Despite the prevalence of technological tools like LinkedIn, the humble business card is still an important way to easily exchange information with colleagues, clients and prospective employers. And in what might be a case of the coolest business card we’ve ever seen, an enterprising electrical engineer created a business card that doubles as a circuit board. What better way to prove your skills and interests?
Cody Shaw is a first-year electrical engineering student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and, according to Mashable, wanted a job in printed circuit board (PCB) design and manufacturing. Sure, Cody could have gone the traditional route by preparing a résumé and cover letter that outlined his education, objectives and skills.
Yet Cody wanted to make a more dramatic first impression, so he devised a way to build a business card out of a tiny circuit board. Not only does the business card provide Cody’s name and contact information (as well as one of Cody’s favorite Nikola Tesla quotes), it also features LED lights that flash in various patterns depending on the card’s exposure to light.
“I saw everyone had nice, professional-looking business cards, and I needed something to springboard myself into PCB design and manufacture,” Cody writes. “One and one came together, and this idea came about.”
We know what you’re thinking — this must have been quite the investment, right? Cody spent about $3 per business card. Although that’s pretty steep when you consider that the average business card can be purchased for mere cents, this could certainly be considered a career investment — and you can’t put a price on brilliance and ingenuity!
Interested in a closer look at Cody’s masterpiece? Check out this video from Mashable:
Talk about a brilliant way to make a first impression!
Since we’re on the subject of out-of-the-box business cards, we’d love to know the most creative card you’ve seen. Feel free to share in the comments!
Image via Cody Shaw