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Maxvoltar - Business Cards are dead, long live Business Cards!

Maxvoltar is the personal weblog of Tim Van Damme, a freelance interface designer at Made by Elephant.

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Business Cards are dead, long live Business Cards!

This morning I launched a new website. Some people commented asking why I needed another site, as I already own 2. My initial answer was: “One site to rule them all.” But actually, it’s just a virtual business card…

timvandamme.com Screenshot of timvandamme.com, my new online business card

I have lots of different business cards: Personal, business, some free Moo business cards, and some fun cards to hand out as schwag.

That’s a lot of cards, and I can’t have them on me all the time. So I thought: “Well, since timvandamme.com is still available, I might as well buy it, and put some information about me on it.” The URL is easy to remember (even my grandfather could remember that domain from the first time), and people (clients, friends, family, online friends) can find all the information they want.

Besides being easy to remember, and saving me some costs in print, this was a great opportunity to play around with jQuery and Microformats. The Vcard is generated by Technorati, which scans websites for Microformats. This makes it easy to update your information (just change the HTML and your Vcard will automatically change as well).

So that’s the story behind timvandamme.com. I’d like to thank you all for the warm welcome it got on Twitter. Watch this blog somewhere next week for more exciting news!

20Comments

  • prisca

    3283 days ago

    Tim :)
    saw this earlier via Twitter – lovely ;) nice idea and looks beautifully light, playful – yet informative and professional ;)

  • Rodrigo

    3283 days ago

    Very nice business card! Love the effects.

  • Elliot Jay Stocks

    3283 days ago

    I’ve spent the entire morning having sex with your site. I hope you don’t mind.

  • Andy

    3283 days ago

    Hi Tim

    OK, I get it now. I suppose I just wondered why you hadn’t made this part of the maxvoltar site. Anyway, it’s a lovely site.

  • Tim Van Damme

    3283 days ago

    • All: Thanks, again!
    • Elliot: I’ll send you the bill.
    • Andy: This post was written specially for you!
  • Grant

    3283 days ago

    Very well done. You’ve given my own little personal site something to aspire to.

  • Mike Robinson

    3283 days ago

    The site is great! I was thinking about doing something like this to mikerobinson.me but got lazy and redirected it to my blog. Not as easy to remember as a .com if you’re not aware of .me :/

    Though now I’ve seen one done well, I might just pick it back up :)

  • Phil Bowell

    3283 days ago

    Excellent idea and an excellent execution. I like. Sparks off a few ideas to do something with my philbowell.com domain which has been sitting stagnant for nearly a year!

  • donotfold

    3283 days ago

    Really nice idea and well done! I’m a bit jealous now :)

  • Andrew Wilkinson

    3283 days ago

    You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • Elena

    3282 days ago

    I was messing around with the same stuff you used here.

    I guess I was not the only one :)

  • Imke Dielen

    3282 days ago

    I’m jealous of course!

  • Harm

    3277 days ago

    Yo Tim,
    Nice businesscard but ehmz.. no microformats? Very simple.. add some CSS classes here and there.
    Check how-to + browers plug-ins (safari + firefox) on www.microformats.org

  • Tim Van Damme

    3277 days ago

    Harm: Yes there are! You just have to look closer ;)

  • Viking KARWUR

    3276 days ago

    Hi Tim… Congratulations…

  • Jorge Quinteros

    3276 days ago

    Loving the whole concept, especially the extra touch with jQuery and it’s also a very convenient way of tying down all social networks.

  • Luke Dorny

    3264 days ago

    Wow, how did i miss this?!
    It’s very cool, Tim!

  • Seth Rubenstein

    3263 days ago

    I love this concept! Any plans to perchance release a template to the public :-)???

  • Destry

    3261 days ago

    Cool idea, and nice work. I suppose this could just as easily be a page in an existing site as opposed to a site itself (in case folks didn’t want to buy an extra domain just for this). Or, kind of like the mini About section in a home page side column, you could do a mini-sized business card too, right up front. Then you don’t have to point anybody to it at all. They just see it on your main site along with your latest wisdom. Usability.

  • Sven

    3260 days ago

    Very very nice! Looks quite good! I must have it! ;-)

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