Well, as most of you know, I am getting married in a couple of weeks. One of the important things which I needed to do for my marriage was to print the wedding invitation card.
I am not that good at writing stuff that needs to be put on the invitation card, so instead I did what I do best. I wrote code Yes both figuratively and literally Need proof? check the photographs.
After deciding that I wanted to write code, I had to decide the language. Initially I thought of writing an HTML document with tags. But somehow I was not convinced that HTML is a real programming language (okay, I am not here for a language war ).
After a few minutes I had the basic version. After a couple of revisions, I finally came up with this version.
After completing the program (which I nicknamed as the “program that changed my life”), I had to decide how to print it on the card. Navneet Nair, who works with me, suggested me to put a screenshot of my IDE with the code inside.
Even I liked the idea and that’s how I decided to take a screenshot of my IDE and have it printed as the card.
This was a pretty easy decision to make. I was typing the code in vim (macVim to be exact) and after trying out a couple of color schemes, I finally settled on the desert color scheme
The next step was to design the envelope. I did a basic version in Photoshop, by picking up some quotes from the programmer Ryan Gosling meme and placing them in comic sans font I then asked Navneet if he would like to change anything. He looked at it and said that he would like to change everything He then did a quick design in Illustrator with the quotes and it came out very well.
I wanted to increase the geeky quotient of my wedding invitation a little more and that’s when I thought of embedding NFC chips in the card.
I first heard about NFC in Google’s IO last year and first saw it in action at DroidCon organized by HasGeek a couple of months before. I got hold of the person who had a stall at DroidCon and bought NFC stickers from him. They were a little costly but added a lot of geekness to the invitation
I then used the NFC Tag Writer Android app, to write a url on these NFC chips. If you tap an NFC enabled phone on my invitation, it will automatically open up a url which has information about my marriage, address and map to the marriage hall etc.
After doing the NFC stuff, I realized that most may not have a NFC enabled phone. That’s when I remembered about QR codes and generated one.
If I had time, I could have loved to customize the QR code a bit, but I didn’t have much time, so settled with the default one. You can find it at the back of the envelope.
After designing both the card and the envelope, I worked with a person from a print shop called PrintWorks who helped me get it printed. They were very helpful and delivered stuff on time and I highly recommend them.
There are couple of people who helped me to get this card designed and printed. A huge thanks to all of them.
- Navneet Nair, who works with me at Yahoo.
- Swamy from PrintWorks
- Kiran from hasgeek
Ohh, btw don’t forget to be present for my wedding
Update: The following are some of the words which people said after seeing my invitation
- The geeket card ever..
- Collector’s piece..
- I am gonna frame it ..