I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this past weekend, if you celebrated it!
Today I wanted to show off a set of business cards that were printed a while ago for a friend of mine, Robin Yukiko. During November of 2008, I spent three weeks traveling around Japan and visiting a friend named Joe who had been living there for the past two years teaching English in Tokyo. Japan was amazing, and I spent my last week there visiting the sites and just generally hanging out in Tokyo with Joe. One of Joe’s friends, whom he had met there and who was also a fellow English teacher, was Robin. Robin had been spending time in Japan teaching English, but her real career is as an amazing musician/singer/songwriter. We (all of Joe’s teacher-friends, my boyfriend and I) went out to Karaoke one night at a little ex-patriot bar in Funabashi, and Robin and I hit it off shortly after she sang what still stands, to this day, as the most amazing karaoke version of Phantom of the Opera that I’ve ever heard. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area and shortly after she returned to the U.S. from Japan, contacted me about designing and printing her some business cards. The cards you see above are what we came up with.
Robin wanted something unique, a little rough around the edges, but still beautiful, sophisticated and professional. The cards were printed on Pearl White, 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and the design features a rough, hand-drawn border and a classic, black and white baby grand piano. I printed her name, tag line and contact information to the right of the piano and we printed one, tiny robin in bright green ink (robin’s favorite color) on top of the piano. If you’re interested in Robin’s work, you should totally check out her website. A lot of her music is available via iTunes as well!
I love the way these cards turned out and I had meant to show them off on this blog earlier, but at the time they were printed, I wasn’t much for blogging, and this website wasn’t in existence yet. I was thinking of Robin and all of the other awesome people I’ve met over the years this past week, and thought that now was just as good of a time as any to show them off. Thanks so much again Robin! I’m so glad that I got to meet you in Tokyo, and I look forward to the next time we run into each other again!