Business Card Ideas and Inspiration #1

I have a slight (ok, more like a major) fascination with business cards.  I love the way people infuse their personality into the design and layout of the card.  I’ve found myself drawn to a few particular design details in business card designs, so I thought I’d share a few favorites with you!

1. Cool use of pattern and negative space in the design:

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2. Typography details and double-sided printing:

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{studio on fire}

3. Unique shapes — from circles and squares to ninja stars:

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4. Laser-cut details and cards that transform into new shapes:

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Anyone else have business cards on the brain?  Or am I alone in this minor fascination?

{images from their respective sources}

The New Elizabeth Anne Designs!

Before I do anything else this morning, I just have to mention the newly redesigned Elizabeth Anne Designs!  In addition to the beautiful new look, Ami has revamped the vendor guide and filled her inspiration archives with tons of amazing content and articles — congratulations Ami!

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Autumn Wheat Wedding Invitations

With December literally just around the corner, I’m just trying to hang on to the last few remaining days of fall.  Luckily for me, these wheat sprig letterpress wedding invitations from Birddog Press are doing just the trick:

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Each invitation was letterpress printed using vintage metal and wood type, then attached to a thin sheet of walnut wood veneer and enclosed in its own box with a sprig of wheat.  I also love the accompanying map and escort cards:

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I’m a big fan of pretty much anything that Allison does using vintage type, but the soft details with the wheat stalk blind impressions and pops of orange in both the invitations and escort cards.  Check out more details over on Birddog Impressions right here.

{image credits: Birddog Press}

More 2010 Calendars

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend whether it was a holiday weekend for you or not.  I'm back in DC and slooowly getting back into my routine, and as I ease back into things I thought I'd start off with a few new calendars.  I've been waiting for each of these calendars to come out for a while now, and am so happy to see them in their shops.

First up, Moontree Letterpress with a beautiful and modern one-page letterpress calendar featuring a line drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge:

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Next up, Something's Hiding in Here with a perpetual chalkboard calendar (painted on a wood block) that can be re-used for years to come — just fill in the month and dates and you're ready to go!

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For this 2010 calendar from Old School Stationers, each month features hand lettering and unique illustrations and patterns — all individually letterpress printed in bright colors:

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{images from their respective sources}

Best-of Real Wedding Invitations – Mike + Emma

When I think of unique or non-traditional invitation designs, Mike and Emma’s invitations are usually the first that come to mind.  Mike and Emma were married in her parent’s home in New York City and really took advantage of having a small wedding in their invitation design:

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Mike and Emma commissioned a friend to create a portrait of them that served as the artwork for the main invitation.  Within the full invitation suite they enclosed a completely personalized hand-written letter (typed on a typewriter, naturally) to each guest, a matching rsvp card, and a passage from Jane Austen’s Emma, which a friend later read during the wedding ceremony:

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Friends or family who Mike and Emma were unable to invite to the wedding all received a wedding announcement with the portrait from the main invitation:

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And how cute are these buttons of Mike and Emma?

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Check out the original post right here.

{image credits: michael fusco design}