Designing business cards for yourself – some things I have learnt…

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For some people, a business card is just a simple piece of paper that holds some important contact information to be passed on and saved into a phone or address book later on. It doesn’t necessarily hold any long-lasting meaning. As a graphic designer however, we design other people’s business cards for a living, and so we are super critical of how this can best be achieved. We are constantly looking of better ways that this tiny card can make an impact. What’s more is we become even more critical when we are designing these for ourself.

It can be an agonising process when designing for yourself because all of a sudden you become your own client and this is an opportunity to showcase some of your own skills. You start questioning what sort of designer you are. What makes you so special? How can you show that you are unique without limiting your audience? When and to whom are these cards likely to be handed out anyway? All these questions start arising that would normally be directed towards the client. On one level it’s amazing to have such creative freedom. A mini project that you can drive and steer for yourself. But we can be our own worst nightmare.

Perhaps the most difficult client I will ever work with is myself.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I found myself criticising my own work even more harshly that I do some of my client pieces. There was no one to give me that brutally honest feedback or to make the ultimate final decisions but myself. Sure I could call on some of my graphic design friends, some of which have been great. But to get an idea of how critical us designers can be, check out this clip from American Psycho (2000):


So here is what I have ultimately learnt from this experience:

  1. Keep it simple and professional.
  2. Make sure it is ultimately something you are proud and comfortable to hand out to people. If you are not overall happy with the design then chances are you won’t even hand them out anyway!
  3. Don’t follow the trends of others – make it unique to YOU, that way people will remember YOU.
  4. Print and paper quality is important – sometimes it’s worth splurging on this so that the cards will last and keep for longer in your wallet. You won’t want to be handing out one that’s all roughed up and bent (especially if your are a perfectionist like me). Perhaps even worth investing in a good card holder to keep your cards nice and crisp.
  5. When designing for yourself, if you are ultimately not happy at the end result, well you can always have another go! (I did!)
  6. By doing these mini projects for ourselves it can only make us better graphic designers and ultimately better able to serve others with practice of our own unique skills.

So if you’re a graphic designer or creative and thinking of creating your own business cards or mini project, What are you waiting for?

Go on, get out there and give it a go!

Here’s a few links I found online for some inspiration to get you started:


Thanks for reading and you can see more of my latest personal business card designs here.


Illustrations for a friend


I created this fun and colourful illustration including imagery of all the favourite memories I have of the 2 people this was created for including the lyrics to one of their favourite songs.

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

This pastel drawing was actually done quite a few years back now. I thought I’d share it today because I was out for a walk earlier and kept seeing lots of cute puppies about. I still miss my dog.



puppy love, girl cuddling dog, pastel drawing design

Run for the Kids 2014

On April 13th 2014 I ran 15km to support and  raise money for the Good Friday Appeal.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal (The Good Friday Appeal) is the largest fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has raised $258 million since 1931 for the Hospital. The non-political, non-denominational Good Friday Appeal brings together people from all parts of the community in a very special way. The common goal is to raise money for the benefit of The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

I created these 2 poster graphics to promote why I am taking part in this event.

To sponsor me you can go to the link here:



Infographic on branding

How we brand something can sometime be overlooked or taken for granted. I created this simple infographic to serve as a reminder of the types of things that should be considered and discussed with our clients working with Huddle.  It’s much easier to have these discussion up front and can make a project run a lot smoother.