I need a business card but I don't have a business

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by fluidedge, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    Hi

    The "Your business card is crap" thread got me thinking that I need to get some cards made up. I'm a Visual Effects/Animation student and want to include a business card in the sleeve of my DVD show reel box i'll be sending out in a couple of months time.

    Now being a student I don't have a business or company logo to put on the card, and i think having a logo designed is a bit pretentious for a 23 year old grad starting at the bottom of the ladder in this industry.

    So i was looking around and remembered Moo Cards. I was thinking their slim MiniCards would be nice. They're about half the height of a standard business card and about as wide (thus half a cheap to have made up ;) ) but they're printed on nice card and laminated with an eggshell type finish. I was thinking something like this would be nice:

    http://uk.moo.com/en/readymade/pack/8

    They're clean, yet interesting, vibrant and memorable.

    They've got room for 6 lines of text on the reverse so a simple:

    Name
    Digital Visual Effects Artist

    Phone
    Email
    Website

    would be all i'd need to include.

    Do you think this is appropriate to get made?

    I was thinking of an alternative design to go on the back of the card as other people might have the same thing made up. I've got a "colour script" storyboard in the Lou Romano Pixar style that we've made for our final graduation animation film project (similar to this i just quickly found on google):

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qkBN7bBq3.../Rs232wcKlPE/s1600-h/Colorscript-Assembly.png

    Which i think would add a really nice individual touch to the business cards but they're a bit abstract and slightly out of context if you haven't seen our animation film. However they'd fit on the wide cards perfectly.

    What do you guys think?

    - Standard size card or narrow 'minicard'
    - Template design (safer but not unique) or individual designs (more abstract but unique)
    - or perhaps why bother, a CV will do?

    Advice appreciated.
     
  2. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    Having a business card with important details isn't a bad thing especially if you're starting out. Something that you can keep in your wallet and hand out is very handy, my advice would be keep it simple and not too fancy.

    Nothing says professional like a nicely printed business card in a crisp readable font.

    IMHO keep it to:
    Name
    Position/Expertise

    Phone
    Email

    Linkedin
    Web Site URL

    And on the other side:
    Maybe a nice image/pattern with a tagline?
     
  3. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    A "calling card" need only include pertinent contact information. For some, that's as little as a phone number. But nowadays an email address is expected. And for visual artists, a website (even if it's iWeb), showing your work is beneficial to jog one's memory when they wonder who this card is from.

    My preference is for the standard size card. Those half-size cards look like something that might get chewed.
     
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  5. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

    fluidedge

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    after sleeping on it overnight, i think that the full size card would be a better option. Anything smaller than standard could get lost and in the job application process that could be fatal of course.

    I still like the idea of putting a different story board panel on each card.It certainly provides a conversation starter and if i always carry round the complete set, say 10 or so, then i could lay them out talk about the short film we did.
     
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    I'm more for the full size cards, double sided in my case with one side being examples of my work (same as on website) and the other side being my contact details etc.

    But I do have some moo mini cards as they're a different product and in the right circumstances can be useful to have. I've treated them a little differently in terms of how I've designed them but they still have the same written information on both.
     
  7. question fear macrumors 68020

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    I like the storyboard idea, very creative!
     
  8. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a

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    I think moo cards are just different enough to stand out...and still sized to fit in a standard card holder or wallet.
     
  9. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!

    I think it's what I'm going to go for. The only problem now is aspect ratio. The cards are a 1.53:1 ratio but the storyboard panels are something like 2:1. I don't think a letterboxing will look very good so I'll have to do some redesigning I think

    I could add a kind of film perforation hole (not real holes of course) to reiterate the filmic look but it's just another form of letterboxing really. I'd like to fill the card enven if it means doing a bit of zooming and redesign

    What do you think? Two black bars accross the top and bottom of the card or fill the space. When I get a spare hour or two I'll do some mock ups and post them here so you can get a better idea what I mean
     
  10. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

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    You got any mock ups done yet? care to post them?
     
  11. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I honestly haven't had much time to work on these yet.

    I will hopefully get something together this week or next!

    I'm also working on a website and would like the two to match up with same colour schemes, fonts etc so will be busy with that too!
     
  12. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

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    Well the link to that story board looked very cool.
    I didn't really know what to put on the back of my contact cards, I just started making today.
     

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  13. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    2 things...

    1. Business cards are a must. I believe is ideotic to believe you need a businesss to have a car... duh! create a personal card.

    2. If you are working in "speciall effects" as you say and can not even consieve a business card desing you just wasted your money in tutition, go to clean the streets instead.
     
  14. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    are you trying to be obnoxious?
     
  15. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    good question, I'll let you know once I've understood what he's actually written. :rolleyes:

    If it's what I think it is then my answer is this - making a business card is one of the most personal things a designer can do and as such it's also the most difficult because as the saying goes, where our own worst client :cool:
     
  16. TRoman macrumors newbie

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    My sister is a professional photographer that doesn't officially have a business, so she is doing the exact same thing you are. Your storyboard idea is incredibly cute; she has sample photography on the back of hers. Though, I agree that the full-sized cards are way better than half-sized. Her business card always falls out of my wallet!
     
  17. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

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    I like the first card you showed us :) but I wouldn't put FUTURE Designer/Architect , kinda sounds like whoever you give the card to will not take you seriously.maybe just leave that out and put your name and info as is just as a personal card.
     
  18. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    What does that mean? I thought the very definition of being a professional is that you charge for your services - hence, it's a business. How can you be "professional" and not have a business? The only thing I can think of is that she shoots for cash under the table on the weekends then goes to her day job Monday - Friday. Just wondering... ;)
     
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  20. kymac macrumors 6502a

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    lol.. i sing that everytime i see his posts too haha
     
  21. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    :D

    I think the poor guy is getting a little tired now after a year or so of exercising. Time for a new avatar i think.
     
  22. Phormic macrumors regular

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    I don't think it's odd to have a business card at all. One of my projects at my graphic design school was to design a business card for ourselves to hand out to potential employers at graduation night.
     

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