Turning a business card into a genuine point of human communication, Ade Chong’s rubber-stamped design is simple in execution and adorable in concept. The blank lines for “field notes” tingle my fingertips, making me want to write secret messages to everyone I meet. These cards imply cheerful introductions and lingering conversations. Bravo to Ms. Chong, a self-proclaimed social media addict, for refreshing physical social media.
I wanted something that I could give to people when I travel—other designers, friends and general acquaintances. Inspired by another project that I was working on, the ‘field notes’ section is a blank space where I can write about my memorable experience with the person I met. I also left an extra line on the front of the card for an alternate contact method (foreign mobile number/Facebook url etc), depending on the circumstances of our encounter. The result is a multi-purpose set of namecards for wannabe nomad designer.
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Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
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The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
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Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.
Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.
The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.