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Brandon Harrison



Matt Allen

Hand-powder-embossed on actual Polaroids, these one-of-a-kind business cards for Denver based wedding photographer Matt Allen are so cool they’re cold.  



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Project Description

After designing a new identity for Matt, he wanted me to create a business card that showcased his love for Denver and his affinity for film photography. Matt is unique in the fact that he only books a handful of clients every year and shoots almost exclusively in the Denver area. So, we needed a solution that wasn't just unique, but cost-effective as well.

Polaroid 300 film was the perfect fit; literally—they're even the perfect size! Matt was able to pour his heart, hands and craft into every detail of these cards. They're not just a showcase of his work, but also a representation of his work ethic. From the tactile embossing, to the nuances of stamping and film, we think these cards are pretty darn unique, memorable, and engaging.

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Producing these cards by hand was, and still is, difficult. We had to switch inks in order to speed up dry time and create a permanent print. We also had to heat the embossing powder quickly to keep the film and backing from separating. Lastly, we discovered that placing the business card on a colder surface, such as granite, helped minimize damage to the back of the card while embossing. Despite challenges, you just have to be willing to fail—especially when experimenting with an out-of-the-box concept.”

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Kelly Cree

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June 8, 2012


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UnderConsideration is a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Run by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit in Austin, TX. More…

blogs we publish

Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.

Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.

Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

products we sell

Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work.

Brand New Conference videos / Individual, downloadable videos of every presentation since 2010.

Prints / A variety of posters, the majority from our AIforGA series.

Other / Various one-off products.

events we organize

Brand New Conference / A two-day event on corporate and brand identity with some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

Brand Nieuwe Conference / Ditto but in Amsterdam.

Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness / A speaker series in Austin, TX, featuring some of the graphic design industry's most awesome people.


Favorite Things we've Made / In our capacity as graphic designers.

Projects we've Concluded / Long- and short-lived efforts.

UCllc News / Updates on what's going at the corporate level of UnderConsideration.

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