business holiday cards - Joyful Bird

Tags: business holiday cards, bird, joy, holiday, season, illustration, swirl, polka dots, clean, modern

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Lauren Elisabeth
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A spirited, illustrated season's greeting that suits any business style. Simple yet interesting, this is the perfect card to give some holiday cheer to a client.

tags:

business holiday cards, bird, joy, holiday, season, illustration, swirl, polka dots, clean, modern

colors shown:

blue, taupe

fonts:

Century

design inspired by:

A7 Non-Photo Card

submitted on:

Mar 27 2012

Edited on:

Mar 29 2012

average score:

3.36

comments:

9

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business holiday cards - Joyful Bird by Lauren Elisabeth

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Yvette Slaney on Mar 30, 2012 at 2:42pm
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So beautiful Lauren!! Love everything about it! Great job!!

Stacey Meacham on Mar 30, 2012 at 4:53pm
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very nice.

Wendy Van Ryn on Apr 1, 2012 at 8:29am
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way cool / beautiful bird! ;-)

Michelle Hickey on Apr 7, 2012 at 10:58am
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Beautiful illustration and I love how much the cyan pops off the background!

Ana de Sousa on Apr 11, 2012 at 3:52pm
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Beautiful bird :)

Leslie Ann Jones on Apr 14, 2012 at 1:48pm
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That bird is adorable. Love!

Ana Gonzalez on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
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Very unique and beatiful!

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jul 29, 2012 at 2:39pm
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congrats on your pick and being #31 - wow, so close!!! :)

Kim Dietrich Elam on Jul 29, 2012 at 2:39pm
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congrats on your pick and being #31 - wow, so close!!! :)

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Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:44pm
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i've moved the date to the bottom just to give it a try for now, but i feel like that orientation makes the design (background ignored) feel a little short/fat, and having it at the top where i originally had it helps to keep the design visually more centered/balanced & interesting...having trouble with it

Angelene on Mar 28, 2012 at 8:06pm
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i prefer the date at the bottom, it gives more attention to the design. maybe just nudge over the bird a tiny bit to the right closer to the "Y" to center align the design. looks great :)

Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 28, 2012 at 8:12pm
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Ahh thanks Angelene! I've edited this so many times I don't remember when I last checked my center :) Thanks!!

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Rebecca Bowen on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:47pm
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this is beautiful!

Carol Fazio on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:17pm
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Lauren, I do like the textured background because I think it adds depth. I think you were right, though, your original typeface looks better than the sans. That feels really tight. I don't think the placement of 2012 works on the illustration. Maybe you could include with the company name or skip it? Thanks for trying my suggestions.

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Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:38pm
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Ok, so I changed the placement of the date and also changed the type face for the supporting text to something more simple, and I also added texture to the background. Below is also another alternate color way. I'm torn between the sans serif or serif font for the supporting text..I'm kind of leaning towards the font I originally had though

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Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:29pm
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I'm also considering a texture---thoughts??

Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:33pm
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I like the addition of the green! And I like your change to a dotted line. Have you tried a deeper blue for the artwork and a pale blue for the background? Just another color combo to try...

Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
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and I think I like it without the texture...

Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:35pm
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Yeah it's interesting seeing how it uploads vs how it is on my screen in Illustrator!

Serenity Avenue on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:35pm
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I love this bird! It's so unique!

Oma N. Ramkhelawan on Mar 28, 2012 at 3:05am
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Love the green Lauren! I think adding texture would distract everything from your gorgeous little bird!

Jennifer Wick on Mar 28, 2012 at 3:53am
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This is absolutely beautiful and so striking! The colors are so fresh and keep it modern. Great design, Lauren!

Wendy McClure on Mar 28, 2012 at 5:02am
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Soooo nice - gorgeous birdie! Good luck! :O)

Carol Fazio on Mar 28, 2012 at 5:26am
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like the textured version, adds some depth in contrast to the flat illustration. Love your color choices, too. Not 100% sold on the type choices for the supporting copy, especially the 2012. I think a sans might work better. Very pretty!

Olive Paper on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:47am
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LOVE this just the way it is!

Snow and Ivy on Mar 28, 2012 at 9:47am
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gorgeous illustration - love how you used a popular sentiment in such a unique way! I'm curious to see how the year might look elsewhere? It feels a little awkward where it is. Also agree with Kim - the supporting text might look even better in a sans font? Either way - in love with that bird!!

Angelene on Mar 28, 2012 at 4:36pm
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this is so elegant! loving the bird! I agree with the comments on about the copy type maybe being in a sans-serif typeface, something that would compliment the elegance of the bird... also, maybe try a subtle hint of colour on the copy type? might soften up the bold white, good luck!! <3

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Oma N. Ramkhelawan on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:09pm
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Love this! I prefer this background to the white. Maybe add a bright holiday green/or other color in the wings, not sure the purple is doing it justice. (just a thought)

Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:29pm
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Thanks guys! Still trying to rectify the colors but on the right path I think :)

Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 27, 2012 at 7:02pm
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Working on alternate color solutions & some other edits..thanks for the feedback so far :)

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Lauren Elisabeth on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:35pm
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critique appreciated! i'm having trouble coloring this one and making it work using more than 1 color for the bird design

Kim Dietrich Elam on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:40pm
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gorgeous, Lauren! I may not be the best at color help - but I think this would look cool in white on a solid color background (you can use different opacities for the white to differentiate text or bird parts). Just a suggestion.