I'm looking for what you guys might have in your "bag of tricks", meaning design elements you use frequently, such as interesting shapes, lines, textures, all that sort of stuff that you use to spice up a boring job.
So for example someone comes to you for a business card and all they give you is their name, address and phone number, they will sometimes say they want something flash. What design elements would you tend to go for? Or someone will give you a bunch of text and they want a DL brochure. What are your favourite design elements?
Also what's your method for selecting colour, if you have nothing at all to go off, for instance a company logo?
I'm talking about print design, not web design.