Yesterday, I shared with you two business card designs I previously created for my business. Here’s a short recap, my business had two names prior to me settling on ArtDeal Designs, and they were Floetic Designs & AND Productions. The name “AND Productions” didn’t last very long because everyone thought I was in the music or entertainment industry. The connection to web design was never made and that had to change. It took be a while to come up with another name and a new website.
My focus became this blog. When I first launched this blog it was my portfolio back in 2008 when I lost my job. I took to social media to help find work and network with others. I created the twitter handle @artdeal because my first name is very long. I got great feedback for my shortened name and eventually created some new business cards. I made a connection with a printer on twitter and was able to get one of my clients some free business cards. Later on I was able to get a similar deal for myself from a different printer.
My Blog Business Card
I refer to these as my blog business cards because I didn’t have a brand and they weren’t for my business. Although, I was promoting the different types of services I could provide. As you can see I moved on from the square design and went with the standard but with rounded corners. I also when back to listed the services instead of a brief description like on the “AND Productions” cards. Which turn out to be a bad idea because at some point I wanted to stop offer certain services but my card said I did it. When I was coming up with ideas I shared them on twitter to get others opinions. I received close to 1000 cards in that print order. I never got close to getting rid of them before I became bored design.
My Social Media Business Cards
I called these my social media business cards because they were design for social media week. I decided to use Moo.com and order their minicards. I kept with the purple color scheme. Since the minicards are smaller, there’s not much in terms of design I could do. Keeping it very simple, I optioned for the text card design and came up with six different statements. Here what I came up with: “Geek Girl @ Heart”, “iBlog about Graphic Design”, “iBlog about Freelancing”, “iBlog about Tech & Gadgets”, “I love Social Media”, “ArtDeal”, WordPress Enthusiast”, and “Techie Girl @ Heart”. I wanted a mixed of fun sayings and things to help describe the blog. On the back was my contact info but this time around I use my Google Voice number. I still have a few of these left on because I haven’t out networking, nor to I carry them around with me.
Although theses card more for my personal brand because that was my focus at the time, I was still able to learn a few lessons to share.
- Some may say business cards are dead. I think they are just evolving. The information we are putting on our cards are changing. Nowadays you are seeing social media information as well as QR codes.
- There’s no need to get 1000 cards. I still maintain that 50-150/200 max is a good goal. You never know if you may want to change your look, your information changes, or you just fall out of love with them. Plus you will never rid of them.
- If you are not sure of a printer, ask for samples or order the bare minimum.
- Never loose the contact number your put on your business cards. Its’ not professional to cross out and replace info on your card.
I know you are ready to see the new business cards and I will share those soon.