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Clever Business Cards, Part IV

Based on popular demand, here are some additional clever business card designs.


Guitar Instruction


Concrete Business


Cheese Shop


Brazilian cheese store Bon Vivant hands out this creative miniature grater business card.


Yoga Studio


Musical Comb


Tennis Lessons


Library Check Out Card for an author


Heat Sensitive Cards


Tire tread measurer for a Tire Shop


My business card

If you like these clever business cards and would like to see more, then please check out Parts 1, 2 and 3.

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Han Solo in Carbonite Business Card Case From ThinkGeek


You can now show off your love of Star Wars while also passing out your business information with the spring-loaded Han Solo in Carbonite Business Card Case ($25) from Think Geek.


What appears to be a solid block of carbonite containing a tiny Han Solo is actually a spring-loaded case that holds a dozen business cards. This case is classy enough for the board room and geeky enough to make your convention contacts squee gleefully.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s New Look

CEC Entertainment Inc., the company that operates Chuck E. Cheese, the chain of children’s pizza restaurants is retiring the giant rodent’s outdated image and turning him into a hip, electric guitar playing rock star.

The new Chuck E. Cheese that launches this week will be voiced by Jaret Reddick, the lead singer for the pop-punk bank Bowling for Soup.

The first Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre location opened in 1977 in San Jose, Calif. Executives originally considered calling the restaurant “Rick Rat’s Pizza” but a PR agency figured a rat would be a bad mascot for a pizza chain. The name Chuck E. Cheese was selected because it downplayed the mascot’s species and forced people to smile when they said it, according to the site.

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Building A Better Shopping Cart

Although this video is a few years old, I thought it might be interesting to individuals that care about teamwork, good design and innovation. I have talked about IDEO to many colleagues in the past and thought this video would provide a good snapshot of how this company thinks outside of the box – in this case designing a better shopping cart. This highly respected design and innovation consulting firm’s clients include Apple, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Ford and Steelcase and they have created a variety of iconic objects such as Apple’s first mouse, the Palm V PDA and Steelcase’s Leap chair.

To demonstrate its process for innovation for an episode of ABC’s Nightline, IDEO created a new shopping cart concept. IDEO considered issues such as maneuverability, shopping behavior, child safety, and maintenance cost.

The show concentrated on the design process, recording as a multidisciplinary team brainstormed, research, prototyped, and gathered user feedback on a design that went from idea to a working appearance model in four days.

The nestable steel frame lacks sides and a bottom to deter theft, and holds removable plastic baskets to increase shopper flexibility, help protect goods and provide a method to promote brand awareness. A dual child seat uses a swing-up tray for a play surface, and a hole provides a secure spot for a cup of coffee or a bunch of carnations.

One of the unique—and potentially patentable—features of the cart is the design of its steerable back wheels. Normally fixed straight for stability and familiarity, an easy sideways effort allows the wheels to turn left or right. Pushing the cart forward puts the wheels straight again.

In just five days the IDEO team took something ordinary and made it extraordinary.

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Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO of Apple

Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.


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Microsoft To Acquire Skype For $8.5 Billion

Microsoft has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Skype Global to acquire VoIP service provider Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. According to the announcement, the agreement has already been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and “will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities.” With 170 million users, Skype will be integrated into Microsoft devices like Xbox, Windows Phone, and Windows, while Microsoft will in turn connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities, and will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on other, non-Microsoft platforms. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

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The Timbuk2 Custom Manufacturing Factory in San Francisco

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the Timbuk2 messenger bag custom manufacturing factory in San Francisco.

Timbuk2 has been making custom bags in San Francisco since 1989. Once a customer places their custom order on timbuk2.com, the manufacturing team in San Francisco starts making the customer’s bag immediately. Timbuk2 guarantees all their custom bags will ship 2-3 business days after the order is placed but they often ship them within 24 hours.

Customization is part of what makes Timbuk2 special. Some members of the Timbuk2 manufacturing team have been with the company for more than 10 years. The employees are all cross-trained so they can work on any machine which makes every day different.


Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion into Business by Bob Taylor

Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion into Business by Bob Taylor ($25) is an inside story of the founding and growth of Taylor Guitars, one of the world’s most successful guitar manufacturers. Bob Taylor mixes the details of his experience as a tradesman and cofounder of Taylor Guitars, a world-famous acoustic and electric guitar manufacturer, with philosophical life lessons that have practical application for building a business. From the a-ha moment in junior high school that inspired his very first guitar, Taylor has been living the American dream, crafting quality products with his own hands and building a successful, sustainable business. You can read an excerpt HERE.

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Logo Rainbow

This is for my nephew Ben who loves logos. Dan Meth was kind enough to organize a selection of popular corporate logos in order of color. Voila – the Logo Rainbow.

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Back in the day (Before e-mail) corporations and celebrities would correspond via traditional mail with a handwritten note. Often times, the note would be on letterhead.

A letterhead is the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper. It usually consists of a name and an address, and a logo or corporate design, and sometimes a background.

The website Letterheady pays homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters with a focus on the design of the letterhead. Check out their site HERE, some of the examples are fascinating.

Michael Jackson

Muhammad Ali

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