Computer Arts Projects

I was asked to take part in the Designer Challenge in the October issue of Computer Arts Projects. The challenge was to put a new spin on the convention of the business card. Another collaboration with the legendary Cranky Pressman. Read more about my process below.

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Like many designers, I am drawn to all sorts of handmade printing processes. I find the imperfections of each is what makes them so intriguing, from the mottled textures created by letterpress, to the chalky quality of screen printing ink. I try to incorporate these textures into my work as an illustrator and designer because they add authentic character to work I do on the computer.

People love getting a cool business card, but might love it more if they see the process of how it was made. For my card, my mind went to the idea of rubber stamps, however, there is not a convenient way to carry around a rubber stamp with an ink pad without making a big mess. I discussed this idea with my good friend Keith Berger, proprietor of Cranky Pressman. He told me about the Inspector Stamp, a small, metal, self-inking stamp that comes on a keychain. This seemed like such a cool outdated object, it was something I couldn't pass up. For my business card, I sourced the largest stamp size I could find which was 3/4 inch.

While this size may seem like an incredibly small area to design in, I find it to be quite adequate. So often, we load tons of extraneous info onto our business cards, just because we have the space. Nowadays, such little info is needed on a card for someone to actually get ahold of you. A one-word twitter handle can be all that is needed.

The "classic" business card is often a ritual simply to impress the reciever. The idea with my new card is that it does away with the usual pretentiousness. With this stamp, you are able to print your condensed snippet of info onto any substrate—a beer mat, someone else's business card, a napkin, or even someone's hand. After all, people are more likely to lose a business card in a drunken stupor, but less likely to lose their hand.