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My New Business Card - Critique

Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 11:19 AM

i think everything looks good on this, i don't plan on making it at zazzle, i'll probably use next day fliers, i'm only using them because i plan to see another version... anyway, near as i can tell the QR code works, and i printed one at home and it seems readable - any thoughts before i send this to the printers?

you'll have to click on the image to see the back side.


i'm including the new brown QR code, hopefully it will show up in the size it is on the card - which is about a 1/2". it seems to have worked in this color as well, but i need to make sure everything is right before i have a pile of them.

---Mike Savad


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Posted by: Franziskus Pfleghart on 10/07/2012 - 11:29 AM

Thats great. Franziskus


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 10/07/2012 - 11:31 AM

Looks excellent !


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 11:43 AM

how about the qr code? while the online thing says it's ok, i want to make sure the common phone can also do it, it should land on the fineart page after being forwarded.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Jeffrey Campbell on 10/07/2012 - 11:48 AM

Looks very nice, Mike, and the code pulled up on my Android phone.


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 10/07/2012 - 11:53 AM

I Like...Mike...


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 10/07/2012 - 11:59 AM

Very nice looking, Mike.


Posted by: Andrew Pacheco on 10/07/2012 - 12:02 PM

I like it. I think it ties in nicely with the overall theme and feel of your work, too.


Posted by: Chuck Staley on 10/07/2012 - 12:06 PM

I would like it better if the print in the phone do-hickey were brown instead of black. Brown on green, even better, but...not sure if it would read as well...

Otherwise, it's great for your art offerings. I like it!


Posted by: Joy McKenzie on 10/07/2012 - 12:07 PM

It's very YOU, Mike! I think it's memorable too.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 12:10 PM

the qr thing is tough. it's ok if it's round, it's ok to have a picture in the middle (i have a mustache for no real good reason), and as long as there is white space and the dots contrast it's ok to use like that. i could try it in brown and see if it reads. the only thing i don't like is that it looks to modern against a beat up background. but it is what it is. right now i'm trying to zazzlify the image. it's a cmyk image, i have to convert to rgb. so it's now dull again...

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 12:16 PM

ok, seems brown is fine, i changed it match the background so it kind of blends better and still seems to work ok.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Barbara Moignard on 10/07/2012 - 12:18 PM

I really like it. The code has to look modern and be obvious so people will see what it is - but I suppose you could try incorporating it into a piece of the steampunk. I like its moustache.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 1:25 PM

hmmm... the image seemed to have stretched a little more than i was planning. it might be too soft now.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Johnny Trippick on 10/07/2012 - 1:40 PM

Looks fantastic - like a collectable card. Particularly like the moustache in the QR code.


Posted by: Gladys Steele on 10/07/2012 - 3:55 PM

Great design that perfectly suits your theme of work & very eye catching. Well done Mike :)


Posted by: MM Anderson on 10/07/2012 - 4:13 PM

Looks great but my phone wouldn't scan the QR with QRDroid.


Posted by: Sebastian Musial on 10/07/2012 - 4:16 PM

Mike, I checked the QR code and it works fine with my smart phone. Have you given any thoughts to using the QR code with special code after the URL to track it with the google analytics?

Something like this (shameless plug for my website :) )

The downside is the long URL.

When somebody is going to access your website with similar link your google analytics will record it in separate category. Easy to see how many people used the QR code.

More about the campaign here:


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 4:23 PM

i thought about it, but in order to do that i have to rely on two different services working. it might work well if i printed them myself in small batches.

@mm - did you scan the image above, or the one on zazzle? i think the one next to my face is blurred.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 4:46 PM

so ordered it, i'll see how it looks, if they can't scan the square, they can type it in. so far 2 or more said yes here, and 2 qr checkers also passed. and as long as everything lines up on their press, it shouldn't be a problem.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 10/07/2012 - 9:19 PM

I think it represents your work well.


Posted by: Joann Vitali on 10/07/2012 - 9:25 PM

Yes, it's definitely you Mike...very nice job!:)


Posted by: Leslie Manley on 10/07/2012 - 9:30 PM

I think it looks great! yeah I like the vintage feel! the moustache rocks!


Posted by: MM Anderson on 10/07/2012 - 9:37 PM

Mike, I tried to scan both but neither worked for me.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 9:46 PM

not sure what to say, hopefully others will be able to read it. i spent $20, i guess next time i can make it larger, it would probably help.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: MM Anderson on 10/07/2012 - 10:00 PM

I suspect it will scan better from the card stock than it does from the screen.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/07/2012 - 10:01 PM

we'll assume that. different screens do different things. it's probably moire-ing or something.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Robin-lee Vieira on 10/07/2012 - 10:24 PM

Nicely done and designed!!


Posted by: Xueling Zou on 10/07/2012 - 11:29 PM

Well designed, Mike!


Posted by: Peter Jai on 10/07/2012 - 11:35 PM

Sweet Mike!


Posted by: Mo T on 10/08/2012 - 6:17 AM

Nice steampunk feel...very You :)


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 10/08/2012 - 6:49 AM

I would be curious to know if the glossiness of the different card stock would make a difference with the QR code scanning.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/08/2012 - 7:56 AM

i chose matte, they had gloss - like a mirror. and matte, like photostock matte. i'm guessing lower choices means lower price - 2 sided, 4 color, 1000 cards, matte (didn't change the price for either type) - $21. free shipping. they say that the matte gives a deeper color for some reason, and doesn't show fingerprints. i'm guessing that since people were able to get it off the screen (2 at least), it should work on the card as well.

i'm guessing if it's really glossy though, a reflection or fingerprints could hurt the code. hard to say without the card or a phone.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 10/08/2012 - 8:28 AM

I never even thought about fingerprints being a problem but I can see that being a possibility, I'm sure it will turn out OK though.


Posted by: Jean Macaluso on 10/08/2012 - 9:14 AM

Got it off the screen and it worked great! Good luck with it.


Posted by: Randall Arthur on 10/08/2012 - 9:35 AM

Print it on glossy stock so the details don't get lost.


Posted by: Joye Ardyn Durham on 10/08/2012 - 12:24 PM

I like it. Very good job keeping with your brand.


Posted by: Marcio Faustino on 10/08/2012 - 4:32 PM

This is cool! Looks great and it is exactly the idea they will have when see your works.


Posted by: Murray Bloom on 10/09/2012 - 12:41 AM

Good looking card, Mike.


Posted by: Pam Johnson on 10/09/2012 - 12:57 AM

Great card Mike and I scanned it on my iphone off this site not zazzle. I think it really goes with your images.


Posted by: Mike Jeffries on 10/09/2012 - 10:19 AM

Just right for your work Mike, print a million!


Posted by: Blanche Guernsey on 10/09/2012 - 11:37 AM

I like the steampunk feel!!!


Posted by: Harold Shull on 10/09/2012 - 2:46 PM

Hiya Mike,

I love your new card. It has an antique flavor. Until now, I didn't know that the photograph of the guy was you. I always thought you had found that picture in one those old catalogs of faces that were photographed in the 1800s. That handlebar moustache made me think that I was looking at Butch Cassidy. :) Beautiful card.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 2:53 PM

yeah i did a portrait of myself a while ago the hair, mustache, suit, are from different people i had (family members of back when). the background was a gold reflector. and the rest is mike magic.


---Mike Savad


Posted by: Robert Kernodle on 10/09/2012 - 3:11 PM

Two thumbs up.

Not your ordinary business card. Better.

Looks great.

Nice job, etc.

Should we have expected any different?


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/09/2012 - 3:14 PM

there should always be a reason why someone should or would pick up a card, or keep it, or possibly show it to people. can't wait to see it. it's in quo for printing. now i just need to figure out ways to disperse them. most of the geese flew off, so that's out.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Kip DeVore on 10/09/2012 - 10:38 PM

yep, I think your avatar is the best representative of your brand -- the sepia, the handlebar mustache, the tie, the hair style. Regardless of what else you do with your business card, if that's central then for me the segue to your kind of work is effectively communicated...


Posted by: Angel Ortiz on 10/10/2012 - 6:42 AM

he. he. I like the mustache on the code bar good luck.Mike.


Posted by: Judy Kay on 10/10/2012 - 6:50 AM

Love your business card......your Zazzle store is fabulous!


Posted by: Donna Van Vlack on 10/10/2012 - 11:43 AM

Nice job it.


Posted by: Mark Andrew Thomas on 10/10/2012 - 12:27 PM

Looks good and and does a great job representing your work. Why you're not famous yet is beyond me...amazing stuff. Can't stop looking through your work.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/15/2012 - 8:56 AM

for anyone interested, i got my cards. took about a week, shipping was free (they say next day, but i didn't need them that fast or pay that price). print quality looks very nice. they cut off about a 1/16" off around the borders, maybe a little less. paper stock is about twice as thick as zazzle. the ink doesn't scratch off. didn't do that badly when it got wet. the zazzle card was floppy. but these cards stayed stiff, though the edges swelled fast. the matte paper doesn't have much shine but it does have some.

double sided, 4 color, 1000 cards - $20. plus tax it was like $1.25 i think in tax, free shipping. i recommend

still wish i had a phone to double check my code works, but if they don't it was only $20

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Genevieve Esson on 10/15/2012 - 10:17 AM

Very nice design and concept Mike!


Posted by: Michael Geraghty on 10/15/2012 - 11:06 AM

I like the use of the QR code Mike, I would try with a slightly bigger white background around the code to get a pickup first time it's scanned, as the darker border so close may fool the scanner a bit. I like the layout of your card also the pipework menu on the reverse side works well. Maybe with your next batch!.


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 10/15/2012 - 3:45 PM

thanks for the update Mike, I'll be sure to look more into the next time I plan for more cards.


Posted by: MM Anderson on 10/15/2012 - 4:27 PM

Thanks for posting the review. I'll keep them in mind for next time I need to order business cards.


Posted by: Billy Griffis Jr on 10/15/2012 - 5:09 PM

I don't like it. I can't write phone numbers on the back :-)


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/15/2012 - 5:25 PM

phone numbers are over rated.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Samuel Sheats on 10/15/2012 - 5:54 PM

Looks great. If I had one I would retain it during one of my periodic business card culling sessions. After many tries, I finally got my Android-equiped smartphone to read the QR code off my laptop screen.


Posted by: Lara Ellis on 10/15/2012 - 7:32 PM

I like it and I love the little mustache in the QR code! :-)


Posted by: Jenny Armitage on 10/15/2012 - 9:12 PM

Actually, phone numbers in particular aside, I do like to have somewhere to write on business cards. ---- It reminds me why I picked it up in the first place.


Posted by: Xueling Zou on 10/16/2012 - 12:03 AM

Hi Mike, does the scan still work after you recolor it? If it does, I would like to change mine:)!


Posted by: Mike Savad on 10/16/2012 - 7:54 AM

the above shows the recoloring - the one on the left, as far as i know it still works as long as there is contrast. a light background dark dots. there is a program that will let me use a web cam that will let me see the code. but i can't find my cam. then i thought i could use my snap camera, but can't find the usb cable. i'll have to look. i sure hope the work, but if they don't they don't.

---Mike Savad


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