Homestead: New Business Card Prototypes

9 Oct

I’ve been meaning to update my business card design. I started sketching out my ideas about 8 months ago! But recently I got with-it, and yesterday I finally created some prototypes. They’re basically the same idea as my old business card: it’s a little envelope-ish type thing that opens up to reveal some thumbnails of my work. With my old design, however, I thought that, since there’s something fun inside, there doesn’t have to be anything fun on the outside. That way the inside would be like a little surprise. So I just had my name and title on it. But now I realize, why not make the outside fun too?? So this time around, I illustrated the front!

Here are some quick pics I took at work yesterday! (I think there’s something funky going on with my camera’s macro lense, hence some of the graininess in some of the photos.)

Fin, Flight, and Fur! Three different outside design options for fun. I like fishies and I love drawing goldfish in particular; bats are also really fun to draw; and I really like doggies!! I especially like French Bulldogs.

"Fin, Flight, and Fur!" Three different outside design options for fun. I like fishies and I love drawing goldfish in particular; bats are also really fun to draw; and I really like doggies!! I especially like French Bulldogs.

See, its an envelope thingy!

See, it's an envelope thingy!

What it looks like when you open it.

What it looks like when you open it

thumbnails of some of my illustration work.

One side: thumbnails of some of my illustration work.

Thumbnails of some of my recent design work, and my contact info.

The other side: Thumbnails of some of my recent design work, and my contact info.

My template design; Im able to get three on one sheet of paper!

My template design; I'm able to get three on one sheet of paper!

I love stickers!! Since I dont have any business cards from my work, this is how I included my work contact info (and address to this art blog!).

I love stickers!! Since I don't have any business cards from my work, this is how I included my work contact info (and address to this art blog!).

Paper Source 1.25 Round Labels.

I had wanted a more zazzy sticker, like a shiny gold starburst or something, but this is the only cool printable option I've found so far: Paper Source 1.25" Round Labels.

I brought some of these with me to the Bookbuilders of Boston Casual Networking Kickoff Event last night to see how I (and others) felt about them. I’m still not 100% sure about the illustrations: One issue is, the doggie has solid colors on him, where the other two don’t. If I got rid of his solid colored markings, he’d be like the other two, but would also be a bit boring. I could just outline the markings, but that’s weird too. I dunno! Also, why do I have three different outside designs, but the same inside content? I think I have enough work to make different thumbnails for each one. I dunno. We shall see!

I printed these on a color laser printer. The outside paper is Paper Source Superfine Soft White 8 1/2 x 11. Eventually I’d like to print the outside with my Gocco printer. It’s not that budget-savvy materials-wise, and I’d have to experiment a lot to see if the small type would work out okay, but it would add even more personal I-like-making-stuff charm to ’em.

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6 Responses to “Homestead: New Business Card Prototypes”

  1. Sarah October 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    I think the circle works well with the sort of… playfulness of the cards themselves. A big shiny starburst would seem a little… Avery Prepackaged Business Card Designer, I think.

    In other news, THEY ARE SO CUTE.

  2. Victor October 10, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    Aestheically, they kick a55. From a practical standpoint, I wish I was 26 again so I could read 6-point orange type on a pink background.

  3. Chrissy K. October 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    Sarah, thank you so much!!!

    Victor, I know, but the stickers are really small!!! Pearson should just give me business cards so this would not even be an issue!

  4. Victor Curran October 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    It can be small without being orange 😉

  5. Chrissy K. October 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    I was trying to make it look all Pearson-y! Blue and yellow and Meta (I used a condensed weight tho, ’cause, those stickers are small!). But, I get what you’re saying. 😀

  6. elissa December 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I like the sticker too. I like the idea of the card also! Very cool!

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