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Old 07-21-2007, 02:53 PM   #1
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I am an untrained graphic designer and I am making some business cards and I would like your honest opinions and constructive criticism on my recent creations.

I can only look at something for so long before i really dont know what to think.

These will be business cards and all the information has been changed to protect the innocent. This image also allows for bleed so the final image will be trimmed 1/8" smaller than the image (or approx 38 pixels via the screen) on all sides



(Click to enlarge... its big... [2x3.5"] x 300dpi)
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I hope you don't mind... I am no graphic designer, but that looks great to me
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i tell this to all my customers, i hate the font papyrus.

what do you have your black background setup as?

C-75
M-68
Y-67
K-89

the printer is not gonna like that. try going for a rich black of:

C-50
M-50
Y-50
K-100

otherwise, i like it
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The local shop around here that does car stereo upgrades has the same cards lol



Maybe similar...
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I hope you don't mind... I am no graphic designer, but that looks great to me
Ill take anyones suggestions/compliments.. thanks!

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i tell this to all my customers, i hate the font papyrus.

what do you have your black background setup as?

C-75
M-68
Y-67
K-89

the printer is not gonna like that. try going for a rich black of:

C-50
M-50
Y-50
K-100

otherwise, i like it
Thanks Haro! Its nice to know about the rich black as im doing this on the laser at work. I wish i had a smoother font with a similar design but I cant find it. I bought one of those 'font packs' once from a retail store... that was a waste of my $20. It has a ton (3001 to be exact) of crap fonts.

Do you have any suggestions on where to get a pack of useful fonts?

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The local shop around here that does car stereo upgrades has the same cards lol
Thats not good! I worked hard and came up with these from scratch! That just goes to show you that really nowadays NO idea is original. (especially mine)
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if you are printing them on a laser, do 100, 100, 100, 100.. it will be complete black

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Wetness is not a problem with laser printers, however, and "400% black" (as it is also known) produces very striking results in laser prints
I have a ton of highquality fonts I could send to you on a disc, PM me
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The local shop around here that does car stereo upgrades has the same cards lol
Thats not good! I worked hard and came up with these from scratch! That just goes to show you that really nowadays NO idea is original. (especially mine)

Yeah but that does not mean it does not look good. I think they look cool and better than the generic boring cards most people hand out.
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I really dislike that font, there are certain fonts that you should use, and that is not one of them. Sorry.
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<DISCLAIMER> I'm not anywhere near an expert in this field, but since you asked.....

I personally don't think you should turn that text on the left the way you did. Since business cards are a small ad, you want someone to be able to read it at a glance. If you make them work at it (turn the card, or at least the text in their head) they may never read it.

And your fields/skills seem to diverse/unrelated. You may want to consider two or three cards, depending on which field you are advertising to the potential customer.

Personally, I don't mind the font at all. But I can see where it might seem a tad unprofessional.

But, despute the criticisms (you asked for it) it looks pretty good to me.
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<DISCLAIMER> I'm not anywhere near an expert in this field, but since you asked.....

I personally don't think you should turn that text on the left the way you did. Since business cards are a small ad, you want someone to be able to read it at a glance. If you make them work at it (turn the card, or at least the text in their head) they may never read it.

And your fields/skills seem to diverse/unrelated. You may want to consider two or three cards, depending on which field you are advertising to the potential customer.

Personally, I don't mind the font at all. But I can see where it might seem a tad unprofessional.

But, despute the criticisms (you asked for it) it looks pretty good to me.

No really its all good. Its what i want, thanks!. No sugar coatings cause i'm trying to improve.

I will add one note. This is more of a "social card" than a 'business card' (thus the AIM screen name) that is why it does not look professional... its not supposed to. And there are no 'customers' persay because there is no business to go with it. When i get more serious about starting to do freelance work I think I will have specific cards.

That being said, I would like to not include that at all, but i felt the card was missing something so I added more information which might have made it too professional? Would it be better to just leave that out all together and adjust the design to compensate or more contact information like address and such?

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I really dislike that font, there are certain fonts that you should use, and that is not one of them. Sorry.
Which one? There are two. or Both? Why?

Ill take criticism, please just explain yourself so i can learn... Thanks!
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