These days, it seems as though more and more people are foregoing business cards and instead getting personal calling cards reminiscent of the Victorian era, when such cards consisted solely of a person's name. Putting personal rather than corporate information on a contact card makes sense, as freelance and temporary work grows more common and people are less tied to one company. Calling cards are also nice for exchanging contact information if you're meeting in a casual atmosphere. They're also good for students or younger people who don't necessarily have an "occupation" yet!
Here's a quick lesson on calling card history, courtesy of Wikipedia:
"Visiting cards became an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use. The essential convention was that one person would not expect to see another person in her own home (unless invited or introduced) without first leaving his visiting card for the person at her home. Upon leaving the card, he would not expect to be admitted at first, but might receive a card at his own home in response. This would serve as a signal that a personal visit and meeting at home would not be unwelcome."
Those Victorians and their crazy social conventions! Luckily, exchanging cards these days is a lot more relaxed. We printed five sets of calling cards to match our personalized stationery sets...creating social stationery suites! Very exciting. We're going to do more "traditional" business cards in the future, aimed at those who prefer more occupation-related details, as well as some new designs for calling cards. We just listed these on Etsy earlier today and there's been a lot of interest already, so the calling card appears to be alive and well!
Until next time-