Open Source Model Business Cards
KICKSTARTER UPDATE: I have made the decision to postpone the launch of my Kickstarter campaign until January, so it doesn’t interfere with Christmas and I can give it everything after some good family festive relaxation 🙂
Keep your eye out on my social media activities for more updates.
With such a wide range of skills, experiences, interests and ideals, its not as easy as you may think to convey clearly and quickly what it is exactly I do for a living and the services I offer. When it came round to creating a suitable business card, it was important that it summed up not only what I did, but what I am about. Engaging the client in the creation process it a key part of what I do and I wanted my business card to be a simple and effective tool to do just that. With my initial selection of designs they are varied enough to spark further ideas with the person I am engaging with.
With this free and open source model business cards concept I believe I have been able to achieve the following…
- A shareable and editable free and open source format for other makers
- Demonstrate my creativity and design skills
- Utilise on of the digital fabrication tools I use i.e. laser cutter
- An easy platform for people to adapt and share their ideas
- Something that people will enjoy giving and receiving
- A business card that might sick around longer that the rest
- To distinct myself from my peers and leave a lasting impression
- Oh yeah, and to provide my contact details… 🙂
I am still in the testing and development phase of this project, so am yet to release the design files. I am currently in the process creating a Kickstarter campaign to help me raise the funds, to not only release the design files with quality support documentation, but also create a community hub for other designs to be shared and improved upon, via a Media Goblin instance.
The design files will be released under a Creative Commons – Attributions (CC-BY) licence, not as the photo above depicts. While I normally prefer a CC-BY-SA licence, this would have technically restricted makers in incorporating their own company logos, that will likely be under a Copyright or a CC-BY-ND. I obviously encourage any modifications and new designs to be created and released under the same licence.
I am performing short runs of business cards for 3rd parties on the lead up to the campaign, so please get in touch if you would like a set with your contact details on. Also, please email me if you would like to be directly notified when the Kickstarter project goes live.