I'm a big fan of film, especially 40s noir and early German expressionist stuff. I thought it would be cool to incorporate that in some way on my business card. The energy of German expressionist design (kinda deco-ey noiry stuff too). I looked at a poster design for Fritz Lang's film 'M' about a child murderer (the legend Peter Lorre). His acting is definitely worth checking out for character expression. Looney Tunes parodied him if my childhood self remembers correctly. Also I think John K talks about him on his blog with cool picture examples of the stretchiness of his face in a scene from 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941?)... anway i took this poster of a hand which i thought was awesome:
And then sketched my own hand in a similar style holding a pencil.
looks pretty awesome in pencil form i reckon.
Here's one i did earlier in photoshop. It's actually a pen tool trace of a different poster hand, so it's not original unfortunately.
I went and took that pencil sucker into photoshop. The colours were initially a bit different.
this is what i came up with. It's meant to be my point of view from my animation light box. with my name in the middle so you know who i am... You can read into it as much as you like, I tried to make the perfect symbol to sell me, but in the end it's a hand and a circle that looks like the moon.
This was the design I came up with way before Christmas. It was the whole light box idea except i wasn't happy with it. It looked a little too boring, but probably more professional looking. It has that reserved effortless cool sort of vibe that I'm sure people try to create with minimalist business cards.
This was just a different idea completely. Because everybody seems to have produced simpler, more professional looking cards I decided to make one too, to cover all grounds.
I thought what I'd come up with was too busy so i tried to simplify it down again. Kind of liked this. I adjusted the contrast to make the colours bolder and more dynamic. I really like the yellow. It looks so artificial and nicotine-ey.
I thought i'd make the colours even darker, because I just wasn't happy with them.
something else completely. I love high contrast black and white stuff. Maybe even more than colour.
This is where i got to. the end result. this is the back side of the card with all the details on it. I didn't really change it from the original card design. the QR reader thing is pretty much if you have a smart phone and take a picture of the barcode, it should take you to my website.
This is the front. It's sort of a comfortable middle ground of everything, i like to think. Not sure but i think the font's even a different size to show my arrogance. I'm sort of happy with it. I dont know whether it's professional enough or not, but it's certainly me.