Or...more on the branding of my independent design business: AG Designs My last post was about the personalized notepads I made. A notepad is great, but to make other pieces of paper and plain envelopes into professional stationary, I knew I also needed personalized self-inking stamp. It had to include my logo icon and just a couple of lines of text. It should to be simple so that it wasn't difficult to read. I was thinking about including my phone number and email address but that's all available on my site. Why muddy the waters? Most of the time the best design is also the most straight forward aka "form follows function." (Which I thought from my memories of college graphic design classes was a Bauhaus philosophy, but it turns out it was an American architect named, Louis Sullivan as well as a song by Lupe Fiasco. Thanks Google!)
Again I used Vistaprint. They just seem to have the best deals and their site is so easy to use. Downloading the template I needed to create the stamp was so simple. It's a designer's dream because you have your choice of vector or jpg format. Since I mostly do my logo work in Adobe Illustrator, it's nice to be able to use my native .ai or .eps files not have to create a jpg before uploading the file.
Here is what my stamp looks like on an envelope:
Pretty cool, huh? I love that has a very satisfying clank the stamper gave me, when I use it. Also that the impression it leaves is totally legible but just ever so slightly grunged-out depending on how much pressure I use or the type of paper.
I love this stamp so much. Wouldn't it be fun for you to have one that is customized just for you? You can always go and do it yourself or you could do yourself one better and have me create a custom stamp for you. If you are interested in this or have any other branding needs contact me: amy (at) amygaitan.com.
Here is a lovely shot of my hand holding my newest weapon in my branding arsenal: