I was sent an email last month from Ben Hamey of Squiz Cards — a new project specialising in unique mini cards (53 x 28mm with round corners). He said he’d offer some free sets to you guys, and I thought it looked like a nice idea, telling him I’d need to try the service first.
So I spent about five minutes creating a simple card showing my logo and two main web addresses. I uploaded a TIFF to the Squiz site, went through checkout, then entered the gift code Ben gave to waive the cost (usually £11.95 for 50 cards + keyring dispenser with first order).
It took exactly one month from the date of order to receipt of the card set. I’m sure the postal strike had something to do with the delay (should’ve arrived within two weeks).
I like the result, and even though the on-screen card preview looked pixellated, Ben assured me the print would turn out fine. That it did.
The dispenser is spring loaded, and cards go in the same way they come out. I nearly pulled off a nail attaching the silver keyring to the holder, but other than that, nicely packaged and presented. I managed to push 16 cards inside, and you could probably squeeze another one or two on top. I always carry two or three of my standard business cards around with me, but I’ll attach this to my set of car keys for a while, too.
I read the cards are waterproof, so dropped mine in a glass of water, and true enough after a quick dry it was good as new. Never again worry about dancing in the rain, or you could stuff a couple in your swimmers in case you meet a potential client at the pool.
My only grudge (and quite a biggie) is how there’s no option to remove the advertising from the reverse. I’d pay extra for that, or for the option to print your own design on two sides.
Update: 26 October 2009
I’ve just heard from Ben who tells me the option to remove the logo will be live within a couple of weeks.
20 sets of Squiz Cards to give away
Update: 02 November 2009
I’ve drawn the 20 winners and notified them via direct message on Twitter. Thanks very much to everyone who retweeted.
Fancy a set? I’ve got 20 free sets for Twitter users. All you need to do is post any tweet that includes both @DavidAirey and Squiz Cards e.g.
RT @DavidAirey 20 free sets of Squiz Cards: http://bit.ly/3OUyim
Next Monday (02 November) I’ll Twitter Search for anyone mentioning @DavidAirey with Squiz Cards (with or without spaces) picking 20 winners at random. You’ll receive your gift code via direct message (you’ll need to follow me so I can send the DM).
Visit Squiz Cards here.