Cup of Excellence – The Ultimate Coffee

Origin-coffee-roasting-cape townIf coffee is more to you than just a caffeine jolt, the Cup of Excellence awards are not to be missed. Known as the Oscars of the coffee world, they identify, assess and reward the best coffees available year by year. Any coffee farmer can enter, and the coffee goes through three stages of rigorous judging with the winning coffees being auctioned off to the highest bidder. 80% of the proceeds go direct to the farmers, the rest paying of the costs of the international competition.

Of course the coffees that win a Cup of Excellence award are the most prestigious in the world, and as different to your common or garden commercial blend as you can get. Continue reading

11 Cool Business Card Designs

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Clever, graphic, simple, groovy or just plain over the top, when it comes to business card design, today you are spoilt for choice. It almost seems that there are so many creative business cards out there, that you would stand out from the crowd more, if you stayed with a traditional design.

What you go for in the end depends upon your business. After all your business branding has to be reflected in your business card, as it’s usually the first point of contact for potential clients. We like the obvious quality of the thick board cards above, but in some businesses it’s a clever idea that will catch the eye and impress the clients.

Here are some creative and clever business cards that have caught our eye recently.

producers business cardSimple graphic lines but very effective

plastic business cardPlastic cards are a current trend, with slick transparent design elements essential.

singed business cardClever ! I’ll remember this one. Don’t know what he does though!

dentist business cardDefinitely makes an impression!

hair design  business cardNice combination of funky design, useful freebie and a good reason to hang on to the card.

photography business cardNo problem working out what this guy does.

clothes-peg business cardClothes pegs are always handy, but can you guarantee this one won’t be hanging out on the line when you need the number?

marriage counsellor business cardSimple, memorable and depressingly realistic.

piano 3D business cardAnother simple and clever idea that I’d hang on to, if my kids didn’t pinch it for their dolls house.

Lego business cardThese make me smile and I’d hang on to them, again until my kids adopted them.

If you want more inspiration, check out some of these collections of cool business card designs.

And if you are looking to print business cards  in Cape Town look here for inspiration.

QR Codes Meet Design

QR code designIf you’re at the cutting edge of tech trends, QR codes are probably old news to you. Scannable codes that can be printed on business cards, marketing materials or anything at all, so that customers can access webpages instantly at one click of a smartphone camera, QR codes are a cool concept.

But till recently they weren’t so cool to look out. There’s nothing sexy about a barcode, and their more sophisticated cousins, the QR codes, still had that black and white checkerboard look until this year. But now design companies are getting clever and making a feature out of customizing codes to make them beautiful as well as functional.

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Simple QR codes can simply have a logo embedded into them, or a simple design feature included in the code. Colour can be used, hard edges can be softened, or you can get really fancy…

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While South Africa is catching up with the trend of QR codes on business cards (make things easier for your contacts by giving them a QR code to scan, so they can input your contact details in one simple click) there are only a few designers and printers currently offering this service. If you’re in Cape Town, contact Deep Design for more information about putting QR codes on business cards to make them really smartphone friendly.

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