Recently, Toby, one of the MOO Crew’s developers, had the pleasure of meeting Jack Hooker. In usual fashion, Jack gave Toby one of his business cards . All of us back at MOO Studios were very impressed with Jack’s cards and excited to find out that Jack had made his cards with MOO. So, we asked San Sharma* to find out a bit more about Jack and the story behind his cards for our business ideas section.
Jack Hooker is a freelance graphic designer, working from a social collaborative space in
Lewes, East Sussex. Co-working, he says, gives him the chance to meet other creative professionals – and with his MOO Business Cards he makes sure that everybody knows Jack!
As a freelancer, Jack is used to appearing in different guises. He works for a number of design agencies and private clients, on projects as diverse as packaging, print and promotions. He also designs for newmedia, creating sites for bands and brands.
In fact, Jack got the idea for his business cards at The Farm, where he found that many people were already using MOO for themselves. “I saw that you could have different designs on the back of each card,” he said. “So, I emailed MOO to see if my idea was do-able and they replied, explaining how to use the PDF uploader on their website. It was easy!”
Jack then used a corner cutter to round the edges off his Business Cards so that they looked more like playing cards. [ed. We now have Rounded Corner Business Cards available at MOO - no more cutting necessary]“The response I’ve had from the cards has been great,” he said. “If I give one out at an event, I often get two or three more people asking if they can have one too!”
The cards are a perfect way to show off Jack’s creativity, as a master of his trade, without breaking the bank. “They’re very affordable,” Jack says. “And MOO offers small print runs too – perfect for trying out new ideas to see how they’ll look, and what kind of response they’ll get.” And, as a conversation piece, they’re an ideal ice-breaker, especially if you’re a nervous networker!
Jack played his cards right by using MOO. As a freelancer, first impressions are everything, and with these cards, Jack’s always sure to have a winning hand.
I happen to have a corner cutter, so I tried this out with one of my spare minicards… feels slippery in my hand and looks even smaller than usual.
I think this may be an idea better left to the business card sizes. It’s not much taken off, but the difference a corner makes!
You say “As a freelancer, first impressions are everything”… mine are dramatically improving thanks to MOO’s business and mini cards.
Well done, Jack, wish you all the success you deserve.
Super-fly cards Jack *applause* really nice
If moo decide to go ahead and offer rounded corners I would like the option of choosing maybe one or two corners left square, with the rest rounded. If using a die-cut this may be difficult, but if using a corner cutter it would be achievable, but time consuming.
How about us specifying the radius of the corner, would that be possible? That could open a whole world of possibilities!
Maybe you should go the whole hog and offer custom die-cuts like printing.com does (I don’t like them very much…) then I’d use you all the time!
Love the cards and I hope Moo reads this – please offer rounded corners. I love your cards but it is time consuming for many to round corners themselves. Your sales will definitely increase, I can assure you that!
I have believe it or not gotten stopped and ask for a job for hire when not even looking for work off my Moo order the very first one. I was asking about a backdrop and left my card for a call back and the person dropped what he was doing to come after me… So yes first impressions work..!
and I too vote for rounded corners…
действительно замечательная идея!!! Полноценная двухсторонняя печать и закругленный край. Запускайте в производство, иначе с сам у своих обрежу края! =)
Any link where to buy a real good round cutter ?
Like Jack Hooker used for his cards ?
I LOVELOVELOVE rounded corners. I saw them on another site but didn’t like the choices nor the price. So I gave up. Then I found moo.com even though no rounded corners, far better choices!
I agree with an above comment…people could make whole packs of playing cards. What a great idea for a travel sized deck of playing cards on mini-cards! That would be great for long car trips!
Thanks Denise for your advice
Fantastic work Jack, Keep it up!
We LOVE rounded corners and have them on all our business cards. But interestingly, we learned (the hard way) that the Asian culture considers rounded corners “feminine” and thus we had to re-print biz cards for our Asian board members with square borders, as not to offend. Something to keep in mind if you do business globally…
to the people commenting about actual playing cards. there is a guy in canada (i think) who does just that. my dad just got a pack made for my grandparents’ 50th anniversary. he had their pics for the king and queen of hearts. i’m sure he just googled the idea and found the site. i’ll ask him and post it though
It would be awesome if you all (moo.com) could offer rounded corners as an option. I really want to have the rounded corners, and am probably going to go to another company to do this, too bad I can get them from you…
The first link returns me back to this article and the second link is 404′d..? I can’t find anywhere to see his cards.
Also, in addition to corners you can get paper punches for all kinds of shapes and designs! I like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, ACMoore, and Jo-Ann’s for this (crafting stores can be so useful!). It’s time consuming to do 100 cards at once, but if you do 10-20 to carry with you and repunch them as you use them it’s not so bad. There are some really cool punches out there that make it worth the effort.
Check out all the different ones offered JUST by Fiskars! http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafting/Punches
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