Update Part 2: Took some better shots of the stuff today for competition preparations, and thought I'd upload.
We finally got our new stationery back from the press.
As you can see, the stationery is fitting into our overarching brand concept of using artistic tools to represent ourselves. We're using a lot of paint (both actual paint and digital brushes to imply paint) to accomplish this, since paintbrush strokes are some of the most symbolic and recognizable ways of saying "art."
The business cards are standard size, but were enlarged a bit in this image to show more detail.
Yellow-green area of the logo on both the business card and letterhead has been treated with a clear foil stamp, giving it a shiny appearance (which is hard to communicate in an on-screen image).
For those wondering why an internet company would require letterhead, know that we got it in a relatively small quantity and only plan on using it for important messages to people.
This is lovely. Wonderful use of negative space and there certainly is a painterly effect. However, it is not so overwhelming that important elements of design are ignored. I love stationery and the tactile quality of a good business card always makes the designer in me smile.
One of my jobs when I used to work for Jessops was sending out letters like "please give this person x-credit" to insurance companies and stuff, if we didn't use proper letterhead they would go crazy and demand we do it all again. I also think it's a nice touch that if you have to write a letter to someone they can see that you're serious with some stylish bit of letterhead.
dA is such a presence these days that if you didn't have good letterhead it would be the thing that turns some official people away.