May 2012

Clever Business Card Designs

by Joey deVilla on May 30, 2012

Yup, those are my feet in the foreground, and that’s Clearwater Beach in the background. I took this photo yesterday, when most of you were at work.

I’m taking a break from work to relax, recharge, recalibrate and even retool, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t already have a couple of irons in the fire. I’m taking a few calls from interested employers and partners or their representatives, I’m still actively blogging (especially on Global Nerdy, my tech blog), and starting today, I’m teaching myself iOS programming. I realize that not everyone can pick up and run off to Florida, crash at a pretty blonde’s house, tour about, hit the beach, use her swimming pool and self-train on a valuable skill — but I can, and I’d be a fool not to pass up the opportunity.

My last job was at Shopify, a very design-oriented company. Naturally, they had a very well-designed business card template. Here’s what my Shopify business card looked like:

Only the title and email address on the card are invalid, but I still need to create new non-company ones just for me. Seeing as I’m coasting on savings, advertising revenue from the blogs and what I like to call “ill-gotten gains” (Microsoft stock), I think I’m going to opt for the inexpensive route. Still, it doesn’t hurt to look to others’ business cards for inspiration, especially the really creative ones featured on Bored Panda, some of which I’ve posted below.

The ones above are for Levin Tahmaz, personal trainer. His business is quite cleverly summarized in his business card.

The business cards for the Surrey, BC deli restaurant La Charcuterie look like their products.

Gangavan is a secondhand shop, so why shouldn’t they have secondhand business cards?

Heh heh heh. Oops — I meant to say: I completely and categorically do not get the joke in this business card.

The clever design in this designer’s business card ensures that you’ll be holding it up in front of you, where you can read his name, many, many times.

For more imaginatively-designed business cards, see Bored Panda’s articles:



Funemployment Diary, Entry #3: At the Flea Market

by Joey deVilla on May 29, 2012

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I love flea markets, which is why I spent time at one outside Tampa on Saturday. The part of me that’s still from “the old country” that likes walking through stalls run by local people running small businesses selling things that you aren’t going to find at your local Wal-Get or Tar-Mart. The opportunity to see what people are dunking in batter and deep-frying is a bonus.

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They sell everything at this flea market. Friends of Anitra sell jewellery, and there are stalls for everything from pets to computers to leather jackets to customized hospital scrubs to cheese to cars…and even legal services, like the one pictured above.

My favourite place in the flea market is the store that carries nothing but Aloha shirts. I love these things, and being a Pacific Islander myself, I think I look pretty damned good in them. I asked Anitra to take a picture of me in my latest purchase beside “Good Luck Riki”, the tiki that stands guard over the change room. This one was a steal at fifteen bucks. I’m pretty sure I’ll buy another shirt here during me next visit.

Another satisfied customer!

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Funemployment Diary, Entry #2: Chocolate and Cheese

by Joey deVilla on May 28, 2012

Greetings from the land of awesome junk food! I’m touring about with Anitra for the Memorial Day weekend, so this entry will be a quick one.

Pictured above is a taste treat I saw that isn’t available in Canada: Philadelphia brand milk chocolate cream cheese. No wonder Mayor Ford thinks Florida is the promised land!

The combination of chocolate and cheese reminds me of the Ween album with that title, so I’ll close with this classic, Voodoo Lady:


It’s a pretty impressive catalogue of every overused line from major motion pictures and tv shows with even a slight bent towards science fiction. He even manages to slip in a joke about Tampa, Florida near the end.


How to Handle a Negative Review

by Joey deVilla on May 26, 2012

Here’s one way to handle a negative review on Yelp.

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The Brutally Honest College Diploma

by Joey deVilla on May 26, 2012

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It’s Towel Day!

by Joey deVilla on May 25, 2012

It’s all in honour of Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. For more details on towel days, this site explains all.