Missing String Band Business Cards and the Raster-to-Vector Look

I was going through some instrument cases this weekend and my mandolin case had some business cards in it from the ol’ band:

I just blogged the other day about that raster-to-vector look:

I remember when Adobe Illustrator CS2 dropped in 2005 it had a feature called “Live Trace” and I totally made it my aesthetic. I used to make business cards for my folk band and they all had the look of a photograph-gone-vector. These days they apparently call it Image Trace.

Glad I found a physical example of me using that aesthetic. I bet I used that look on every little poster or whatever I made for anything in those days.

The website is long dead (😭), but thank gosh for the wayback machine.

A lot better than this version from a year prior: