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Here's my card...

With information about a business or person easily accessible online, a business card needs to be more than just your digits and email address.

How?

With some thoughtfulness and creativity, your business card can be a conversation starter, and even a resonant, memorable experience with your brand. Here are a few we think hit the mark: 

Credit: Jullien Brothers / Inkster Projects / The Counter Press / Erica Boucher (design) / Matiere Noire / Huan Nguyen / The 1984 (design) / Erica Boucher (design) / Gabriel Jasmin (design) / Y&R (design)

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50 Books / 50 Covers

Every year since 1923, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a.k.a. AIGA, has held the 50 Books/50 Covers competition in the United States. 

Thoughtfulness is not only put in to the design, but also how the books are produced. Michael Carabetta, who was a judge in this year’s competition, mentioned the books chosen excelled “not only in design—[but] in production; in paper, mixing coated and uncoated… People are getting into the real, physical qualities of the book.”

Here are a few of our favorites: 

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artists we love: gemma o'brien

Gemma O'Brien, courtesy of The Jacky Winter Group

Gemma O'Brien, courtesy of The Jacky Winter Group

Gemma O'Brien's lettering is truly inspirational. The 29 year old Australian artist quit law school after a year to pursue a creative career by developing "a practice that sits between art, illustration, design and typography." 

Want to see more? Check out Gemma's portfolio , and read PrintMag's awesome interview with her!

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portada: a serif font designed for digital media

 

Name: Portada
Designers: Veronika Burian and José Scaglione
Foundry: Type-Together
Release Date: September 2016

Portada, the new title typeface for Clarínis a serif font designed for editorial design and digital media. While sans-serif fonts are the preferred typeface for web and digital media design, Portada designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione created their serif typeface to be just as legible as sans-serif fonts in digital formats.

 

Originally posted on AIGA. Read more about Portada here

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Books We Love: Bibliotheca - Bible Redesign For Easier Reading

We love this collection of books that contain a redesigned version of The Bible which allows for easier reading. The books are still available on Kickstarter.

"The Bible is sometimes called the greatest story ever told. Its typography, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. Unlike the layout of novels, the layout of the Old and New Testament discourages reading the book from front to back. Normally printed as a single, 2,000-odd page volume with microscopic, two-columned text, the Bible's typography is designed with reference, not readability, in mind. No wonder that while 73% of Americans say they are Christian, only one in five Americans will cop to actually reading the Bible on a regular basis.

A new Kickstarter project by Santa Cruz typographer Adam Lewis Greene is hoping to improve Biblical literacy. Called the Bibliotheca, the project is a new printing of the Old and New Testaments that is designed to be read from cover to cover. Greene's goal is to put readability first.

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The idea behind Bibliotheca is simple: What if we printed the Bible as if it were just another long book? Instead of trying to cram the 726,000 words of the New International Version of the Bible into a single volume, Bibliotheca splits it up into four attractive hardcover volumes, two each for the Old and New Testament. This is designed to make the typographical layout roomier and more psychologically approachable. Couple that with the adoption of a larger, custom sans serif font, line lengths optimized for readability, and the abandoning of verse numbers, and you have a Bible that wants to be read like a short story collection-- even if its page-to-text proportions are based on the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant (and they are!).

It might seem like a relatively strange way to present the Bible, but as Greene points out, the verse and chapter numbers we associate with the Bible as reference points are actually relatively recent additions, having first been introduced in the Medieval era. He also argues that the Bible was originally meant to be experienced, not as a spiritual encyclopedia, but as literature.

"Today, our contemporary bibles are ubiquitously dense, numerical, and encyclopedic in format; very different from how we experience other classic and foundational literature, and completely foreign to how the original authors conceived of their work," Greene writes."

Sources: Fast Co Design and Bibliotheca

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Books We Love - Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design

Books We Love - Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design

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"Finland is a country of stark contrasts between nature and high-tech, tradition and unpredictability. It is known for its impressive school system and breathtaking lakes and forests, but also for its love of sauna taking, air guitar playing, and lots of coffee drinking. Its culture and a strong craft tradition have brought up some of the world’s most impressive designs, designers, and design-related brands."

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"Out of the Blue showcases Finland’s unique design culture from legendary figures like Alvar Aalto and heritage manufacturers such as Marimekko, Iittala, Artek, or Nokia to a new contemporary generation of chefs, explorers, makers, and entrepreneurs. The book takes an insightful and entertaining look at the typical Finnish characteristics of inventiveness, community spirit, love of liberty, ongoing transformation, and the free rein to be wacky."

Check out the book here on the Gestalten website.

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Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics

Books We Love - Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics

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"In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.

Designing News explores how today’s media outlets can become credible, cross-platform news brands. Franchi advocates redefining reporting as telling a continuous narrative across a broad range of traditional and digital media. To this end, he proposes a new, integrated role for editorial designers in advancing the evolution of media for the future.

Franchi’s findings in Designing News are based on his own work for Il Sole 24 ORE as well as case studies by top media insiders including Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley, Thomson Reuters’s Daniele Codega, the New York Times’s Steve Duenes, the Times’s Matt Curtis, and type designer Christian Schwartz."

(Source: Gestalten)

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Mini Paperback Business Cards

Mini Paperback Business Cards

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"German advertising agency Preuss Und Preuss has created some adorable business cards for the team behind Berlin bookstore The Bargain Bookshop.

Considering the nature of the business, the name cards aptly take the forms of tiny paperbacks—which also function as useful pocketbooks.

The name of the cardholder is printed as the author’s name on the “cover” of the little book while his job title is printed as the book’s title—additional contact information can be found on the first page, just like the imprint of a real book.

Another great detail of these creative business cards is that the cover design features a personal item of the cardholder—such as the black-framed spectacles of the owner. "

(via Design Taxi)

Old Brick House Converted Into A Library

Old Brick House Converted Into A Library

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"In Mexico City, architects Fernanda Canales and Arquitectura 911sc have wrapped an old house with a concrete and glass frame to convert it into a public library.

Located south of the city, in Coyoacán, the ‘Elena Garro Cultural Center’ was previously just two-story brick and plaster house from the 20th-century.

However, the architects extended the building, to make it seem like the old façade was created within a modern building.

Though the first floor of the old building was replaced with reading rooms—the brick house’s entrance and balcony still sit where they are, and give the impression of an ‘indoor courtyard’ that is overlooked by balconies and windows of the newer building.

Trees of the old house also continue to grow in the center of the library. "

(via Design Taxi)

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Books We Love - The Designer Says

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Books We Love - The Designer Says

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Check out this new book of quotes and words of wisdom from famous designers. We think you'll be inspired, not only by the words on the pages but also by the beautiful typefaces used throughout the book!
The Designer Says is a compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history's leading practitioners. Paired on page spreads like guests at a dinner party, a designer from the nineteenth century might sit next to one working today or two contemporary designers may strike up a conversation. This portable collection makes the perfect gift for designers, students, and anyone curious about the ideas and personalities that have shaped the art of visual communication.
 
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Beautiful Book Covers

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Beautiful Book Covers

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In celebration of the release of the new Great Gatsby movie today we want to share with you these beautiful F. Scott Fitzgerald book covers, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  

In this recent interview by Gestalten, Coralie Bickford-Smith talks about the process of book design and the significant role of research, how she got struck by the book of love at a very early age, and why the best in book design is yet to come. As an in-house designer of Penguin Books, she creates incredible designs for popular book series that have attracted worldwide attention. Working with sumptuous materials and Victorian binding, she has infused classic book covers with modern inspiration. Check out the interview here

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data meets design

"The Value of Data Visualization makes a compelling case for how infographics exploit visual clues like color, size, and graphic orientation to help us understand complex stories. Naturally, they use infographics to do it." –FastCo

Column Five Media's video explains how data meets design.

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Does your business card do this?

Katharina Hölzl designed very special business cards to recreate this playful sonic universe. With the aid of laser assisted milling, nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell's contact information were applied onto a long musicbox paper stripe.

We wonder if we need to step it up a notch when designing business cards. Do you still hand out business cards? Is your card outside the standard size?

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