The Card Observer… Observes Cards

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Fonts in Use | Yves Peters | February 18, 2009

I found a great new resource via Under Consideration’s Quipsologies (via Nice Fucking Graphics). Card Observer

is a new site that showcases only the best business card designs. We do this for a couple of reasons: to shine the spotlight on the talented designers who create these beautiful cards, and to inspire you.

As opposed to the Book Cover Archive the creators of this website rely on people sending in their creations. If you feel like you’ve designed a card or own one that deserves a place in their gallery, don’t hesitate to submit it.

The website must be pretty recent. The first entry in the gallery dates from January 21st, 2009, and the site currently displays just under 90 entries. It is pretty basic – each entry has a concise explanatory text, and designer and/or client are mentioned and linked. The quality of the featured cards is pretty high, with nice designs, fun shapes and often special printing techniques – a good number are printed in letterpress or feature special inks or die cuts. I’m looking forward to see this archive grow and flourish.

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  1. marian bantjes is amazing.

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Feb. 19, 2009
  2. Wow! Talk about delicate and detailed. People will definitely keep Marians card. Can’t find her website though.

    Posted by Ronnie Roper on Feb. 19, 2009
  3. It’s here. Dunno what that Quatrifolio domain is all about.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 19, 2009
  4. I’ll have to ask her why the stress on the A is inverted tho. :P

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 19, 2009
  5. the card is a powerful marketing tool.

    Posted by Play Luxor Online on Feb. 19, 2009
  6. Quatrifolio was Marian’s old domain.

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Feb. 19, 2009
  7. It’s weird how having the stress on the A inverted makes the rest of the word feel like a slope or something… for me at least. When you go against conventions it does strange things to the psyche.

    Posted by Joseph Sims on Feb. 19, 2009
  8. what is the font marian has use for her details at the bottom?

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Feb. 19, 2009
  9. That’s FF Eureka. She used it for years on her personal stuff and I thought it looked great.

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Feb. 19, 2009
  10. @Joseph: I don’t mind Marjan doing strange things to my psyche, on the contrary. She’s a fascinating artist. ;)

    If this is her old domain and the Card Observer website is barely one month old this means her card is very successful, as somebody obviously hung onto it. Mission accomplished.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 20, 2009
  11. BTW The SimpleBits card is a nice example of Fresco Sans in use. And indestructible ’90s icon Triplex Sans is still in use (on Matt Coffman’s card). Does it look dated?

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 20, 2009
  12. thanks stephen, eureka does look nice…

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Feb. 23, 2009
  13. Posted by Ariane Colenbrander on Feb. 23, 2009
  14. I have a feeling her choice regarding the stress on the A had to do with its relationship to the V. Maybe the two thicks next to each other didn’t feel right to her.

    Posted by Patricia Fabricant on Apr. 1, 2009

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