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Business Cards: The Art of Saying Hello [Audiobook, Import] [Paperback]

Liz Farrelly , Mike Dorrian
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Book Description

1 May 2006
Packed with inspiration, this is the ultimate business card book, bringing together 300 of the best examples of cards by and for designers and creative companies around the world. Business cards are a major design challenge; creating successful cards is all about the clever use of space. Grouped according to aesthetic approach, the cards featured in the book address design issues such as the need to make a splash, stand out from the crowd or differentiate members of a team. Some cards are designed to function as portfolios or to express in miniature the holder's preferred aesthetic or personal worldview; some are elaborately designed, others are intended to be personalized with handwriting or stickers. Materials are also important: not all cards are machine printed, and the book includes cards on metal, plastic, paper and corrugated cardboard, or made from recycled stationery or subway tickets; text is applied using foil-blocking, spot varnish, letter press, colour Xerox and rubber stamping.


Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brp (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856693864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856693868
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 2.2 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Dorrian has been a designer for the last twelve years and is currently Senior Designer at Start Creative Limited. He has co-edited and designed numerous books, including Highflyers, Album Covers from the Vinyl Junkyard, Scrawl, Scrawl Too, Zines and Stickers: Stick 'Em Up. Liz Farrelly is a well-known design journalist, editor and broadcaster. Her previous books include Fax You, Wear Me, Scrawl, Scrawl Too and Zines.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent examples and great value 22 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
This is is great book for designers. There's a huge variety of business card examples here, some formal, some informal, some very corporate, some funky and some that don't appear to be business cards at all.
There's not a huge amount of text to read, just loads of images, which suits me fine as I wanted an inspirational book to help me think of new designs when I get stuck. There's a wide selection of illustrative and typographic styles featured, which makes this a great book to have on your desk when you're struggling. I tend to mix and match what I see and do something new with it, and there are plenty of great ideas to take your pick from.
It's also just nice to see what everyone else in the industry is doing, Worldwide.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 10 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
Very topical and great for small business people and the self employed, lots of refreshing ideas for business cards highly reccomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 14 May 2013
By Amy K
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Bought this via recommendation from my graphic design tutor, fantastic book to have on-hand as a reference manual or to flick through now and again for ideas/inspiration.
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