Business cards madness - 5 great examples from Portland

I went to a speed networking meeting on March 8th with Portland bloggers, I had the chance to meet awesome and inspiring bloggers and I received a lot of business cards. Of course such as any professional, when you receive something related to your field, your brain can only do one thing… Analyze it!

Portland bloggers

I selected five of my favorite cards (it was hard to select only five…and I didn’t even meet everybody so there may have been more amazing ones), and I will give my point of view about each card to help you create your own business card. My critique will concern only positive points that I found interesting so I can show you the great points to implement when you make your business card. For privacy purpose I blurred their information that are not shared on their blog. Public Relations is defined by everything that can advertise your business besides paid advertising, and business cards are an important part of it. It is the first thing people see after meeting you in person. The business card will be an image of yourself and your business, it should reflect your blog/website design, and have all your information. When you go to a conference where people meet hundreds of people and get a lot of business cards, you want to make sure your business card stands out. I can assure you that they will put aside the ones that are not looking nice, missing a logo, a name, or information, and that does not help them  remember who you were.

Dress this nest

Dress this nest business card

Some people will say “it’s just black and white” " It looks sad without any colors". In fact, her card is very classy because the background is half black and half white. If the background would have been all white I would agree, but I like it to be simple and clear. I only wish there was more on the back of the card, but it is a good way to let people you meet write something that will help them remember you, or add a note about a project that you want to start together so the person doesn’t lose the information. So it is a very good option to have some space available for additional information. Concerning the information she added the basic but most important: branding, name, email, website and phone number, which is perfect.

Klarita designs

Klarita designs business card

I love to receive graphic designers business cards. First it gives you an idea of their work, then it shows you that spending a little bit of money on someone designing your business card is not a bad idea, and they always have very creative cards, you wish you had the same one! She did the same concept as the previous card, only basic information on a white background, with different fonts that are very clear and easy to read. Instead of having a busy background with designs. She integrated some design alongside the information. I love the back of the card too, we find the design that defines her brand, all in black and embossed.

Stumptown Nutrition

Stump Town Nutrition business card

Another card from the talented Klarita that she created for Cassie! She has all her information: name, job title, catch phrase, phone number, website and email address. Only the important information to contact her and not too many. I love the design, which is almost the same on both sides, so its not getting the card too busy. She used only two colors too, that kept the card very classy, and is also the same design that you can find on her blog. She used two different types of fonts, very easy to read and she used a curvy one that gives a feminine look to the card only for her catch phrase and her email address. I like the fact that she didn’t have logo on it too. A logo would have been too much for a nutrition consultant, not a graphic designer or a public relations professional who needs to show their creativity.

Kristi does pdx

Kristi does pdx business card

I love the shape of her card, and she has five different back designs available with pictures of Portland. Kind of similar to a collectable card. (Moo gives you that option) Since her blog is about Portland and what to do there, I think it is a great idea to add pictures of Portland. I met her in Portland, but if she goes to conferences in another city she will give an insight of the city and make people want to discover more about what she has to say. According to her, photography is one of the highlight on her blog so it was relevant to add photographs to her business card. Since her website name is an abbreviation of the city name (Pdx = Portland), it is a great idea to specify the complete name of the city and the state her blog relates to. Her name is on the blog title, she added her website, her email address and the username of her social media. The card is very clear, the font is simple, I like the black background and rounded corners. Missing is a phone number maybe… but as I said previously, as long as there is your name and at least one current contact, it is the most important. I really like the new mini cards, I will tell more about them on the detailed advice at the end of that post. Here is one I got and loved!

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