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    I am in the process of designing my artist business card. I am wondering whether fellow artists could show theirs off so that I can gain an understanding of how I could promote myself.

    The question is do I go the default 30mm x 20mm, info and graphic design, or something more artistic, but harder to print in large quantity.

    By seeing other peoples designs I can begin to understand my own personal style.

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    30mm x 20mm?! That's a very tiny card O_o
    Do you mean 50mm x 90mm? That's the size of standard business cards in my country and the size mine was (created it for uni). Just look up business cards on line, you'll get a decent idea in time. That's what I did anyway. Use something that speaks of you, an image, colours, pattern, whatever. Include basic essential contact info and keep it simple and readable. Easy peasy.
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    30mm x 20mm, that is really small

    I haven't got a business card myself, but have designed a few, and I usually go for something really simple, because most jobs want to come of as professional and proper, so wild designs don't fit.

    It is down to personal preference though, what are you trying to say, as an artist it can be good to experiment with paper or shape/folds? There are bound to be alot of cool ideas out there if you look around a bit.

    For size, I believe A8 (52x74mm) is standard, atleast it's what I use.
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    My card that i use has a rose i drew in the background with my name (nickname only), email, and other ways to reach me with a general outline of what i do.

    Mainy it is for people at the clubs to reach me bt every now and then it gets me a small thing.
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    Sorry about the measurement mix up, very small indeed! I have done tons of research. In fact I probably could make one easy, but I want to see some of your cards in order to see others approach to this (layout, colours, font and size, image decision and placement).
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    I just got a new one! It looks like this:
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    I have a bunch of different versions of this, depending on what I'm using it for. I use it for stickers to send with my stuff just as it is now, or i shrink it and add some info. Mine arent really standard size either, theyre more closer to a square. I just like the way they look.
    I wanted mine to be fun and bright so it reflects my work, so whatever it is it should reflect your work well.


    Also, I got a business card once from an artist that had his info on the front, and then a small piece of artwork on the back. I really liked that but it might be tougher to make a doublesided business card.
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    printing a standard size is cheaper (3.5" x 2"), if you make odd sizes and a printer has to make a die to cut your cards, costs can go up ALOT, so be careful - maybe go talk to a printer and get quotes before you design yourself into a corner.

    Also, K.I.S.S. - your card should be PROFESSIONAL and serve a PURPOSE, which is to identify you and how you can be contacted. Don't bog it down in alot of other nonsense. Your portfolio is for making artistic statements, this is for contact. Color is fine (it will make you more eyecatching), even including some of your images can be okay, but don't go overboard - if this is all someone has to go on to identify you, what will it say about you?

    Also, stick to clearly legible fonts in clearly legible colors - if someone has to struggle to read your card, it has failed its purpose. That is why going too small (2 x 3 cm) will shoot you in the foot - how big can you make type on that? If I was an AD and someone handed me a card I couldn't read, I would be irritated, and I would probably toss it out. Maybe you can make it work, but I doubt it.

    Keep it simple.
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    I've been messing with something. The idea is to show off my fine art portraiture. Any advice would be cool. (the actual size is 2" by 3.5")

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    If anything the email address is hard to see.

    This is a revised version:

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    to be honest, I think the design is a bit weak. The individual pieces of info look awkward to me being staggered like that. They distract from the image by breaking it up and I don't really see a reason for doing that. My suggestion is to first lose the line "portrait artist", or at the least, attach it under your name so that they sit together as one piece of text with the same style and color font.

    I'd then drop the website and email to all connect with the phone number below, and adjust your image placement to get the most out of that face.

    The other option is to just present you info in a simple, straight forward manner as you'd find on a standard business card with no distracting elements, placement, or font choices, then print your image full bleed on the reverse.
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    Thanks Dave, I will check back when I adjust things.
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    Do you want it to serve as a business card or more like an artist's trading card? I have some cards from artists that are more along the creative side, where the information because less of a priority.

    If you want this to be a selling point for getting work, break it down into a simpler design that reads well and will stand out from a stack of other cards.
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    Image on one side, info on back. (whoops, what dave said)

    Design advice for the text on the back?

    Aligned portrait
    Gill sans
    9pt
    20-40 tracking
    14 leading
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    your name at the top, bolded, 50% grey.
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    Side 1

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    The only real problem is getting a way to double side print.

    I'm not liking the layout of the info on the bottom one. I will play around with it some more.
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