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Andrew Byrom's recycled business cards

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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 1 February 2011, 11:08    Permalink    Comments (28)

When graphic and type designer Andrew Byrom decided it was time for a new desk, he thought of a rather novel way to recycle the old one...

"The [veneered chip board top of the] old desk (shown above) was cut into 3.5 x 2 inch blocks," explains Byrom, "then the text, set in my newest typeface Byrom Sans, was silk-screened onto each block in white ink."

OK, so these business "cards" won't fit in your wallet, but the chances are they'll sit on recipients' desks more prominently than any other contact cards.

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28 Comments

Byrom sans honte!
Curator
2011-02-01 12:22:29


Genius!
Mark Shepherd
2011-02-01 12:29:32


Coolllllllll.... I really like your idea...
Jones
2011-02-01 12:41:00


Great idea. I'd be much less likely to lose that amongst my paperwork, the way that I often do with regular contact cards!
Emma McMillan
2011-02-01 12:43:39


ditto!
Dria Mills
2011-02-01 12:45:52


amazing :) i might go cut something up. thin is i've not got anything to throw really...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-xkQOm5-Ek
dave perkins
2011-02-01 12:51:59


Genius! Next time we go to a networking session we'll all need a transit van to take our cards home though
Townend
2011-02-01 12:57:39


pretty cool Andrew, ticks a lot of boxes
stu
2011-02-01 13:00:09


Love the typeface!
Laurie Blakeley
2011-02-01 13:29:28


Great idea. What a smart, surprising and memorable way to arouse curiosity.
Chances are they'll never forget that graphic designer who carved business cards out of his old desk.
@pseudopam
2011-02-01 13:43:34


Very nice. What size is his wallet?
Kieran
2011-02-01 13:45:02


useful doorstop.
Ike
2011-02-01 14:15:03


if i got one i'd be annoyed
Stern John
2011-02-01 14:33:06


Nice! A few years back, I had a load of wooden business cards made, out of walnut I think? Looked lovely... though never got round to using them!!!
Simon Winnall
2011-02-01 15:02:22


I don't fancy carrying those around but what an idea.Excellent.

It is an inspiration really so what can I do?
Bill Ryan
2011-02-01 16:31:58


Chip of the old block!
StudioSeven
2011-02-01 19:55:33


Pretty clever!!!!
kimber follevaag
2011-02-01 19:56:52


Clever idea, but taking something that is still in pretty good shape and usable and chopping it up into somewhat less usable bits doesn't quite feel like up-cycling?
chris ericson
2011-02-01 23:50:01


It's a massive block of wood with his name on it. Not a business card. When does a business card become something that isn't a business card? This is a business block.

Genius business card: something this memorable that can be used as a card and handed out. Will he carry a sack of these to his next networking event?

Great idea though, love the text. Why not just cut it, say, 1/8 of an inch thick instead of using a block? The idea would work just as well, but it would be far more practical.
Dan Shannon
2011-02-02 08:28:30


Brilliant, I've been inspired and just done the same, but now I don't have a desk to work from ....
Louis della-Porta
2011-02-02 09:26:37


Brilliant! I love the double meaning of the copy line 'from the desk of'.

Does anyone know what that poster is above his desk? (looks like a mouth eating sweetcorn)
zuko
2011-02-02 15:54:36


Novel yes. I'm not sure how excited people are going to be to get one of these though.
Alan
2011-02-02 16:09:03


@Zuko

Its a Herman Miller Summer Picnic poster: http://www.hermanmiller.com/discover/tag/picnic-poster/ (scroll down to the slideshow to see the whole thing.
Namdev
2011-02-02 20:52:41


@Namdev



Thanks!
Zuko
2011-02-03 14:36:00


Hey Andrew,
Was quite pleased to come across this! We miss you!
Peter Olson
2011-02-06 01:34:58


This is not a good idea instead of someone else getting a desk to use . You chopped it up .. so they could be thrown away later....

Didn't you already have business cards?

Waste of energy cutting it up ! waste of ink silk screening! Working desk turned into trash because you thought of a novel idea ...........

:(
Negative Martin
2011-02-10 17:48:42


It is a novelty. But what does do?
Gillian Paolella
2011-02-12 18:00:58


I want one!
taffdancer
2011-02-23 17:28:32


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