Saturday, 5 December 2009

Business Cards...

I have looked at some existing business cards for a bit of inspiration for the one I need to design. Most of the good business cards out there are clever or quirky in some way (these are usually the ones designers have themselves), but I need to design something that is clear, contains the correct information and ties in with the branding for the rest of the company. I found the majority of these designs listed in this web article; The Coolest Business Cards, which shows lots of interesting and quite unusual cards...

1. Retro Microphone
This is a really clever business card idea, but it does look a little bit like a comb. However, when you read the text it is quite clear, but there is limited information space on this type of card.

2. Stick Man
I love this - very simple and lo-fi but it makes an impact. The design is appropriate for the job it represents but something similar probably wouldn't be suitable for Cake&Co.

3. Pantone
Obviously suitable for a designer. It feels a little done, the actual design is very low key and easy. The use of an existing paper product and sticking something to it is quite interesting, but I think that it presents a much less corporate image.

4. Envelope
This it very interesting; the patch is representative of the companies logo, and is an extra something to have and think about. The envelope is quite lovely, and it looks like a lot of thought has gone into how the brand is represented.

5. Label
The idea of designing a business card that represents your business is sort of cool and clever, but also a little tacky. In a way it is sort of obvious and unimaginative.

6. Orange
Very clean and simple design. The overall design is quite eye catching, and it feels very fresh. This is also a simple printed design, rather than having something else attached to it - which would be expensive to produce.

7. Seed Packet
This business card is spot on. The job is represented very clearly and cleverly. I think that a card like this is very appropriate
for certain types of business, but sometimes a business card just needs to be a business card - especially if you need quite a lot of them produced.

8. Google
This is obviously for a designer of some form. It is a good idea, but really says nothing about the person, job or type of work they do.

9. Paulabirdy
This is a lovely illustrated card, and quite appropriate for the job. The simplicity, but slightly personal touch is great because it creates a more friendly feeling toward to the person it is given to.

10. Parks
The leaves are very appropriate, the colours are also suitable, but the inclusion of blue makes it a bit more interesting and breaks a stereotypical idea of using green for environment based industry. The quirky illustrative element brings across a warmer and more friendly feel to the brand.

11. Viewzi
A see through card - totally appropriate for the phrase they are using on the card, it makes sense.

12. Speciality Catering
This is a bright and engaging card. The contact information is comprehensive and clear. The illustrations are a little bit clip art-esq but the striped background and use of expressive type gives the card a very friendly overall feel. The impression I get is of business that is new, and not corporate in any way.

13. Stamp
Having a stamp made and using random bits of paper to print it onto. Totally appropriate for a environmentally friendly company, but the impression is less corporate. I have seen this type of "card" idea several times now, and I think that it could become overused, and used for inappropriate businesses that just think its a clever idea, but don't see the representations that go with it.

14. Jungeshachtel
This is quirky - the middle section is like a zip/perforation that you have to open to reveal the contact details. I have no idea what type of business it represents, but my guess would be a designer. The idea is clever, but I am not sure that it says much about the person/business themselves.

Clever idea, but the bit mark is not believable. If you are going to do something like this then it should look right. It looks like the chefs hat has been replicated and cut out - the concept however is a strong idea.

16. Rhythm Kitchen
This is bright and colourful, though it only uses two colours. This is a smart move for producing business cards that are effective but cheap. The impression is of a fun and vibrant brand and people that are friendly and engaging to work with.

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