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November 05 2013

15:57

Letterpress and edge painting by kikisoso

Nick Elliott of Cologne-based kikisoso sent me a stack of these.

kikisoso letterpress card

They were printed in-house using a Golding Jobber from the 1880s, onto Gmund cotton 600gsm.

kikisoso letterpress card

Nick bought the press on eBay then had it shipped from Nottingham to Cologne.

Price on eBay = £840 GBP
Manpower UK = £150 GBP (to carry the 750KG press out of a basement)
Shipping from UK = £280 GBP
Moving the press three metres into Nick’s office = €480 EUR (£410 GBP)

Total cost = £1680 GBP

kikisoso letterpress card

The 600gsm gives a nice depth for the edge paint — colour-matched to the orange on my website (link hovers, favicon). The thick stock makes the reverse indent barely noticeable, too, something I found more obvious with a 300gsm card thickness.

kikisoso letterpress card

Thanks very much, Nick. Superb.

kikisoso — recommended for letterpress stationery, Christmas cards, wedding invites…

August 30 2012

09:51

Luxe by MOO

This arrived last week.

MOO Luxe business cards

MOO Luxe business cards

MOO Luxe business cards

It’s the Luxe card, MOO’s most premium product launched at the start of the year.

Mohawk superfine paper is combined with MOO’s Quadplex technology to produce the 600gsm card stock (roughly twice as thick as a standard business card). There’s also an optional seam of colour within the layers. I kept it simple with black, but blue and red are available, or you can just stick with white.

MOO Luxe business cards

This imitation leather holder arrived with the cards, too. It’s just a little too wide, so the cards aren’t held as well as they could be, but it feels and looks better than the showcase holder I mentioned last year.

Giorgio Fedon card holder

You can fit 10 Luxe cards inside, so perhaps 20 of MOO’s standard stock.

100 cards, plus the Giorgio Fedon holder, and tracked delivery costs less than £100.

MOO Luxe business cards

They’re available in sets of 50, too, at £23.99 plus VAT. That’s good value.

More info about Luxe on the MOO website.

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August 23 2012

09:23

How to Prepare a Business Card for Print in Illustrator

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Believe it or not, print isn’t dead! Although much of today’s advertising is going to more electronic means, there are still a vast amount of printing being done every single day. Many freelance graphic designers are still working on print projects for clients, communicating with printers, and sending their designs to print.

It is often much easier to publish something electronically than for print. With sending something to print, you have many things you must do in order to prepare your file for printing, depending on the printer you are working with.

In this article, I am going to walk you through the several steps you can do to prepare a business card for print. Although I focus on a business card here, these same tips can be applied to other printed pieces as well, such as post cards, letterhead, invitations, and the like.

First, make a copy of the document

First and foremost, after your document is finalized and before you start prepping it for print, it is vital that you save a copy of the document and work on the copy. I recommend labeling the document with “print ready” or “for print” in the title, so that you know that the print ready file is not the original, editable file.

Some of the things I discuss below are irreversible (without a ton of work) once you do them, which is why it is best to keep the original file so that in the future if you need to make changes, it is easy to do so.

Get printing specs from printer (if possible)

Since every printer is going to want files differently, it is important to contact the printer you plan to send your file(s) to and ask them if they have any specific requirements. They may often tell you that they need the font files or outline the text, account for a specific amount of bleed, save in a certain format, etc. Make note of these requirements and adjust the below mentioned steps as needed. If you don’t know who the printer is going to be, then the steps below should get your file(s) closer to print ready with only minimal changes required once a printer has been selected.

Outline Fonts

The very first thing I do is outline the type in my document. I do this for a couple of reasons: I don’t want to spend time finding the font file and sending with my document and most font licenses don’t allow you to give the files to other people. Some printers I have worked with try to get the font, but I simply just outline the text and explain that the fonts have been outlined.

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In Illustrator, this is done by selecting all of the text (that is editable), then go to Type > Create Outlines (Shift-Command-O on Mac or Shift-Ctrl-O on Windows). The type now becomes vector shapes. Once you do this and exit out of the document, you can no longer edit the text unless you simply redo it.

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Check and adjust your bleeds

A bleed (in graphic design and printing) is any area on a printed document where the ink must run off the edge of the paper. Thus, in your document, you should actually run any colors off of the edge and then some to accomodate for the printer cutting your piece to the appropriate size. As you can see in my business card above, I indeed have a bleed on all four sides of my business card (please note that my business card size above is 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches).

Sending my card to print right now, with the bleed only going to the edge of the 3.5 by 1.5 size, I could get my cards back having some white borders on some of the edges of the card. Why? Because it actually is not a true bleed. Printers reserve a fraction of an itch of wiggle room for their cutting machines. In essence, you need to prep your file to cover their non-exact cutting. You will need to push your bleed further than the actual size of your document.

If your document has a bleed, there are a couple of ways to indicate this in your file and accomodate it, and the way printers want you to do it often varies from printer to printer. Since mostly every printer is different, and every program they use is equally different, below is the way to prep your business card for any program and for most printers.

In Illustrator, draw a rectangle around your business card to the exact size and in the exact place you want the printer to cut your card (in the image below the rectangle has a red stroke so that you can see the shape I drew–you should make yours have no fill and no stroke color).

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Next, while the shape is still selected, go to Effect > Crop Marks. You should now have printer marks around your business card that indicate exactly where you want the printer to cut your cards. Your business card with the crop marks should look similar to mine below.

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With crop marks in place, we still need to make our document program-independent, meaning if our file is opened in a program other than Illustrator, or in an older version of Illustrator, the printer should still see your file. Since older versions of Illustrator and other vector-based programs do not render art boards properly, it can cause your artwork to potentially be cut off or not seen by the printer, so we need to change the size of our art board if we have it set to be the size of our business card.

Select the Artboard tool from the tool panel (one of the last four in the tools panel). Illustrator will then show you your art boards by graying everything out around the art boards. Now grab the art board and push the edges so that they are past your crop marks (see before and after shots below).

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We aren’t done yet! We still need to set the bleeds. Since I am a very visual person, I like to see where my safe zone, cut area, and bleed areas are. For the sake of this tutorial, let’s say the safe area is 1/8th inch from the cut area (that means all important things that should not be cut off should be 1/8th inch from the edge) and the bleed is 1/8th inch on the outside of the cut area.

To mark off these areas, I like to use guides. I went ahead and set the safe area, cut area, and bleed area in my business card using guides, which you can see below.

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Finally, we push all of our bleeds out to our bleed guide we created, as seen below.

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Check for colors

The business card example I have been using above uses one color: blue. But what if you have several colors in your business card? If you have multiple colors in your business card, then you have two options for printing: digital printing or offset printing.

Digital Printing

Prepping your files for digital printing when it comes to your colors is easier than for offset printing. A word of caution however, just because it is easier to prep doesn’t mean that you are free from color shifts or undesirable colors. While the different types of settings on your program, what the printer requires, and how sensitive you are to accurate colors for a digital print could be an article in and of itself, keep in mind that you could have some color shifts and taking extra care in making sure the colors are what you want is important at this step.

With that caution behind us, for digital printing processes, your printer will either want the document and colors to be CMYK or RGB. For this tutorial let’s say the printer wants your document and colors to be in CMYK. First place to check this out is the document itself. Go to File > Document Color Mode. Make sure CMYK is selected if it is not already.

Next, select everything in your document and go to Edit > Edit Colors > Convert to CMYK. Now all of your objects should be using CMYK colors. You can check this by selecting anything in your document and going to the colors panel. If the color is made up of CMYK, then it is correct, however if the color is made up of RBG, then you need to repeat the steps above. Just remember this could cause color shifts (not always evident on screen).

Offset Printing

If your business card is being printed using offset printing, you can check to make sure everything is properly indicated for the right color. For simplicity, I am going to use the back of my business card above and use PMS (Pantone Matching System) colors. In my card below I have three PMS colors: PMS Black at 90% (Gray), PMS 298 (Blue), and PMS 381 (Green).

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To check to see if your objects are in PMS colors, click each one and look in the color panel. If it gives the correct name of the PMS color there, then you have designated that object as a PMS color. If you see numbers for either CMYK or RBG colors, then you must designate that object as a PMS color.

To pick a PMS color, go to Window > Swatch Libraries > Color Books > Pantone Solid Uncoated (or the option of your choice). A new window will appear with all of the PMS swatches. Select the object then select the appropriate swatch.

Now in the color panel you should see the name of the PMS color you selected. Repeat for all the other objects in your document. I went through and did all of the objects in the appropriate PMS color for my business card seen below (note color shifts from the one above – read my note above about color shifts).

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The best way to check now to make sure the printer will see the right colors is to print color separations digitally. You can do this on your computer and it requires no actual physical printing. Unfortunately, Illustrator doesn’t make this process easy so please bare with me.

Go to File > Print. In the print dialogue box, select “Adobe PostScript” in the printer drop down and select your local desktop printer in the PPD drop down. Next, select “Output” in the option box on the left hand side. Your print dialogue box should look like this one.

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Next, select “Separations (Host-Based)” where it says “Composite.” Click the printer icons to the left of every color that is not one of the PMS colors you want to print (so that the printer icon is no longer in that box). Finally, click “Save” at the bottom and in the dialogue box save it to your desktop for now.

Find the file on your desktop and open it in Adobe Acrobat. This will convert the .PS file into a .PDF file so you can view it. Each page of the resulting PDF will show in black what each color will print. You can see where the page count is in Adobe Acrobat the name of the PMS color for that page. Flip through and make sure everything appears right. If something is wrong, you can go back and check to make sure every object is designated the correct PMS color. Below is a screenshot of the PMS Black at 90% separation for the back of my business card.

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Die-cuts, Foils and Spot UV

If you have special effects going on with your business card, they require attention as well. Three common effects used in printing today include die-cuts, foils, and spot UV (or spot gloss). Foils and spot UV can be prepped the same way for printing, however die-cuts are prepped for differently. Depending on your printer’s requirements, they may either want these special effects in a different document or in a different layer in Illustrator. We are going to do them in a different layer.

Die-cuts

In short, die-cuts are special made dies (or cutters) that are designed to create a special shape (think cookie cutters). They are often used to cut circle business cards, business cards with rounded corners, or a custom shape. I am going to show you how to prep a card for rounded corners die-cutting, but the same applies to any shape.

Taking the back of my business card above, I would like to add rounded corners to it. The best way to do this is to do it on a separate layer. Create a new layer and name it “Die-Cut.” Next, using the Rounded Rectangle tool, I create the shape that I want my final business card to be. You can see the shape (with no fill or stroke color) in the image below (I have some bleed on my card that is why the shape is not all the way out to the edge of the gray). Finally, all you have to do is inform your printer the name of the die-cut layer!

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Foils and Spot UV

These can be done in a similar fashion as die-cuts, only making the shape a solid black color. Let’s walk through the process together for the spot UV on my business cards (keep in mind it is exactly the same as foil too). As you can see below, I want part of my logo in spot UV over the front of my business card, show in black below. All I have to do is make sure it is where I want it to be, then move it to a new layer (create a new layer, name new layer “spot UV,” select new layer, right-click object then select Arrange > Send to Current Layer).

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A little messy looking, I know, but this along with telling the printer you want spot UV (or foil) should be all the indication they need to properly print your cards.

File Delivery

Again, every printer is different, however once you do all the prep work above, the only file you should have to send to the printer is a PDF file of each side of your document (or however they want you to send it to them). If your printer can take .EPS or .AI files, then you can send them your print-ready files in that format as well, but also send them a PDF so that they can work from either type and see how you want your final product to be.

I always like to be on the super safe and clear side, so I often send along a JPG or PNG version of the card as well, one for each side and one for the color part and one for any special effects, just so it is crystal clear to the printer. Doing a little bit of leg work on your end can help get your card printed faster and accurate. It also never hurts to ask for a proof as well, and approve the proof, so that if something does come back incorrect, the printer will be responsible for it if you approved the proof.

A note about detailed business card designs

The one I used in this tutorial was a simple design with only a few colors, however if you have an extremely detailed business card, you may run into situations that require more prepress work, such as intricate lines with strokes, overlapping objects, trapping and knockouts, photographs, several special effects, etc. It is almost impossible to cover each one in this article but a quick Google search and/or a chat with your printer should help you in your prepress work.

Conclusion

Taking the extra steps to ensure your business card (or any printed document) is prepped for the printer will not only save you some headache with your printer, but also save you money, as some printers charge you prepress fees for this type of work. Why get charged a fee when it is easy to prep your own document? Just keep in mind that a lot of headache can be saved by talking to your printer to find out their requirements first.

May 07 2012

14:10

Two memorable business cards

Here’s one that stood out among the entries for this year’s Chip Shop Awards.

Poole & Hunter business card

Created for a bespoke tailor by graphic designer Greg Healy. Creative, appropriate, inexpensive (you could finish those yourself with a ruler and craft knife).

And something a little more magical, Ritornell’s business cards are inspired by the project’s live show.

With the aid of laser assisted milling, nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell’s contact information were applied onto a long musicbox paper stripe. Before handing out the cards to interested addressees, each individual subdivision is played back through a specially designed musical box — providing every business card receiver with a tailor made musical experience.

Designed by Katharina Hölzl for musical duo Ritornell.

Ritornell business card

A bit more card inspiration in the stationery category.

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March 31 2012

11:00

18 WordPress Themes for Creating an Awesome Online Résumé

As web designers/developers, you need an online portfolio or a landing page, wherein your potential clients can take a look at your works. Further more, it helps to have a resume or Curriculum Vitae online — so that if a client seeks more info about you, he/she can simply head to that page, instead of asking you for a CV in email. In this article, we take a look at some of the best Resume or CV themes for WordPress.

ResumePress

Major Features:

  • Fully customizable design and layout
  • Custom fields like Career History, Summary and Education
  • Gallery cum portfolio support
ResumePress

ResumePress

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Precision (Regular License: $20)

Major Features:

  • Unique “brochure style” design
  • Custom image slideshows
  • 6 shortcodes; 2 custom post types
  • Cross Slide image slider
Precision

Precision

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Cascade (Regular License $20)

Major Features:

  • Uses jQuery and Lightbox
  • 2 skins; 8 tab colors; 10 tab icons
  • 20 predefined backgrounds; 10 social media icons
  • Custom contact form
  • Google Maps shortcode
Cascade

Cascade

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Circlus (Regular License: $25)

Major Features:

  • jQuery Nivo slider plugin
  • Custom 404 Error Page
  • Custom contact form
  • Custom favicon
Circlus

Circlus

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Vue (Regular License: $35)

Major Features:

  • 7 different skins
  • Multiple portfolio layouts
  • 2 homepage sliders
  • Unbranded theme options
Vue

Vue

Demo | More Info

Aurel (Standard License: $12)

Major Features:

  • 2 different layouts
  • Valid xHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • jQuery scroller
Aurel

Aurel

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zeeBizzCard (Free)

Major Features:

  • 7 color schemes
  • 3 Featured posts’ sliders
  • Font Manager with over 20 fonts
  • Translation ready
  • Localized in English and German
zeeBizzCard

zeeBizzCard

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Profile (Free)

Major Features:

  • Minimalist design
  • Custom menus and logo
  • Can also serve as a website with static pages (instead of posts)
Profile

Profile

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MyResume (Club Membership: $39/year)

Major Features:

  • jQuery tabbed content
  • Social media integration
  • 5 color schemes
  • Smooth tabbed design
  • Automated thumbnail resizing
MyResume

MyResume

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Get Hired (Standard License: $18)

Major Features:

  • 6 color schemes
  • Social media integration
  • In-built contact form
  • Print-ready CSS
Get Hired

Get Hired

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Super Slick vCard (Regular License: $20)

Major Features:

  • 8 color schemes
  • 27 pre-built translations
  • 2 navigation styles
  • 7 PSDs included
  • Showcase/Portfolio page
  • In-built contact form
Super Slick vCard

Super Slick vCard

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MiniSite (Regular License: $25)

Major Features:

  • Minimal clean design
  • Ajax/PHP contact form
  • 4 color schemes
  • Pre-defined shortcodes
  • jQuery and Lightbox based gallery/slideshow
MiniSite

MiniSite

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MiniCard (Free)

Major Features:

  • Support for hCard micro-format
  • Multiple social networks
  • Portfolio support
MiniCard

MiniCard

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Visiting Card (Free)

Major Features:

  • Support for multiple social networks
  • In-built contact form
  • Ideal for non-bloggers
Visiting Card

Visiting Card

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Creative Zodiac (Regular License: $30)

Major Features:

  • No page reloading (even when using features such as ‘Search’)
  • In-built contact form
  • Detailed Theme Options
  • Custom page templates
Creative Zodiac

Creative Zodiac

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The Digital Business Card (Free)

Major Features:

  • 50+ social networking sites supported
  • Ideal for non-bloggers
  • Easy to use Theme Options panel
The Digital Business Card

The Digital Business Card

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BizzCard (Standard License: $69; Free Version also available)

Major Features:

  • Independent Twitter gadget
  • Flexible widgets
  • FAQ template
  • Huge logo
  • In-built contact form
  • Custom Branding
BizzCard

BizzCard

Demo | More Info

vCard (Free; Pro version also available after Club Membership)

Major Features:

  • Supports hCard micro-format
  • Downloadable vCard
  • Supports multiple social networks
  • Translation-ready
  • Pre-loaded plugins
vCard

vCard

Demo | More Info

With that, we come to the end of this round-up. Which theme do you use for your online resume/CV? Share your thoughts in the comments!

March 12 2012

13:16

The smallest business cards ever

Bookkeeping for small business card

“Designed by Calgary-based design studio Wax, these cards for a small business bookkeeper are quite possibly the smallest thing we’ve ever produced. Measuring out at a compact 1″ x .6″ the cards were so petit we were unable to trim these down using our paper cutter (there simply wasn’t anywhere to hold onto them) so a custom made 8up die was used. Printed on Crane Lettra Flo White 220c with one ink on both sides.”

Bookkeeping for small business card

Bookkeeping for small business card

Designed by Wax. Printed by Studio On Fire.

It’s one of those where the idea creates the promotion, regardless of how good Sandra’s bookkeeping skills are. Reminiscent of this stationery set for Wigan Little Theatre.

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February 29 2012

16:00

How to Use About.me as Your Online Business Card

You would probably ask, ” I already use so many services – Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Flickr, YouTube etc on a regular basis, what’s the need for another one?”

Well, about.me is not really just ‘another one’ , it’s a service meant to put together all your other services. It’s a neat way to merge your multiple online profiles scattered across different service providers in one single identity – either for your personal use or for professional purposes.

For me the professional angle sounds more interesting. Imagine if you could have clickable links on your business card to your LinkedIn, your resume, your portfolio, client testimonials etc, about.me is exactly like that. It’s basically your business card online with links to the services which promotes you and gives the visitor an idea as who you are. So next time rather than providing someone with multiple links to your online accounts just direct them to your about.me page.

In this post I will walk you through the story of about.me in brief, then visit some nice about.me pages to gather inspiration and then proceed step by step to create one.

The Story

Launched in December 2010, by Ryan Freitas, Tony Conrad and Timothy Young, the San Francisco-based startup was acquired by AOL within four days of launch. Brad Garlinghouse, President of Consumer Applications, AOL, quoted “about.me is more than just the aggregation of social profiles, it allows people to easily express themselves in an increasingly noisy environment full of disparate social experiences”. The acquisition according to Young will enable the service to “piggyback” on the AOL’s large userbase.

The success of about.me, I believe comes from the fact that a true personal brand identity is associated with the .me domain. The site uses a very simple user interface, allowing users to set  up their page in a few minutes, backed by strong back-end analytics which make it easy for a user to see how many people viewed their profile pages and which social networks they went on to view from there, thus providing users with deeper insight into how to build and market themselves online.

Inspiration

For inspiration you can checkout the pages in the featured section found on the bottom of the first page and the pages of the founders of the site.

Featured pages

Page of Tony Conrad, one of the founders of about.me (http://about.me/tonyconrad)

Page of Ryan Freitas, another founder of about.me (http://about.me/ryanchris)

Creating your own page

Step 1 : Sign up

Start by signing up and creating a unique url for you as about.me/your-name

Step 2 : Register

Register your name, write a short biography about yourself or leave it for later. Choose the tags which you think are appropriate to you or your work.

Step 3 : Customize Background

Your page is now online! Customize your page by changing the background, there are some in-house templates that you can use. However since about.me is all about branding yourself try using a high-resolution image of your own to fill up the entire screen, works pretty well for most of the pages

Step 4 : Biography

The next step is writing a short Biography, here you can write something about who you are and what you do, if you have skipped it in step 2.

Step 5 : Color and Font settings

Edit the colors to suit your background and your taste. Change the font likewise.

Step 6 : Add services

Now this is the most important part of setting up the page, adding the services. There are a few popular services. Choose the ones you are subscribed to and would like to add to your profile. Once you click and choose any of them you will be redirected to the website of the service, where you need to login once and approve permission. You are automatically redirected back to your about.me page once you have authorized the use of the service.

Step 7 : Add contact preferences

Set up your contact preferences using the contact tab. I have selected email contact and AOL chat option, which remains visible on my profile.

Step 8 : Using Analytics

Click on the Dashboard and select ‘Profile Statistics’ to view how many people have visited your website.

Click on the ‘clicks’ tab and you can view the statistics of your added services that were visited in the selected timeframe. I believe this is a very good feature in analyzing which of your online profiles are most viewed, and as I have said earlier it can serve as a useful insight to brand yourself.

Step 9: Find friends

Click on the Account and select ‘Find Your Friends’ option to see who are already on about.me. Once you find your friends from your other networks you can ‘fave’ their profile, and it will be added to your favorites.

Step 10 : Ready to go

The last step is sharing your newly made page with your friends on other networks who are not yet on about.me or are not aware of this service. Inspire them to join or have a look at your page by selecting ‘Share Your Profile’ from the Account tab. You can alternatively send emails with link to this page using the e-mail option.

So there,my friend is my business card online. Its simple, sleek and easy to share.

February 07 2012

20:39

July 09 2011

17:01

Letterpress note cards

Letterpress note cards

Back in May I showed you my note cards from Moo. Evan Calkins of Intrinsic Studio happened to see the post and got in touch about his new calling-card company Hoban Cards.

“Each calling card is hand printed on a 1902 Chandler and Price letterpress. For $75 you get 100 personalized cards with your name and the option of either your email or phone number printed on 100% 110lb cotton paper.”

Here’s a short video of the letterpress that Evan “threw together” using his GF1 and iMovie (email subscribers can watch on-site).

The sample of cards Evan kindly offered arrived this week, and I photographed a couple alongside Moo’s offering below (I bumped-up the wordmark size before supplying Illustrator files).

Letterpress note cards
Note cards from Moo (left), and the letterpress equivalent from Hoban Cards (right)

Here’s a Flickr set showing all 1500lbs of the 1902 Chandler and Price letterpress being moved from the basement of a print shop (where it sat unused for 50+ years) to Evan’s garage.

Have a look at calling cards Evan’s printed for other designers.

And here’s my original note cards post (still using/liking the Moo card holder).

Hoban Cards. Gets my vote.

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May 20 2011

14:32

We all need to start somewhere

I was taking a few photos of cards for my portfolio when I came across my very first business card.

New Dawn Graphics business card

Multi page and single-page. That’s right.

Here’s the website to match.

Definite proof that we all need to start somewhere.

I’ve learned a lot during the past six years of self-employment, such as don’t mess with Google, some clients are better to avoid, and if you don’t ask, you don’t get, but what’s been most beneficial is the knowledge that the online design community is a hugely helpful group of people.

With that in mind, here’s to you. To your comments, your encouragement, feedback, critique, and everything else you’ve done to help on my journey.

If you want to read a few more tips I’ve learned, this is a good place to start.

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March 22 2010

23:01

Aspect 46 brand identity design

Aspect 46 is a start-up business facilitation service based in Western Australia. The name is derived from the way things are viewed or regarded, and the number of chromosomes in a human. It was my task to create a new logo and business stationery.

Aspect 46 logo design

Aspect 46 logo design

From the notebook

Aspect 46 notes

In context

Aspect 46 fleece design

Aspect 46 business card design

Client comments

“David exceeded my expectations in all areas of the logo design process. His creative thinking, professionalism and communication was exceptional and I’d highly recommend David for any project.”

Nate Kay, Aspect 46

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January 01 2010

20:43

10 Stunning Business Card Ideas For The New Year


Are you looking for a great idea to design or renew your business card in the new year? Take a look at this roundup with ten stunning proposals for your inspiration.

Sliced Orange

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by Sliced Orange

MEME Studio

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by SlMarin Design

MINDPUNCH

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by The Mandate Press

Kevin Mitnick

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by ranh

PYCSA Inc.

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by lehnen

Bayou

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by briobranding

Chama

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by momopics

Vienzi

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by Nathan Smith

Honey Design

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by Anemone Letterpress

Coronado Design Group

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by hoviehawk

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