The Talking Pad — And Why 3×5's Rule

I will often doodle during meetings… not so much “taking notes” as just jotting down important phrases or concepts from the discussion. Sometimes a diagram, that sort of thing. This is just one of the reasons why when I redesigned my business cards, I went to to a 3×5 format with the reverse side set up for drawing, doodling, or note-taking. Seth Godin explains some of the finer points of the why and how this is a good idea.

My Business Card is No Longer Crap

Following my recent business card post, the redesign and printing of my new cards is now complete. Here’s what they look like, front and back:
card_front card_back
Click to enlarge, etc. The thing to know — which explains the front of the card — is that they’re not printed on standard-sized business card stock, but on 150-lb tag, cut to 3″x5″. Index card size. The dotted line is actually a perforation, so a standard-sized business card can be detached from the index card. When I flip the card over, it’s designed to write on the back, either horizontally or vertically. Detaching the standard-sized business card leaves the knight logo aligned in the corner on the back. For good measure (and attention to detail), the heavier lines on the grid are exactly ½”.