Tag: Design

International Strategy – Innovation Design #small #business #finance

#business models


What we do

We are an international strategy design company that helps corporate organizations, entrepreneurs and startups innovate their business model and design a strategy for the future through co-creation and visualization. Founded in 2009 by Patrick van der Pijl, producer of the worldwide bestseller Business Model Generation.

We are Strategy Designers and Creative Designers with a background in innovation, strategy and change management. We combine business and design in a new business model for consultancy.


  • Worldwide bestseller Business Model Generation: a handbook for visionairies, game changers, and challengers, written by Alex Osterwalder, produced by Patrick van der Pijl. 1 million copies sold.

    from our blog

    Like an annual design thinker s pilgrimage, each year Business Models Inc. team members descend on our Amsterdam HQ from across the globe to share experiences and ideas, work together on the global business, and co-create.

    Client Case

    “The aha moment for me was seeing 200 people all sitting together before me with a high degree of anticipation at the beginning of the Forum in Sydney I have never seen this group so animated and excited.”

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  • Photoshop Business Card Templates and Print Design Tutorial #home #based #business #opportunities

    #business cards templates


    Photoshop Print Design Tutorial

    Design Business Cards in Adobe Photoshop

    This tutorial will guide you through the process of designing prints in Photoshop as well as providing press-ready templates to get you started.

    Once finished, upload your files to order high quality business cards!

    Table of Contents Step 1. Download a template.
    Step 2. Inspect template understand bleed.
    Step 3. Verify color mode and resolution.
    Step 4. Create your designs.
    Useful Tips. Save often and print your designs.
    Step 5. Flatten image discard hidden layers.
    Step 6. Save as TIF.
    Step 7. Place your order.

    Download one of these pre-formatted templates and open it in Photoshop:

    Right Click Save Link As

    Familiarize yourself with the template by learning what the colored lines mean.
    These rules apply to all products, reguardless of size or shape.

    The PINK lines are called cut/trim lines. The cut lines show where your prints will be cut away from the much larger sheet of paper it was printed on. This ensures color all the way to the very edge of your cards. This method is called full bleed.

    The BLUE lines are called the safety lines. Anything outside these lines run the risk of being cut off. Although the cutting machines are very accurate, staying inside of this area ensures that important text/graphics won’t be chopped off. It also helps make your card more readable by provider further separation of text and edge of the finished print. Your background colors/images MUST extend past the PINK cut lines!
    Keep all your non-background text, logos, pictures, etc. inside of the BLUE safe area!

    Step Three

    Verify that your design is in CMYK color mode and at 350dpi resolution.
    This is very important as we will not be able to print your design if these settings are not correct.

    Image Mode CMYK
    Image Image Size Resolution: 350 pixels/inch

    Step Four

    Now you are ready to begin the design phase. It’s up to you to decide what you want the card to look like. Start experimenting and use the different tools & techniques to get the look you desire.

    Create separate files for each side if you wish to have printing on the back.

    Looking for something to give you that creative boost?

    Browse through thousands of easy-to-follow tutorials to create some really impressive effects in Photoshop. Experimenting with these tutorials is how I learned to use Photoshop without taking a class or buying those thick expensive “How To” books.

    Useful Tips

    The Inkjet Test: Throughout the design process I suggest printing your creations on your inkjet printer directly from Photoshop. Use glossy photo paper if you have it. This will give you a good idea how your card will look as far as sizing goes. If your text looks small when printed on your inkjet, it will be too small when printed by our presses.

    I suggest using the highest resolution print option (photographic quality) that is available on your printer. No adjustments to sizing or placement will be needed. The design should print on the paper at the actual finsihed size.

    Remember the full bleed process will trim your cards down to normal size.

    Save Often!
    You never know when your computer may crash or lock up. Loosing work you’ve spent hours on is very disheartening. While you are working on your file, save as a .PSD to preserve your layers within the design.

    Step Five

    After saving as a .PSD flatten the layers in your image. If any layers are hidden, discard them.

    Layer Flatten Image
    Discard Hidden Layers? OK

    With all layers flattened, you can now save your image out as a press-ready .TIF file.

    File Save As Format: TIFF (*.TIF; *.TIFF)

    Step Seven

    Upload your newly created files for high quality printing delivered to your door!

    Select the print product of which you designed to upload and order:

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    Design Business Postcards As Unique As You #franchise #opportunities

    #business postcards


    Promote your next product, or just get your name out there by making your own professional-quality business postcards with Canva.

    Design a cutting-edge business postcard with only a few clicks

    1. Open Canva and select the “Card” design type.
    2. Choose from our library of professional graphic design elements such as banners, icons, frames and more.
    3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
    4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
    5. Save and share.

    Customize your business postcard to suit your brand

    1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
    2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
    3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
    4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

    Create a memorable business postcard with our stunning collection of high quality images

    Make an impression with more than just a phone call — ensure your business postcard is memorable! Upload and add pictures of your products, your logo, or your own smiling self right into any of our striking layouts. Next, throw in your contact information and your phone will be ringing off the hook.

    Is your postcard missing something? Search our tremendous collection of over 1 million stock photos, images, and design elements to communicate your message — no matter what your business is, from artisanal waffles to life insurance, we’ll be sure to have just what you need to enhance your business postcard.

    Send your business postcard to all your contacts in seconds

    Networking has never been this easy: any way you want to broadcast, Canva is flexible and fits your business. Want to print your business postcards and send them in classy, watermarked envelopes? With just a few clicks you can create a high-quality PDF ready to send to the printer.

    Want to go all-digital and send your business postcard through social media? We make it easy to share your postcard to Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else online.

    Never miss an opportunity to connect

    Canva is a business traveler’s best friend. Whether you’re at home, the office, or traveling for work, you can edit your designs anywhere by accessing Canva online, or downloading our free iPad app.

    We save all your work to the cloud, so your designs are ready whenever you are.

    You can even collaborate with your co workers by sharing your business postcard and allowing them to customize it. Simply share your design and check the box allowing others to edit, and anyone you link can open, edit, and use your business postcard to make connections and rake in the ROI.

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    Business Card Templates, Sizes, Design – Printing – The Basics #stock #markets #today

    #business card size


    Business Card Basics: Templates, Sizing, Design, and Printing

    Making a great first impression is essential when you’re a small business owner, and one of the quickest ways to do that is with a professional-looking business card. This wallet-sized tool is essential when it comes to marketing your company, reinforcing your personality, and establishing your brand. A professional, visually appealing, and memorable business card can make you stand out from your competition.

    A business card is like a blank canvas; the design possibilities are endless. It all comes down to what kind of lasting impression you want to leave with your new contacts. Use the fonts, colours, size, materials, die cuts and design that will best deliver that message and be relevant to your audience.

    Here are a few tips for creating the best business card for your business.

    1. Use a business card template
    Using a basic template as a starting point for your business card layout will cut down the time it would take you to design your own card from scratch. Pick a template that best captures the professional identity you’d like to project. The UPS Store’s online printing tool offers a wide range of options to help you make your own business cards. Choose from our pre-created templates or create your own using your company logo, photography or graphics by uploading an image. Print your business cards online today. Also, graphic design services are available in-house at The UPS Store.

    2. Consider the size
    The standard size of a business card in Canada is 88.9mm x 50.8mm (3.5in x 2in). By following these dimensions, your business card will easily fit into a customer’s wallet or holder. However, some of the most striking business cards stray beyond these restrictions, so if you’d like to inject more personality into your cards, feel free to experiment with different shapes, rounded edges, etc.

    If you’re designing your own template, be sure to add a “bleed” of 6.35mm (0.25in) around the borders to ensure that the business card content won’t get cut off during the printing process. (A bleed is what goes beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming).

    3. Include relevant information
    The content of your business card is incredibly important. Be sure to include key information about who are you, what you do, and how people can contact you. In this digital age, it’s also a good idea to include a social media site or two that you are active on daily.

    However, when it comes to business cards, more is not always better. A business card is not a brochure. Stay away from adding offers or overloading it with graphics. Remember, good business cards make good promos, but good promos don’t make good business cards.

    4. Experiment with business card designs, fonts and colours
    A well-designed business card helps you make a good first impression. It represents you or your business, so make it unique and customized. Keep the business card design clutter-free to avoid overwhelming the person reading it, and make sure all of your information is legible.

    Pick fonts that best compliment your brand identity. Try to limit the fonts to 2 or 3 to avoid compromising legibility and design. As for the font size, it all depends on the font you choose and on the hierarchy of the information on the card. Some fonts aren’t as legible as others in small sizes. In general, try a 10-12 point font for your name and title, and a 7-8 point font for your contact info.

    Besides font size, colours are also important when it comes to legibility. Consider a font colour that stands out when contrasting with the background. To see which colours work well together, check out this contrast table .

    Try to use the pantone book to pick your colours and use the same pantone colour codes you used in your card design file. It’s the best way to ensure that the printed colours are going to show up correctly.

    Plan your design on the medium you’re going to print on. Some colours show up differently on different materials.

    Some people like to write notes on business cards. Considering leaving some space and make sure the material you use allows people to write on it.

    5. Get creative
    You can get creative with business card materials (paper, plastic, rubber, magnetic, etc.), embellishments (emboss, deboss, spot uv, foil tamping, letterpress, etc.) and shapes (die cuts, rounded corners, fold-overs, etc.)

    It is important to print your business card on high-quality stock and to use good quality ink in order to ensure you are presenting yourself in the most professional manner. Bring your ideas to The UPS Store and we can help you create custom business cards in full colour, with glossy or matte paper stock, single-sided or double-sided.

    6. Solicit opinions
    Put your business card design to the test. Ask someone to take a quick look at it. In five seconds, that person should get a good idea about you or your business and know how to reach you or learn more about what you do.

    You have one chance at a first impression; make it count by picking the material and design that best reflect that impression. The UPS Store can help you design the business card that best represents you and your business

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