Don't take this the wrong way, but I think the website needs
more work than your business card. I know you've spent some time
working on this site, and we're long-time regulars on this forum.
But I'll point out some things about the site that are not so good ...
Is missing a bunch of images (wrong path?).
The PNG images fail with IE.
The page layout is different with IE than FF (padding problems?)
"No data to display, check back later" ...
If there isn't any data, don't show the link, or gray it out.
A user will waste time clicking on a link that has no information.
In fact, there's a lot of clicking around that doesn't seem to give
me anything to see ... or I don't understand what I'm looking at.
This page: http://www.kernow-connect.com/about.php
shows up with FireFox, but not with IE6.0
Also do a spell-check ...
for there biggest deals and listed there top ten (their, not there).
numerous punctuation, and grammar errors.
Maybe you're just starting with it and it needs more work, but
the functions of it had better be perfect and work every time
or you won't have many return customers.
I think your concept is good, but the presentation and functions are not up to par.
You're getting into an area where there are already 1000 other sites that do the
same thing. Make YOUR site something that people want to use (and bookmark).
oh ... much better.
and I spent all that time typing [sigh].
Still some issues with IE6, but maybe IE6 is going to die soon?
The new browsers with tabs ... I wish we (as developers) had better
control over displaying linked pages in a new tab. In your case, if I
click on an item, I wish it displayed on a new page, so I could click back
to the source easily. It would be my choice to open a new page in a
new tab (IE8 or FF).
Your question is about the business card though.
It's such a personal thing. I like having the card one color instead of the
two-color split in half. Drop a pile of business cards on a table and you'll see
that yours would "stick out" if the orange was showing, but not if the white
was showing. If it was all orange, I think it would be better.
I think you'll get a different answer from everyone, as it's so personal.
lol hopefully IE6 will die out soon causes so many problems for developers it just takes up a lot of time trying to accomodate for it.
the idea about opening the new tab links in a new tab im not sure if that would be a good thing or not, again i suppose its personal preference, for me i think i'd get irritated with multiple tabs for the same site, especially if there are several other tabs opened at the same time...
the business card, the reason i used the two colours was basically because it seemed to fill the gap with one solid colour there would be a big hole in the middle of the card and i wasnt sure what to put in there. dont want too much info but at the same time i want enough to grab someones attention
No design suggestions from me really coz I "can't design for toffee".
Thinking about what a business card is for I would suggest:
1. Make your logo larger.
2. Add your strapline across the middle
3. Put your url along the bottom
on the reverse:
1. put your contact details - all of them.
OK, one design suggestion ... put a dayglow/distinctive colour around the edge so that it will always be visible/stand out, especially if slotted into someone's wallet / card holder.
(see what I mean about no design capabilities. Likely, that might just look naff).
I agree about the standard sizing. A publisher once told me that if it isn't of standard size, it is harder to store because, either it'll not fit into a card holder or, it'll slip down inside it and you'll never see it.
As for me, I always carry them home in my pocket and then sometimes they go through the washing machine. plastic cards - like credit cards are good in that scenario but are baout 50% more expensive than plain card.
If you stick with the two colours, I would amke it look sharper with a plain diagonal division rather than a 'squiggle'
"The day you stop learning is the day you become obsolete"! - my late Dad.
yeah unfortunatly my design skills let me down also but they WILL improve one day
i agree with what mlseim says when saying people are more likley to leave business cards on the desk or somewhere similar, i've seem people pin them on cork boards over the PC for quick reference... (i dont carry any on me just leave them lying around lol)
because this website is not like a personal website advertising my skills its just a stand alone website, so is there a need for contact details???
again thanks for your continued advice much appreciated
Your logo is your brand, so it HAS to be there. I would suggest in your case, that these are the important parts that must be in your card.
3. contact details.
everything else would be (imv) for making your card stand out from the rest, especially when, as mlseim says, they get stuffed in a drawer or somewhere and the logo isn't readily invisible. even if it were to be, if you have loads of cards in a spread, one logo may not stand out ahead of any other. So 'secondary branding' would be useful.
My first impression of that design was, o-o-oh thats nice. it struck me as distinctive, unique, and I suppose, I got an instant connection with it.
By instant connection I mean as if you see an attractive girl. If she is too corporate looking, she can look almost stereotypical of corpoarte people. If she is naturally attractive as a person rather than an image, she can be more appealing. That is where your card sits for me. I want to know more baout your business and I guess with the colour of the bag I want to eat some blackcurrant. food and suggestions realtive to it are good ways to make poeple 'buy in' to your business.
Y'see your logo. would you consider changing it? I think KC on that bag or even the full name, would make that bag a brilliant logo - if your are allowed to use their graphics like that.
Then if you can use it for that, make it cover half the card and have the strapline across the 'middle' region of the other half, larger than it is now. then put your contact details on the other side.
Your name is needed as is a phone number. people know these days how easy it is to put up a site and get money from people where they never get the goods. they need more than a good deisgn and brand to convince them.
I think a good example of this (con type of site), is the gig tickets sales sites. So give the information. I have two types of card. both the same but one type has my own contact details - mobile and stuff, whereas the other has the basic (public) details. The first is for closer/long-standing business contacts and the second is for customers or new untried, business contacts.
I am not an expert - I am just giving my own views so you need to decide yourself what is best for your business.
ps, is the bottom right link on your page still trading? (z-a-v-v-i). I thought they went belly-up just before woolworths did.
"The day you stop learning is the day you become obsolete"! - my late Dad.
thanks bazz for giving me such a informative reply, it really makes a lot of sense...
re: logo, i would consider changing the logo but the one on the business card would more than likley be out of the question, burley because its given as a template, so even if i changed it slightly there is the possibility of someone else using a similar design.
i could however quite easily have KC or the full word over the bag instead of online shopping & price comparison but i would be unable to use that bag as a logo design. nor would i beable t change the colour of the bag as there is no option to change it on this website that produces them.
yeah they did go belly up a while ago but they are back in business now, not sure if they are just online retailers of if they have highstreet stores? but they are back in business. think they re started trading about 2 months ago.