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September 6th, 2011 #1
Business card design
So I made myself a logo. First business card ever. Suggestions/thoughts before I print any?
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Is Badeye Dog your company? If so you'll need to treat it like one otherwise it's better to just have your name. It should also be the first thing you see with what you do underneath it.
Then all contact info and you should have your number in there too but since this is the internet probably best to leave it out on the posts or just replace it with 555-555-5555
For the logo it might be worth it to line the deer's eye up with where the wolf's other eye would be letting the user scan across it and into the text. Right now it's too disjointed and my eye is getting lost. I put a real rough paint over of what I mean but you're still left with a big chunk of white space. It might be worth it to make the wolf head smaller.
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September 7th, 2011 #3
September 7th, 2011 #4
I also might suggest getting a work specific gmail account. Having "eyestrain" is more uniform with your DA, but a firstname.lastname@.email.com does look more professional, and it would also put your name to the card, which seems to be missing (unless you edited it out for this).
If "Badeye Dog" is your company name, then it should have your name in it so that people know who to ask for, like:
-stuff I do-
email, website and phone
Or something similar. The point is to be clear and easy for the client. And if this is not a company card, then yeah, I agree with Neondevil that it would be better to have your name in there.
As for the card itself, I agree with Neondevil (though I think the original is more balanced and the revised version has bit too much empty space) but I also think you might want to clean up the big font a bit. Especially the couple A and Y lines are really thin and have a chance of looking like crap when you print out tiny cards, so at least do a test print with your own printer first. Also the O looks really squeezed in and uneven, which ends up looking more accidental than deliberate.
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September 7th, 2011 #5
Much appreciated. I have virtually no training in typography and zero experience in marketing myself. I'll have a revised card up in a bit.
September 7th, 2011 #6
Although this doesn't follow the suggested hierarchy and I haven't yet fixed the Y for print, I wonder if what is thought of something like this.
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Why have you used six(?) fonts? That's really unprofessional-looking...You should really stick to 2 or 3 at the most. I'd also lose the "Hi, I'm..." bit - Not only did you fail to capitalise the "i", it's too informal for a business card. The people you give these out to will be clients, not your best pals.
September 7th, 2011 #8
There are four fonts, including the "logo" text. I threw Orator on the web addresses after the suggestion to avoid curvy fonts for small text.
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Keep it as simple and professional as possible. Over-fancy business cards scream "trying too hard." Also, the usual stuff--try to create contrast in size between elements and don't make the type so big.
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September 9th, 2011 #10
Thanks for your suggestion.
New draft. Name changed again because after some thinking I use eyestrain a lot more than badeye, and it seems the simplest and most clear choice. I also left off the phone number, because for the time being I'd prefer contact through email only.
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September 9th, 2011 #11
The last one is better, if you are handing over a business card to someone generally you are face to face and have already discussed who you are and what you do. The card is a reminder of those simple facts and provide contact details period.
if you fade the logo and the illustration, graphics and concept art text then you will strengthen the main information, the reason for the card.
The main thing that bothers me about this is the name you have chosen why on earth did you go for "eyestrain"? for heavens sake, you want to promote advanced high quality illustrations, graphics and concepts not something that is painful to look at "eyestrain" sends the wrong message change it if you can mate its not right sorry.
all the best with the project and I hope it works for you.
It has to be clean, clear in purpose and uncomplicated.
Product information and services are for brochures and sales info only.
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September 9th, 2011 #12
I gotta agree with lightship on the name, it makes it sound like your work is painful to look at.
Also set up a margin and follow it. your text doesn't align at all.
September 9th, 2011 #13