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I’m a huge fan of business cards that DO stuff, that you can punch out, fold into usable tools or make into monitor pets, desktop siege weapons, cards that you can use in a circuit, cards that contain data. So, I’m over the moon about ladyada’s new card, a laser-cut, punch-out “spirograph” art-machine. Maybe if I’m real nice to her, she’ll give me one at Maker Faire. I think this post is kinda nice, don’t you? Did I mention how cool I think they are? Damn, that’s a fine card.

Adafruit business cards – Laser cut SPIROGRAPH cards!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Zee

    It’s a cool toy but not a card. It doesn’t have any info on it. I have no idea who Adafruit is.

    • ladyada

      Well, obviously there isnt any contact info on there. So perhaps theres a good reason… like maybe I dont want everyone on youtube emailing or calling me? :)

  • Jeff

    Clever design, I love it! So how do I get one?

  • Google, have you heard of it?

    @Zee -not having contact info is a CAPTCHA, get it?

  • Stunmonkey

    That card is seriously cool.

    Considering the cultures insane and twisted IP environment we live in, is it weird that my first thought was that Kenner is gonna sue the crap out of her for that?

  • The Oracle

    @ladyada – Then like Zee said, it’s a nice toy but it’s not a business card.

  • pt

    @The Oracle this guys seems to think it’s a business card “hot dog! I’m not familiar with Adafruit Industries but I’d get acquainted real quick if somebody handed me one of these. Real quick right after I spent about two hours making sprials with this laser-cut piece of awesome. Click through for video.”

    http://repeatpress.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/spirograph-business-card/

    along with dozens and dozens of other people… i helped design these and just gave away a few at a google event, no one for a second said it wasn’t a business card, they’re savy enough to know what’s up.

    if you follow design trends, business card design is moving away from unused information, fax numbers, even phone numbers… many even simply say “google me”…

  • Tre

    If you don’t know how to get contact information from what’s given on the card… You obviously were not the right person to be receiving the card.

  • Bill Coleman

    Great example of capturing high tec – high touch in a promotional item My question is how does the recipient store the small parts?