What is my business card for?
I will be creating a business card for treemanJAKE - my illustration and design business. My primary focus is on creating fun, nerdy illustrations and other geekery.
With the help and inspiration from this class and other Skillshare classes, I have been working to define my brand, create a business plan and design all of my brand goodies like the logo and business cards.
I will be following along with the "Unique Business Card Challenge" session schedule and I'm really excited to continue working on this project!
Reference photos and inspiration:
I am in awe of the amazing business cards that people have created. I made a Pinterest board to collect my favorites:
My favorite JukeBoxPrint.com card:
It is next to impossible to pick a favorite JukeBoxPrint.com card - they are all completely amazing. One of my favorites is definitely the letterpress. While it probably isn't appropriate for my business, I love the look of it and the possibilities. I want to frame this one and hang it on my wall :-) http://www.jukeboxprint.com/letterpressed_business_cards.php
I love the metallic coloured edges of this one and I think that it is a cool, eye catching way to add a pop of color (especially if you get a couple stacks with different colors to display at a show or something: http://www.jukeboxprint.com/cotton_business_cards.php
And I love the layered look of these for the same reason... http://www.jukeboxprint.com/layered-business-cards.php
Finally, if it was appropriate for my business (which I wish it was), I would be the first to get these totally awesome sparkly cards :-) http://www.jukeboxprint.com/sparkle_business_cards.php
My Rough Sketches
I created tons of super rough sketches for my business cards. Here are 2 of the many versions I drafted.
After I created a million paper sketches, I opened Illustrator and created even more digital possibilities for my business card. Since color is such a huge part of my design, I found it a lot easier to play with the design in illustrator with my actual logo and color palette.
Here are some of my rough illustrator sketches:
My next step is to choose which layout I like the best and then refine it until it is print ready.
I'm having a lot of fun with this project and can't wait to see what I finally come up with!
10/20/15: UPDATE - I thought that I would post a quick update on my process...
I have narrowed my options down to 2 different layouts. I'm having a difficult time deciding which one I want to go with. Any input is welcome! Here are the finalists:
I am going to keep playing with them and will post the winner soon :-)
My Final Business Card Mock Up
Here is the mockup of my final business cards. I chose this design because it was fairly simple and clean... yet still fun and characteric of the illustrations I love to create. The template that I used for my mockups seems to have dulled the color a bit but it is really fun to see what they might look like in person. I can't wait to get them printed!!
Thank you for this class and the session! Even though I finished a little earlier than the session schedule, I look forward to following along with everyone else's projects over the next couple weeks.