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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.