One request was from my brother-in-law who is getting back into running his own glass and screen company and needed some new business cards. From our consultation I could tell he needed something that would stand out and send a clear message to his potential customers.
After some minor edits, here is how the finished product turned out...
Shortly after completing it I realized I had subconsciously designed his cards with Cowboy colors without even realizing it (Andrew is a huge Cowboys fan)! Hehe.
And just so you all know, Andrew is legit in his business. He knows everything there is to know about windows, he does all of his own consulting, measuring, delivery and installation and only has one employee- himself- which means you get the best deal without any overhead costs. You know you have been meaning to replace those 1970's windows for years now, so what if it was actually affordable and you could easily earn back the money spent by having a lower heating & A/C bill? Not to mention a more comfortable home. Instead of hiring the pricey workers at Home Depot, why not try him out? He will most likely beat any price you have been quoted! Call the number and he will hook you up! (local orders in Utah only)
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I also recently got the pleasure of doing a small favor for a friend at work. She purchased a home beer brewing kit as a Christmas present for her Dad complete with beer bottles and everything. She wanted to add a personalized touch by adding his very own beer bottle labels! (It really helps that we work at a printing company or else this could get complicated!)
With Christmas swiftly approaching, I ended up having only one night to complete this project for her. I usually will spend hours and hours, coming up with several different ideas, repeatedly editing until it's perfect for review. I like providing people with choices so they have a better chance of really liking one, and then when they pick their favorite I go through a series of edits until it's perfect for them.
But since I just had a few measly evening hours to work on it, I only had time to come up with one design. Nervous, I carried my laptop in the next day afraid of what she would think... and to my surprise, she loved it! We changed some minor things like adjusting one of the fonts and line colors, and when it was printed on brown craft paper, it looked SO awesome!
I didn't get a picture, so I added the craft paper effect to give you a better idea of how it turned out:
And now for...
Kristen's Design & Marketing Tangent:
At my last job (the one I quit) I remember one day this poor guy came in trying to market his trumpet skills. He brought these plain white business cards with his name and number and some random trumpet clip art. It was awful. It didn't even say what he did or what business he was in. He ended up spending a good 20 minutes talking to the receptionist while I listened in my office, laughing uncontrollably. He actually went through each one, and with a pen he wrote his title, something like, "Trumpet Player for your events". It was sad. When he finally left the receptionist showed me the cards, and upon close inspection we realized they reeked of his cologne! It was awful... like what I would imagine "Sex Panther" by Odeon in Anchorman would smell like.... "it stung the nostrils." And not in a good way.
So, where do you think these lovely business cards were placed?
That's right, the trash can. That may sound rude, but am I really going to refer our clients to some random, pen writing, awful smelling, sad little trumpet player? NO!
The point is: First impressions are everything. If you are serious about wanting a successful business, then you need to promote yourself with some really nice and professional looking marketing materials that will send a clear message on what you offer. They might keep it, and if it stands out in the junk drawer, their wallet, or their car, then that's a chance for them to call you when they might need your service. If not, it may just look like trash and get thrown away, which is just a waste of time and money on your part.
Let's be real, everyone always comes across a time or two when they have needed some design work done. From what I have witnessed, most people try to either do it by themselves or hire a pricey designer.
That's where I might be able to help! Contact me through email (email@example.com) and we can discuss your design needs and budget friendly pricing in detail :)