Business cards

Chris Dean's picture

I've been working on my collection for 15 years, and I know I'm not the only one out there who does this obsessively.

Out yourself and we can all do it together!

Dentist card

Chris Dean's picture

30 typographic business cards for inspiration

Actually, most of these are crap.

Chris Dean's picture

Cool! What’s it do?

apankrat's picture

Carries owner's name and contact information, blinks pretty lights when touched.

Chris Dean's picture

Sweet. That’ll be $10,000 please ;)

Letterpress1964's picture

Hello all - this is my first post on this forum.

This thread is right up my street, some nice cards on show.

I also have quite a collection of cards, but I only collect letterpress / foil cards - the cheap mass produced share-a-sheet cards hold no interest, no matter how clever the design :)

- David

apankrat's picture

Not even intaglio engraved ones? :)

JamesM's picture

> the cheap mass produced share-a-sheet cards hold no interest

Are you referring to ALL cards produced by offset printing? Or just ones from poor-quality print shops?

Chris Dean's picture

I think Letterpress1964 is referring to the Avery style perforated cards.

JamesM's picture

Yes you're probably right Chris.

Chris Dean's picture

@apankrat : What is this link referencing? It appears to go to an empty page about QR codes?

apankrat's picture

Well, it is in fact empty. Nobody uses QR codes except for designers designing them into their designer pieces.

timd's picture

The printer of those Rainbow cards deserves a round of applause.

Tim

Chris Dean's picture

“except for designers designing them into their designer pieces.”

Aaaa, now I get it. A joke. Good one!

JamesM's picture

> Nobody uses QR codes...

I think they're rather ugly, but I'm seeing them increasingly in signage, point-of-purchase displays, advertising, and occasionally in printed pieces (brochures, business cards, etc).

When used properly they can serve a good purpose. For example this summer I was at a garden center and many of the flowers had tags with QR codes so you could get additional info about them, which was genuinely useful.

Letterpress1964's picture

I was handed a Colorplan 910gsm b/c last week by a designer - this is now the thickest in my collection - duplex dark grey and cool grey - blind embossed (debossed), orange and grey foils with orange edge painting.

I often produce cards on 700gsm, but I think the 910gsm is maybe too thick - just my opinion.

- David

Letterpress1964's picture

Trajan always looks good to me...(artwork supplied by client)

This card is Colorplan 540gsm, duplex dark grey/pristine white.

Letterpress1964's picture

Hello James

Yes I was referring to all cmyk cards printed by the online print sellers - they print by the "share-a-sheet" process - normally 20 different cards at a time - which is why they're so cheap.

I'm afraid no litho or digital cards are collectable for me - imo they don't have any character, just flat and boring - no matter how good the design. Also the fact that they are all normally printed on the same standard 300/350/400gsm white coated card (plus matt lam) doesn't add any interest - although if spot gloss varnish is added it can give them a lift.

I find it odd that a designer spends a lot of time fine-tuning his artwork and then has it printed by the quickest/cheapest process so it ends up "just another business card".

Whereas all letterpress and foiled business cards printed on extra thick (540/700gsm) natural grained board are a piece of art that most people appreciate and will want to keep.

deeplyimpressed.co.uk/

Best wishes - David

5star's picture

Hey Chris I just found an vast letterpress resource called Lovely Stationary http://lovelystationery.com/ . Lots of business cards shown done out of material I'd love to get my hands on.

n.

Letterpress1964's picture

Hi Everybody

Here's a card I printed recently - artwork supplied by client.

The card is G F Smith Colorplan Dark Grey 700gsm, with white and red foils + blind embossed (debossed) logo - I call this style "de-embossed".

- David

Chris Dean's picture

Debosed is the design term, but in sculpture, what you did would constitute a bas-relief.

Letterpress1964's picture

Maybe gold is a bit old fashioned but when used sparingly I think it looks really classy.

This card is G F Smith Colorplan duplex Natural/Dark Grey 700gsm - with black, white and satin gold foils.

Artwork supplied by design agency.

- David

apankrat's picture

David, with all due respect. Posting your own work here looks nothing more than a self-promotion. These are well done cards, but they aren't exactly notable. There's plenty of card gallery sites that will be happy to feature them (carddsgn.com, cardobserver.com, there is a couple of great business card design groups on Flickr too).

Chris Dean's picture

Do you have the Flickr URLs ready to mind? That sounds like it could be a fun browse.

apankrat's picture

The Art of Business Card and The Business Card groups. If you are done with these and have some steam left, search "business cards" within Groups, there are some specialty groups too.

Letterpress1964's picture

apankrat - thank you for your comments/opinion.

I had thought of asking Chris Dean if he minded me contributing a few photo's to HIS thread but assumed he would let me know if there was a problem.

I will not post any further photos unless Chris tells me it's ok.

- David

Chris Dean's picture

I only started the thread. Personally, I don’t believe anyone “owns” a thread. In an instance like this, I think it’s acceptable to post examples of one’s work. In fact, if everyone posted examples of their own work here, it could be quite rich indeed. But apankrat does raise a valid point. There are instances where people can cross a line into the realm of primarily self promotion. Actually, it’s more of a greyscale. In this instance however, I think we’re OK. As long as it’s something members are mindful of.

In an effort to keep this thread about business cards on topic I have started a new thread — Posting or promoting? — where we can discuss this in greater detail.

apankrat's picture

Business/name cards of famous people, including Isaas Asimov, Einstein, Disney, Castro, Jobs and Gates (older ones) -

http://www.flavorwire.com/364847/the-fascinating-business-cards-of-20-fa...

danielbmarques's picture

I have posted my card already on a thread where I asked for help designing it, but now that it's done I wanted to add it to the hall of fame here. I hope you like it.

apankrat's picture

What stock is that?

danielbmarques's picture

Two sheets of Rives Tradition Natural White 250g duplexed together.

Letterpress1964's picture

Very nice Daniel - perfect weight...

Chris Dean's picture

Impressive, but they seem to be more like figures than cards. Where does the business card part fit in? Perhaps something got lost in translation?

hrant's picture

I guess now that business cards are not [seen as] practical, they're free to become what letterpress has: sensationalistic.

hhp

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