One More Round …
Today we had our local artists group and I printed out and showed them the business cards … I have them pretty much ready for printing … the files set up correctly and all. But 3 different people don’t like the Buddha/Quan Yin image in the business card. So it wasn’t that they don’t like the image.
Art Biz Card Buddha, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
Two of them absolutely love the “In the Garden” Quan Yin image. For the local little show we put together today they gave it the spot as you walk into the room. But they wanted things such as … throw out all the words on the back (like the contact info and such) and put the whole back as the image. Obviously that is not going to happen.
Art Biz Card Cat, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
People like the idea of the image of the cat there because they say the colors work better. Now I now I have to be the one most happy with this and I will follow my heart, but I am asking for one more round of input. They said that the two images on the left are alike and so Quan Yin doesn’t work.
I say, the painting on the left is very much like quilting, the middle a smooth pastel with little detail, and the one of the right is very different – Quan Yin in a digital painting. Now the colors in the cat clash for me with the other 2 paintings … they just don’t go. Now everyone else said they went together. They are together on the wall of the show – I can live just fine with that!
I could change my mind. Sometimes I hate something and then like it. So that is why I am asking you to please help me think one more time. You have been so so helpful before in helping me sort out what I want. I would greatly appreciate your feedback so I can make a decision. Thank you!!!
Tomorrow Susan should have her post up about her cards ….
~ Diane Clancy
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I agree the last edition works better because the 3 images share a similar range of colors. Blend. Cohesion.
Hi Soul Fish,
thank you for giving your opinion. To me they clash!! I get a little know in my stomach when I look at that card – the colors don’t go together – they aren’t harmonious. Obviously, public opinion doesn’t agree with me … I love the kitty card – but just not there … maybe I will have to paint a kitty card in the colors that match the other 2 paintings …
People please keep commenting … thank you!!
~ Diane Clancy
Get cracking then! Whip the paint box out! We don’t you to have a knot in your stomach. Make your world harmonious. Sounds like a great plan for the day, don’t you?
I like the card with the Quan Yin image, the one with the kitty seems too intense – I agree the colors do clash. The Quan Yin seems so peaceful compared to the intensity of the 2 color images, a nice balance. If you feel you do need to make a change, what about only having 2 images? A business card is so small; on my screen, what you show is twice the actual size. I just think the images would have more impact if bigger. My 2 cents! Good luck,
Thank you again to you wonderful commentors!! Tom, I think you put the finger on what is bothering me (besides the color clash) – it does seem too intense to me. You have identified where I am feeling the balance in the first one … the colorful and then the quiet of Quan Yin. I am just checking out what people think – I LOVE Susan’s 3 image layout – it makes my heart sing! I know you like fewer, (like 1) bigger image(s).
With Soul Fish pushing in one direction and Tom pushing in another … it has helped me identify where and why I am finding my own balance. So silly, I know … but often I see what I think and feel so much better after hearing others’ opinions.
There can be – a thing, real but invisible – and as one puts sheets over the thing, the thing becomes clearer and more defined. That is what it is like for me hearing what others have to say about something like this.
So, Thank you so so much! (Still open to hearing what others say – and getting clearer myself)
~ Diane Clancy
My business card has my name, my contact info and the words “contemporary quilts” next to a close up image of the piece that is in the banner on my website and used as my avatar every where. The back side is a fullview of that same quilt.
When someone takes my card and looks at my website, or etsy page, or blog, or anything they see the same image and hopefully instantly know it is me. Branding.
You can probably see that my Conundrum I (the banner, etc) is a big part of my branding .. thank you for sharing how you promote yourself – I think you are doing quite, quite well with promoting yourself! You certainly have a very loyal, expanding set of … what is the right word? Thank you,
~ Diane Clancy
While I personally prefer v1 of your card, (v2 being a bit overwhelming)I think that both Tom and Lisa make very good points. I know you were trying to show your diversity with your selections, but I have really begun to identify Conundrum as your recognizable mark. I think its important to keep your business collateral consistent…is there room for your avatar on the back of your card? Keep the full image on the front?
Musing with you…
You have helped me focus away from the Cat Card .., and Tom, Sue and Lisa have steered me again toward the same design and the other 2 cards … ok, ok, I yell “uncle” – isn’t that what they say?
So, with your encouragement, I have designed version #218 (not really – whew!) and I am going to go write the post and ask AGAIN … thank you so much that you have all taken the time to truly give me your honest feedback!!!
~ Diane Clancy
I think its important to keep your business collateral consistent. I agree the last edition works better because the 3 images share a similar range of colors.