People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Tag Archives: creativity

Talk About Giving Out Your Business Card

We all know that the value of business cards comes from giving them out.

We saw this after work:

business card dispenser on car

Check out our post on making the most of your business card.

Making the Most of 3.5” x 2”

The typical size of business cards is 3.5” x 2”. Are you making the most of your business card “real estate”?

Here are some tips, tricks and tools that we’ve picked up along the way:

  • Print on demand (SS) or order in bulk (LC). Printing on demand allows you to change your card more often and see which ones are more receptive while ordering in bulk can be more cost-effective and convenient.
  • Use both sides.
  • List your professional interests and skills.
  • Stand out.
  • Balance is key. You want a balance between text, images and white space.
  • Experiment with different cards and see which generates the most interest.

Lessons learned:

When I was in library school, I got business cards and made the mistake of putting “Anticipated graduation date.”  The cards went quickly out-of-date after I graduated. Luckily, by then, I only had a few left. ~Lisa

My first iteration of business cards had my e-portfolio as a Google Site url which made it really long.  I decided to use a link which makes my link shorter and easier. ~ Sandra

Business cards:

Lisa Chow Business Card

Hello, My Name Is…


Sure, a name tag is for your name, but if you want to get the most out of it, be sure to also put a title or a headline. And we’re not talking about your job title. In fact, you should say who you are professionally aka your professional brand. Why? A few reasons:

  • Helps build and maintain your professional brand
  • Serves as a good ice breaker
  • Helps get a conversation going



And it works! We tried it. At last week’s SLA-NY Future Ready event, we decided to put more than just our names.

Quite a few people inquisitively asked about it.

So go ahead, get creative and experiment with it. Let us know what happens.

Ignore Everybody

Ignore Everybody 

Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod is inspirational for anybody in a creativity rut or feeling zapped of ideas. Filled with illustrations and sound bites of sage advice, MacLeod keeps it short and sweet.

You Did What?! During Your Lunch Break

Unless it’s raining or super windy, we go outside for lunch. Yes, even in the winter. With the park and the garden nearby, why not take advantage of it? Usually we just walk around, but this time, we made a snowman.


No, this isn’t just a post to tell you about our lunch breaks or show off our snowman, although we have to say he looks pretty good.

Lately, we’ve been feeling a bit zapped of creativity and ideas. Maybe it’s because of the cold winter weather or the fact that we had a super busy year with presentations, conferences and programs. But there was something about making that snowman. We were a bit tired afterwards, but we also felt re-energized. Within hours, we were throwing around some great ideas.

So if you’re feeling zapped, make a snowman.