Showing posts with label save the date postcards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label save the date postcards. Show all posts

Monday, April 6, 2015

Why Your Next Postcard Design Could Come From Etsy

What makes postcard designer ZeusVintage noteworthy is the web platform they use: Etsy.

The Doncaster, England designer creates custom postcard layouts for hire, or "bespoke postcard design" as they say.   And if their web examples reflect the typical fair, then we'd say 'thumbs up'.

The Etsy platform is traditionally used by artisans and craftsmen, but not so much by print designers. 

The selection of Etsy reflects a trend where print designers are looking for new ways to promote themselves digitally, and web platforms like Etsy are happy to accommodate them.

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ZeusVintage offers postcard design via Etsy:




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Recently, Amazon has started promoting local businesses and now offers plumbers and electricians.   For Amazon, print designers and graphic artists are not far behind.
 
As designers 'break out' of the traditional web platforms, one wonders if this is an experiment that will stick.   The months ahead should prove interesting, as ecommerce continues to re-invent itself.
 
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Six Super Postcard Designs On Behance

Looking for a postcard designer on the internet?  Check out Behance

Started in 2006, Behance has been on a mission to remove the barriers between creative producers and creative buyers. 

The site presents the portfolios of thousands of aspiring and accomplished artists, including photographers, illustrators, and yes, postcard designers.  

We've peered through hundreds of postcard designs saved on the Behance site.  Here are six that we especially like:

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The first postcard is from Sara de la Mora, a Spanish designer based in London.  The card was prepared as part of a Yelp competition “Yelp’s Key To London”.

I love how the bookplate design draws you in.  You're transported to the comfort of your easy chair, an Agatha Christie paperback, and bam -- you realize you're on a journey in a Yelp ad.  Very slick, indeed.

[Want more information about Sara?  Check her website here.]
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We're very impressed with the work of Yanviani Wongso, a design student from Singapore.  The postcard is effective -- promoting a gallery show -- as well as fresh and creative.  It's nice to see a designer who is playful with type, without creating a distraction, and without over powering the message.


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Christopher Charles, from Long Beach, California,  is a designer at subplex.  His postcard design for a farmer's market is interesting because it features black and white photography.  Your eye is drawn to the red, and to the copy it contains.  It shows how much can be accomplished with just a color or two.



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A postcard design from Bobby Jennings in Mesquite, Texas, shows how full color can work wonders.  Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing uses color and illustration to full effect -- to attract the eye, and present itself in a way that is quite approachable.



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While at School of Art at Texas Tech University, New York's Elliot Salazar created a postcard design to help promote the school's First Friday event. 

The postcard's graphics are somewhat complex and this has a positive effect.  First, you are drawn to them.  Then you spend a moment examining them.  Before you know it, you've invested yourself in the design and want to learn more about the postcard's message. 

It's quite an accomplishment to pull someone from their  daily hub-bub, and into your message -- even if its only for fifteen seconds.

[Want more information about Elliot?  Check his website here.]


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Certainly, Kimberly Wray has found her calling.  The Glasgow designer has created a postcard that promotes a prayer event for Scripture Union Scotland.  And she has done it in a way that looks casual and genuine.  This is especially appropriate for the youth audience the postcard needs to reach. 

[Want more information about Kimberly?  Check her website here. ]



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The Behance website has grown quite a bit since 2006.  In fact, it's now a part of the Adobe family.

There are thousands of artists and designers providing their portfolios -- actively offering their services -- through the site.

If you're hunting for your next designer, or looking for some design inspiration, Behance is a great place to start.



Friday, March 13, 2015

Six Stellar Save the Date Postcards

We've said it before, but Wedding Save the Date postcards are easily the most popular postcards out there. And as a result, designers have done some amazing work to capture our attention.

Here's a selection of six Save the Date postcard designs that epitomize great design. The information is clear. The cards are clever. What more could a couple ask for? 




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A fun, playful Save the Date postcard by hannahcloud design that conjures up memories of taking photos in a photo booth during a first date.


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Here's a great vintage Save the Date from serendipity beyond design that's reminiscent of travel postcards from yesteryear.


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This beautiful and mysterious Save the Date by jinaiji suggests a magical evening is in store for anyone lucky enough to be invited.
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This simple, minimalist postcard by Bespoke Prints gets right to the point. Literally.
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This whimsical design by berryberrysweet is the perfect blend of formal and casual. It features an attractive color scheme that accentuates all the vital information.
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An elegant, refined approach to Save the Date postcards, expertly crafted by Roco and Miley
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A fun, playful, and colorful design from the folks over at magnetbyMail and combines a postcard with a refrigerator magnet.