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This project was successfully funded on July 14, 2009.

The project goal is to create 100 Creative Commons licensed background images for anyone to use for free. To kick …

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The project goal is to create 100 Creative Commons licensed background images for anyone to use for free. To kick things off, I'll create 100 mini business cards using the photos.
Why 100 images? MOO MiniCards let you put custom photos on the back of high quality mini business cards. Since MiniCards come in packs of 100 and you can upload up to 100 of your own images, I thought it would be fun to create a pack with every single card you hand out being unique and open.

Photo by visualdensity Why $100? If you want one of the first packs of CC-licensed MOO MiniCards, the money will go to pay for the cards and the shipping for your order. All the photo and edit work to complete the project I'll do for free. Any additional money raised will go towards hiring a graphic designer to design a 100th card (99 photos + 1 professionally designed card). The 100th "credits card" will give photo, design, and support credits to every participant that pledges at least $1 to the Open Business Cards project.
Why background images? I discovered that if you power off your iPhone with the camera app running, you'll get an impromptu close-up shot when you next turn on your phone. This is usually a shot of a table surface, the ground, your shoes - many of which provide interesting textural backgrounds.

This phenomenon inspired me to shoot texture shots taken as iPhone close-ups. In order to learn more about effectively framing and lighting a digital shot, I post all photos without edits, cropping, or level and color changes.

I have shot 48 photos so far (as of the launch of this project). I will open up the licensing of this photo set once I have shot 99 acceptable background photos. If you want a say in which 99 photos I should include, visit the photo set on flickr and use the favorite and comment features to let me know ones you like or dislike.
Why me? I've been involved in a number of fun projects inspired by novelty and openness, including as a contributing author for a popular Creative Commons-licensed book, creator of a critically acclaimed news mash-up based on an open API, builder of a reference implementation for an open hardware communications platform, and on Project VRM with Doc Searls, co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto.

By day, I work on new products for National Public Radio. Learn more about my other projects at my website.


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    Make the world more open for only a buck. Use the 99 royalty-free background photos for any purpose guilt-free.

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    1 backer Limited (149 left of 150)

    Get recognized for supporting the Open Business Card project. Your name (or any 30 characters) will be included on the professionally designed "Credits Card" and on the Open Business Card thank you page.

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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    In addition to being a recognized supporter, you can specify what you want me to take a photo of for inclusion into the photo set. The subject must be a textural close up and be at least semi-reasonable (e.g. no "Obama's butt"). Keep in mind that your suggestion might be open to my creative interpretation. ;-)

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    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    In addition to being a recognized supporter, you get a pack of 100 MOO MiniCards with the 100 CC licensed images on the back. You specify what text you want on the front. I will make up to 10 of these packs as an exclusive run before opening up the license to the images for all to use. Cards will be shipped to anywhere in the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, or anywhere else in the world where I can ship for $10 or less (see for rates).

Funding period

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