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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Graphic Design Resources Blog - Business Card Tips

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Welcome to All Graphics & Design Portal's Web Blog. Today's Blog Article includes tips for Business Card Design. Below this article, you will find useful graphic design resources that we have found in the last few days.

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Graphic Design Article - Business Card Design Tips

A business card is often the single most important item you have to attract a new client or business partner. Getting a small piece of cardboard to represent you and your company philosophy is often challenging – learn how to do it in this article: 

Often, your business card is the only item left with a potential client or business partner. After a conference, meeting or display of your products, you are likely to meet dozens of people and leave your business card with them. It is essential that the business card design is complex and complete. This means that your logo, name, title and address (including contact details such as phone, fax, e-mail and web site) should all be present. When you are having your business card designed, aim for an image and a “feel” that best represents you and your company. Do not go for a flashy business card design if you are working in the financial field as this might give a feeling of sloppiness and insecurity to your clients.

Adapt the business card design to your clients

It is not important that you like your business card – but it is very important that your business partners and clients like it. Of course, you should always aim to get a business card design that you become attached to, a fact that will give you even more confidence. One useful trick is to print out a few dozen business cards and give them out to potential prospects and conduct an “on the spot” interview about them. Gather their opinions and make any necessary changes to improve your business card design.

Business card printing

If a professional graphic design company created your business card, you can rest assured that they also followed all the necessary guidelines to make the business card printing process a good one. This means that the business card designer saved the files in a format suitable for print (such as a TIF or EPS) and left a bleed area sometimes required by printers. Many advertising and creation agencies also offer business card printing, either with their own printers or by using a dedicated printer’s services to do it. Quite often, a graphic design company will offer you a package for your card: both the design and the business card printing.

Costs of business card printing

Because there are many design and print packages and a variety of prices for business card printing, we will not stop to analyze actual costs. However, the general rules are as follows:

  • Black and white business card printing is the cheapest, but do try to print on high quality paper, or the business cards will look unprofessional.
  • Using 2-3 colors (plus white and black) can produce good visual results and is also cheap.
  • Full color business card printing is more expensive, but can also produce some great visual results.
  • The larger your order, the cheaper you get with the individual business card printing cost.

More information on logo design, business card creation, graphic design tips and other useful resources can be accessed on author's website (http://www.platinum-first.com/business-card-tips.php)

Valuable Graphic Design Links:

All Graphic Design Business Card Page - style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">Here is a page that we have devoted to links to articles, tutorials, and resources for Business Card Design and Printing. It will be very beneficial for you to look through these helpful links. And here is a page that we have devoted to Free Templates Resources for business card designs.

Make a Design Spire Folder on Your Computer - This tutorial will help you create a SPIRE folder on your computer to use as reference as you work on your graphic design projects.

Top 10 Photoshop Tutorials of 2005 - A list of the top Adobe Photoshop tutorials published in 2005.

Free Gift Box Templates - Since it is Holiday Season, I figured that I would list Paper Zone, a site that includes a page of free gift box templates. You can design your own graphically pleasing boxes and use them for your Christmas or Hanukah gifts.

The Ten Commandments of Freelancing - Ten things that will help you keep your focus as a freelance designer.

Completely Free Stock Photos - You don't normally see free stock photography ...however, Pixel Perfect is an archive of free stock photography on the Internet. I recommend this site as a great design resource. There are also graphic design resources and tutorials on this site.

100 Do's and Don'ts of Wed Design,- Want to create a great website? Have a look at this Style Guide that contains 9 categories with exactly one hundred do's and don'ts about making web pages

Idea Generation Methods - This website lists and explains idea generation methods for the creativity process.

Ever Wish You Could Rewind Time and Start Your Design Career Over? - I sure do. Sadly, the luxury of such is never afforded. However, they say prevention is better than the cure, so perhaps the following eight points will provide a strong start for budding designers and a strong refining point for those of us more experienced.

How to Design a Resizable Box with Rounded Corners and Borders - Have you ever wanted to make a resizable box with rounded (or any shape) corners, custom borders, and a transparent shadow? Did you also want to do that without cluttering your markup with a bunch of non-semantic div elements? Now you can.

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Blogger All Pro Color said...

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Blogger All Pro Color said...

Brochures are a good way to let people know your business exists. They can be easily be handed out and passed around. The overall cost is nominal for any size business and brochures that briefly state the business services can help increase sales dramatically. For a more vibrant effect you really need to use full color brochure printing.

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