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11/20/2009 01:02:28 AM · #1
The other building in our practice where the internal medicine docs practice is decorated with my artwork. Apparently plenty of people ask about them and the nurses tell me they have nothing to give them. I decided I needed to come up with a business card. I like this as a first try, but my one issue is the "S E" in Friesen sorta being obscured by the background. I originally had a white text but switch to gold to play on contrasting colors but also to potentially stand out over the sun reflection. Any ideas of how to improve things?

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Jenn thinks I should go back to white text. I'm just having a bit of trouble placing things so as to maximize the name standing out.
11/20/2009 01:08:39 AM · #2
OK, we all like versions, so here it is with a crop and white text.

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Message edited by author 2009-11-20 01:08:53.
11/20/2009 01:14:35 AM · #3
I like second one. Don't you want to add a phone# or web site?
11/20/2009 01:36:38 AM · #4
Originally posted by franktheyank:

I like second one. Don't you want to add a phone# or web site?


Nope. :) Giving out my phone number to patients may not be the best idea and I don't have a website yet (that's potentially in the future).

Message edited by author 2009-11-20 01:37:17.
11/20/2009 01:37:56 AM · #5
Personal opinion...but I hate the papyrus font. Other than that, nice and it grabs my eye.
11/20/2009 02:01:42 AM · #6
i agree about the font! try a few options and post em here!! :)

other than that it is perfect ;]
11/20/2009 09:19:41 AM · #7
agreed about the font ... otherwise it's great!
11/20/2009 09:39:37 AM · #8
Ditto on a font change, and looks much better with the white text.
11/20/2009 09:41:43 AM · #9
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

OK, we all like versions, so here it is with a crop and white text.

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Based on your amazing photographs (big fan of your work - like many others here) .. totally not digging the business card design!

I would love to give it a shot if you don't mind.

A suggestion for the time being you can register a domain name and point it to your DPC portfolio or any other place you like... it would just look good to have a website on the card while you are printing them.

11/20/2009 10:18:30 AM · #10
Originally posted by vikas:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

OK, we all like versions, so here it is with a crop and white text.

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Based on your amazing photographs (big fan of your work - like many others here) .. totally not digging the business card design!

I would love to give it a shot if you don't mind.

A suggestion for the time being you can register a domain name and point it to your DPC portfolio or any other place you like... it would just look good to have a website on the card while you are printing them.


If youre that bored, you can try your hand at a logo for me!

www.ajsphoto.com has my current logo...I like it sort of. I want to stick with the black and red, but i'm open to anything.
11/20/2009 10:39:04 AM · #11
Thank for the input in so far guys. Personally, I love Papyrus. :)

Vikas, go for it. Of course it's harder for you to grab a photo from my portfolio, but we know it can be done. ;P
11/20/2009 10:51:01 AM · #12
It doesn't look business card-y enough to me... I think if you had a simpler background, maybe an artistic filter applied to the image in PS?
11/20/2009 11:08:56 AM · #13
I quite like the papyrus font but i don't think it's working well here. I'd get get it off the photograph. Get all text off the photograph to be honest; put it all on the left and leave the photo clear. It's a business card, not a poster and as such the information doesn't need to be eye catching.
11/20/2009 11:35:04 AM · #14
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

I quite like the papyrus font but i don't think it's working well here. I'd get get it off the photograph. Get all text off the photograph to be honest; put it all on the left and leave the photo clear. It's a business card, not a poster and as such the information doesn't need to be eye catching.

I agree......get the text the heck outta the picture.

It's a beautiful image, and the text detracts. You have the space on the side for that.
11/20/2009 11:43:55 AM · #15
Papyrus is the new Comic Sans ;)

11/20/2009 11:49:53 AM · #16
Have you considered using a white font with a black outline or black font with a white outline? This would let the letters show up no matter what part of the picture it's over.
11/20/2009 12:01:43 PM · #17
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Since your pictures itself are so amazing, I don't see any point of trying to be creative with fonts, backgrounds, shapes (usual business card stuff). Your name and your pictures speaks well for itself, so here are some quick takes.

Message edited by author 2009-11-20 12:07:48.
11/20/2009 12:04:15 PM · #18
Those are great vikas. I really like the cookies and kids one although if i were DrAchoo i'd get both sets printed up!
11/20/2009 12:05:50 PM · #19
Originally posted by vikas:

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OMYFREAKINGAWD!!!!!

I love this!
11/20/2009 12:06:22 PM · #20
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

Those are great vikas. I really like the cookies and kids one although if i were DrAchoo i'd get both sets printed up!


LOL! You gotta remember, the man's a full-time doctor with a side helping of landscape-as-art going. The kids shot is great but it's not gonna hit his market...

R.
11/20/2009 12:07:30 PM · #21
Originally posted by vikas:

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This has a lot of potential but I'd move the type to the bottom. It looks really crowded up there.

R.
11/20/2009 12:09:12 PM · #22
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These are great!
11/20/2009 12:17:13 PM · #23
I'm a huge fan of the cookies one. Very unique and eye catching. The purple one is gorgeous, but I could see people glancing over it. They're sure to read the other one. ..My two cents.
11/20/2009 12:20:52 PM · #24
Heh, thanks Vikas. I love the one with the cookies, but Robert is right. Not going to be best for my potential clients.

Another thing to think about, when we shrink it down to business card size, I think that text is going to be on the small side.

I'm going to do some reworking based on suggestion here and by Robert. I MAY look at other fonts :D, but part of me feels the whole backlash against Papyrus is a bit snobbish and akin to rolling our eyes at a waterdrop shot, even if it's realy, really well done.
11/20/2009 12:39:13 PM · #25
I am glad you all like it. I figured with your description that the cookies might not work for that crowd, but while you are up for printing some having two different styles wouldn't hurt - let the nurse hand out both the cards and see which ones people pick more often, you will know what your next batch is going to be (realized you are Allergist/Immunologist - you know your crowd better - forget I said that)- I am sure you will run out very quick with the first lot!

For the font sizes - typically on a business card - emails are 7-8pts (this is in the middle), Names and titles are 10-12 pts (again somewhere close to that) - there is no set rule but usually business cards have a lot more content and those sizes tend to work nice.

Although if you try to print this with a jpg image on your regular home printer, fonts might not look crisp. But with an illustrator output printed using an offset printer this will work well - just from what I have seen in past!

Message edited by author 2009-11-20 12:49:05.
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