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Building a Modern Business Card with Eleventy

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This repo contains the tutorial and code for "Building a Modern Business Card with Eleventy," a talk I gave at the 2021 Eleventies. The Eleventies is a series of lightning talks on the Eleventy web framework hosted by Jamstack Toronto.

TL;DR: We build a minimalist SVG business card that contains (1) a person's name and (2) a QR code linking to an Eleventy site with all the person's contact info. The card can be printed out, folded up to standard business card size, and handed out.


Quick Deployment

  1. Fork this repo.

  2. In your fork, edit all the fields in src/_data/config.js.

  3. Replace src/favicon.svg in your fork with your own favicon.

  4. Deploy your site to Netlify with a guide such as this one.

  5. Visit /card.svg on your deployed site and print out the page.

    Note 1: Printing from the browser seems to interfere with the proportions of the SVG. It is ideal if you download both /card.svg and /link.qrcode.svg to the same directory and then print out card.svg from a vector graphics editor like Inkscape.

    link.qrcode.svg is needed because card.svg links to it.

    Note 2: The card generation is still in its early stages. For instance, we only support letter paper (8.5" x 11"), and long names will overflow onto the QR code. In these cases, you may need to edit the card on your own (see below). PRs are welcome if anybody knows how to implement this card generation properly.

  6. Follow this tutorial to fold the card.

Developing Locally

  1. Clone your fork locally, e.g. git clone FORK_URL.
  2. Install dependencies with npm install.
  3. Start the development server with npm start. This should open http://localhost:3000/dev in your browser.
  4. To build the website, run npm run build.

Editing the Card

To modify the design of the business card, download /card.svg and /link.qrcode.svg from the website (or copy them from the build/ directory) and edit them with a vector graphics editor like Inkscape.

Note: link.qrcode.svg is needed because card.svg links to it.

Future Ideas

  • Improve automatic generation of the business card by using a library such as labelmake rather than trying to hack SVGs. labelmake would be able to automatically generate the PDF, which is better than creating an SVG and asking the browser to print the SVG (the browser tends to distort the SVG).
  • Enable the card to work offline. For example, switching the QRCode to represent a vCard (rather than a single link) would enable people to easily add the contact to their phone even without internet access. However, the vCard would introduce a lot more info that could potentially change over time, which would mean reprinting the business card. Furthermore, it is still possible to simply hand out the card.


This project's initial code structure was based on a wonderful tutorial by Matt Stow.