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Zen Foundation business card

While I’m writing about art in business marketing materials, this was my attempt at designing a business card for my Zen Foundation business (charity). This design doesn’t blow me away either, but I enjoyed drawing the image and struggling with the fonts and alignment.

FWIW, I sketched this image during the same vacation in Seward where I sketched my Valley Programming logo. I’m not sure why exactly, but on that trip I “got drunk on art,” then thought I was a great artist and started sketching things.

Zen Foundation “bookshelf” postcard designs (before and after)

This photo shows two attempts at creating images for my next Zen Foundation postcard. The first image represents my first “final” attempt. In this case I knew I wasn’t blown away by the image, but it was the best I could do that night. I posted it on Facebook, got some feedback from a friend, and eventually came up with the second image, which is what I decided to go with.

(Click the image to see a much larger version of it.)

My Zen charity: The Zen Foundation

If you're thinking about giving to a charity this year, please consider giving to the Zen Foundation. Our organization has one simple purpose:

"The Zen Foundation will freely distribute classic Zen books to libraries, schools, healthcare facilities, and other locations where people can discover Zen."

With this mission, we hope other people will discover Zen in the same way we did: By stumbling onto one of the classic Zen texts, flipping through the pages, and beginning to wonder.

My new business: The Zen Foundation

There's a long story behind my new nonprofit business adventure, but in short, I've created the Zen Foundation to fulfill the following mission:

"The Zen Foundation will freely distribute classic Zen books to libraries, schools, healthcare facilities, and other locations where people can discover Zen."

When I say "other locations" in that mission statement, I'm currently thinking of motels, hotels, B&Bs, and many other places where people can "discover Zen".