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Everyone:

I've completed update my business card and I did my best with the background. I use ArcMap to load the Topos with the state of New Mexico overlay it and then put it in as 3.5 X 5. I copied it to Photoshop and to overlay with my business card and there's some fuzzy a bit.

I'd like to hear any comments you may have. Here is the attachment of a pdf and zoom it to 100 percent.

Thanks,

Robert

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IMO, still no good. The fuzzy background (aside from being distracting) does not say "quality". Type placement is distracting forcing my eye to shoot back and forth from one corner to the other. And font color is still too harsh. If I were you I'd ask Dennis about using his version or getting the file and adapting it to suit.

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IMO, still no good. The fuzzy background (aside from being distracting) does not say "quality". Type placement is distracting forcing my eye to shoot back and forth from one corner to the other. And font color is still too harsh. If I were you I'd ask Dennis about using his version or getting the file and adapting it to suit.

dave


I have to agree with Dave. It almost hurts my eyes. I know you probably do not want to hear this but you may want to hire a graphic designer.

I approached a graphic designer to do my business card and logo. And I think they are great! I gave her some ideas and she ran with it. I'm sure it can be improved upon but anything I would have come up with wouldn't have been as nice. I've attached the front/back of my business card for some inspiration.

Good luck!

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this card is sure getting a lot of feedback!
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this card is sure getting a lot of feedback!
:)



Yep that's right. I was trying to do something different and explore my ideas and just some people like to throw some of the negative stuff...and no positive stuff....maybe there's political stuff going on here ? LOL

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Yep that's right. I was trying to do something different and explore my ideas and just some people like to throw some of the negative stuff...and no positive stuff....maybe there's political stuff going on here ? LOL


So sorry, I don't mean to be negative. It's a personal taste thing. If you like your card just the way it is, by all means go with it. I was under the impression that you wanted opinions.

Good luck with whatever design you end up with. I'm sure it will be good and effective. :)
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Yep that's right. I was trying to do something different and explore my ideas and just some people like to throw some of the negative stuff...and no positive stuff....maybe there's political stuff going on here ? LOL


People are reacting to the design, not the designer.

Rest assured that most every cartographer here has made an ugly map and likely received harsh feedback, but the idea is to learn and grow as a designer/graphic artist/cartographer. In a few years you will not design the same business card, so you can use this as a reference point in understanding good design. We're all taking notes. :)

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People are reacting to the design, not the designer.
Rest assured that most every cartographer here has made an ugly map and likely received harsh feedback, but the idea is to learn and grow as a designer/graphic artist/cartographer. In a few years you will not design the same business card, so you can use this as a reference point in understanding good design. We're all taking notes. :)


i could not agree more.

here's some inspiration:
- http://www.toxel.com...business-cards/
- http://www.toxel.com...s-card-designs/
- http://www.toxel.com...s-card-designs/
- http://www.flickr.co...57594104389710/
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this card is sure getting a lot of feedback!
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Yep that's right. I was trying to do something different and explore my ideas and just some people like to throw some of the negative stuff...and no positive stuff....maybe there's political stuff going on here ? LOL


You posted these card samples asking for feedback, that means asking for a critical review of your work. Not all constructive feedback is going to be positive telling you specifically how to improve. Quite a lot will be seemingly "negative", telling you what's wrong with your design. In terms of making progress this is no less valid a form of review and as stated is a critique of the work not you.

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this card is sure getting a lot of feedback!
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Yep that's right. I was trying to do something different and explore my ideas and just some people like to throw some of the negative stuff...and no positive stuff....maybe there's political stuff going on here ? LOL



I'll gladly give you a positive, I can read this card. You're half way there! Now all you have to do is make it look professional.

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Everyone:

I've completed update my business card and I did my best with the background. I use ArcMap to load the Topos with the state of New Mexico overlay it and then put it in as 3.5 X 5. I copied it to Photoshop and to overlay with my business card and there's some fuzzy a bit.

I'd like to hear any comments you may have. Here is the attachment of a pdf and zoom it to 100 percent.

Thanks,

Robert


I decided to take a second look at your card and I want to apologize. I think the reason why I didn't like it the first time I clicked on your latest effort is because it opened up at about 250%. The background is very pixelated at that scale. I changed the zoom level to 100% and it actually looks good. To improve it, I would do the following: sharpen the background image a bit (just increase the export dpi), make the background a tad bit more transparent (maybe 40%), and darken the blue font to an almost black-blue.

So sorry to have just blurted that "it hurt my eyes". Very rude of me.

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Like a map, the design should have foreground and background layers. When everything is shouting, nothing can be heard. Two decorative typefaces (one that's impossible to read), four different images, a dozen colors. Look how much more effective simplicity can be:

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Wow Dennis! Can you design my business card? Great job.

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Interesting thread. I guess not all mappers have intuitive skills in tiny scale layouts and graphic design?

I worked in graphic design for more years than I did as a cartographer, actually. If anyone needs this kind of help I'd be happy to advise for free (and even come up with a design for a small fee).

How did the final image come out? Did you edit it further than the Robert.pdf posted?

I think that many of the suggestions were positive, as in, people gave you ideas on what to change. Even when the exceptionally beautiful Savannah tourist map was posted, people found things they would change! I consider a negative comment to be one where there is a criticism but no suggestion on how to make it better. Just food for thought. This is a community, and I think we want to be represented well as a profession, and so we all have a vested interest in how your business card looks, if you want to see it that way.

I wish you well, and let me know if you'd like further help with it! Cheers.




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