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Calendar Ideas to Print for Your Hilarious Free Calendars

Calendar Ideas to Print for Your Hilarious Free Calendars

Of course, you want your giveaway calendar that you print to be way cooler than that other guy's. You know that guy. He's that guy that is always kissing up to the boss and gets the great sales bonuses because of it. Yeah, “that guy.” It is time to totally outdo that guy with spectacular free calendars that feature your name and phone number for your clients. You don't have to buy a lame stock calendar. Print a cool calendar. Give them away for free. Bury “that guy” in sales this year. The Calendar from Hell Okay, maybe not a calendar from Hell, exactly, more like graveyard. How about your free calendars featuring zombies this year? Every month features a zombie in a new and interesting pose in print. February is a month for Valentines and zombies like to hook up, too! Pose your zombies proposing marriage or loving a tasty bite of human flesh with hearts all around. A […]

A Piece of Paper That Folds Itself into a Robot

A Piece of Paper That Folds Itself into a Robot

Imagine a group of flat sheets being sent into space, and then organizing themselves into a satellite. It really seems like some low-budget 1950's science fiction movie. Except for the fact that it'll actually be available. Eventually. As last week saw the world's first robot to fold itself and start working without human interaction. A team at Harvard and MIT created the self-folding robot, inspired by the complex 3-D shapes constructable with origami which were recently published in the journal Science. Sam Felton, a graduate student at Harvard University, says that the robot is made from composite paper, a bendable circuit board and uses the toy, Shrinky Dinks. When heated, the sheet shrinks into small, hard forms. These materials allow for the quick construction of cheap robots, but eventually, Felton said, better materials will help people build objects in places that are more difficult to reach. The self-folding robot that they created is kind of modest, but the future applications […]

Types of Designers to Avoid

Types of Designers to Avoid

There are innumerable reasons for not hiring a particular designer, but these we can reduce to warning bells which can typically warn an employer (or contract employer) that a particular designer will be more trouble than he, or she is worth. LUCKILY, Hotcards doesn't have any of these types of designers, which means you're pretty much assured an awesome experience if you hire us to handle your next design project! (Shameless plug 😉 The Deity – designers of this type simply can't do any wrong. Everything that they do is like manna from heaven, regardless of what your impression of it is. Arrogant doesn't quite cut it, as that's a personality flaw that can be overcome if there's adequate talent on display.This is more akin to a kind of deluded arrogance that is inexplicable. Certainly not someone who you'd like to collaborate with given a choice. The Safe-player – These are designers who don't stand out much. They have basic […]

Will Phermone Infused Business Cards Get Me Dates?

Will Phermone Infused Business Cards Get Me Dates?

AXE, the men's care line that has dutifully portrayed its users in commercials as being relentlessly pursued by scads of hot women, has taken a subtle and interesting turn by passing out pheromone business cards to its employees. It certainly seems like a lunatic concept, but AXE is betting on their employees being somewhat irresistible. One can only hope, I suppose. For real business cards that rely on one's charm to be irresistible to the lady folk, there's a nice batch of them ready and waiting for you here at Hotcards. These work for women, too. No guarantees that members of the opposite sex will be tearing off your clothing comes with the order, though. You'll have to rely on your own charms for that 🙂    

Buffoonish Design Mistakes.

Buffoonish Design Mistakes.

I've gotta be honest, nowhere that I've ever worked would be capable of putting out something this immensely ridiculous. The people are too smart. Too many people eyeball everything before it makes it out the door. And again, people are too smart. But Luckily, the world is populated by people who care so little about their work – that their work makes great fodder for my blog posts! So there's plenty of work out there to laugh at. Pepsi doesn't seem like a company floating in incompetence, but someone had to be sniffing glue when they ok'd this layout. Can't say that people being taken aback by the gratuitous word "rape" necessarily surprises me, even if it is technically an "a". What's actually missing in this ad? Well, the art directors IQ for one thing.   The family that hangs together, dies together. Reassuring imagery at a place that's devoted to healing people. Pepsi again. This time revealing a hatred […]

Funny Greeting Cards

Printing 06.24.2014
Funny Greeting Cards

I’ll admit right off the bat that I didn’t get the humor in all of these, but I’ll assume that’s a function of my abysmal and rapidly degrading cultural literacy. I’m concerned for the current generation of young adults (which I could be classified under), as I think that social media and smart phones have degraded their brain stems. But anyway, back to the topic, which is the often very funny and always attempting to be so “Dear Blank” greeting cards created by Lisa Krowinski. She works for a letterpress print shop in Pittsburgh that specializes in stationary, invitations, announcements – all letterpress. Her designs are driven by typography and are generally intended to be humorous, which they are, more often than not. Enjoy! (oh, and by the way, you can print your own greeting cards at Hotcards!)

Myths About Green Printing

Printing 06.20.2014
Myths About Green Printing

1. Green printing is a lot more expensive. It has been more expensive to print green in the past, but this isn't necessarily the case any longer. Prices for green printing have been continually going down, and have become somewhat competitive with means of traditional printing. 2. Recycled paper results in lower quality. Another myth that may have been true years ago but isn't the case anymore. These days, a high-quality recycled paper is virtually indistinguishable from paper fresh out of the mill. And customers are always noting this, so it's not like I'm blowing smoke here. But don't take our word for this, ask us for some recycled paper samples! 3. All recycled papers are the same. The fact of the matter is that recycled paper can be composed of varying degrees of post consumer waste content. Post-consumer waste is what most of us would consider to be "recycled," as it denotes paper that has been disposed of in […]

3D printing: A Beast Upsetting the Apple Cart?

3D printing: A Beast Upsetting the Apple Cart?

Every time I think I have a handle on 3D printing and its potential to change the world, something comes along to suggest that I have no clue. In general, the big movers in the 3D printing space have employed a razor and blade business model whereby they offer the razor at a significant discount while offering the blades – in this case, printing materials – at a significant price hike. But one company, 3COR, a 3D printing company in Ireland, is turning things on their head by printing with the kind of paper that's readily available in any office and most homes. So there's no effort to lock users into buying proprietary materials at a considerable markup through the printer's life. It's kind of like giving away razor blades to go along with your razor. But, of course, it seems more reasonable to discuss a company which prints with paper on a traditional printing blog. So there's that. Anyway, […]

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 2

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 2

We really left the most exciting changes for last. Just kidding. University of Illinois. The fighting Illini. A program which shows its face in the Rose Bowl every 50 years or so, has eliminated its own state from its logo and gone for a classic block "I". Not exactly original in the world of college athletics, but it does look classier. And who knows? Perhaps a winning season is in the offing.   The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have themselves a sporty new logo. Well, not new exactly so much as a new illustration. But it's pretty dang good. Greg Schiano may have gotten the old heave-ho, but the 'eers are heading into the future with a snazzy and simplified logo.   Reebok had kind of a dumb-looking logo to begin with, so the fact they've modernized and simplified things a bit would normally be an improvement. But the fact that a shoe and sportswear manufacturer's logo now looks like that […]

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 1

Corporate Logo Changes For 2014, Part 1

As always, there are a gaggle of companies who felt the urgent need to make their logos fit into what they perceive to be the current landscape, if you will. Some are stunning improvements, while others fall under the category of no one cares but the company itself.  But nothing scares the bejesus out of businesses like change does, so I suppose that they all should be applauded for putting on their big boy pants and doing a little bit of it. Olive Garden made a drastic change to their logo. Can't say that it's a bad thing as their old one seemed like the kind of craptastic fake sign that you'd pick up for $4.99 in the bargain bin at a Marshalls. Their new one isn't exactly a textbook display of design prowess, but is simple and basic. If only Olive Garden could similarly tweak their menu and add a heaping helping of culinary competence.   Bacardi's former logo […]

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