So I finally had some money to send out my business card design to be printed and honestly I’m super nervous about it.
I woke up this morning around 7 a.m. from a dream where I was running around some strange house trying to find things to sell. I’m sure my real life financial state is starting to affect my unconsciousness.
Before I fully rubbed the sleepiness out of my eyes I hopped on the computer and got to work. I made a few changes from my original design.
The front is mostly the same, I just removed my email address becasue a teacher once told me if I don’t have an email that isn’t Gmail or Outlook (or something similar) because it doesn’t look professional. I’ll just write down my email if someone asks for it on my business card.
The back, however, I changed. I know I want to use my card to be able to sketch out an example of what the client wants as a rough draft. Maybe a logo, a flyer or a poster. So I decided to add guidelines. I also included half-inch measurements and three different fonts to show a client an example of different typefaces.
Because I designed it within a span of an hour I rushed the back design. Since it’s my first business card I hope to use it and adjust the design for when it comes to print out a second round, the design will be more finessed.
It was a little difficult trying to a find a company that’ll print on regular paper. Most companies pride in having a glossy or matte finish. Although they look nice, my business card is designed so that I can write or sketch on it so I need one that printed on un-coated paper.
Fortunately for me, Vistaprint has an un-coated selection. I assumed since the paper quality will be like regular paper I decided to choose their “premium” option where the paper is a little bit thicker than normal. Hopefully it won’t feel so cheap.
I’m nervous about the print because when I uploaded the files to the website, the preview screen looked a little fuzzy BUT there was a little note at the bottom that said the image looked great. I’m sure if the image was pixelated the note would’ve warned me. I just hope for my first round of business cards that they’re decent.
I only ordered 100 copies just to test them out, see if I like them. Altogether it came out to $42 — an investment.
I’ll have some kind of mini photo shoot when the cards arrive. They should arrive in about two weeks.