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Card carrying professionals

Business cards are one of the unsung heroes of the economy – for networking to bear fruit the people you meet have to keep and remember your business card – so it’s worth making them memorable. Here are 10 Business of my favourite business card designs from around the web. TrendHunter has a list of 26 but their design is clunky and requires a lot of clicking around.  Others come from this Toxel collection.

  1. Pop Up Business Cards
    These will make you stand out from the pack. Literally. They’re from a graphic design studio.
  2. Cardapult – a business card that converts into a catapult – from a mechanical engineer. There’s a video of it in action here. And instructions for how to make your own here.
  3. Minifig yourself – I’ve posted this one before – but it’s worthy of a rerun – if you work for Lego you get your own lego figurine business cards, they even customise them to look like you.
  4. The lock pick kit – perfect for locksmiths – produced for a “hacker” – this little card contains a working lock pick set.
  5. Google Me card – I’ve featured this one before too – from Ji Lee – it’s for the techno savvy entrepreneur who religiously maintains their web reputation – you would have to check pretty regularly that you haven’t been superseded by a triathlete, singer, criminal or football player.
  6. The auto dialing business card – Tom Ward created a business card that uses electronic signals to cause your phone to dial his number. Sound clever? Want to find out how he did it? Here you go (or as a PDF).
  7. Money – A significantly devalued currency opens up the possibility of using money to make money – a Zimbabwean hunter did just that – using bank notes as business cards. Talk about a silver lining. But there’s a cloud too – he had to pay a fine or serve a jail term for defacing currency.
  8. Smashed plates – if you run a traditional Greek restaurant and want to put your smashed plates to good use – try this:
  9. Or if you’re a debt collector with a penchant for breaking limbs… you could try this:
  10. Encourage a growing business – this designer wanted to leave an impression so went out on a limb to produce this growth model:

Invention fail

Being an inventor is such a glamourous career path. Coming up with new and exciting things seems so noble – every one of the products I post here as an inventor or designer.

Sometimes inventions go bad. Sometimes they kill their creator. Here’s a list of people killed by their inventions courtesy of list repository “Listables“…

A couple of my favourite dead inventors…

Franz Reichelt

He invented a parasuit – a parachute in a suit. It didn’t work.

William Bullock

In a bizarre accident, Bullock was killed by his own invention. On April 3, 1867, he was making adjustments to one of his new presses that was being installed for the Philadelphia Public Ledger newspaper. Bullock tried to kick a driving belt onto a pulley. His leg was crushed when it became caught in the machine. After a few days, gangrene set in. On April 12, 1867, Bullock died during an operation to amputate the leg.

And now, some of my favourite lists from listables:

List of words you should never, ever say.

Fonts most used by designers.

List of words only journalists use.

List of words containing the letter x.

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