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#1 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 05:43 PM

Do you guys think it's ok to have an informal font on a Business Card? I am really debating with myself on whether I should use more designer fonts or standard ones. While I'm at it, what is a good number of cards to get for GDC? I don't want to over order, but I don't want hundreds of surplus cards sitting around.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:01 PM

What do you mean "informal"? I hope you don't mean Comic Sans MS!

I think the point of business cards is to stand out, so I see no reason why not. As long they're still legible, of course, and provide the nessecary information.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:22 PM

I use Comic Sans MS on my card.
In other words, that idea's already taken.

Just make your card memorable and creative, but easy to read.
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:04 PM

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Do you guys think it's ok to have an informal font on a Business Card?
Yes, assuming that fits your business.

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While I'm at it, what is a good number of cards to get for GDC? I don't want to over order, but I don't want hundreds of surplus cards sitting around.
What are you using the cards for?

The big reason to get them is to give them away at social events. If you don't go to social events, which include conferences, workshops, BBB events, sales and marketing events, and so on, then you probably don't have a strong need for business cards.

A box of business cards is cheap. You can even get boxes of fancy full-color raised-print double-sided cards online for less than the cost of a night at the movies. I can't imagine giving out a full box of 250 cards at GDC unless you are stuffing them inside packets of free goodies on the expo floor.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 01:10 AM

I just read this blog post yesterday. The author suggests 250 - 500. I guess it really depends on how outgoing you are.

http://bbrathwaite.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/where-are-all-the-good-parties-at-gdc/

#6 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:15 AM

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[i]Original post by Codeka]/i]What do you mean "informal"? I hope you don't mean Comic Sans MS!

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I use Comic Sans MS on my card.

lol...

I was thinking more like designer-ish versions of helvetica. I just wanted something with a little more eye appeal than flat text for the headings and larger text, but didn't know if I would be breaking some unknown taboo.


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Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:35 AM

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I just read this blog post yesterday. The author suggests 250 - 500. I guess it really depends on how outgoing you are.
Yes, but that's Brenda Brathwaite.

She of the post is on the IGDA board of directors. She has game credits going back to 1984. She's chaired several major design groups. She has been a chair at a college, in a game design program she helped develop. She is one of the best known women in game development.

So of course she's going to give out a bunch of cards at GDC.

If you search her blog, she says that she gives away a box of 250 cards at GDC but likes to have the extra on hand, just in case.

For most people a box of 250 is more than enough.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 02:55 AM

Is there a reason why business cards are 1 mm wider than they could fit into my wallet?
Is there a standard for the sizes of them?

#9 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9878

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:03 AM

Way2la wrote:
1. what is a good number of cards to get for GDC?

Szec wrote:
2. Is there a reason why business cards are 1 mm wider than they could fit into my wallet?
3. Is there a standard for the sizes of them?


1. The printer has a minimum print run. If you want fewer cards, it'll cost you more.

2. The print industry does not have any interest in what the size of your wallet is, as long as you have enough money in it to pay them to print cards for you.

3. The European standard size is considerably larger than the American standard size, but yes, there are two standard sizes. Just as there are two standard sizes for sheet paper (A4 in most of the world, 8.5 x 11 "inches" in America).

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#10 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:59 AM

I was looking around on some sites and stumbled on mini-business cards. What do you guys think of those?

http://green.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/01/eco_friendly_mini_business_cards.php

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:16 AM

If your business card would fit in a wallet, it would remain in a person's wallet. Then, if it DROPS OFF, then the person might recall a conversation with you and for some reason, feel compelled to call you...

If your card is too small though, it is easy to lose.
I think business cards are this size mainly to annoy a bit. Not too much, just a bit. Reminds people you exist.

What about a bigger card then? No idea. I'd think it would be too annoying, or be interpreted like "just trying too damn hard", feeling like you're better than anyone else, but who knows, maybe im wrong, and the annoyance factor really plays out.
Maybe we should have all business cards the size of letters who knows :P

#12 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:42 AM

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If your business card would fit in a wallet, it would remain in a person's wallet. Then, if it DROPS OFF, then the person might recall a conversation with you and for some reason, feel compelled to call you...

If your card is too small though, it is easy to lose.
I think business cards are this size mainly to annoy a bit. Not too much, just a bit. Reminds people you exist.

What about a bigger card then? No idea. I'd think it would be too annoying, or be interpreted like "just trying too damn hard", feeling like you're better than anyone else, but who knows, maybe im wrong, and the annoyance factor really plays out.
Maybe we should have all business cards the size of letters who knows :P


In a similar vane, smaller cards kind of set you apart. It's something different from what everyone usually sees.

There's also a reasonable environmental impact. Consider how many business cards are thrown away anyway at conferences like GDC in any industry. The cards themselves are 2.5* thinner and the same width, so they still fit in a wallet, but use almost a third of the paper.

I think they're a little better for advertising a product or website, but they're still a bit stylish if someone uses them for personal reasons.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 11:58 AM

I don't know how valuable this is, but I was told to have business cards that match your portfolio's style. My career planning office told me to plan on the portfolio first, then make a card around it.

I don't think it matters much, however. Every business card is unique and creative. Yours will be different, just like everyone else. Don't stress over it.

#14 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 9878

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:40 PM

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If your card is too small though, it is easy to lose.
I think business cards are this size mainly to annoy a bit. Not too much, just a bit. Reminds people you exist.

What about a bigger card then? No idea. I'd think it would be too annoying, or be interpreted like "just trying too damn hard", feeling like you're better than anyone else, but who knows, maybe im wrong, and the annoyance factor really plays out.
Maybe we should have all business cards the size of letters who knows :P


Cards that are too small are annoying. Cards that are just slightly smaller than normal are less annoying.
Cards that are bigger than European-standard size are definitely annoying.

But that's me. There are people who couldn't care less about your business card (probably because they just ignore them entirely).
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#15 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 03:06 AM

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If your card is too small though, it is easy to lose.
I think business cards are this size mainly to annoy a bit. Not too much, just a bit. Reminds people you exist.

What about a bigger card then? No idea. I'd think it would be too annoying, or be interpreted like "just trying too damn hard", feeling like you're better than anyone else, but who knows, maybe im wrong, and the annoyance factor really plays out.
Maybe we should have all business cards the size of letters who knows :P


Cards that are too small are annoying. Cards that are just slightly smaller than normal are less annoying.
Cards that are bigger than European-standard size are definitely annoying.

But that's me. There are people who couldn't care less about your business card (probably because they just ignore them entirely).

The mini-cards were kind of an off-shoot. I made a full size one.

Odd factoid. The mini-cards are more expensive than the full size ones.

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