I’ve been asked this question a lot recently and I’ve come to the conclusion that business cards still matter. I was anti-business card for some time and I’ve come around again. Throughout my career I’ve had a few different cards and I’ve managed to keep them all. I thought I’d share them with you, some good stuff and some crap stuff. I guess we all strive to become better than we were yesterday. Here we go.
These were my first cards. Smooth black paper with a fine tooth and silver metallic ink. Like most of my cards, I set them up with different designs on the back side. Business cards are usually laid out with multiple designs per page. I was able to get a variety of cards with no extra cost because it was all on the same sheet of paper. Little pro-tip for you.
These were my first Moo cards. Printed on a 32pt card stock. The back print ended up fading in my business card holder because they kept rubbing together. I really liked these cards.
By far one of my favorite cards. These were printed on neon paper and were super bright. Only downfall is that the paper was pretty thin and they felt cheap. I didn’t use very many of these but got a ton of them with different designs on the back.
These were my business cards for 11 years of my career. They were printed on vintage linen paper and had a light texture to them. I think the 11 years I was there, I never ran out of cards. Fun fact, this is the only card that have my middle initial on them.
These were “oh crap I need cards” cards. Home-made and straight from my printer. I printed these on some really cool paper that felt like skin. It was a Yupo paper from samples I had laying around. Then I mounted them on a piece of super hard soft touch board that I had from a paper sample book. I was able to get 6 cards from the piece of board. They looked better when they were first made and not handled. I’m surprised I still have two. I guess I really need them in the moment. *sarcasm*
I got handed a stack of these right before walking into a big meeting with White Lodging many moons ago. I knew it wasn’t going to go well when I saw that my name was spelled wrong, twice. Still not sure why my name appeared twice on the same side of the card. I had been freelancing for these guys and someone thought it would be a good idea if I looked the part and had some business cards of my own. Good times.
I was back at it again with some new cards and this time they were all one color blue. Not sure why or where that came from, but yeah, they were blue. I over designed them and used a million fonts because that’s what I thought was cool in that moment. I’m sure I was still wearing cargo shorts at this point in my life.
This card is a big contrast to the previous. This is my current personal card. One side simple has my name and the other side has my logos and three forms of contact. I love these cards, they are printed on a bright white, 36pt card stock. They are super clean and straight to the point.
Some years passed and finally got the call to the big leagues. This time my name was spelled right. These cards have a cool painted edge to them and were nice and simple. We used thikit for these cards and I have to say their customer service is great. Free plug.
Lastly are these bad boys. These are my current cards from my current company. Each of my partners selected their own color from our corporate palette and I picked orange. I love how bold and bright they are. No messing around these cards grab your attention.
Hope you had fun peeking into my pocket for a little bit. It was neat putting this post together and finding all of these cards in random places.