Thoughtfaucet Business Cards Series r2 (W00t! for Moo.com)

A box of Thoughtfaucet cards in a blue Moo display box

Gahlord holds a blue box of Thoughtfaucet r2 Series business cards at the Thoughtfaucet Studio

I love it when I get a new shipment of business cards from Moo.com. It’s like Christmas for me. I like it for a few reasons:

  1. It means that I’ve talked about my business with more than 100 people: my business card count is a metric for my off-line promotional activities.
  2. I get to see what the new cards look like, since I redo the batch of cards each time.

This is my second order in the past 10 months. My goal for this year is to double my business card delivery rate. It’s a good metric for me because when I talk to people in person, my chances of doing business with them or someone they know skyrockets. And since I’m pretty happy about my cards I love giving them away.

Usually people say things like “Oooh these are cute/cool!” even before they notice that there’s a photograph on the other side. I know these little buggers don’t get thrown away because people who get them often call or email Thoughtfaucet. Someone who got one of the Thoughtfaucet Series r1 cards at Inman Connect New York 2010 said:

I remember you 1) the obvious, from talking to you for a while and 2) from your cool biz card – it works!

Thoughtfaucet: Let's Make Things People Like | the Thoughtfaucet interlocking logo | Thoughtfaucet contact information

The front side of the Thoughtfaucet r2 Series business cards with logo and contact info.

This batch is my first one with my logo on it. And I’m super-psyched at how they turned out. Also, this time I’ve grouped the over 50 different photos on the back into sets (collect all 50!): Champlain Valley Fair, Burlington, Shelburne Farms, Winter, Japanese Festival, Geisha, Architectural Details of Japan and The Random.

If you get one of the cards in Thoughtfaucet Series r2, you might want to know a little more about the picture on it. So here’s a directory of all the cards in the series with a little more info about the photo. Some of these are in my Flickr account with a fairly liberal creative commons license as well.

Champlain Valley Fair

The pictures I took awhile back at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction Vermont are always fun to put on the back of the cards. Neon lights, horizons, lots of color. Here are the ones in Thoughtfaucet Series r2 Business  Cards:

Champlain Valley Fair 2008: Carousel, from Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2

The Carousel at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, VT

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Swings #1

A Holga photo of swings at Champlain Valley Fair:

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Horizon #1

Another horizon shot from the Champlain Valley Fair Ferris Wheel

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Horizon #2

Champlain Valley Fair horizon from the top of the Ferris Wheel

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Swings #2

More swings at the Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Jct VT

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Ferris Wheel

Champlain Valley Fair: Ferris Wheel Glamour Shot

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Ride for Insane People #1

People who get on rides like this are crazy.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Ride for Insane People #2

Really crazy.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Champlain Valley Fair: Neon and O

Neon and O

Burlington, Vermont

Thoughtfaucet is located in Burlington, Vermont. Here are some pictures to prove it:

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Double-Tall Bike

Outside the Radio Bean in downtown Burlington VT, you can sometimes see this double-tall bike

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Thirty

Thirty

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Cellist in City Hall Park

Cellist is really really tiny in this Holga photo of Burlington's City Hall Park

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Christmas Lights on Cement Truck

S.D. Ireland drives these light-covered cement trucks around Burlington on New Years.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Henry's Diner

Henry's Diner in downtown Burlington

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: David Symmon on Church Street

David Symmon takes a short pause from playing accordion on Church Street

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Burlington Vermont: Picket Fence in the Old North End

Not many picket fences in the Old North End of Burlington. This one is near Pomeroy Park.

Architectural Details of Japan

When my wife and I went to Japan a few years back we got home and realized we’d taken photos of doorknobs, hinges and other architectural details. Almost exclusively. Here’s a set of business cards featuring some of these shots:

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Architectural Details of Japan: Imperial Chrysanthemum at Nijo-Jo

Imperial Chrysanthemum at Nijo-Jo

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Architectural Details of Japan: Nijo-Jo Carving at Kurumayose Entrance

Intricate wood carving at Kurumayose, Nijo-Jo

Architectural Details of Japan: Kiyomizu-dera Entrance on a Thoughtfaucet business card

Kiyomizu-dera Entrance (Holga)

Hinge at Nanzenji, part of Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2

A hinge for a very large door at Nanzenji

Architectural Details of Japan: Top view of a roof at Nanzenji

Looking down a roof at Nanzenji

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Chrysanthemum near roof at Nijo-Jo

Chrysanthemum motif at Nijo-Jo

Outdoor Sculpture Near Pond at Nanzenji, part of Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2

Outdoor sculpture near a pond at Nanzenji.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Architectural Details of Japan: Architectural Details of Japan: A Fish in a Pond at Nanzenji

Fish are kind of like architectural details.

Sand Garden at Nanzenji on a Thoughtfaucet business card

One of the Rock Gardens at Nanzenji.

Wooden roof supports at Nanzenji on a Thoughtfaucet business card

No nails.

Inspiration for bath house in Miyazaki's Spirited Away? Thoughtfaucet business card.

Inspiration for bath house in Spirited Away?

Temple rising from Kyoto suburb near Kiyomizu-dera, part of the Thoughtfaucet business card series

Temple rising from Kyoto suburb.

Winter

One of the things I love about living and doing web design/strategy/etc in Vermont is winter. I can do some work, talk on the phone with clients and then go outside and enjoy the cold air. Tip for those of you who are anti-winter: if you’re cold, just pick up the pace. Here are some photos from various cross-country skiing opps that are between 20 minutes and an hour from the Thoughtfaucet studio:

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Winter: Wintervale Landscape

The Wintervale, nordic skiing within 10 minutes of downtown Burlington, VT

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Winter: Clearing at Trapp Family Lodge

Clearing at Trapp Family Lodge, near Stowe VT

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Winter: Near Ethan Allen Homestead

Another one from the (W)intervale, near Ethan Allen Homestead

Geisha

Ok ok, when we went to Japan we took a few pictures that weren’t architectural details. On a walk through Gion district in Kyoto, I was able to make these pictures featuring Geisha:

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Geisha: On the Cell Phone

Geisha on the phone letting a Teahouse know her cab has arrived.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Geisha: Passing Through the Crowd

The Geisha who was on the phone was alerting the Geisha in this card that there was a large crowd she would have to navigate through.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Geisha: Fukue Standing Outside Kawayoshi for a Portrait

Fukue, standing outside Kawayoshi for a portrait

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Geisha: The Teahouse Bank

The Teahouse Bank in Gion

Shelburne Farms, Shelburne VT

Just south of Burlington, in Shelburne, is Shelburne Farms. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of friends involved in local food production, many of whom have worked at Shelburne Farms. As a result, I spend as much time there as possible. The food at the restaurant is awesome, the landscape is perfect for walking and I always find something fun to take a photo of. I’m usually armed with my Holga plastic camera which results in fun moody pictures.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Shelburne Farms, VT: Crumbling Railing

Crumbling railing holding back Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Shelburne Farms, VT: Cheese Making Barn

Cheese making barn at Shelburne Farms

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Shelburne Farms, VT: Autumn Flower Bed

Autumn Flower Bed (Holga) at Shelburne Farms near the main house.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Shelburne Farms, VT: Sheep

Sheep are a big deal in VT. This one is guarded by a llama.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Shelburne Farms, VT: Sculpture of Boy Hugging Fish

Sculpture of boy hugging a fish. I don't get it either.

Gion Matsuri

More Japan. A couple shots from the Gion Matsuri, an awesome neighborhood-centric festival that happens each summer in Kyoto.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Matsuri: Preparing to Turn the Hokko

A large hand-pulled car weighing over a ton. No differential. These guys are going to make it turn the hard way.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | Matsuri: Police Holding Back the Crowd

Crowd control at Gion Matsuri, Kyoto

The Random

Some of the photos on the Thoughtfaucet business cards didn’t fit into a neat category. They are the randoms. Think of them like the Jokers in the deck.

The Random: Lake Champlain #1 from the New North End

Lake Champlain taken from the New North End of Burlington, VT

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | The Random: Lake Champlain #2

Another picture of Lake Champlain from the New North End.

Jonathan Taylor Agfa Isolette Campur-Rapide Accidental Self Portrait

Here's my friend JT. He didn't mean to take this self portrait. But he did. Now it's on my business card.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | The Random: Fiddleheads in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

In Vermont, Fiddleheads are picked in the spring and eaten

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | The Random: Taxicab in a Downpour, near Nagoya Japan

We were in the taxi in Ichinomiya. It was raining outside.

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | The Random: New York City

New York City

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2 | The Random: Kyoto Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Thoughtfaucet Business Card Series r2

There you have it. The guided tour of my new business cards. Hope you enjoyed it. Hope you like the one you get when we meet.

2 Comments

  1. Scott Nellé
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Great photos on these cards, Gahlord. As a lover of small things, I think I’m going to have to start a small company and take some photos so I can have my own series of small cards. :-)

  2. Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I want the card with JT on it. I don’t even know him, but how funny is that. You are very creative.

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