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Submissions for the 1HDC Business Card Hacks should be in this forum only.

Please keep all discussion to the discussion forum:

Business Card Hacks

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Business cards, those ubiquitous 2" x 3.5" pieces of paper stock, can be the perfect vehicle for invention. Bend one and it becomes a chopstick rest, add some paper clips and a bulldog clip and create an office pet, cut some notches in a bunch and you've got a versatile construction toy.

This 1 Hour Design Challenge invites designers to come up with a new use for the business card. The only condition is that it's gotta be 3D in some way. You can add materials or remove materials, but it should be obvious that your design started out as a business card. Post sketches of your idea, or if you can construct it in an hour, upload photos of your creation. Or embed a YouTube video for that how-to vibe.

Judging will be based on design execution, strength of concept, and what the judges think is the coolest idea.

The top 5 designs will each receive 1000 Eco-Friendly business cards courtesy of our sponsor for this 1HDC, UPrinting. Guest judge is Gino Orlandi from UPrinting. Community discussion encouraged!

Good Luck!

April 1st, 2009, 10:58 am

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Open for business!

Card to Dise

April 2nd, 2009, 6:27 am

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A pretty sturdy dise made from a name card. I am trying to have some fun at 4:00 am.


P.S: 9 dots......I must be thinking about Ma Jiang at the time. :P
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April 2nd, 2009, 6:30 pm

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HI all! This is my first post on here. I guess this 1HDC inspired me. :)

Hope you all enjoy my little business card holder simply made of 3 business cards.



(edit: apparently I need to pay attention... just made this a reply instead of a standalone post)

For a recent client.

April 2nd, 2009, 9:50 pm

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This business card is for the modern nanny who never knows what questions they'll be asked. Used as finger puppets to entertain young children and educate them on important issues like safe sex, drugs, and alcohol. This is my first 1HDC. I've never really don't anything like this before but I hope to do more in the future. Feedback welcome!

April 3rd, 2009, 6:42 am

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Sorry, i've had to remove my entry for the time being. Hopefully get it back up soon!!!
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headphone cord-winder hack

April 3rd, 2009, 1:32 pm

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Even though we can't compete in the challenge because we work at Core77 I had some fun making this for the 1hdc ads and thought I'd upload it. I've been using it for a week and it is holding up ok!

The entries are looking great, keep 'em coming!

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headphone cord-winder business card hack
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April 4th, 2009, 10:55 am

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Here comes another fold for our beloved apple products.

Porridge and surfmovie breakfast iphone stand.

April 5th, 2009, 4:24 am

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First post here! Cool site, never used it before.

My design comes from the perspective of a custom motorcycle manufacturer. People who would come into possession of these cards would be motorcycle enthusiasts.
This design takes the business card and turns it into a funnel that can be used for putting oil into a motorcycle, or any other fluids for that matter.
The card comes with a hole punched out of the middle and two perforated curved lines running almost from the center to the top and bottom of the card.
The user tears the perforations and twists the card into the funnel shape. It holds together when it is inserted into a circular opening (see the beer bottle pic)
I also tried to make a small nut and bolt holder for those fiddly bits that you always manage to loose, but it would require more time to construct.



April 5th, 2009, 1:24 pm

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Here it is! My first contribution to a 1H design contest.

Business Card Design

April 5th, 2009, 4:49 pm

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Like what i see, joining the fun
Paper clip on screen

Business Card Design

April 5th, 2009, 5:06 pm

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another 1
multipurpose box

Building Blocks

April 6th, 2009, 8:00 am

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Simple cut-outs allows user ability to build card architecture.
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Simple rendering of cards created in Illustrator.
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April 6th, 2009, 3:35 pm

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How about some speakers? If there is one essential thing you need in studio its tunes! Call me crazy but for 4 business cards Id say they sound good!
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April 7th, 2009, 6:18 am

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the business card iphone holder