66 Posts  •  May 10, 2011

Personal Calling Cards

A little over a month ago I stumbled across a video for Evan Calkins showing off his letterpress. As soon as I saw what he was doing I was sold. I have wanted a business card for a while now so this was the perfect opportunity to support his art and come out with an awesome card.

Hoban Press from Evan Calkins on Vimeo.

The decision to keep the card so simple was an easy one after I read Evan’s article about calling cards. Most people I give this card to will throw it away but for those that hold onto it I wanted to direct them to one place, my website. If I put more info than that and it changes I only have to update my website. So keeping the calling card simple will make it relevant for that much longer, no reprints for me.

If you are interested in having a calling card made for yourself or any letterpress project I would highly recommend Evan Calkins, he did an amazing job! He was also kind enough to send me some pictures of the process. Have a look below…


I would love to know what your thoughts are on calling cards vs. business cards, is one more effective than the other? or do they both have their own place?

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  • http://twitter.com/paul_pants Paul Panfalone

    Love these cards Colin, the step by step visual process was great. Are you doing these out of your home?

    • Anonymous

      No, I wish! I designed it and sent it off to Evan Calkins (www.hobanpress.com). He did a great job and was nice enough to take some pictures along the way.

  • Stepen Di Donato

    This is awesome Colin! Is it your letterpress machine?

    • Anonymous

      Sadly no, its not mine.

  • http://kevinvs.net/ Kevin Kelly

    So, that’s how you do it! And that there was a great point since it would be more hassle to produce a new card every time a certain detail gets changed. Hence why the About.me sites are gaining such popularity these days.

    • Anonymous

      Ya for sure, seems like you can get a bit more shelf life out of your cards if you remove as much info as you can. Definitely more versatile.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Folklore Tyssul

    These are great. So much better than traditional business cards you see nowadays. This is what a business card/calling card/whatever you wanna call it should look like.

    Mine are pretty simple, except the letterpress. http://www.folkloredesign.com/if-you-didnt-hear

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! I like the simplicity of your cards as well, nice job.

  • http://www.pspiso.com Hugobush

    These are very nice!

  • http://twitter.com/NicBeese Nic Beese

    Love these, been thinking of business cards but as an artist and web designer just the term ‘business cards’ feels very corporate and stuffy… Love the idea of just having my name and website and anything else I want personally hand written onto the card itself, I may not want everyone t have my phone number off the bat, this is a perfect solution and would certainly stick in the mind of anyone receiving them for their very sparseness.. I am now seeking out a more budget solution :) thinking a recycled pulp for naturalness and then a simple design.. will get to work and let you know haha

    • Anonymous

      Awesome! I think a calling card will work great for you. I would love to see what you come up with!

  • http://www.dial4cheap.com/ Robert Linah

    Gratitude a lot for sharing here, I have to say that Calling cards are great for gift enclosures, networking events, and
    other personal and professional uses.

Author: Colin Oakes

Hello, I’m Colin Oakes, a web designer and front-end developer from Guelph, Ontario. I have been designing and creating websites for over 10 years and have enjoyed every minute of it.