We have recently launched a new website, Betterprint.co.uk which offers pre-designed business card templates for customers to complete online, proof and order. In addition there is a section of the site for up loading logos and photos into pre-templated designs; it's also easy to easily upload custom designs.
It is the upload section of our site that I think will be of particular interest to graphic designers. You create your own login and password, upload a piece of artwork in Jpeg or EPS format, complete the order process and that's it!
High quality business stationeryThere are certain parameters with which you need to comply, such as 2mm bleed all around for every product; also, the resolution should not be less than 300dpi. You are restricted to the industry standard sizes such as A4, A5 and DL, and business cards at 85mm x 55mm, but you can have these in landscape or portrait formats. The material used will be 120gsm, high quality white laser bond, and 400gsm silk art for the business cards. All materials are FSC (forest stewardship council) compliant and carry a minimum of 15% recycled pulp.
We use the very latest digital (HP Indigo 5500) and litho (Heidelberg) equipment to produce our work and operate under the following International standards: ISO 9001 Quality Standard, ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, ISO 12647-2 Colour Management Standard and FSC Chain of Custody Standard.
If you can design to the above specifications then your clients can have the best of design coupled with the very latest internet ordering system, all backed by a company with almost 25 years' experience of the printing industry. This will allow you to benefit from internet prices that, until now, have been associated with the cheaper end of the market, but now provide some the best quality products you can buy anywhere.
If you have any requirements that the site does not offer or you need any help, feel free to mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also welcome your comments, and be interested in hearing about your experiences of buying print on the net.