Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Accessible Business Cards

Business Cards

Here is a quick test for you, in the photo above there are two business cards. Can you tell who the cards are from and how to contact them? You're doing well if you can figure out that the top card is from someone at Humanware and the bottom card is from someone at Novell.

Now let's flip the cards over.

Accessible Business Card

Can you tell who the cards are from and how to contact them now? The top card is from Kevin Hughes at Humanware. On the back of his card is printed in very large print his name and contact number (I smeared his extension because I didn't get his permission). His card also has his contact information in braille. My card is blank. The front of my card is printed in an impossibly tiny font and the back is blank. To a good number of people, my card provides no information without some form of assistance.

I need new cards.

9 comments:

Urmensch said...

how about posting some accessible photos? I can't make out what you're talking about because the pics are so small! :)

Rodolfo Campero said...

Urmensch: I guess that's kinda the point - that's what someone who needs glasses see (while not wearing said glasses...)

Janne Morén said...

Our cards are not accessible, but they are multilingual. I work in Japan and everybody here has the name, address and other info in Japanese on one side, and in English on the other.

Urmensch said...

I thought that might be what you were getting at, but, I couldn't really see the accessible version with my high resolution monitor...

Jeff Bailey said...

I really hate cards that have writing on both sides, and usually will give them back or throw them out. Rather than rely on my memory for things, I write notes on the back of the card explaining why I have it.

Giving me nowhere to do this makes the business card completely context free within a couple of weeks. =(

Shahchar said...

I disagree. From my experience, it's better if the back of the business card is left blank since when you are in a convention and bump into a potential business partner / client, you can write special things on the back of your card, like: "we had a great steak at the resturant, and I'll give you the best rates for my products". Than, when the potential client will go back home, with a pile of business cards he got in the conventions, when reading your comment on the back of the card, there is no doubt he will remember you more than all the rest. And this is what business cards are for, right? :-)
You can also save the back of your cards to have an empty table template like I saw on www.dcp-print.com, so you can write your comments in a more orderly way.

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