I enjoy chatting it up with people I meet on my commute. The number of people considering bike commuting that have no idea how to go about getting started, what kind of equipment it takes, how much it costs, etc., is amazing to me. Frequently our conversations are cut short at the end of our transit trip, and until recently, I’d often find myself scribbling my web address and e-mail on a napkin or business card to continue the conversation online at a later time.
After doing this for the umpteenth time (I can be a little slow), I had the brilliant idea of getting a small run of EcoVelo business cards to hand out to budding bike commuters. I recently ordered some cards online through a neat company called MOO.
There are tons of printers offering super deals on business cards online, but MOO is unique in that they link to your Flickr account and pull images directly from Flickr to be used for your business cards. It’s possible to choose up to 50 different images if you’d like, making practically every card unique. If you limit the number of images, MOO automatically produces the appropriate number of each to fill your order. If you’re a Flickr user, this is a super feature.
The MOO design process is template driven, and I was able to “design” my cards online in less than 5 minutes. Basically, you just indicate which images you’d like on the back of the card, make a couple of color and font choices, and fill-in the text you’d like to appear on the front. The design parameters are pretty limited, but it’s so simple and fast that it’s perfect for this type of application.
I’m not suggesting that every bike commuter carry a business card to hand out to their fellow travelers, but if you’re of the evangelical bike bent, or you happen to have a cycling related website or blog, a pocket full of MOO cards might come in handy.