Are Business Cards Still Relevant?

Posted by on 08 Dec 2015 | Category: Design

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One of our staff members recently stumbled across an article on “Why Business Cards Still Matter” and thought it was worth sharing.

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At CQ we still print a lot of business cards. We agree that they are a great icebreaker when first meeting someone and that having a well designed business card can make a huge first impression. Having a memorable business card that stands out from the crowd is important. The video in the article link above has some great ideas on how to do this. We’ve also added some of our own simpler ideas here as well. Try using a different media such as kraft card rather then the standard white. Having a custom cut business card creates a great impression or for a more cost effective option that doesn’t require a die made use corner cutting. Printing with white ink on a coloured or kraft card can have a dramatic effect. For something fun, picture cards are great and we have used these ourselves at CQ.

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For more ideas pop into our showroom to have a look through some samples or to talk to our inhouse graphic designer about designing a new business card.

 

 

Ideas for creating your own personalised walls

Posted by on 25 Nov 2013 | Category: Design, Hints & Tips, Industry Trends

Options for creating your own wall designs are constantly increasing with more digital print options coming out all of the time. Here are some options and tips to choose from.

Wallpaper

Fully personalised, digitally printed wallpaper is fast becoming a huge interior design trend. Customers now have a tremendous choice of colour, patterns and imagery to choose from, and can create walls that are true expressions of themselves.

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When we talk about this concept with people, the first reaction is always one of excitement as they imagine what they can do to their own residential or work environments. But then the question is always asked, how? How do we create our design? How do we then translate that design to rolls of wallpaper that’s easy to install?

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Fortunately this is VERY easy! Of course, you will first have to measure the wall space that you want to paper, and then choose colours and/or an image concept that suits your environment.

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Once these initial concepts are chosen you can

  • USE YOUR OWN PHOTO – Bring a photo or negative to CQ to get it scanned at high resolution to create a large high quality image to print from
  • CREATE A BACKGROUND PATTERN – meet with one of our a designers to create a back drop or pattern
  • SOURCE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY – from iStock, Shutterstock, getty images, big stock, or Stock.XCHNG. For a New Zealand flavour try photo new zealand, or my chilly bin.

CQ has the software to then translate these images into rolls of wallpaper with a full set of hanging instructions for easy installation.

Still want to personalise your walls but without using wallpaper? Then we also recommend either creating a photo wall, using wall decals or printing your own mounted canvas prints.

Photo Walls

If you have a plain wall that needs some dressing up, a photo wall is an attractive and affordable way to transform a bland space in to a feature.

Marcus at Williams & co. Homes wrote about this earlier this year with some very helpful tips.

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Wall Decals

Personalised wall decals are a great way dress up a wall without having to commit to a permanent installation. The wall decals themselves are self adhesive and can be cut to any shape and size you want. The beauty of them is that they’re repositionable. This means that they are super-easy to apply, and can be removed or moved around if you should change your mind.

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Of course this is PERFECT for kids rooms, but can also be used in any room of the house, or even offices and showrooms to brighten the environment.

Canvas Prints

Not only are they great for you own wall, but they can also be given as gifts!

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And just like the wallpapers above, they can be created from your own photo’s or from stock photography.

If any of these ideas pique your curiosity then feel free to contact us at zn.oc.qcnull@ofni or on 03 963 8899. We’re more than happy to discuss ideas with you and show you samples of work in our display area at 359 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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