As we’ve all got to promote ourselves in one way or another, I’ve decided to get very simple business cards made up. Just my name, number and email on them w/ the other side brightly coloured self-created image.
Now, instead of asking for advice on what y’all think business cards should look like, why not scan in images of both sides of your cards (any personal details can easily be blanked out if necessary).
I just think it might be a good idea to see the range of ID and related business cards out there…
My most fun ones I did towards the end of the school. I used scraps of thick paper, stickers w/ my graphic work, and wrote down necessary info on the back, tailoring my contact information ( some potential future employer doesn’t need to know my myspace, but that could be a good way to stay in touch with fellow students)
It was 3 yrs ago, so floral patterns were still kinda cool.
who doesnt use printed cards? what do you use, then?
anyhow, here’s mine below.
to post a pic, just add it to a post. “choose file” you see below the text window when you make a reply. then click add attachment. or you can post the image on another site (ie. flckr, etc.) then link to it and make the link an image with the [IMG] tags above the posting text window.
I used to have. Now I’m thinking about getting some again. It true that is more elegant and practical on certain occasions.
Anyway, I still prefer electronic over printed versions. Every time I get a card, I put the data in my outlook address book. I find it a tedious task to do…
vCards can be easily stored and shared by email, SMS, WiFi, bluetooth and IR. It is compatible with almost any phone, mp3 player and pda. It is also outlook and skype ready. You can even include audio and images.
It would be nice to embed that info on a traditional printed BC. Maybe using some sort of rfid tag?
Anyway, I doubt this will be widely used sometime soon. It is interesting that even dough for business people is so important to have the latest gadgets (for image reasons), most of them don’t take advantage of the functionality. Maybe because they don’t know how to use it, or because there are certain things considered more like a ritual.
I guess the value of the business card is not only on the information it contains, but on the fact that trough that ritual, the other person is trusting you with his/her data and is explicitly allowing you to get in touch and be connected. Being a card holder shows you belong to the circle.