Feel the Love with NBP’s Valentine’s Card

 

Every year, we at NBP all look forward to putting together the new Valentine’s Day card. Starting in October, we pass witty puns around the Publications department until we find one that hits our collective funny bone, and then we spring into action to turn our concept into a finished card that is available in time for the holiday.

This year’s card features a character many of us have come to love: an exuberant crayon who exclaims, “For crayon out loud, happy Valentine’s Day!” Why do we love this excitable crayon character so much? Well, who can forget meeting all of the hilarious and opinionated crayons in the popular books The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home?

crayon

One of the reasons we enjoy making the yearly Valentine’s Day card is that we each fondly remember giving and receiving these cards at school, and providing these cards is a perfect expression of our primary mission of parity. We believe that blind children should be able to experience and share in Valentine’s fun just as we did and just as their classmates do.

Hear what children’s book author Shea Gibson has to say about our Valentine’s Day cards:

“I’ve purchased Valentine’s Day cards from NBP for several years. I think it’s important to support organizations that exist for, and make efforts to, assist individuals whom may be visually impaired, like my 12-year old daughter Marie.

These cards are family-appropriate, creative, and are not only in print but pre-brailled for visually impaired individuals — allowing them to join in and enjoy the same nuances as a non-impaired person. Having the braille pre-marked on the cards is also a great help for teachers and other organizers whom are facilitating a card exchange for their school-aged children, both sighted and visually impaired.

NBP is a wonderful company and a great investment in my daughter’s future for the vast resources they can provide including something simple like a Valentine’s Day card.”

Order your Valentine’s Day cards online or by calling NBP today!

 

Be Mine, Xander

I know everyone has a Facebook page, even NBP, but I have not been tempted. Ever. Not once. Not for friends or family. Until this moment.

I want to friend Xander.

My son showed me Xander’s Facebook page and I’m completely done in. Xander, a squeezable, fawn-colored pug, suffered a head injury when he was two months old and had both of his eyes removed. At ten months of age, his owners put him in a car and dropped him at an animal shelter. Xander snuggles with a young childBut then two people, Marcie and Rodney Beedy, saw what Xander had to offer the world. They not only adopted Xander, they gave him his own Facebook page. Taking advantage of his new online audience, Xander explains what happened next: “I began using my other senses, the love in my heart and my many blessings to brighten the days of everyone I met.”

Marcie took him to school, where Xander passed his Pet Partners exam and officially became a therapy dog.  Because of who he is—who he was born to be—Xander works with victims of child abuse and spousal abuse. Rodney describes Xander’s unique style: “A lot of times he’ll hear a child crying at an event and he’s bolted several times, at least 500 feet over to this child to comfort them.”

Listen, Xander, I’m right now reading How to Add Friends on Facebook (with pictures). I should have something up by Valentine’s Day.Valentine Bone with braille letters that say "Be Mine" Until then, maybe we can tweet. Send me your hashtag. I’ll send Valentine biscuits that say BE MINE.

NBP’s (not so) Funny Valentine

It’s not a stretch to say we have the best customers in the country. You wouldn’t believe how many people call just to say nice things. (Full disclosure: I have some saved voice-mail messages that date back six years.) Even when someone calls to complain, they generally preface it with…“Normally I like what NBP does, but…”

NBP Valentine card featuring an image of a hog and a quiche.

‘Hogs and Quiches’ Valentine card

Like the teacher who called several years ago to complain about that year’s Valentine design.* “What were you thinking,” she asked, “putting out a Valentine about pigs and pies? No one here even knows what it means!” She was talking about one of my all-time favorite designs, an idea I borrowed from a friend who signs her emails: “Hogs & Quiches.” This tagline, in my opinion, met all our criteria: witty, not too sugary, and, best of all, two playful images that are not hearts.

I began my defense: “You see, when we design a Valentine it has to serve two audiences – blind kids who give them to sighted classmates, and blind adults who give them to both sighted and blind friends. They have to be about ‘love,’ but suitable to give to someone you would not want to marry. Ever. And whatever tagline, image, print and braille message you come up with must fit in a tight space 4.25 x 5 inches.”

She seemed a little less frustrated…a little more forgiving. “I’ll order the previous year’s design, please.” The following year, in 2012, I designed the most boring-est Valentine card ever. It had a felt heart on the front with the tagline, “You’re fine, Valentine.” It wasn’t a bestseller, but not a soul complained.

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*Each year, NBP designs original print/braille Valentines to give to classmates or friends. Critique this year’s valentine design.