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post #46 of 78
Unless you are in design, who gives a shit about your business card? This is useless vanity at its peak.

Mines white on some sort of card stock, with black letters on it, and a logo.
post #47 of 78
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Originally Posted by arnach View Post
Unless you are in design, who gives a shit about your business card? This is useless vanity at its peak.

Mines white on some sort of card stock, with black letters on it, and a logo.

Lots of people do. If I had a prestigious job paying a salary that could justify such expenses (let's home when I'm older than 17 I do ), I know I'd like to have a business card that means business.
post #48 of 78
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Originally Posted by arnach View Post
Unless you are in design, who gives a shit about your business card? This is useless vanity at its peak.

By that logic, unless you are in the fashion industry, who gives a shit about their clothes?

The business card represents the man - if you look through your contacts; one fellow's handed you a grubby, bent home printed, poorly composited card, while the other's handed you a beautifully designed card on stock that feels pleasant to the touch. Which do you think more favourably of?

While there's an implication in the OP's question that he's more concerned about the price of the cards being high than the cards actually being truly attractive to look at, graphic design matters. That's why it exists. For the same reason I support the other posters who said to ally yourself with someone who understands design and knows how to effectively compose a card (having a printing press does not equate design skills).
post #49 of 78
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Originally Posted by larsrindsig View Post
By that logic, unless you are in the fashion industry, who gives a shit about their clothes? The business card represents the man - if you look through your contacts; one fellow's handed you a grubby, bent home printed, poorly composited card, while the other's handed you a beautifully designed card on stock that feels pleasant to the touch. Which do you think more favourably of?
No, the equivalent of a solid metal business card or some other over the top monstrosity is not the type of conservative clothing advocated on these boards. Rather the equivalent of some of the cards thrown around in this thread would be a striped polyester suit. And we're not talking about grubby, bent poorly composited cards. "Standard" business cards are good enough -- meaning they are nicely printed on good stock. If someone handed me a business card with perfectly placed gold leafs on it I would think he was quite strange. Here's a link to a McKinsey business card (ignore the Imagine shit). Notice it has no adornment and is quite plain, as should be the case with business cards that aren't for people in design:
post #50 of 78
Fair enough - I assumed the metal card was meant as a joke. I shall be the last to advocate some gaudy diamond encrusted thing - then we would be back at the expense and lavishness for their own sake, not because it's good and effective design

However, the example you cite isn't just randomly thrown together - that (and other cards like it) is a very deliberate design effort. That's what I meant by speaking about graphic designers. The business cards I have for my company are full colour on both sides but - I'd say - very simple and elegant at the same time.
post #51 of 78
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Out of curiosity, don't a lot of employers, like law firms, make you use their own business cards?

I'm required to use the printing firm and layout approved by the corporation, which I think is fairly common.
post #52 of 78
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Originally Posted by arnach View Post
Unless you are in design, who gives a shit about your business card? This is useless vanity at its peak.

Mines white on some sort of card stock, with black letters on it, and a logo.

I am telling you I've got more mileage out of my stupid biz card than you'd ever believe. I credit it as the first step in getting a multi million (as in hundreds of millions) dollar loan for our company. I swear this is true. Not because the guy was so impressed with the card, but because of the card he remembered me at an IADB seminar 6 months after we initially pitched the project. He literally said "you are the guy with the great business card."

Stupid? Yes. Shallow? Certainly. But our shareholders aren't complaining.
post #53 of 78
Never underestimate a business card. An image online does not give the whole picture. The quality of the stock, the texture, embossing of the letters are tangible qualities that make a difference. I always take a good look at the business cards I am handed, especially if it's from a smaller company. A good business card does not have to look flash, but it should be well thought out and of extremely high quality. It reflects on you just as any other superficial thing would, regardless of industry.
post #54 of 78
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Originally Posted by yfyf View Post
Never underestimate a business card. An image online does not give the whole picture. The quality of the stock, the texture, embossing of the letters, I always take a good look at the business cards I am handed, especially if it's from a smaller company. A good business card does not have to look flash, but it should be well thought out and of extremely high quality. It reflects on you just as any other superficial thing would, regardless of industry.

i remember seeing yours! what were the words you used again - hahaha!

but i agree a nice simple clear looking BC is nice and they should not just be give out on a whim!
post #55 of 78
I would love her business card:
http://www.sullivanandcromwell.com/l...x?attorney=140
post #56 of 78
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Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

Hehe, I assume you mean the fact that her name is "Sue Yoo", which can be read aloud as "Sue You" (if you'll forgive the cursory racism), and she's a lawyer
post #57 of 78
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Originally Posted by erdavis View Post
There are some really good suggestions in the posts. One of the posts regarding using antique letter press is an interesting idea.

I am going to try this company. They are quite possibly here in Tokyo with me.

http://www.meisiya.net/first/
http://www.meisiya.net/first/paper.html#fav

I think the subtle texture, imperfection, plus letter press is the winning mix. I already had Crane letterpress and they are nice, but nothing special.

It is very fun to go around experimenting, especially when it is on some elses tab.

-eric

Are you sure this is letter press? I can't find any indication that it is from what I've seen on the home page, (but perhaps haven't read everything.)

I hope you are right, though. This would be convenient for me, also, plus I like the choice of paper and fonts.
post #58 of 78
I knew someone who had cards made up of quite slender cedar wood which were, according to him, quite costly. his pride over his cards wilted when someone said the smell reminded them of a hamster's cage.
post #59 of 78
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Originally Posted by Film Noir Buff View Post
I knew someone who had cards made up of quite slender cedar wood which were, according to him, quite costly. his pride over his cards wilted when someone said the smell reminded them of a hamster's cage.

Is that someone pictured in your avatar?
post #60 of 78
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Originally Posted by ms244 View Post
Is that someone pictured in your avatar?
No, his cards are made from carrot shavings.
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