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MarketReach Business Cards


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ARTOMATIC (strategy, concept and production)
CLINIC (graphic design)




Market Reach is managed by a group of marketing professionals, planners, builders, consultants, and leaders that offer marketing solutions. Take a close look. These business cards get more personal than any other. The consultants were asked what their favorite object was, and as a result, each consultant had a card that matched the material of the object they favorited. What would your card look like? 



MarketReach (aka Royal Mail media service)

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Production Time

6 weeks

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leather (tan and black) / 200gsm card / real maps of Spain / Vulcanised fibre board / aluminium (powder coated and polished)  / stainless steel / titanium / carbon fibre / veneered plywood / aluminium road sign / passport cover material / cassette cases

Number of Colors

one (mostly)





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Project Description

Royal Mail have launched a new mail media business: MarketReach.

Their brief to ARTOMATIC—and CLINIC, who did the graphic design—was to create a set of business cards that would break the ice for MarketReach's media consultants meeting new clients with a new proposition in a market that's so often fixated by all things digital.

Our insight was People Buy People.

ARTOMATIC asked each consultant what brought them joy. We then identified a physical object that represented their passion and a material that referenced it (and that could work as a business card).

The corporate graphic design talks about the robustness of MarketReach, while the materials speak with a completely different voice about the personality of the consultant.

On some of the cards, the connections between the materials and their interests are obvious, others less so. But, the objective is to stimulate conversations, so it's ultimately down to the consultant to explain the connection—with a twinkle in their eye because it's their passion.

Production Lesson(s)

our starting point was a personal interview with the consultants which informed directly decisions about what material would best tell the story. From there, it was an exercise in finding suppliers and convincing them (on the phone since this required a fair amount of persuasion) to produce things outside of their normal capabilities.

We were prepared to take some risks with the project in trying things that didn't work on the way to finding things that did. Because of the creative freedom we enjoyed—and because we had the trust of the client—we weren't required to get much approved along the way, which would have made the make-it-up-as-we-went-along approach unworkable.”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

March 15, 2013


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