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Daniel Will-Harris business card
Here's my current business card. My previous card had been simple, but I had much more information to include this time and knew it would be crowded—so I made the most out of it and made it busy as well!

The design is inspired by the Vienna Secession and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s highly graphic styles.

The card is printed on thick, shiny white stock, using a printing method called Thermography, which gives the card raised printing, not unlike engraving. The raised print gives the card an added dimension and people often feel the card as well as look at it.

This isn't my real phone number, so use e-mail to contact me. Typefaces: Poster Inline and Solid from Jonathan Macagba (available through Monotype's Type Designers of the World collection, and Gill Sans, also from Monotype.


RBC-hop Badenhop logoRBC-hop Badenhop logo

Stephen Badenhop is a marketing genius who left the world of big ad agencies to start his own healthcare marketing and consulting company.

He hired me to design a logo which reflected his new forward moving and forward-thinking venture.

RBC-hop Badenhop business card
I created this walking man logo that interacts with the name of his company by appearing to hop over the word “hop.”

The rest of the card is intentionally kept quite simple, elegant and corporate, with the text right aligned down the back of the walking man logo.

The typeface is Optima, one of the most graceful sans serif typefaces because it’s tapered, like serif faces.

The typeface of the logo, however, is Rubino Sans (available from Fonts.com), which was used because of it’s distinctive open “R”

The card is printed in dark gray ink which still provides enough contrast to be easy to read while at the same time giving the card a more high-tech feeling.


Susan Hayes handwovens  business card
Susan Hayes (right) - Susan Hayes is a weaver, so I designed a logo that shows the weaving process in action.

I feel it’s important for design to reflect and enhance the subject matter. The final result isn’t about the design, it’s about the client and what they do.

I extended the use of her weaving to the design of her web site which uses her handwoven fabric texture as a background of the web site.

The card was printed using Thermography, a printing process I like because the printing becomes raised (like engraving, only inexpensive), so you can actually "feel" the threads in her logo.

The typeface used is Lithos, which tends to be an overused face these days, but it was perfectly suited for the feel of her work and that’s the most important thing!


Debra Ollivier writer/translator business card
Debra Segal Ollivier is an American writer (author of Entres Nous, A woman’s guide to finding her inner French girl) and translator living in Paris. I designed this first card for her professional work--something classic yet modern and very professional. The typefaces are Rubino Serif from ImageClub and Bank Gothic from Bitstream.

Debra loved everything about it, and then proceeded to ask me to change every single element--the type, the layout--then we added graphics. Sometimes that’s just how clients react--it can be easier for them to crystalize their thoughts after they see something else. This, however, isn’t the best way to work with a designer! Good thing Debra’s a good friend!:

Debra Ollivier writer/translator business card
The result is an informal, personal card that she felt better represented her personality. So now she has two cards--one formal, and one informal--depending on the client--and her mood. She also has a new baby son, Maxwell Sinclair. Typefaces: Scribble, available from my site, and ITC Highlander.

People often ask me to duplicate this card design for them--but that’s not how design works. What I am happy to do is create a card for you that is as distinctive as this one--but uniquely your own.


Rick Karvasales realtor business card
Rick Karvasales is perhaps the world's greatest realtor. I'm not kidding. He's smart, honest, conscientious--a good person as well as a good realtor. OK, enough gushing about Rick--if you want to find a house in the SF Bay area, Marin County in particular, give him a call 415-482-6538. The typeface is once again Carol Twombly's (overused but still wonderful) Lithos from Adobe.

I’ve also designed a full-color card for Rick’s band, you can see it here.


Paul Mills Voice Over  business card
Paul Mills is a voice over artist--he’s the guy you hear talking in when you watch cartoons and commercials.

Voice over work is all about character, so to show both voice, and character, I first create a caricature of Paul from a photo he sent. Then I added traditional cartoon baloons with his name, and the tagline I created, “Voice over Matter,” (like “mind over matter”). The card was designed to be double-sided, and this would just be the front.

Paul Mills Voice Over  business card front
He liked this, but wanted to make sure his phone and e-mail information were on both sides of the card, so I revised it to what you see at right. It’s subtle, but the character’s eyes are brown, just as Paul’s are. Also notice the subtle circular “sound waves.”

You’ll notice he has a domain name, something I recommend everybody get, because it makes your email address look more professional--and you can have your domain registrar (I recommend GoDaddy)

Paul Mills Voice Over  business card back
Here’s the other side of the card in the final design.

So the front of the card features the top half of his face, and the bottom shows his mouth (and stylized goatte) speaking into classic microphone.


Toni Will-Harris business card

What do you do for the woman who has everything? Ask her what she wants! That’s what I did with this card, and what she wanted was a card that was at simultaneously classic, and whimsical at the same time, too :)

I chose a very classic black and white engraving of a pen, then set the type is the very old-fashioned Nicolas Cochin. I had the pen “dot” the “i” and used a small dingbat pen between “writer” and “editor.”

For an added bit of whimsy, I added my previous logo, an ink “splat,” so it looked like the fountain pen was dropping (something my fountain pens always seem to do). It adds action and a touch of my wife’s famous mystery (when exactly did the pen drip) as well as a small visual pun


Time for Tea business card

Time for Tea was an innovative service that specialized in catering tea parties, complete with tea, little sandwiches, petit fours, cakes, everything you’d expect at a fine tea party. To me, this called for a classic, old-world calligraphic look--down to the logo, which I created out of calligraphic swashes.

The back of the card is quite simple, like an old- fashioned “calling card” with her name and contact information. The script typeface here is called Carpenter, and the serif face is called Sackers, a truly old-school typeface that was often used in envgraving. The card was once again printed with Thermography to give it a raised-print engraved-like look at a fraction of the price..


Patsy Plays the Piano business card
This is one side of a two-sided card for a piano player. I just thought it would be fun to turn the grand piano shape into a woman's face using just two small shapes.

The other side is almost a negative of this, a black background with white piano shapes, and the phone number (which Patsy keeps unlisted--tells you something about her, doesn’t it?),

The words make "keys" and the font is ITC Anna.

This card is printed on very heavy, shiny, almost plastic-coated paper so it has a gloss reminiscent of black lacquer pianos.


Russian Hill Chiropractic business card

I designed this card for a PC World makeover. It's unconventional for a "serious" medical professional, but the doctor felt it would be fun for existing clients.

I also designed a more “normal” alternate card for new clients, and those who might not  understand that serious topics can be dealt with  humorously without them being any less serious. The font is Willow from Letraset (similar to ITC Rennie Mackintosh).


Theyer business card
Fritz Theyer specializes in personnel recruitment, so I designed a logo that  turned the initial "T" of "Theyer,"  into a face. At once simple, yet memorable, and even  amusing, the logo set the tone for the rest of the  pieces, including the web site where the logo becomes  animated. Typeface: Bitstream Bank Gothic.

The letterhead is simple on the front--just the T in the upper left corner, and a black square with white contact info in the lower right. The back of the paper is printed with the large T, so that it subtly shows through on the front of the page, like a watermark.

Theyer letterhead

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