My business card collection
How my design style evolved over the years
As a late-blooming graphic design enthusiast, I took my time to learn to use fonts, colors, layouts and images to convey my message. From the days of insecurity (I guess) when I wanted to put out all the information about me in a card to the present, when I prefer to rely on the reader's intelligence to connect the dots without making the message cryptic.

This is my series of business cards in chronological sequence, from 1992 to 2012. Your comments are very welcome.
Circa 1992-1993. Raised lettering helped this design a lot. Looking back, I think it has the right amount of information laid out in a balanced way: there's good white space.
Circa 1994-1995. This time around, I went for a chunky funky fontface (I don't remember why). It was my first card with email addresses on it. The kerning is no help here, though. I think I created this design in MS Word (Windows 3.0) and ran it on an HP Laser printer.
Circa 1996-97. I was in full DIY mode: off-the-shelf paper stock, microperforations to separate the cards, laser printer...and MS Word. I was using an Avery template. This ho-hum design is balanced, symmetrical and uses the right fonts...but it's bland.
Around 1997 or 1998, I created this design. The image corresponds to an antique depiction of scribes (since translators are also writers). This is the time of Anvil Translations, my sole proprietorship based in Southern California. No fancy design, though: all done in MS Word.
Circa 2004-2005. This is my first design in Adobe Photoshop, a departure from previous Word-based designs. I was working on a PC and a Mac for the first time. While I like the logo's prominent place, the card is too crowded. I didn't know much about white space, balance, contrast or symmetry in the graphic design sense, as I do now.
2005. This is not really a good design, as it was outsourced to Vistaprint in a hurry over an online template. Not happy about the results.
Circa 2006-2007. This card was designed in Photoshop CS (I think). Notice the graphic in the corner, my alma mater's coat of arms (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba or UNC). I was beginning to experiment more with color in fonts, and I think I used Arial or Futura or Helvetica, not sure. The paper stock provided by the print shop is excellent quality. Printed in Córdoba, Argentina.
Circa 2007. Designed in Photoshop CS, following a graphic metaphor I've seen in a software package (Visual Thesaurus). Business card project for an upstart that didn't quite fly due to other commitments. A PhD professor and I were going to go into business together to design translation courses for translators (hence the flower dot graphic with items such as translator, workshop, seminar, design, study program, course, etc.) Since the business was going to focus on Argentina, the text is in Spanish. Although there is a good combination of colors, I think it's crowded as a design.
Created in early 2012, this is the best design I came up with so far. Designed with Photoshop and InDesign CS5, it is the product of many weeks of development and experimentation.
I created this in mid 2008 while I was in Thousand Oaks, CA, playing with my 24-inch iMac. At the time, Photoshop CS2 was my go-to design program and I knew next to nothing about Illustrator and quite little about InDesign. That's why this facsimile looks a tad blurry. I had come up with a new business name, Spanisphere. This is a prototype business card that never saw the light of day. I think I used Futura for the logo SP and Times New Roman or similar for the rest of the card.