Your Business Card is Crap

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by murdock25, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. armoguy94 macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    After watching that video I now think every business card I've ever seen are crap.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I like this guy. He should have spent a percentage of that hard-earned cash on a better haircut before getting his likeness die cut into his foil-stamped business card, but I like this guy, so I shall let it pass. :)
  3. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    I'm wondering how often he goes down on himself.
  4. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    he's not lying... that is a pretty nice business card haha
  5. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    If I got a buisiness card like his I would throw it out as soon as I left the room because he clearly has way to much ego for his own good and therefore I could never get any work done with him.

    Other things wrong:

    I have to open it up to see what he actually does, to much work and time in my world.

    Odd shape makes it hard to store and therefore even if I did keep it, I would lose it because I can't securely put it in my card holder.

    Now he is correct about monocolor flimsy cards, but his is just as bad.
  6. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Working for the past 24 years for a commercial printer who specializes in stationery products, I've seen more than my share of crap 1/0 business cards. A little foil can go a long way. One of my favorite all-time designs was for a local design company called moneypenny graphics. They used a one-shot stamp/emboss die with copper foil to put a penny image on their card. Really effective, fun, and memorable. Also, It really is amazing what the right substrate can do for a business card. Seems like paper is the first thing most people sacrifice to lower the cost, which is a tragic error imho.

    All that aside, this guy is a complete @$$.
  7. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    A card like that speaks volumes.

    It's loud, it's non standard size, it's expensive, it's more of a brochure than a card. It has his photo on it with silver embossed eyes.

    A card shouldn't tell a life story, it should have a name, a company name, website, phone number and email address.

    While i'm probably influenced by the video, if i just saw the card i would think this guy loves himself and would be impossible to work with as he'd do everything his own way.

    The best business cards are standard size, clean, double sided - logo on front details on the back. One colour and black, or perhaps 2 shades of the same hue.

    Spending $4 on a card is too much.

    Here is a nice collection of business cards:
  8. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts

    "Life is not about being liked...."

    I think he's got that one down pat. :rolleyes:
  9. murdock25 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2006
    "It doesn't fit in a rolodex...because it doesn't belong in a rolodex"

    This guy is awesome! So quotable.
  10. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    If it doesn't fit in my rollodex it's gets put in the bottom of a drawer in my desk and forgotten about. Sorry but if you want to be wacky that's the risk you take.
  11. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    What a dick.

    That's what I do. Get to the point in as few words as possible. Stick that in your Rolodex, sideways.
  12. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    Business cards are a way to transfer your contact details. If it doesn't fit in the box with the others most people will simply dump it. The skill in life is knowing the difference between being a maverick and shooting yourself in the foot. And I have to agree he is a bit of an arse.
  13. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    +1. I don't know about y'all but I'd hire him in spite of his pompous arrogance simply because his business card is absolutely awesome.
  14. fluidedge macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2007
    on reflection i think this guy could be a business genius. I'm not sure we could afford to hire him though. $4 a card would run us into the ground pretty quick.
  15. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    Thank you, I couldn't of said it better myself.

    He was funny, but yes I think he is a dick.
  16. mac88 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    That guy is great! Anyone know who he is or where got the video? I would love to hear more ramblings from this guy. Hilarious!
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Me: "Yes, please let me have your business card."

    Him: Hands me that contraption.

    Me: "No, I mean your business card."

    Him: "This is my business card."

    Me: What? Throws it in the trash can. "Next!"
  18. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Anyone watching that video had better realize that it is posted on and not on Most of the previous posters understand that the purpose of a business card. A rule of thumb for business cards is that they should fit a standard business card scanner.
  19. MacNoobie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2005
    Anyone know how old the standard business card is? I applaud the guy for giving a big fck you to the standard business card because I do get billions of white cheap stocked B&W that info aside can go straight to the garbage after its on my iPhone.

    I almost cant wait till everyone has a smart phone and can instantly send out electronic cards that can be updated with the latest info vs having some business card in their Rolodex or wallet with possibly outdated info.

    Remember guys n gals the future is digital and unless paper thin OLED cards come out I don't see the point in having another boring business card. In this day and age things are becoming more dynamic more data driven then before and while I think having a business card IS important I'd love to see further development of lets say the vCard formats something that u can design fully digitally and have info update when ever its changed (possibly without sending out another vCard).
  20. Rockatteer macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2008
    That guy not only looks like Vince McMahon (WWE) but he has the same damn ego as him.

    I can't stand people with egos larger than they are.
  21. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    LOL. Like both movies. Personally I throw cards out when they are not standard size and when they can't be scanned in a business card scanner. However there are nics business cards out there. I tried to design one by myself but I never looked good. I think its like logo design some kind of art.

    BTW: whats the best business card scanning solution for mac?
  22. thunderweb macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2008
    Bend OR
    Lol 20 years to design that eh? If I were to meet him I wouldn't even accept his card, he's an arrogant dick lol.

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