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As a friend of mine once said, “You can never have too many fonts.” That may or may not be the case, since so many free fonts out there aren’t all that great. Some of these, however, are quite nice.

For this collection, we’ve compiled 40 fresh and high quality free fonts that you can download and use in your designs. Check them out!

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Benthem Free Typeface

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Navia Type // free

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Copper font by weknow

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Source Sans Pro

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Brother Tattoo

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Galactic Spaceport

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Stroke

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Secret Kpop Group Font

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Digicity

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Ceramic font by weknow

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Brainstorm font by weknow

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Font Satisfaction

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Dirty Ego Cyrillic

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Oranienbaum free font

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Orbits Free Font

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Free font Znikomit?25

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Mood Type – Free Font

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Sports World

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Mun typeface – Free experimental font

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Amaz Mega Grunge One

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Freehand Written

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Ten O Clock

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Basica Industrial

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Jewels

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Ikos Dub

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Spherometric

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Sketch Coursive

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Diamonds (Typefamily)

 

Hand Lettering II

 

Hippie Gypsy

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Far Away Galaxy

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Point Zero

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Metropolis 1920

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FatFrank Free Font

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Bobber Typeface

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Cosmo Path Type – Free Font

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Stitching Font

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Type project

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Roadbrush Font #2

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Beautiful Rounded Fonts Pack

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Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

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Will Sherwood’s Biography

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Will Sherwood, Marcom Designer

When Will works with companies to provide graphic design, website, and marketing communication services, he is often able to help them double or triple their business. In fact, many of his clients find that his company stirs their imaginations with their creativity and leave the competition shaken and wondering, “Now what do we do?”.

Will has been grooving on graphic design, web design, and marketing communications for over 40 years, since he was 16 years old, running a hand-feed letterpress, designing tickets, invitations and cards in his family’s print shop. And after all these years, he still gets a rush from finding a great, and inspired creative solution.

Here’s what some of his clients have said:

The projects you completed for us helped DI go from $20 million to $52 million/year in revenue within 3 years. — Monte Heaton, EVP Marketing, Asylum Research.

Your brochure generated $43 million in new business within 10 weeks, and virtually overloaded our loan department. — Tammy Tagami-Reeves, VP Marketing, Lockheed Federal Credit Union.

Your promotional advertising and strategic branding campaign for our Orcolite lenses helped us go from #38 in our marketplace to #4 within only 9 months. — Robert Fleming, Manager of Marketing Communications, Optical Radiation Corp.

Throughout my 30 plus years in marketing, I’ve only come across 1 or 2 companies that even come close to Will Sherwood’s when it comes to creativity, service and price. —- William Dougherty, VP Marketing, Iris Diagnostics.

These days, business card design is a popular topic and, since business cards are often the cornerstone of a good networking program, a decidedly important one. The web is full of examples and templates in a wide variety of layouts. There’s no shortage of creative designs you can buy ready-made or have modified by a designer, and then have printed by a company like 48 Hour Print. Therefore the biggest problem is how to get a card design that is something special.

Today we’re giving  you a few tips on how to choose the right business card design that will be both impressive and effective for you. In order to not affect the feelings of any designers, Noupe.com asked a designer from CrazyPixels to create several designs. Of course, he was trying his best to draw the attention to the details we’re going to talk about. As a result, we’ve got some incredible, modern and interesting business card designs to share with you here.

Below, we’ll be showing you business card design listed under the following topics:

Pictures on a bright color background
Color scheme usage
Minimalistic designs
Embossing aka letterpress effects
Creative business cards with QR codes
Business cards influenced by typography
See-thru business cards: transparency, a new idea
Black and white business cards
Unusual shapes


Pictures on a Bright Color Background

So, now for the first design:

It’s a bright and stylish business card. It strikes the eye at first sight. If you are a creative person like a photographer or designer, this business card could be the best option for you. The picture on the back could show off your skills as a creative professional and the business card would thus become a part of your portfolio. You can create a few variants of such designs with different photos and give your potential customers an ability to choose which they like the most. I do believe they will remember you.

Here is a showcase of stunning business cards designs with great images and bright colors:

 

Usage of Color Schemes

Just take a look at this business card design:

No matter what kind of pattern shows on the business card. Would it be stripes, squares, circles or triangles, the main thing is a color scheme that fits. As in the previous design, this business card draws attention with its colors, but this time it’s not a single color, but a whole color range. Also I want to draw your attention to the QR code, which you can see here. Note that the points on the QR code are in the same color range as the whole business card. This is a small thing, but it gives the design a thought through look and makes it more interesting.

Roundup of business cards with interesting color scheme:

Minimalistic Design

A quite minimalistic logo, which was designed with only one color and creative use of white space featured on the front of a card is a brilliant way to make a stylish business card. You can place a logo or any design on the front and all the needed info on the back, including name, tag line and contact information. There are a huge number of variants to create a similar design.

http://www.noupe.com/design/business-cards-that-work-71822.html

Embossing aka Letter Press Effects

Embossing is a style of using a stamp in order to create a raised tracery on you business card in different shapes. This effect gives a business card texture and classical style. It allows you to use only one color, it’s the true color of business card paper. It makes the business card modern and elegant.

Letter-pressed business cards:

Adding QR Codes

QR code is a modern tool which allows you to take a picture of a code on a business card with a smartphone. The code would redirect you to the website, online portfolio or resume. It’s a perfect way to bridge the gap between a business card and your online work. Make sure that this modern tool is receptive to your target audience before create a business card with QR code.

Creative business cards with QR codes:

Typography

Typography is a popular trend and it’s worth to pay attention to. It can be difficult to find a corresponding font, but with a wider range of growing choices you won’t be ending up without the right one…

Business cards influenced by typography:

See-thru Business Cards: Transparency, a new idea

Transparency is a trend in advertising. Such kind of business cards are usually made of plastic, which is why they are more durable than a lot of the businesses that decide to use them. They also have a high retention value that the standard paper-business card does not have.

Transparency business cards designs:

Black & White

Black and white business cards are a perfect option for businessmen, economists, lawyers and other people in the so-called serious business. If you need simple, elegant and classic design, black & white business cards probably are what you are looking for.

Black and white business cards:

Unusual shapes

Such kind of business cards have unusual shapes and are in most cases custom-made. Business cards with unusual shapes need more resources in comparison with the usual ones. They might impress more, but due to their mostly uncommon shapes might make your clients throw them away easier as they don’t fit in their pockets. You should think this choice through from the side of your potential client.

Here are some examples of unusual shapes business cards:

The Bottom Line

Try to do something different, even when it comes to business cards. There is just one chance to give a good first impression to your potential customers. Give it a try and you’ll see what works out for you. Your card should represent your brand and name. Hope this collection inspired you to create a unique and creative business card design of your own.

About the Author

Pavlushka is the author of CrazyPixels web design blog. He writes inspirational articles about web design technologies and useful web design tutorials, where you can find a lot of top tips how to create amazing web design artworks. Feel free to follow him on Twitter. Here’s his Homepage.
 
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Offered here for your education and creative inspiration by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

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Everyone loves a trade show for prospecting – it’s a customer gold mine if you are good at following up! That’s why event organizers know they can charge an arm and a leg for booth and sponsorship space, and why companies spend thousands on displays, beautiful promotional items and well designed collateral.

At a trade show, it’s all about connecting with people at the show who are qualified buyers of your products and services. But once you go home, all of those connections are usually nothing more than a Ziploc bag full of business cards, or if you are lucky, a neat spreadsheet from the event organizer.

Often these leads go untouched – effectively ruining any chance of earning a return on the investment at the event. If a sales team is tenacious, they may follow up with each prospect scheduling conference calls or meetings or sharing show specials and asking for orders. This tedious process costs thousands more in labor as the contacts are slowly qualified and advanced in the sales funnel.

There is a far easier way to turn trade show prospects into customers though… it just takes a little ingenuity and your prospects’ own cell phone or a computer, tablet or kiosk at your trade show.

There are many ways to capture contact information easily on site at a trade show.

  1. You should set up an incentive to have people enter their information. Usually, the information is given for a chance to win a prize package tightly linked to your products and services.
  2. The link is key because you want qualified buyers who are interested in what you have to offer.

Here’s how you can set up one or more methods of data collection

  1. Kiosk/Computer/Tablet – Have the prospect enter their name, email and mobile number to enter
  2. Text data collection – Have the prospect text a keyword to a short code and then reply with their name and email to complete their entry
  3. QR Code data collection – Have the prospect scan a QR code that opens a short form on their phone for collecting email and phone number.
  4. Website data collection – You can always have an opt-in form on your website for ongoing data collection

Event organizer promotion:

  1. Often, an event organizer or partner will have a multi-booth promotion which will produce a list of participating attendees for you. This list can be imported into your cross-channel marketing system for follow up.
  2. Next, you should have a series of communications programmed into your contact management system that will send your key messages to the prospect in different communications channels.
  3. Many companies send email blasts, but text and voicemail can capture an even stronger response.
  4. When these techniques are combined, you have a powerful arsenal to surround your prospect with your message, impress them and encourage them to engage with you in the future.

Your follow up messages should cover:

Immediately: Text message
Thanks for connecting with us at the trade show – check your email for special information

1-2 days – Email
Share compelling product information or other trust building content, invite them to connect on social media

3-7 days: Voicemail and email
A show special that has an urgent deadline or limited quantity

Every 4-6 weeks: Voicemail, text or email
Trust building info or sales to drive traffic back to your website or drive calls to your representatives.

Ongoing
Social media posts

Using a cross channel marketing platform to schedule these messages can save you countless hours of follow up and will drive the serious leads to respond more quickly. Not only that, you’ll be staying in touch throughout the year and will be able to ask for sales any time. Next year, you’ll be able to ask who wants to meet at the tradeshow where bigger deals can be sealed.

A budget friendly tool that allows you to collect, manage and communicate with contacts through mobile, email, social media and voicemail is the Roving Fans website. Here, we can connect you to mobile marketing experts who can help you craft and manage professional campaigns. You can also learn more about mobile marketing here.

This article was written by Tatiana Mulry of DDX Media and presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer

The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design

Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design
| Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn
| Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

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I recently moved from working with accelerators to running my own business. In the process, I wanted to compile my learnings into a book that would show founders how they can get the benefits that accelerators offer, whether they decide to join a program or not. So was born Speed Up Your Startup. I based the book on my personal experience but also original survey research and interviews.

This is a guest post by Mikko Järvenpää of Speed Up Your Startup via Inspired Magazine.

The findings were interesting and provided powerful evidence for the recommendations in the book. Here, I would like to raise one particular point that applies to a wider audience, too. Business is not about what you know, but about who you know. Startups are no different, and they know to expect and value contacts from accelerators. After all, a good investor, partner or advisor can open doors that you can’t even get to knock on yourself.

Businesses who participated in an accelerator reported that they wish they’d gotten more introductions to industry contacts – potential partners and customers. 49% of respondents who had not participated in an accelerator reported that customer contacts would be very desirable. However, only 22% of accelerator veterans reported that the industry contacts provided by the accelerator had been “very good.” 46% rated the industry contacts provided as “neutral” or “poor.” The open-ended answers support this, with many founders pointing out that an accelerator would add the most value by providing partner or customer contacts. Indeed “industry fit” was mentioned as an important criteria when selecting an accelerator program in the first place.

This emphasizes the need for accelerators to more closely meet the startup’s business needs and may mean more demand for accelerators that have a clear industry vertical focus. Mentorship, as mentioned above, is done very well. Investor contacts are highly desirable for startups that have not participated in an accelerator program, 93% reporting them as “very” or “somewhat” interesting. Accelerators do seem to deliver value on this front as well, although there is a small discrepancy between expectations and reality. While 56% of accelerator applicants place investor contacts in the highest category of importance, only 45% of accelerator veterans report the investor contacts offered as having been “very good” while 35% rated them “good.”


One founder from a TechStars company said the social validation accelerators give startups is very real and very valuable. “TechStars provided me and my startup with social proof that investors, business partners, media, and customers respond to. Not all care, but with those that do, the brand association is helpful,” he summarized.

So if you are not in accelerator or blessed with a large rolodex, what can you do? Here are some principles of getting networked.

1. Ask for introductions

It is always easier for two people to talk if a third one brings them together whom they both know. This creates context and basic rapport from the start. Use your existing networks in this, even if you need to ask someone to make an introduction to someone who can make an introduction.

2. If you have to go cold, have a point to yourself

Cold calling or walking up from the blue to introduce yourself can also work, but you have to do it with a focus. Have an agenda, a reason for talking to the other person, and offer them something interesting that they remember you for. Nobody will know you for the rich personality you are the first time they meet you. Instead, they will categorize or label you somehow. Give them something to label you with.

3. Create your identity

Online, you are the content you create. Blogging is one of the best things you can do for growing your contact base and creating a persona that people can refer to and use to understand who you are. Blogging also has the benefit of being a great marketing channel and a search engine optimization (SEO) tactic, and helping you clarify your thinking by exposing it to the outside world.

4. Be proactive

While nobody likes getting pointless emails from half-strangers constantly, do keep your contacts in the loop when it is relevant to them. We all get too much communication as it is, but that also means we’ve learned to deal with it. I like to see people err on the side of overcommunication instead of going into radio silence – at least I don’t have to chase them for updates.

5. Get out of the building

Making contacts in the real world should be high on your agenda. I’m not a big fan of large events for startups. They are only valuable if they bring someone within your reach you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Small, targeted events like meetups are much better for contact creation. You usually have time to meet everyone, and they are either free or very cheap, compared to the ridiculous ticket prices commanded by even the mid-range tech events. For networking, value is definitely in the meetups. If there is no meetup relevant to you, consider setting one up yourself. Go for as targeted as you can. If you’re in a smaller town, a web developer meetup can be targeted enough. If you’re in New York, you may need to drill down a couple of levels to make it more specific. Do your research on and use Meetup.com.

Finally, if you feel you can’t find an accelerator that meets your needs, or don’t want to join one, check out my book for compiled learnings from accelerators and accelerate yourself instead. To find out more about the research and the book, head to www.SpeedUpYourStarup.com or follow @SpeedUpStartup.

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Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer

The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design

Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design
| Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn
| Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

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This is not a political article. It is an article about what the presidential campaigns can teach marketers. It isn’t an article about who will win the race for the White House during this year’s presidential election. Nor is this an article about political policy, polling data or even hot-button social issues. No one has done more marketing over the last few months then Governor Romney and President Obama. And, we can definitely learn something from their campaigns.

With the Presidential election is less than a week away, the time for Americans to choose their leader is nearly at hand. The campaigns have churned out well over $1B worth of advertisements, videos, content and branding. They have pounded each other, lauded their own accomplishments, and pandered to the American people. After this sprint of a campaign, the candidates can now see the finish line. They are sprinting down the homestretch in an effort to be hired for the most powerful job in the world.

What can we take from their organizations to help ours?

1) Great Video

Have you seen the biographic videos produced by the campaigns? If you haven’t, here is Governor Romney’s and here is President Obama’s. They are both extraordinarily well done. Also well done are the campaigns’ negative ads.

And, whether or not you like all the negative campaign ads isn’t the point. Studies show that most people don’t like negative campaign ads. However, those ads do help win elections. The reason we see them so frequently is because they work. And, incidentally, they are becoming more common, not less.

The bottom line is this: the ads are well done from a storytelling and video perspective. They pack a ton of info into a 30 second spot. They are shot well, narrated appropriately, and are generally very ‘slick’ and professional looking. They don’t hire amateurs to do their work. And they have expert copywriters producing the content.

What to do: Now, you certainly can’t afford to spend money like the Presidential campaigns. However, you can produce well thought out scripts, high quality footage, and even decent narration, on a shoestring.

2) Branding and Recognition

You have, no doubt, seen the Obama campaign’s sunrise logo or the big letter ‘R’ that denotes the Romney campaign. Both of these images have gained immediate mindshare. They are beautiful looking logos and convey what the campaign is about.

More importantly, perhaps, the campaigns have maintained brand consistency. Many companies struggle with this, swinging wildly from one branding concept to another. While the candidates may verbally swing back and forth and remain inconsistent on the campaign trail, their branding has remained constant. Everything from the taglines, to the logos, to the visuals has been choreographed beautifully.

What to do: Get your branding figured out right now. Some companies waste valuable time and resources either unsure of their branding, or branding incorrectly. How do you know if you’re doing it wrong? Well, here are a couple of questions to ask yourself to determine if your branding is clear:

  1. If your customers were asked what your tagline is, could they tell you?
  2. If your employees were asked to draw your logo, could they do it?
  3. Can any employee explain what your company does AND why you do it better than anyone else in 10 – 15 seconds?
  4. Are you branding consistently?

3) Social Media

The campaigns don’t just post stuff to their respective Twitter accounts and hope people will read it. Rather, they actually engage with their social media audience. Both candidates have hosted Google+ Hangout sessions. Both tweet regularly. Both post images and video. Both have their immediate families and supporters use social media regularly.

Are the people closest to you—or even all your employees—using social media to spread the good word about your company? The Obama campaign set new standards for social media marketing in 2008. And both campaigns are doing a great job this year.

The Obama campaign clearly had a built in social media engagement advantage coming into the race. But the Romney campaign has sought to mitigate that advantage. Both campaigns understand how critical social media marketing is. They seek to trend on Twitter, accrue ‘Likes’ on Facebook, and +1s on their websites. This should be a valuable lesson for marketers everywhere.

What to do: I am always stunned by how reluctant employees are about getting involved in the social media efforts of the company they work for. Companies like Hubspot and Marketo have 20 to 25 employees on Twitter. They tweet regularly, build their own brand constantly, and grow followers daily. These companies get it. We’re still working on it at LogMyCalls. Other companies struggle to get anyone outside of the marketing department to even post company-related things on their Facebook pages or create a Twitter account.

To remedy this executives at some companies go so far as to ask prospective employees during the interview process—for any position—if they are comfortable having various social media accounts and sharing content on social media.

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This article is reproduced here thanks to our friends at The Marketing Blog. It is presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer

The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design

Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design
| Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn
| Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

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