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:
- 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.
- 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!
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:
Thoughtfaucet is located in Burlington, Vermont. Here are some pictures to prove it:
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:
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:
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:
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.
More Japan. A couple shots from the Gion Matsuri, an awesome neighborhood-centric festival that happens each summer in Kyoto.
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.
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.