On the creation of my contact (business) cards

2012-06-17

Recently I have been attending bikey and techy events/Meet Ups and have begun to find that I have a problem when it comes to easily and quickly transferring my contact information to someone. In the "mature" world of business this task is accomplished with the handing over of a "business card", and while I am looking to keep touch with people outside of work-related services I decided it was time for me to make an equivalent "contact card" of my own.

There are a lot of clever people out there who have taken the craft of contact or business cards to surprisingly creative levels, and while it is inspiring to see lockpicks, a trebuchet, or a functioning iris I think this is all overkill. For my part I want a card which I designed from scratch, that reflects my passions, and reinforces the connection with the card to me so the recipient can remember me later. I decided to include something bike related and a QR code pointing to my website's About page, I considered this appropriate since cyclists and tech-savvy folks are the most likely people I will hand one of these cards to.

Earlier last week I placed an order with Botanical Paperworks for their double-sided business cards that can be planted to grow wildflowers, and hopefully later this week I will be receiving them. This will be what I ordered to be printed on them:

Front of contact card. Back of contact card.
Contact card front and back.

I'd like to go a little in to the process of the design process I went through to create these cards, I had a lot of fun working on them and I'd like to think there are some elements which are interesting to share.

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