To card or not to card?
Getting business cards or not is a largely a personal choice in this digital age – but in case you do decide you want some to distribute to potential employers or at conferences, we at MESA have thrown some resources together to make the process as easy as possible.
Want something functional and simple? Our wonderful new chair, Cosmin, has put together a template that you’re free to use
The editable template files are below:
But perhaps you want something a little different, or to express your creative flair – the good news is that it’s easy to design your own cards from scratch. The web is full of tutorials for them and design suggestions, but as we at MESA love our open source software, our pick is the Inkscape business card design tutorial linked below (click on the image to access it)
Getting your cards printed
So you’ve designed all your amazing cards and now you want to get them printed – but you don’t want thousands – only a few hundred at most. The cheapest and easiest ones we could find are at Vistaprint here where you can get 100 cards for NZ$30 – of course the more cards you get, the lower the cost per card.
An alternate solution is to set up an ‘about.me‘ – simply a webpage that acts as a free online business card to collate your web presence. It’s completely customizable, 100% free and new customers can get 50 free (*you have to pay shipping costs of <NZ$10) business cards based on your about.me design. The cards look great and incorporate QR codes so that people are easily able to find your about.me page. You can see examples and sign up here.