Martini Club

by Russ on February 22, 2014

We hear the Rat Pack in the background crooning Volare, Everybody Loves Somebody or perhaps Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.

This card and coaster in one had to have been carried by at least one of the famous members to ensure that he not forget an unforgettable party. Using Next Day Flyers coupons from BusinessCardDesignReviews, they would have been able to let the entire world know because of the price discounts for quality printing.

Originally consisting of actors centered around Humphrey Bogart, after his death in 1957 the Rat Pack consisted of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

Surely they hung out, often at Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s home, with martinis in hand. And the dames who hung out with them, of which there were several, looked every bit like the gal we see sporting the martini glass. Stirred, not shaken–oh, wait a minute, that’s Bond, James Bond.

This card hearkens back to the cocktail-in-one-hand, cigarette-in-the-other 1950s. The top portion is in primary red and apparently introduces a lady who will share a drink with the patron. To the right are the particulars.

The bottom portion, is white with the adjective “fabulous” in the same red as above and in script with Martini Club below in black font. A faint martini glass is a bit tipsy as it tilts to reveal the ubiquitous olive on a stir stick and more importantly a lovely lady in a bit of a state of undress.

As if this is not enough to transport us to the ’50s, the two silver stars complete the effect. Who doesn’t remember the popular wall clocks of the day?

A Google search did not produce results for this Martini Club. Hmmm… Perhaps this really is a retro card in a state of suspended animation.

What a shame our friends of yesteryear, Martin, Sinatra, Davis, Lawford, Bishop and more, along with their glamorous ladies, are not here to sing, laugh and have a fine time with martini in hand. We can, however, do without the coffin nails.

“Here’s look’in at you, kid.”

Martini Club

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Old Gallagher Irish Tavern

by Russ on February 16, 2014

The Old Gallagher Irish Tavern in a Zaragoza, Spain? How fun is this?!

A business card a bit bigger than traditionally usual, this one stands out for its clarity. Printed on glossy black card stock, it has this tavern’s logo loud and proud in the upper right hand corner. A Next Day Flyers coupon from Business Card Design Reviews will do wonders for this business, with economical printing at the highest printing standards.

In the lower right hand corner are the particulars so necessary for the patron: days and times of operation.

Rather than an address they do one better and give us a clear map, elucidating the perspective by painting the nearby water in bright blue. A green arrow starts at the logo and stretches out to the exact location of the tavern which is marked by a red rectangle.

As we stroll through Zaragoza we enjoy its history and architecture. We see the Basílica del Pilar, the Seo Cathedral and the Aljafaría Palace among other sites. This city was in turn conquered by the Romans, the Goths and later, in 714, the Moors and Berbers.

The Iberian Peninsula–home today to both Spain and Portugal–was largely conquered by the Moors of northern Africa. Zaragosa was their largest northern city stronghold.

This city is the capital of the autonomous community of Aragon, home to King Ferdinand of Ferdinand and Isabelle fame. Famous for what? For sending Columbus to discover a new route to the East Indies and expelling both the Jews and the Moors (Muslims) from the peninsula, all in 1492.

After a long day exploring the city we may opt for some familiar sustenance.

All we English speakers will find either a haven to get a little taste of home or be able to check out how the Spanish perceive an Irish Tavern.

And a third possibility–Irish ex-pats have opened up an Irish tavern.

This explicit business card is just the ticket to lead us to a homey, comforting meal.

Old Gallagher Irish Tavern business card

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Las Parras

by Russ on January 18, 2014

This is the first business card we’ve seen in Catalán, a language spoken in northeastern Spain and adjoining parts of southern France. It is the official language of the small country of Andorra located in the Pyrennes between the two countries. Vistaprint coupons from http://businesscarddesignreviews.com/ can help you establish your business presence in any language you want.

A romance language, Catalán is spoken in the autonomous region of Catalonia, Spain, hence this Barcelonian business card.

First and foremost we have a card that is not strictly the traditional size, but perhaps that is only true in an American context.

The front of the card uses color to great advantage. The top third lets us know without reading by the graphic that this is for a restaurant and that its name is Las Parras.

Many fonts are in use as we scan down the card. Next we see a narrow black strip containing four of the most prominent types of foods offered: tapas (Spanish; English uses this word also), toasts (hey, we don’t speak Catalán so we are relying on Internet dictionaries), sandwiches and combination dishes.

The lower two thirds tells us that the kitchen is open all day, they serve beer and wine and of course their address and phone number is included.

The reverse is a study in wisdom, especially in a city with many tourists. It is quite simply a declarative map of exactly where the restaurant is located.

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with much to see. Gaudí‘s La Sagrada Familia graces the city. Las Ramblas is a boulevard well known for the pleasure of leisurely walks, window shopping and street life. There are also several churches and a cathedral of note, museums and parks and buildings also designed by Gaudí.

It is a city not to be missed by the European traveler. Las Parras would be a lovely stop to include for lunch or dinner for a taste of the local cuisine. Salut!

Las Parras Business Card Front
Las Parras Business Card Back

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Restaurant Attila

by Dawn on January 11, 2014

A simple, yet elegant card for the Restaurant Attila in Toulouse, France. Use Vistaprint coupons to make an impression simply and elegantly through your business cards.

Filling the space in the top two thirds of this light gray card is the restaurant’s name. A standard Times Roman font is used to express Restaurant, then a wholly one-of-a-kind bold, graphic font spells out the name, Attila.

The design of the A flows leftward into Restaurant and rightward to cross the two t‘s. Add to this a five-pointed star for the dot over the i. All works together to take a simple design and make it sing.

The center text, Spécialités de poissons, tells us that they specialize in fish dishes. Our mouth is watering already.

The bottom third gives us the address on the left and on the right, the telephone number and that they are closed on Mondays. But where is the web address?

After a pretty thorough Google search, we cannot find a website, but we do find several mentions of this eatery. Should we consider visiting Toulouse to dine here?

Toulouse is the forth largest metropolitan area of France. It is situated in the south, not all that far from the Pyrennes and Spain. It is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénnés region, the largest in the country, and of the Départment Haute-Garonne.

It is the epicenter of the European aerospace industry, has the largest cancer research facility in Europe, and has one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1229. All of this and more makes Toulouse a cosmopolitan city.

Toulouse also boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and the Basilica of St. Sernin.

All these are reasons and more to visit this lovely, vibrant city. We must confess that as much as we have traveled in France, we have not had the pleasure of exploring this city.

But, Toulouse is now on our list as is this smashing restaurant, Restaurant Attila. Bon appétit!

Restaurant Attila

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Gusto Ristorante Pizzeria

by Russ on January 7, 2014

Bold, stunning, clean. GUSTO styles itself as a trattoria, pizzeria and cafeteria. Pizzeria and cafeteria we know, but trattoria? Just give us a few moments and we will fill you in, not only on this card design, but on how you can get stunning business cards like these with Next Day Flyers coupons from Business Card Design Reviews, the printed design experts for businesses on a budget.

This deep chianti colored card fills the space with luscious warmth. The top three quarters contain the name of the eatery, GUSTO, in ginormous modern silver font. The three styles of service are placed just below in Italian.

Then, just so we are sure we are going to encounter food when we arrive, this card graces us with a spoon, fork and knife at full attention.

The bottom one fourth of the card is reversed with silver as the background and rich chianti as the font color. This is where we find out how to contact GUSTO and its address. Sadly in this modern world, we do not find a website, but let us Google search it…

Ecco! /em> We believe we found it! It is a unique establishment in the Eternal City of Rome that not only includes a trattoria (a small restaurant–we told you we would let you know), pizzeria, and cafeteria but a bookstore, a culinary library, a wine merchant and praline shop as well. My oh my, epicurean heaven!

Now we’re thinking that this card is too simple. We would love to know about the eclectic nature of this business. All the more to draw us in.

But, GUSTO has bowled us over with its bold business card, its use of a rich chianti color with modern silver. We believe we will make a night of it.

We’ll have a cocktail at the wine bar, indulge in a fabulous meal while perusing the culinary books–perhaps purchase one–then wind up our evening with a taste of sweet praline. Ecco! This restaurant goes in our “next time we are in Rome” file. Buon appetito!

ephemera - Barcelona, Gusto Trattoria business card, 2010

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Reddy or Knot Design

by Russ on December 28, 2013

Reddy or Knot, here it comes! Another fabulous card by a creative gal.

While we have a standard-sized card, nothing else is common about this little slice of advertising. For something like this, click here to see how you can get a card like this.

Beginning with seriously textured card stock, Ms. Knodt prints all of her information in light taupe using an embossing technique to create shadows for easy readability.

Add to this, a layout reminiscent of a ticket for entry into, perhaps, a stage play. Embossed lines crisscross the landscape forming various sized sections to display crucial information and some whimsy, too. She includes her address, phone number, website and email address among the crucial bits of information.

And then there is the whimsical…

We learn that Ms. Knodt is a designer, writer and tiny dancer. Tiny dancer? Ah, like including her astrological sign on this card.

And then there is some totally superfluous information such as numbers that seem to go nowhere. Not only does this not detract, it heightens our sense of a designer at work – and play.

A look at her website reveals that Ms. Knodt is in partnership with Ms. Reddy. Love it! Their site is just as creative as this business card.

They seem to be the perfect combination of graphic design, Ms. Reddy, and wordsmithy, Ms. Knodt, to create print ads for a variety of businesses, including some large companies. Their ads are fresh and bright with a clear come hither look.

And their logo did not come clear, at least to us, until we saw the website. It is the “ok” embossed to the left of the card. Clever.

This is our big question: Why they spell the “Knot” half of their company name differently than “Knodt” of the surname is a mystery. We believe Reddy or Knodt would have worked just as well. But, hey, let us not quibble. We have encountered a super card with a super design.

Reddy or Knot!

Reddy or Knodt Business Card

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Philip, Website Designer

by Russ on December 21, 2013

We sure know this guy is chock full o’ creativity! This business card employs pitch black card stock. The front sports the name of the company, WIZPIP, in extra large sans serif white font with .com added in grayscale. A twofer. Using a Business Card Design Reviews Next Day Flyers coupon, he could have a lot of these made quickly, cheaply and with business quality.

On the back side, our eye is first drawn to a trio of photos of Philip Parr, our entrepreneur. Is the top one from when he was a character in a play? And the second, the best man at a wedding? And the third, perhaps a weekend at a dude ranch? Quite a guy.

We get to know a bit about Mr. Parr just by gazing at these pics. To the right is all the important stuff: name, job description, a terse tagline and bringing up the rear, his email address.

A look at his website confirms what we have taken from his business card. The first page loops the three pics of him and allows us to believe we have a degree of familiarity. The site is easy to navigate, clean and frankly refreshing.

When business card meets website, a winning combination has usually been achieved. The site has as much clarity as this card with the additional element of key words and phrases found in robin’s egg blue.

After skimming his blogs, he practices what he preaches–lines a bit farther apart than the norm, letters spread a bit father apart, too, and a brightness in the black on white using easy-on-the-eyes sans serif font.

Even his writing reads sunshine. It is concise, clear and just a touch humorous, like the business card in question.

This card is conspicuous for several reasons: the black card stock, the fun photos and the simplicity of overall design. However, we wonder if he uses any color in his website design. This seems to limit his design repertoire. When we need a website designer for a film noir, Mr. Parr is on our short list.

Business Cards

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Space150

by Russ on December 14, 2013

Space150, the final frontier…

My, this is too cool! Our first thought is a ticket to outer space, yet this card stock looks like suede. What is this business?

The front surely is highly tactile with a most unusual design in chestnut brown, red red, tans and light khakis and a bit of white for brightness. It defies explanation by the simple wordsmiths and non-artists we are. For something this sophisticated, a Business Card Design Reviews Next Day Flyers coupon would be appropriate for mass reproduction with professional quality and discounted prices.

In the lower right hand corner we have the name of the company, Space150. In the upper left is the tagline, “the future feels good.”

The reverse is reminiscent of a boarding pass but contains phone and fax numbers, an address and the website – twice. To the far right is what seems to be a seat number in red. All this on a light khaki background with a bit of white, airplane-like cutouts and double dashes along the bottom.

We have seen lots of business cards in our day, but this one is totally set apart.

Looking at the website we find two phrases that seem to sum up what Space150 is about. “Destroy convention to create demand” and “We are a digital innovation company.” The site itself is the most revolutionary we have seen. Do check it out.

Add to all this a video that they produced about an innovative ad campaign they created for Target. Space150 seems to know all the methods available in today’s digital marketplace to create buzz and sell products.

Do we like this business card? We love it! It is unique beyond unique, a double entendre of sorts. It is graphically catchy, tactile we feel certain and for sure one-of-a-kind in the HUGE marketplace of business cards. We are only surprised it is not digitized in and of itself. Perhaps one day soon…

 

Space 150's Business Card

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Josh, Graphic Designer

by Russ on December 7, 2013

Hmph. This is a business card of the minimalist variety. Presumably it is one-sided only and white with black design and font. Click here to investigate an online printer that can knock these out in a heartbeat for minimal cost.

All originates from the left. Across the top is a bar code with the name of the business just below: stickbob design studios.

Lower, filling the bottom left quarter of the card, is the name of the card holder and website, phone number and his email address.

We have so little with which to work that we will instantly go have a looksee at the website.

Tick tock, tick tock. Ah, here it is. Whaaat? It seems to be a domain for sale. Confused are we.

Is this one of those businesses where one buys domain names in the hopes of reselling them for a profit? Is this card just a super unique way advertising their business?

Never before have we been so stumped. It seems to us that clarity trumps creative design, especially when the creative design baffles rather than amuses or delights the recipient of the business card.

So, as we try to fill the space requested of our boss, we ponder and ponder the wisdom of the never-do-well who thought up THIS concept.

Was he (she?) a) too clever for his own good? b) shortsighted? c) on those illegal drugs so strangely popular nowadays?

We vote for all three.

Dumb d’de dumb dumb.

So there you have it. A foolish business card, colorless, boring, inefficient and seemingly useless. Can anybody out there help this guy? Gal?

A word short of our minimum. Got it.

Business Card

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Antiquity Gamecrafters

by Dawn on November 30, 2013

The top or so third of this card is a charming photograph of a game as it may have existed many centuries ago. We see all natural materials – no plastic in sight. We sense, though, both the simple clarity of antiquity in the materials and in the game itself as well as an inviting modern sensibility. This business card requires a high degree of accuracy in reproducing it, which Business Card Design Review’s printplace coupon will accomplish.

Evenings spent playing games with family and friends speaks to connections, warmth and wholesomeness. This activity engages our minds rather than our 21st century instincts of sitting, soaking, sipping and snacking in front of the boob tube.

We so desire to learn this new game. We will surely enjoy the tactile sensation of moving smooth glass game pieces on a travertine board divided into small squares of varying tones. As a bonus, we will learn a bit of history also.

The bottom two thirds of this card is a rich earthy mahagony with some information in various white fonts. First we have a quote from Mr. Einstein of scientific fame.

Essentially centered within this space is the name of the company, Antiquity Gamecrafters, and below this a tagline which concisely explains what the company creates, both in the perfect choice of medieval font.

At the very bottom is their website. A quick look reveals that the game pictured here is Hnefetafl, a Viking board game whereby the surrounded and outnumbered Swedes (light colored glass pieces) attempt to escape the raiding Muscovites.

Antiquity Gamecrafters offers several games from around the world and hand crafts each one only when ordered. These seem to be a fine gift for those seeking to escape the pull of the television set by engaging their family and friends in convivial battle over a game board.

All in all this is an excellent business card as it represents the company well in both its look and feel. From the intriguing photo to the choice of medieval font for the name of the company and its tagline, we must say, “Game on!”

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