OK so. I’m a techie, but I also have this fascination with paper-based communication.
I e-mail, but I also love to send a formal thank-you card or leave a note (like this custom notepad I just ordered).
I also love custom calling/visiting cards (a personal version of a business card). If it works for Hitch, the guys from Men in Black, Daniel Ocean or even Kevin Gnapoor from Mean Girls… it could work for you too (even if you’re not a math enthusiast or a bad ass mc).
When words need to go that extra mile, I suggest opting for something in paper. Sure, it’s not instantaneous or electronic (and it costs money, haha) but I believe that this type of communication should never die- and that’s why I support it by buying custom stationary by the likes of boatman geller and Vera Wang.
I also believe that it’s an investment (and a smart one!) as creating a custom visiting/personal/calling card should represent you and your personality- something that one’s business card cannot always do.
According to everyone’s favorite manners expert Emily Post,
…Messages of condolence or congratulation are written on it; it is used as an endorsement in the giving of an order; it is even tacked on the outside of express boxes. The personal card is in a measure an index of one’s character. A fantastic or garish note in the type effect, in the quality or shape of the card, betrays a lack of taste in the owner of the card.
In true Techyness style, I have a digital solution to this old-fashioned paper-based problem. Online printing.
1. VistaPrint, a leading online supplier of high-quality graphic design services and customized printed products with over 10,000,000 customers worldwide.
2. MOO, this site is amazing. Fun, vibrant color selection and a lot of personality. The company is based out of london but ships worldwide. My next order will come from this site. OH! and you can use your existing photos via Facebook or Flikr… so money.
3. SugarLuxe, girly but fun. Not cheap from this site.