Business cards

Save contacts

If you visit events or talk to new people, you need to leave contacts. The most popular ways are to show a QR for LinkedIn or Instagram, tell a phone number, or give a business card. From my experience, When I write a phone number, I have only time to write the name and the name of the organization – it takes 1 minute to do the whole process, It may sound a little, but when you talk with 40 people on one event, these 40 minutes become tremendous.

I had a problem at a summit in St.Gallen with the LinkedIn QR code – I did not find how to open it. I spent 2 minutes with a person trying to understand where the QR code was – in the end, we just changed the phone numbers (we could also find the names on Linkedin, but we did not do it). And also, people have a thousand connections on Linkedin, so your contact will be one of the thousands of similar contacts. But I still think that LinkedIn is the best social business network.

Business cards are the easiest way to show leave contacts. Within 5 seconds, the business card is in your interlocutor’s hands (companion’s). Also, millennials and older people use business cards by default – they expect to get the business card from you. That is why I use business cards.

Old card

The first 100 business cards I made when I was 16, I was making a project I wrote in Russian: “hello! I am Daniill Kovekh, a Founder of”, my phone number and a corporate email. I put a QR code linked to a website on the other side. I used a white background and black text. I used capital letters without serifs (grotesques) that were tall and narrow. I used the mid-price matte paper so that I could write on it.

New card

In April, I made 150 business cards with a new design. These business cards are personal and for universal use. I pointed out the name of a blog as a header. This is the primary information because, in a blog, a person finds all the links he can be interested in – CV, Linkedin, Projects, and the art shop. I don’t need QR on a business card because is easy to write and remember.

I wrote my email on one side. I didn’t add the telephone number – first, I have different phone numbers: 2 phone numbers in Russia and two phone numbers in Austria, and soon, 1 in America. So, mentioning any will not mean that I respond from the telephone. The email, as well as the domain, remains unchanged forever. Moreover, I don’t want to give my telephone number to everyone, and it should remain private.

I mentioned skills: Art, Architecture, Finances, Investing, Data science. I also mentioned that I know 3 languages: English, Russian, and German. I am not planning to learn new languages to a high level, so the information will be actual for a long time. I also wrote consulting and projects, because I create my projects (AKA startups, but I don’t like this word, It is now a synonym for “looser”), and make consultations on Investments, Marketing in the real estate market, and I am planning to consult about Architecture, Construction, and Urban Planning, as well as investments in Art, Wine, and Real Estate.

To make a business card interesting, I made an infinite stripe of skills I offer. The idea is that these skills are infinite, but later I decided to end with the starting word so that it looks like a separate printing or a pattern.

The words in the middle are huge; the margin from the borders compensates for the size. I Increased the letter-spacing because the letter “V” has too much white space at the bottom. I chose the serif fonts – they are easy to read.
The letters also remind me of Russia, especially the letter “M” reminds me of Moscow. The letter is unique because it has two different serifs: Linear serif and curved serif.

Unfortunately, I ordered an American card size, that is longer than the standard credit-card size.