It was just before a trip to Calgary, when I was going to see All the Light-Hearted Souls produced.
Business cards seemed like a thing to have for my first ever "business trip", so I had a box of two-colour, text-only cards made up (Steve and I also handmade some illustrated minibooks out of a narrative poem, but that's another story).
I think I gave out maybe four cards, and have given out another dozen or so since. But now the URL is out of date, and the cards have been relegated to the scrap paper section of my storage closet (where they've proved surprisingly useful).
It was time for something new. New, up-to-date, and actually likeable.
Enter Moo Cards.
I first came across Moo.com years ago, and have kept them in mind ever since.
For now, I opted for Minicards, which are half the size of a regular business card. One of the great things about Moo Cards is that you can upload your own artwork, creating as many different looking cards as you like in the same batch. Some day I'd love to get a whole pack drawn by Steve, but for now I went with one of the great Ready Made design packs available:
|GSD - German Schmoozing Dog|
These are from the Freida Bird pack by designer Friederike Vogl (the link goes to a German website). I customized the pack by removing some options, sticking with adorable animal drawings. So if you ever get a tiny business card from me, it will either feature a bear, a sloth, a dog, a bull, or a squirrel.
|The Ferdinand card might be my favourite, but it's so hard to chose!|
Usually I'm pretty good at restraining myself from buying extras, but I did decide to buy the special Minicards holder at the last minute, and I'm glad I did. It's made it so easy to pack up some of these little guys to have on hand at all times.
|Sliding lid reveals running squirrel. In my pocket.|
The people at Moo Cards really have this down to an art, too. The box my cards came in is a perfect long-term holder - attractive and sturdy. The best part though were the little dividers I discovered on the bottom, in case I'm mixing and mingling with other people who have Minicards:
Heck, maybe I'll get into more conversations about writing with strangers just so I can hand some of these cuties out!
Do you have business cards? Or other promotional materials? How often do you actually use them?