First Impression

First Impression: A Relational Name Card.

I used to have a glossy, representative business card with a nifty design. Recently I introduce myself with a card that opens the first encounter up to a playful, (self)reflection, possibly a good laugh.

Business cards seem to have become trapped, ossified in an old style that merely communicates a job title — which may be the most dangerous and uninformative mask that our society forces us to wear. Maybe our business cards can be more than just business cards, representing a name, title and institution. Potentially they could help us connect with each other as equal humans where openness indicates the quality of connection. Lets begin the business card revolution! We can call them understanding cards or a relationship cards which can be an active record of an encounter, a code to a possible relationship, a reminder for empathy. Maybe the future of the business card is not so much about digital memory storage and high tech features after all...

Forbidden Art

Proposal for a name card as a record of an encounter, a code to a possible relationship, and a reminder for empathy

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