Business Cards

Hello Readers!

I hope you have had a fantastic weekend!  Today was a stormy day in Vancouver which I spent snuggled up in bed with my computer watching bad TV and drinking tea.  It was amazing.  I had big plans to go into the lab to get ahead on my work for the week, but obviously that didn’t end up happening and that’s ok.  I found this past week exhausting, so it was great to take a day completely off.

On Saturday I attended Creating Connections 2.0 which AJung discussed in an earlier blog post and it was fantastic!  It was an all day conference geared towards women students and professionals in science and engineering.  The day was very interactive and the style of the individual events varied throughout the day which I found really helped keep my energy level up.  Public speaking isn’t one of my favourite things to do, so I attended all of the public speaking/networking workshop sessions and left with an “elevator pitch” and lots of tips on how to engage an audience and make effective presentations which will hopefully help.  If you are/will be at UBC next year, I recommend looking into attending.

One thing that became clear in meeting so many new people there was that I really need to make some business cards.  Writing my contact information on scraps of paper doesn’t really leave the most professional impression, so for the past couple of hours I have been googling local printing companies and think I have settled on the following design from The Letter Shop:

Making a business card is a tricky thing!  I want it to look professional and to “fit in” with the style the cards I’ve seen from people working in industry, but I also want it to stand out enough to not get lost in a pile of similar, or worse, more interesting looking cards.

I decided to essentially copy my name and address section from my resume so the styles of the two match and become my “brand” design.  I’m not sure if it is a mistake to not have any color on the card and may change the stripe in the centre to a green gradient instead of grey, but I have the same stripe on my resume and really like the idea of them matching!  I’ll sleep on it anyway.

I would love to hear what you think of it, and what you think makes a really great business card!

2 thoughts on “Business Cards

  1. AJung

    Hey you~ I love the design of your business card. Does the scissor section stay in, or does that just indicate where you’ll be cutting it off? Did you order them yet?? I rush-ordered a whole bunch over a year ago and ended up costing me an arm and a leg to get it professional looking, yet rush printed.
    Anyway, did you check out Moo cards before? They’re pretty nice, and not too pricey either I think.
    I got a few free samples from them a few months ago and am probably gonna print from them when I start my phD and can legitimately put ‘PhD Candidate’ on the card. hehehe…

  2. kwiens Post author

    Hey AJung! Yeah, the scissor section is just where they punch the card out so that won’t be on the actual card. I ordered these last week with a couple of small changes. Went with “MASc Candidate” instead of student.
    They were pretty cheap too, I ordered 100 for $25 so I’m happy with that. I’ll let you know how they look when I get them on the 7th!


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