Swiss Army

by Dawn on November 23, 2013

Here we sit, trying to review a card that is close to the most unique one we have ever seen and we do not know where to start.

The front of this oversized white business card is designed to be personalized by the bearer. The only other color is red used for both the text and the graphics. Stark. At the top is the Swiss Army logo and the announcement that this is a business card (!). Clearly, this business could use some help with a Business Card Design Reviews print place promo code to get a professionally-designed and printed card for a great price.

The Swiss Army Knife was a term coined by the American soldiers of World War II because they could not pronounce the German name. It was originally produced for Swiss soldiers in the 1880’s when the Swiss government decided that they needed such a tool.

It was manufactured in the German-speaking area of Switzerland. The other main areas of the country are the French-speaking, the Italian, and the Romansh in the valleys, hence four official languages.

In the center is an area boxed in with dotted lines. It includes a large white space for the one carrying the card to put in his or her own name. Below that are three ways to contact them or the company itself.

At the bottom is a red rectangle with curved corners containing what looks kind of like cans. The first three have percentages of 10% and the last 70%. Why? Who knows. If you do, dear reader, drop us a line.

The reverse is even more unusual. Under “Swiss Army” and the announcement, once again, that this is a business card, is the opportunity to cut up said business card into a seemingly unusable spork and chopsticks complete with measurements in the metric system.

As we scratch our head, we can confirm the following:

This card is oversized which makes it stand out but perhaps not fit super neatly into whatever container we use to corral our business cards.

It stands out by its overall unique nature. The Swiss Army brand is longstanding and known certainly everywhere in the Western World and perhaps the entire world. The simplicity of a red and white card is sufficient.

Why the cut outs of a spork and chopsticks? Perhaps just to say “we are the world’s foremost purveyors of small but incredibly useful tools. Here, if one is really in a desperate situation, are one time use utensils.”

But then again, from where would one get scissors or knife when starving in the wilderness?

All in all, a fun and “useful” way to advertise one’s historic company.

Swiss Army Business Card

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Victor, Printer and Publisher

by Dawn on November 16, 2013

This bright, shiny business card pops in all the right places. It is printed on white, slightly textured card stock with clean, clean font and design elements. Just the sheer squeakiness of this card entices us to check out their wares. A card like this had to have been printed using a print place coupon from Business Card Design Reviews for professional quality and discounted pricing.

At the top is our entrepreneur’s name, his website, telephone and fax numbers. A bit of white space down and we find the name of his business in an airy outline font in red.

Integrated into this name is the graphic portion of the logo. Like a hand pushing into a balloon without breaking it, a fresh logo is created. The hand is in black outline and pushes into a shape (for which we do not have a name) from the lower right corner, forming a continuous line.

Below this logo is the Parisian address of this business, again in simple sans serif font.

Exprimeurs apprears to be a hybid of the words imprimeur and exprimer yet in the plural. The former means “printer” and the latter “to express, to press out.” Hmmm, so what does exprimeur become?

Our vote is for “one who extracts.” Goodness, like a fine wine press? The best we can acertain from some Internet snooping, because there is no website that functions, is that Les Exprimeurs are most likely printer-publishers.

A little more searching takes us to a link in the Flickr site from whence this image came. Les Exprimeurs is a fairly new stationery shop in Paris located very near the Right Bank of the Seine River.

Judging from this business card, we have a top notch shop for sure, selling only the finest.

While it gets excellent reviews, it’s well into the 21st century – a website anyone?

Les Exprimeurs

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Audrey, Independent Real Estate Agent

by Dawn on November 9, 2013

What a fun business card! We are instantly besotted by this whimsical entrée into someone’s hearth and home.

The photographer has snapped the card in question atop pile of photos of homes, apartments and places of business, each with a distinctly European flair. This looks like the kind of print quality one could expect from using a Business Card Design Reviews PrintPlace coupon.

While we can’t read Ms. Félix’s address because it is blurred for privacy, we are going to assume she is a French realtor. She states that she is a chausseur immoblier indépendant, a phrase in French. We could argue for une belge or une suisse, but shan’t due to the several “buildings” on her green globe.

First, chausseur immoblier indépendant, means “independent real estate hunter (literally).”

We see the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge, a street lamp and a métro sign among other items. All are perched on an inviting green globe with a person lying on the grass leg over leg, enjoying the great outdoors. This relaxed soul sports a big red heart.

Under the blurred portion is the expression: HOmelike HOme, with the “O”s shaped like pears and in red. We can’t figure out the meaning of this, but because it is in English, we can safely assume that she speaks English and works with non-French in finding the property that fits their needs.

We might even go so far as to wonder, with the first name of Audrey, if she is English or even American.

This business card tells Ms. Audrey Félix’s story well. Clearly she is a premier realtor who works with international clients to find property, probably in Paris and its environs.

The whimsical nature of the card speaks to her creativity – a crucial attribute when working in a large cosmopolitan city with international clients who have a wide variety of needs. As soon as we can afford to buy in Paris, Mme Félix is our new realtor!

Ma carte de visite

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Maxime Francout

by Dawn on November 2, 2013

We see shades of Picasso and other offerings at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

The front of this card is all art in sunshine yellow and midnight black on white card stock. The reverse is quite the opposite in its simple and clean style.

It sports only a rectangle in the center with the type of business, Illustration – Design, above a long dash and their website below, in uppercase.

We can assume that the name of the business is the name of the owner is the name of the website, Maxime Francout. Clearly French, he hints at his heritage in the chosen design of this card, which could have very well been printed with a deal from Business Card Design Reviews because he would have gotten superb quality at a discounted price.

Picasso is often thought of as being French, but in reality he was Spanish and yet lived most of his adult life in France. He co-founded the art style known a Cubism along with Georges Braque, a bit of which we see above.

A look at M Francout’s website reveals an artist who is decidedly contemporary both in style and subject choice. He seems to have been influenced by Picasso, among many other artists, and his work could easily be displayed in the Pompidou Centre.

This modern art museum houses only modern art and sculptures. Even the manner in which the art is displayed speaks to the wholly contemporary style of the art as well as the building which contains it all.

The building itself is a work of art if one considers modern art a pleasure to behold. Much of the normally internal structure of the edifice is on the outside of the building for all to see. Originally all the disparate types of conduit were color coded: plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning. Have a look.

We embrace M Francout’s business card. Without even reading the back or checking out his website, we are quite sure what he does. This is a card that is noticed and not lost in the stack. Bien sûr!

BUSINESS CARD

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L’avant Gout

by Russ on September 25, 2013

Clever name for a restaurant! We are assuming it is a play on the well known expression – one of thousands we English-speakers have appropriated from the French – avant-garde (although English adds a hyphen).

Avant-garde: “the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.” (Dictionary.com) We surely have to add the culinary arts to this definition.

Goût in French means “taste,” so we believe we can conclude that L’avant Goût will tickle our taste buds with heretofore unexplored and unexperienced pleasures of the palate. We are in!

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Often it seems that while treasuring the French culinary arts, we expect classic techniques to be utilized exclusively. Here, it seems, we can expect all that and more. Definitive combinations, modern techniques and dare we hope, avant-garde delights.

This bright orange card, in what may be a bit elongated rectangle (the angle of the lens makes us unsure), is a stand out. The name of the restaurant makes its appearance in the top third with the G of Goût figuring prominently.

The logo clearly declaring this an eatery fills the center and the bottom portion allows us to find them for dining. All these elements appear to be inked in dark aubergine (the French word for eggplant) – a smashing choice.

Along the left hand side is a narrow strip in light blue letting us know that they are open Tuesday to Friday.

A coupe d’œil at their website confirms our assumptions. It is fine dining with a distinctively modern twist, both in cuisine and in ambiance. Bon appétit!

Address card of L'Avant Gout

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Jay, Consultant

by Dawn on September 19, 2013

A bit of frosted window glass. A business card on plastic rather than the usual card stock. Shaped like a credit card. And stylish – it is all that. Printplace coupons 2013 can get you cards like this to stand out from the competition with high quality printing, low costs and fast turnaround.

Mr. Allen, Principal of Endevver Consulting, has impressed and delighted us with his design choice, but wait, a bit of a difficulty will be revealed.

This card consists simply of Mr. Allen’s name, title, phone number and email on one side. Added to this is a wide diagonal band of crimson crossing the card like a sash of honor bearing the logo and name of the business, Endevver.

First we sought to decipher the type of business this card represents. Our first hurdle was the name of the enterprise so we could search for it, as no website is given.

Several minutes and a few search attempts later, we were able to discern the name of the business. Within the crimson sash, the name incorporates the opposing v’s from within the round logo which creates confusion.

The name begins on the bottom line, then wraps around to the right and is completed by the last three letters, “ver,” upside down. This serves to repeat the opposing v’s of the logo. Only by looking carefully at the email address were we able to yell, “Bingo!” The name is Endevver!

Now we can appreciate the incorporation of the opposing v’s in the logo within the name, but may we suggest using a different color for them? A business’ moniker should be easily read, not a contest of the mind.

This is a web design and development company with a specialty in Moveable Type. And no website on this business card?

The card is totally unique and therefore will be remembered and surely not lost. But, it is important that the potential client know the proper name of the business and this card poses a bit of a problem, in our view.

Perhaps including the web address would mitigate this pressing issue, or better yet, put the name, Endevver, in a straight line for easy reading. We’re just sayin’…

Business cards!

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Anne, Graphic Designer

by Dawn on September 10, 2013

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We are struck by this spare, kinda eye-catching business card in child’s blue against a white background with a slightly textured surface. Ms. Mao has chosen a super young overall look.

From the clean sans serif font to the image of a teddy bear with an unusual, surreal body à la Asia, one is drawn to the meat and potatoes of the information necessary to engage her services.

Also this business card is an unusual shape. This is most often a bonus for the person receiving and keeping the card because it enables it to stand out from the pack, although we are not so sure about this particular shape. The longer and more narrow design is not common.

Why the blank sheet of paper above it, in a slightly more ivory color? Your guess is as good as ours.

Looking at the website on this card, we found that it is parked or has expired. Regretfully it is not possible to get a feel for this graphic designer’s body of work.

Despite Ms. Mao’s surname, the card feels a bit Japanese to us–think Hello Kitty.

We imagine that she is a graphic designer for parents of young children or perhaps for businesses like day care centers or private schools. The look, at least for the American, doesn’t seem to be aimed at adults to design for their own needs.

The other possibility is that she is a bit too young to be starting a business and has not chosen well to be considered by the broadest spectrum of clients.

Overall, we just have to say, okay, but tell us more about how you can fill our design needs, Ms. Mao.

 

mini business card

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Maillard’s Chocolate

by Dawn on September 6, 2013

Some business cards whet your appetite and there is no better way to whet potential clients’s appetites than with print place coupons for superb quality at discounted prices.

We always love reviewing historical business cards. The folks of yesteryear knew how to engage one’s interest with just the use of black and white, or off-white as the case may be.

Maillard’s Chocolate of New York, New York, with a French twist. Nothing says quality and refinement like French food and confections, and this chocolatier is no exception.

The front of the card has an eagle centered over two medallions, speaking to the American company as well as to the international awards won. Apparently gold metals were won in Vienna and Paris as well as in New York for their “fancy chocolates and bonbons.”

To the left, written vertically along the edge is their retail location and to the right is their wholesale location.

Across the bottom we are reminded that these chocolates are for “breakfast, lunch and travellers.” Why not dinner?

On the reverse, Maillard’s boasts of the new machines they use in manufacturing and has even put them on exhibition for all to see. Fascinating, because nowadays, the cachet would be “we make them all by hand.” My, how times have changed.

After a Google search we found many references to Maillard’s Chocolates, but this one is the most interesting and informative, if brief: Child of Yden. It is complete with a couple of pictures of the inside of the store with several ladies posing in their austere dress of the day.

Mr. Maillard did indeed come from France in 1848 and opened up a confectionary store which later became a ladies restaurant. It was decorated in Louis XVI style and became particularly well-known when they furnished the inaugural banquet of President Abraham Lincoln.

Another historical business card invites us into the past to catch a glimpse of times long gone by. Would that we could have supped in Mr. Maillard’s ladies restaurant and treated ourselves to a bonbon for dessert…

Maillard's Chocolate for Breakfast, Lunch, and Travellers

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Scott – Website Designer

by Russ on September 2, 2013

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Business Card for a Website Designer
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on September 2, 2013
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Needs a graphical logo for easier recognition. More information about the services should be listed. Dreary color scheme, not typical of a website design.

This single-sided business card is for a website designer.

The most distinctive part of the design is the company logo, which is a fancy cursive font in the middle of the card. It happens to be the last name of the person.

The textured brown background has a dark thick brown border with the information at the bottom.

The name and job title are in the lower left corner, the e-mail address in the middle and the mobile number in the lower right.

The logo is too complicated to serve as a logo. While it is designed well, it would do much better if there were a graphical element that was simple but distinctive. When everybody sees the famous logo of Shell Oil, they know immediately what company it represents.

By using a simple logo on all of its promotional materials including webpages, people will recognize this company quickly and easily without having to search around. The logo should be redesigned to include this graphical element, placed on the left of the card.

That is because people look at images first and then the text. By placing the logo on the left, people will look left and then continue reading the material on the right. But if the logo is on the right, people will look right, then have to skip back to the left to read the text.

This card is barely informational. It gives the bare essentials but not much more. For this website designer, it was a chance to show people how well he designs. An impressively-designed card would be both attractive and informational.

There should be a summary of what this company does in a line of information under the company name. The job title is there, which helps people know how this person is related to the company, but it does not tell people what kind of website design he does.

He needs to list the different kinds of websites he does to give people a better idea of what kind of website design he does.

It is doubtful he designs his websites with the lack of color that is in on this card. He should introduce a brighter, more attractive color into the design, one that contrasts with the current colors.

He should also include a slogan that tells people why they should use his company services. Does he undercut in price? Over-deliver in quality? Complete projects on time?

This Pin

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Pizza House

by Admin on June 14, 2013

This fictitious business card is for a pizza restaurant. Judging from the picture, it should be a very popular restaurant if indeed it were in business.

The dominant element of this design is the picture of the pizza, grabbing just about everyone’s attention. The closeup of the toppings makes this a mouth-watering component that begs to be looked at over and over.

To its left is the business name and tagline, under which is a special offer of a pizza bundled with bread sticks and a drink. Underneath is the contact information including the website, phone number and street address.

The colors coordinate quite well with the pizza: the dark red border surrounds the entire design as well as delineates the three boxes of information. A lighter shade of red dominates the bottom half of the card, on which the text, mostly white, stands out.

The flame underneath the restaurant name is a nice accent, emphasizing the restaurant name and highlighting the pizza deal.

The one major improvement that could be done is to move the picture to the left and the restaurant name to the right. The reason for this is that everyone’s attention will go to the pizza first. Since the people who read this business card will read from left to right, it makes more sense to start with the picture on the left and then put the text on the right.

A second reason for this placement is that the restaurant is trying to convince the prospective customer to take advantage of the deal. The picture establishes the credibility of the card and restaurant so that the customer is more willing to take advantage of the special offer.

It is counterproductive to try to sell the customer on the offer before establishing credibility. Show the picture of the pizza first, then sell the deal.

Nevertheless, the delicious-looking picture is a great way to advertise this restaurant and will decorate a refrigerator or office bulletin board quite nicely.

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Food/Restaurant Template

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