Collected thoughts on card design

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I really question how they manage to not spot that. They better fix it soon.

A better image from someone on twitter

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To be honest, Halifax could do away with the needless “Current”; “Clarity Credit” etc. It adds nothing, and the branch staff should just know what each colour means.

It’s probably helpful for the customer if they have more than one Halifax card.

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I like it less here. The edges seem rough, and the finish appears cheap and shiny.

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I’ve also just realised how “top heavy” the card is. I don’t like everything being at the top and then their being that gap between the “X” and “Visa Debit”.

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I’ve just looked at the Natwest card again and it is awful.

It just looks a mess. A kid could have designed something better than that.

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New Halifax reward card

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New Ultimate reward card

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From Compare Current Accounts | Bank Accounts | Halifax

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I’m not sure if I like the colour of the Ultimate Reward card. Just seems a little too dark to me.

And a cashback credit card (which is the same colour as the Lloyds one with exactly the same benefits)

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I quite like that one. Not a fan of the Mastercard logo though. Stands out way too much.

Yeah, there’s much too black, and the gradient is quite harsh. I can see why it’s been done, but it results in a very antiquated style of a gradient and isn’t very pleasing.

Child&co use the same gradient theming and execute it much more elegantly as you’d expect. The gradient is softer and smoother. So this aesthetic can work, it just needs to be softer and less harsh.

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I agree, although to comment on Child & Co: they may have a fairly sophisticated style to their card now but a while ago it looked very tacky indeed - it just used to be a solid sparkly gold colour with gold embossing on the numbers.

It was supposed to evoke their heritage as goldsmiths, but really didn’t work.

I can’t find a picture of it now, unfortunately, but there did used to be some online.

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There is a database website on the internet somewhere that has documented almost every bank card design ever from the last 20+ years, but now I’m looking for it, I can never find it!

Probably one I should have bookmarked!

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Do you mean this one? Sadly it doesn’t have Child & Co on it

https://colnect.com/en/bank_cards/catalog

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No it’s not that but, though that can be a useful resource too.

It’s been a while, but I recall it being a list of banks and credit card companies, and then you’d click through to another list of all of their accounts, then to another list of all card designs associated with that account over the years.

It’s been a while, so may simply just be defunct and no longer exist now.

Edit: actually exploring that, clicking through to other pages, it may have been this! Or at least very similar. This page certainly looks familiar:
https://colnect.com/en/bank_cards/list/country/224-United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain_Northern_Ireland/provider/7705-Barclays_Bank

Second edit: Yep! This is definitely it! Moral of the story: don’t dismiss a website from the first page you look at!

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