Friday, June 06, 2008

This means business

This is the design of the business card I'll be taking to WWDC. Let's look at some notable features.

  • Photo in top left. I don't know about you, but I find it much easier to remember what someone looks like than who they are - this card is available so that people can combine the two.

  • Plenty of blank space. The back is also entirely empty and can be written on. When people exchange business cards there'll usually be some context, it can help you remember what that is if you write it down. For instance, I've got cards from previous WWDCs with handwritten notes like "webobjects employer", "bindings", "parallels openstep" and "huge hat" (bonus points for identifying all four).

  • Questionable source code snippit. This is a deliberate ploy to annoy fellow-developers with our compulsive attention to detail, thus helping to cement the meeting in their mind as well as providing an inoffensive conversation starter.

  • Minimal contextual detail. I'm pretty sure I won't get through all 250 cards in one sitting, so they ought to remain relevant for as long as possible.

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