Cool Turntable-Animated Business Cards

March 14, 2017


This is an example of the animated business cards made by Drew Tetz (I draw tets all the time!). Unfortunately, in order to see the animation the business cards have to be played on a turntable under bright light and viewed through the lens of a camera, or how exactly zero people will actually take the time to view your business card.

Keep going for a video of a business card as well as another video of a laser-cut wood animation using the same principles.

Thanks to Arman, who doesn't believe in business cards, he just stamps his name and number on the back of people's hands.

  • Hazakabammer

    why didn't they do this on actual vinyls back in the 70s?

  • Drugs.

  • Kane Harrison

    This phenomenon concerns me and is the biggest pointer that we are all in a computer game. Doesn't it seem strange that all humans see the same frame rate? The markings on the side of a turntable are stationary when the turntable spins at a certain speed. Seems odd to me.

  • Collin Hughes

    We only see at the same framerate when assisted by a strobelight (like on the edge of a record) or by a mechanical device (like a movie projector or a zoopraxiscope). Motion looks like a blur to me, but maybe I'm broken.

  • Collin Hughes

    You actually need the camera's shutter, not the lens to make this work. The shutter is what is freezing the image at the right point to make it look animated.

  • Kane Harrison

    No, you're wrong. On the edge of turntables are normally marks that seemingly stay still at a certain RPM with the naked eye. This is no different.

  • Collin Hughes

    I think you are wrong here. There is a strobe light that makes this happen. The eye doesn't magically freeze movement

  • Collin Hughes

    See how the edge is blurred outside of where the strobe illuminates it? The camera's shutter freezes movement the same way that synchronized strobe does.

  • Draco Basileus

    What happens if you play it backwards? Does the devil try to sell you something?

  • Bling Nye

    You get your money back.

  • Andyman7714

    You know you can animate any business card by pushing it across the table with your hand and making choo-choo noises with your mouth. No turntable or camera lens needed!

  • Georgia

    What? It's not even perforated! So you have to get out your X-acto knife, carefully cut in exactly the right spot, then fiddle with the turntable that you definitely do have, plus your bright light/camera lens setup (which is directly above the turntable), and all for what? It's not even good animation! I would be so angry at whomever gave me this business card that I would burn their office to the ground. Right to the ground.

  • Bling Nye

    Shitty apartment. Because they definitely don't have an office.

  • TheQiwiMan

    ^^^^seems like a reasonable response.


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  • Georgia

    You are the worst. The absolute worst.

  • palpable ovaltine

    What a great idea. If only it weren't about 50 years too late.

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