Does your business card gives you status?

The sketch
A sketch is not always sexy but it’s the inception of possible design outcomes. A direction that can spring different options without the need to bring in all the details in place. For the designer though most of those details are all in place.

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There are many ways to come up with a visual system for your branding identity. You might need a motif, or a pattern to bring it all together with meaning. It’s all about the image you want to project and why. Designers need to think of all the final aspect of the card they are designing. Covering the type of paper, the colour system, the printing techniques applicable, size of the card, cost, etc.

One size doesn’t fit all
Once the logo and its name are pretty much to the desired look, the designer tries out different ways where the logo will be living. Flexibility is key but trying to work within a space that’s not ideal won’t get your logo to shine. Designers test different options where the logo might live and how it will look like.
Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 9.45.24 AMYour colour scheme
Your branding identity is also base on a colour system. Once a main colour is chosen some complementary ones are thought out, they will support all your future applications.
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A motif or a pattern that will represent you
Your branding identity can own a unique motif that identifies you. Here’s how I created the Smiling Surface motif and how it was used. See flat card below.
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The silver tray

Through out history the business card also named “calling card” or visiting card. They represented status by the aristocrats of the 17th century. By the reign of Louis XIV, the visiting cards had become a staple of upper echelon. By the 19th century a visiting card was essential to the life of any upper or middle class. Each home had a silver card tray. The cards collected in the tray served as a catalog of those who had visited the household and of the households to which a reciprocal call was due. The giving and receiving of cards, then, was tangible evidence of meeting one’s social obligations.

The card’s goal is to convey the name of the cardholder, his title, his academic degrees, the company he is affiliated, and the relevant contact information. If you conduct business in another country like in China your business card will live by different rules and value.

Go and distinguish yourself.
A business card can make the right statement of who you are and what you do to the right audience. Be proud to show your card, it’s the professional ‘you’ that is left behind.
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The Smiling Surface card shows who I am and what I do. A card can be more than expected with some creative thinking. The final product becomes an object that easily sits on the clients desk.

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“I’m smart using ‘smart’ quotes.”

Quotes are important to testimonials, to excerpts and to create a visual impact.

In English you will find dumb or straight quote that is vertical bars versus the smart quotes that are either curved, squared or angled. See samples below.

Using dumb quotes shows a lack of professionalism. Often designers need to replace quotes and apostrophes from a client’s file because the font in use wasn’t designed the smart way.
DumbQuotesDesigners comb through thousands of fonts to bring a feeling and a style to the text on a page. Among those fonts, we check if they have all the proper characters to typeset with finesse.

How to set French quotes?

In French we use the « guillemet » or « chevron ». French punctuation is set differently than in English. In French we add a thin space before and after the chevron. The colon, semi colon, question mark and exclamation mark need a thin space before.
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How to set a block quote?

The sample below shows the English quotation mark offsetting the four lines of text. Isn’t that chick! Applicable in French as well.
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PS. Enjoy feeling smart.