 8, 2006, 05:36 PM
Put the logo of the company above your name, drop it down toward the center of the card, and number/email at the bottom.

marchcapital
May 11, 2006, 02:38 PM
im a huge fan of minimalistic design...i like it. im really not sure how anyone finds it confusing..unless they're unfamiliar with wat an email address and phone number is.:confused:

nagromme
May 15, 2006, 03:22 PM
I like it. I like the clean simplicity, the text effects (color and kerning), and the fact that's unique without being hard to read at all.

You know how you give them out, so I assume you expect people will already know what you do when you hand them the card. But consider whether someone ELSE might ever run across the card. A couple words telling what you do might bring you work!

Pistol Pete
May 15, 2006, 03:53 PM
What's a business card for? To remind others of you... and what the feck you do.

So I'm going through my purse and I find a business card with someone's name on it and after discounting the probability that I picked it up in a bar :D, I'm thinking 'What does this person do again?'


thats is what i was thinking...i supposed photog....but who knows...

Sweetfeld28
May 16, 2006, 09:21 PM
I like the logo, and they typeface you have chosen. But as for the layout, it does look a little unorganized. Most business cards that i have, give the most general information: name of the person, position, address, contact info, and then maybe company info on the back of the card.

Here is a company card i designed:

sushi
May 17, 2006, 02:17 AM
Hi,

Wwhat do you think - is it a good business card or not?
I like the minimalist design.

However, dislike the name (color and kerning). Makes it hard to read.

Maybe a more simple one color font without the kernin for the name.

Also, I don't know about other places, but titles are very important here in Japan. So if it were here, I would be sure to include the title somewhere (maybe under the name) on the card.

Black&Tan
May 17, 2006, 08:11 AM
Lots of critiques here.... I'll add my 2 cents. On initial glance, I like the white space and the logo. But, after further reflection, I think a few changes might be necessary. A title is important...how are you connected to Aero? Most people use a business card for specific reasons, and invariably in this order:

1. What is the company
2. Who is the contact
3. What is his/her position within the company (am I dealing with a sales rep or an account manager)
4. How can I contact him/her
5. What does this company do/specialize in
6. Where is the business based

Therefore, 1 and 2 are extremely important. This should be the first thing you notice on the card. The title is also important. Next is contact information, followed by 5 and 6. I agree, it's good to reiterate the address so your clients know where to send the checks to.

Currently, in the proportions/colors you have created, my eye does not go to any location first. It roams around the card, but never focusing on a specific point. I would suggest intensifying some of the colors, and reorganizing the information to bring the company name and your name to the forefront. Adding the color highlights to your name is creative, but nothing else on the card carries this idea through. It's a new element that has no continuity. I would also suggest printing on the back side and include points 5 and 6. This way you can keep your minimalist design and still have all the relevant information.

Johnny.MacLeod
May 18, 2006, 11:55 AM
Im revamping my web design company with a new "apple-esque" look. I want it to be very minimalist. Im trying to get my cards to say "We are so good that we don't need to have flashy gimick cards!" - Most of my clients appreciate a superiority complex. Not that I have one but I put on the persona:p

Im getting this card made with thick card and a matt finish:
http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/9954/buisnesscardfrontsmall7gx.png

I did think about adding a drop shadow but I dont know if it would spoil the simple look of it.

I not made the back of the card but it is in the same place and will have my mobile number and web address on it.

Constructive critisism is welcome. Ive never designed a buisness card before and I do realise that the card is a little cold but that is why im using the matt finish to warm it up a notch.

kretzy
May 18, 2006, 12:07 PM
Constructive critisism is welcome. Ive never designed a buisness card before and I do realise that the card is a little cold but that is why im using the matt finish to warm it up a notch.
Not a bad idea, but I found it very difficult to read. The way the letters are lined up made me want to read down. The large amount of spacing between letters doesn't help either.

Black&Tan
May 18, 2006, 02:43 PM
Try increasing the space between the lines. With the increased kerning, you may want to "baseline shift" the period (fullstop) after the "J" to center it vertically.

ITASOR
May 18, 2006, 02:47 PM
Not a bad idea, but I found it very difficult to read. The way the letters are lined up made me want to read down. The large amount of spacing between letters doesn't help either.


It got my attention though. If it was normal lettering, I would have looked at it and moved on, with the way he has it, I had to take a double take, and then try to figure out what it said (I got it in about 3 seconds, so not bad). It makes people interested. If there's more info on the back, I really like the idea, good work.

I still think clayj's business cards are the coolest ever though!

MrSugar
May 18, 2006, 03:51 PM
Interesting because I myself just printed new business cards.

My strategy was somewhat similar, I wanted a nice clean design but I was intent on conveying more information than you are.

I placed my company logo, name, and what I do on the front of card, with my contact info and address on the back.

This way the information is nicely spread out yet also all available if anyone needs it. Like someone else said, it's important to express what you do as someone you don't give the card to may someday come accross it.

Also, people are forgetful.

Johnny.MacLeod
May 18, 2006, 05:33 PM
How about this?

I still have to put the reflection at the bottom but im a tad busy at the moment.

http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/2865/buisnesscardfrontsmall23wk.png

Sweetfeld28
May 18, 2006, 10:35 PM
No offense johnny, but it is a bit much.

I mean it is to hard for the brain the process that. The letters themselves are, in my opinion, are to spread out. It honestly took me two passes to look at the letters to understand what they spelled out.

I would personally try to adjust the tracking, so that the letters are closer together and easier to read/process. Or, what i would do to make your name a color that would stick out; like a dark yellow or something. I think this would better emphasize your name, as well as, what you do in white.

Just my two cents. Good thinking otherwise.

ravenvii
May 18, 2006, 11:59 PM
Im revamping my web design company with a new "apple-esque" look. I want it to be very minimalist. Im trying to get my cards to say "We are so good that we don't need to have flashy gimick cards!" - Most of my clients appreciate a superiority complex. Not that I have one but I put on the persona:p

Im getting this card made with thick card and a matt finish:
http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/9954/buisnesscardfrontsmall7gx.png

I did think about adding a drop shadow but I dont know if it would spoil the simple look of it.

I not made the back of the card but it is in the same place and will have my mobile number and web address on it.

Constructive critisism is welcome. Ive never designed a buisness card before and I do realise that the card is a little cold but that is why im using the matt finish to warm it up a notch.

You want Apple-esque? Add a reflection on the bottom of the lettering to make it look like it's on a glassy black surface. Ooh, sleek!

I really like your idea. I agree with the above poster; fix the spacing to make it read more horizonally instead of vertically - closer spacing on the horizonal lines than the space between the two lines will solve your problem.

Black&Tan
May 19, 2006, 08:03 AM
How about this?

I still have to put the reflection at the bottom but im a tad busy at the moment.

http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/2865/buisnesscardfrontsmall23wk.png

I like it. Try the reflection, but remember, it may be a bit much. You'll probably need to use gradients and screens, and unless you're using a high end printer with a decent line screen, the gradients may look muddy. But try it and see. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Mike Teezie
May 19, 2006, 06:05 PM
These are similar to my business cards.

My website and phone number are on the back of the card in the same exact fashion.

http://mnjordan.com/images/misc/mr/card.jpg

Johnny.MacLeod
May 19, 2006, 06:12 PM
Very nice design Mike.

I take it they have a matt finish?

I like the emphasis of your name in larger text and the line clearly defines the difference.

Nice work.:)

Mike Teezie
May 19, 2006, 06:19 PM
Thanks. Yes, my cards are matte - they have a very nice satin quality. Not a straight matte finish.

I couldn't be happier with them, and I get great responses from people when I hand them out.

ercw
Jun 12, 2006, 07:59 PM
why do you make the most important part of the message so small?
(phone#)

7on
Jun 13, 2006, 04:21 PM
Im revamping my web design company with a new "apple-esque" look. I want it to be very minimalist. Im trying to get my cards to say "We are so good that we don't need to have flashy gimick cards!" - Most of my clients appreciate a superiority complex. Not that I have one but I put on the persona:p

Im getting this card made with thick card and a matt finish:
[IG]http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/9954/buisnesscardfrontsmall7gx.png[/IMG]

I did think about adding a drop shadow but I dont know if it would spoil the simple look of it.

I not made the back of the card but it is in the same place and will have my mobile number and web address on it.

Constructive critisism is welcome. Ive never designed a buisness card before and I do realise that the card is a little cold but that is why im using the matt finish to warm it up a notch.

The back better be white with black text :p

Not too bad, though I do get the general feeling minimalism gets overused a tad.

7on
Jun 13, 2006, 04:24 PM
why do you make the most important part of the message so small?
(phone#)

The most important information is your name and what you do.

Dessert Whip
Jun 13, 2006, 04:44 PM
The most important information is your name and what you do.
Huh? Don't you know that before you get the card? The MOST important information is your contact info (ie phone, address, e, web). Would you write down your name and title and hand it to somebody. Fat chance, but you would write your number down - even without your name OR title. Half the time when I use the ol rolodex, the person I need doesn't even work there anymore but the number hasn't changed.