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Business Card Design Starter Kit: Showcase, Tutorials, Templates

Professionals in any field should always keep business cards on them because you never know when you’ll meet a potential client, partner or like-minded person. Despite their small size, business cards are one of the most powerful and handiest marketing tools. Not only do they create a link between you and your new contact, they’re also a quick way to give a great first impression. Business cards promote your skills and achievements and serve as a little container for big ideas.

Don’t underestimate the process of designing business cards; a well-made card does not just share your contact details: it generates further sharing and buzz. Like any self-promotion tool, designing a business card requires solid brainstorming and careful implementation to get the best effect.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

This post targets a diverse audience. It features a collection of remarkable business card designs that could help you in your search for creative ideas. The round-up of fresh tutorials and business card templates further down might come in handy for those who don’t have the skills or experience to design their own.

Showcase Of Original And Memorable Business Cards Link

Letterpress Cards Link

Letterpress printing has actually been the only form of printing text and images since it was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. Because of its distinctive qualities, such as crisp and tangible impression onto paper, letterpress work is now widely used for branding and identity development. Letterpress gives stronger visual definition to type and artwork and has a special touch, which is why it’s a popular technique for business card printing. Below you can see some beautiful examples of letterpress business cards.

John Henry Donovan5
On this business card, the fine design created by Irish designer and developer John Henry Donovan6 is complemented by the printer’s excellent choice of paper and inking.


Greg Anderson8
This card works because of the stylish dirty texture, good use of color and, of course, letterpress. Designed by Thomas Guy.


Chris Piascik10
The funky typography of freelance graphic designer Chris Piascik11 is set off well by the letterpress work on his business card.


Space 15013
This stylish letterpress business card was designed for the creative agency Space150 by designer Evan Nagan. The card is part of the agency’s periodic general redesign, which it conducts every 150 days. The elegant constellation theme and high-quality letterpress printing make for an excellent card.


White Rabbit14
This card promotes the portfolio of the German photographer Florian Muller (aka the White Rabbit). The use of the negatives pattern incorporates the card owner’s occupation well, and the surface is enhanced by an embossed rabbit.


One in Zero16
The business card of Hong Kong-based idea firm OneinZero is minimalist: the focus is on the letterpress type and paper texture.


Christian Garibaldi
The effective combination of blind and ink debossing, along with the subtle coloring along the edge, makes for a clean and exquisite business card that perfectly conveys the aesthetic of the photographer’s online portfolio.


Montage 18
Dallas Graham of Montage Creative has a simple and strong business card.


Paper Monkey Press20
Some filigree letterpressing is evident on the card of Paper Monkey Press21.


Second World Design
The guys over at Second World took their branding very seriously, resulting in the clean beautiful letterpress card you see below.


Kinetic Lens23
This card was designed by photographer Riley Maclean for his company Kinetic Lens24. Combining various letterpress techniques and a great set of red tones, this business card has a multi-dimensional feel. It’s printed on thick 220-pound-bond cotton paper.


Laura Moretz26
A good use of letterpress on the front and back of this card and the labels make this card memorable. It’s printed on French Speckletone #140 stock.


23rd And 5th28
Here is a beautiful business card showing fine typography and two-color letterpress. It was designed for the staff of the 23rd & 5th branding agency. This business card for the Director of Development features a QR code that drives contacts to a dedicated mobile website optimized for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.


Die-Cut Business Cards Link

Something else that determines a business card’s memorability and appeal is shape. Today many individuals, businesses and organizations die-cut their cards, going beyond traditional dimensions. Die-cutting is an effective way to make a business card eye-catching, unique and even interactive. But remember that a die-cut card should still be compact enough to fit in a standard wallet or card holder. Alternatively, you could suggest some other way to carry or hold your card. Some noteworthy die-cut business cards are showcased below.

Derrick Mitchell
Derrick Mitchell, a designer from Kalispell, Montana, creates his business cards by hand with chip board, screen printing, labels and stamps.


Popupology 30
This cute die-cut business card is done entirely in-house by designer Elod Beregszaszi31.


The chic design of this business card is accentuated by the custom shape and 16-point silk matte finish card stock.


This concept-based business card was designed by Mehdi Tuchak for the Iranian multimedia company Kaman36.


Sean Gerety38
This lovely business card mimics a Moleskine notebook. While the front is glossy, the back is matted and can be used as a note card.


Amundson Films40
Cheap card stock and moderate-quality print wonderfully fit the aesthetic of this vintage movie ticket business card. Great job, Alice Cho!


This die-cut masterpiece belongs to the Israel-based designer Alteroy. The cardboard icons can be separated. Much effort was put into this business card, and the result is absolutely worth it.


Carlos Vazquez42
This super-cute business card might be the shortest route to any Mac fan’s heart.


Herbert Martin44
Besides containing the contact info of German dentist Herbert Martin, this business card has another cool function: it helps you check your bite by way of a die-cut stencil. Designed by Petra Penz45.


The business card is square and “combines a hand-crafted feel with the style of Russian propaganda posters.”


Classic, With a Twist Link

Most of the business cards below have a classic rectangular shape and standard dimensions… but that is where their classic-ness ends. Creative ideas and skillful implementation make these cards look anything but ordinary.

The amazing identity concept for COCO was created by Polish designer “Wallstreet Different Creature.” This business card, as part of the overall branding, is pure style and beauty.


Erich Hartmann51
Erich Hartmann52 designed his business card to spell out a bunch of his skills, along with his main occupation. This clever idea is nicely visualized by way of a two-sided card, with an offset logo on the front and letterpress on the back.


Fran Rosa54
Motion and graphics designer Fran Rosa55 takes different angles on both his website and business cards… literally.


Grill Me 57
To see the info on this business card, grill it against a fire, because the card is stamped with lemon juice for ink. Quite an original idea, but using this effect for non-essential information or for an image, rather than contact info, might be more reasonable.


Luciano Ferreira59
A lovely typographic business card made by Brazilian graphic designer Luciano Ferreira for promotional purposes.


Sandra Boils61
This elegant business card was made for Spanish jazz vocalist Sandra Boils by graphic design studio Estudio Menta62.


Stepan Prokop
A beautiful artistic business card by graphic designer Stepan Prokop.


The rich grass texture makes the card of designer Marko Manojlovic65 look fresh and beautiful.


Van Der Buzz67
This transparent business card, mimicking an X-ray, belongs to Ukrainian advertising agency Van Der Buzz.


What What69
These cool playful business cards were created by twin brothers, designers John and Edward Harrison, also known as What What70.


Combining Techniques Link

When it comes to developing promotional material for a brand today, the variety of choice is impressive. With all the different printing techniques, the loads of diverse paper and material available and relatively cheap digital technology, the process of designing a business card is limited only by the designer’s imagination. The following business cards rely on both paper quality and printing methods to create a memorable experience.

TAM Cargo72
Traditional at first glance, this business card can be transformed into a little cargo transport box. The card was design by Brazilian advertising agency Y&R73 for TAM Airlines.


Cinch Creative75
Design company Cinch Creative printed its business cards on 60-point Blotter paper with a fine natural texture. Thanks to this and the debossed logo and text, the card is a pleasure for both the eyes and hands.


Feelme Crew77
This creative business card in the shape of a clapper board was designed by for Bulgarian multimedia agency Feelme Crew.


Here’s a green approach to business card design. The cards for Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman are made from recycled paper and cardboard. Moreover, the cards are completely hand-made. See details on Kaufman’s Facebook page.


This card, inspired by a boarding pass stub, was created by creative agency R3M1X3D82 for transportation company Groundflights. It is a successful mix of letterpress printing and die-cutting.


A beautiful business card stylized as a film frame. It was designed by Jimmituanart for Herofilm Productions.


Philosophy Communications86
With a squeezable circle built in, the business card of PR company Philosophy Communications is a two-in-one solution. Brilliant work, wouldn’t you agree?


Rhino Studio
Premium paper, imitation rhino skin and a stylized typographic logo make this card chic indeed. Designed by Contreforme.


Paper Fortress
This vintage-looking business card, which features die-cutting, embossing and high-quality paper, was designed by the studio Second World for the film production company Paper Fortress.


This fancy silk-laminated card, featuring a spot UV coating, was designed by social media and design company Chase Houston89.


Gita Ayu91
The cool illusion on this business card was achieved with a thin transparent plate that makes it look as though this faux-3D brick is broken. The amazing card was created by Saatchi & Saatchi, Indonesia, for a karate club.


Something Completely Different Link

The cards showcased below considerably expand the parameters of the business card format. It seems that business cards can be grown, played with and even eaten! Look at the craziest business card concepts around.

Not only can you comb your hair with this business card, you can also play a classic rock song on it with your fingernail. The card was designed by Fabio Milito for a Rome-based hair salon.


Gitam BBDO Spicy
The Gitam BBDO agency uses spice sachets as business cards, associating each of its departments with a particular condiment.


BC Adventure Survival Training95
The cards of BC Adventure remain extremely useful even in situations where a business card is useless. They are made of organic beef jerky and are good to eat for up to a year.


To promote one of his projects (an interactive chopping board), designer Sam Gough created 20 wooden business cards, carving his project’s title and contact info neatly into each.


Dept of Energy99
With its business “cords,” Dept of Energy100 shows a skillful play on its identity and style.


This business card is a thin envelope stuffed with grass seed. The clean design, clever copy and sneaky seed surprise make for an adorable card. Designed by Brandon Knowlden.


Taberu Me102
For the most desperate self-promoters, peanut business cards are not a bad idea. Taberu Me103 uses innovative CO2 laser engraving technology to print on the peanuts. But before you hands yours out, make sure no squirrels or chipmunks are around.


Wes Thomas105
This business card design is an ongoing project of Philadelphia-based industrial designer Wes Thomas. The laser-cut card can be quickly transformed in a cute desktop toy. This is no ordinary concept and is pretty labor-intensive, but who would refuse such a business toy for their desk?


Business Card Galleries Link

Only the truly unique are remembered. When designing anything for yourself, it’s always useful to look around for fresh ideas. Here are permanent showcase galleries where you can find trends and best practices for business card design.

Tutorials Link

To get you started on your own business card, we’ve selected some fresh and useful tutorials and guides that cover various issues you might deal with in this area.

Create a Print-Ready Business Card in Illustrator116
In this tutorial, well-known designer and blogger Chris Spooner walks you through the process of creating a fun business card with a sketched illustration.


How to Create a Stylish Business Card Template in Adobe Photoshop118
In this tutorial, you learn how to create an elegant minimalist business card design in Photoshop. The source files are available for free downloading.


Create a Grunge Print-Ready Business Card
Use this tutorial to create a business card with nifty faded brush strokes in Photoshop.


How to Create a Nebula Background in Photoshop120
Learn how to design a business card with an astral background.


Print-Ready Business Card Tutorial122
This tutorial explains how to create a print-ready business card with a clean dark design in Photoshop.


How to Make a Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a two-sided business card with crop marks and bleed.


How to Design Your Business Card124
This article discusses the basics of business card design and covers some best practices.


Business Card Design Walkthrough126
Along with other step-by-step tutorials, a detailed case study like this one might be useful to you.


PSD Tutorial: Design a Dirty Business Card128
Learn how to create a simple business card, complete with grungy texture.


Business Card Tutorial in Inkscape130
Here is a detailed guide on how to design a business card in Inkscape. While the result shown does not look that great, the principles of working in Inkscape are described quite well, so you can get a better result using this open-source graphics editor.

Business Card131
If you like the business card shown below, learn how to create it in Photoshop in this tutorial.


Making Creative Business Card133
This tutorial shows how to make a nice business card in a matter of minutes.


How to Design a Print-Ready Business Card Design in Photoshop135
This business card tutorial includes a couple of bonus templates, which you can download in PSD format and use for free.


How to Design Business Card137
Learn how to create the unconventional and attractive business card below.


Grungy Business Card139
Another variation of the grunge design is explained in this guide. The image preview and PSD file are free to download.


How to Make your Own Photographic Negative Business Cards141
Now, here’s a completely different take on business card design. Photographer Steph Goralnik shares his technique for crafting a unique photographic negative business card.


How to Choose Business Card Paper
Paper is an important consideration when printing business cards. The right paper can make your card shine, while poor-quality stock can spoil even a top-notch design. Read this article to learn the key points and differences between various types of paper.

How to Choose the Right Paper143
Although quite old, this article contains some useful tips on choosing the right paper for your business card. A solidly written article.

Templates Link

A template is definitely a great option for those who don’t have the skill to create a business card on their own. But even if you’re a professional designer, you may need the job done very fast or simply want to save time making customizations. This is when a template comes in handy. Below you’ll find a selection of well-designed free and commercial business card templates that you can take advantage of in your own projects.

Free Templates Link

Most of the templates in this category are free for personal and commercial use, but please be sure to read all accompanying legal usage notes before downloading the files.

I love dA Business Card144

This nifty business card design was created by graphic designer depart145 on the occasion of deviantArt’s birthday. The template is available for free download in both PSD and Ai formats.


FreelanceSwitch Business Card Template147
This Adobe Illustrator template can be customized for any freelance profession. The pack comes with templates for writers, coders and designers.


Bokeh Business Card149 | More
The PSD template for this business card is available in high resolution and is ready to print.


Free Business Card Template for Photoshop (PSD)151 | More152
This minimalist grayscale business card template is available as a free download at DeviantArt.


Free Business Card Design Pumpkin
This “Pumpkin” business card template features 300 DPI resolution and CMYK color mode for professional printing, front and back sides and four color schemes: pumpkin, cream, Indian pink and brown.


Construction Hazard Stripes Theme154 | More155
This print-ready business card template is in Photoshop format.


Free Abstract Blue Business Card Template157
This double-sided PSD card template includes well-organized layers and is in CMYK color mode for easy editing.


Die Gallery159
In this gallery, you’ll find some unusual card shapes, all for free. All files are in EPS format.

Business Card Template
Here is a blank template for a standard US business card. Both JPEG and PSD versions of the template are available for free downloading.


Noise Modern Card160 | More
This download pack includes two full-layered PSD files for the front and back. The dimensions are 3.5 x 2 inches, and the resolution is 300 DPI.


Minimax Positivo Business Card Template162
The template has six color variations and features a letterpress effect. The template package includes a PSD file, PDF help file and preview image.


Business Card Template (Vector) | More164
A free Adobe Illustrator business card template in 3.5 x 2 inch format.


Vertical Business Card Vectors166 | More167
An EPS file containing 18 vertical business card templates with JPG preview.


Free business card templates169
10 free business card designs in PSD and TIFF formats.


Seextwood Business Card | More
A minimalist template in CMYK mode and 300 DPI resolution. The dimensions are 3.5 x 2.5 inches.


4 Blue Personal Business Card Templates | More
A set of four PSD business card templates in blue. The dimensions are 3 x 2 inches, and the resolution 300 DPI.


Premium Templates Link

Pure Style Business Card Template171 | More185179172
A minimalist two-sided business card design (3.5 x 2 inches) that can fit practically any profession or brand. The template comes in high resolution and requires Adobe Photoshop 8 or higher for editing. Price: $7


Blue Monster Business Card Template | More174
This funny template is ready to print and can be easily customized in a vector graphics editor. Price: $4


Business card (set 17) | More business card templates
These cheerful business cards might appeal to people in creative fields. Three license types are available; the basic one gives you this set for $5.


Typography Mini Business Card175 | More188182176
These bright typographic mini-cards come in two styles, grungy and clean, and include a black and white version for low-cost printing. The templates are print-ready and can be edited in Photoshop. Price: $6


Tender Flowers Business Card178 | More185179172
An original floral design that would work well for wedding photographers. It is print-ready and can be customized in Photoshop. Price: $7


Blue Bubble business card181 | More188182176
This clean and airy design will appeal to fans of minimalism. It is in print-ready CMYK, 300 DPI, and includes two PSD files and two high-quality JPG images. Price: $5


Black Business Card Template184 | More185179172
This business card has a rather universal design and would serve a personal brand, company or other project equally well. It is print ready; all you need to do is change the default text. Price: $7


The Black Family business Card Pack187 | More188182176
These super-original and cute business cards might be good for showing off members of a creative team. They are two-sided, in CMYK and 300 DPI, easy to edit and print-ready. Price: $6


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  1. 1

    Very nice and funny collection (especially “BC Adventure Survival Training”), but if you want some more, dont’ miss: Small business-cards, but big inspiration!

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    Michael Brennan

    August 9, 2010 8:09 am

    Nice article. Reminds me of the funniest youtube video about business cards!

  3. 3

    Dmitry Chebakov

    August 9, 2010 5:35 am

    Thank you, it’s a totally huge and stylish collection!

  4. 4

    Ok, what is the best online place to print pressed business cards?

  5. 6

    thank you so much :)

    u have an awesome collection

  6. 7

    Very nice post!

    I’m pretty happy about my business cards! They help us to get noticed :)
    Have a look, I posted them on creattica

  7. 8

    Fun collection, as always, but novel is not always best. If somebody handed me a peanut business card, I would drop it, run away and never call them again–I have a fatal allergy to those things and ingesting even the tiniest amount (including through skin, eyes or mouth) will send me to the emergency room. May as well print your card on a loaded rat trap.

  8. 10

    What a huge collection of very nice examples. This must have took you a lot of time to collect. (Have not yet done all the reading, of course, but until now that’s great too).

  9. 11

    I love the business card in Moleskine notebook layout !!
    Where I can find a template from this?

  10. 12

    @pon – That’s the same question I have..

    @Julia May – You have done a wonderful job compiling a gallery a business card examples, temples and tutorials.

    Your article could have really been an exception article, and manage to stand out from all other business cards articles, if you included a list of printers as well.

    • 13

      Thanks for you comment, Michael, it makes sense. However, this time I preferred to focus on the design aspect of business card creation. I tried to make this post as useful as possible selecting only the most up-to-date and well-made tutorials and templates, and showcasing different takes on business card design. Choosing printers is, in my opinion, a subject for a separate (and solid) research.

  11. 15

    so many nice things in here!

  12. 16

    Eko - iBrandStudio

    August 9, 2010 6:34 am

    Amazing list…
    Thanks for include our free template “Abstract Blue Business Card Template”. We are very happy :)

  13. 17

    Fifi El-wa7esh

    August 9, 2010 6:37 am

    Very nice collection! Amazing job…

  14. 18

    Great to see an article on business cards (and what an awesome article too!)

    Interesting to see that some of the templates are 300dpi. Our local printers (small fry compared to some of the larger bureaus) are now punching 500 dots per.

    Easy to remedy though. :)


  15. 19

    Totally awesome list! Thank you so much -:)

  16. 20

    Kevin @Designer's Digest

    August 9, 2010 6:44 am

    awesome collections.. Letterpress Cards are really inspiring. cool design.

  17. 21

    Brilliant collection and very good tutorials. I love the revival of Letterpress and the originality of some of the ideas, although some of them might be a tad impractical; very creative nonetheless.

  18. 22

    This is an awesome article!!! Plenty of great ideas, tutorials and freebies. What more do you need??? =D


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    August 9, 2010 8:00 am

    I ask myself – which print shop can make such awesom cards. I know a few but they are quite boring. I mean where can I get paper like in the sample of “One in Zero” for example?
    Do you guys know a Business-Card-page which makes extraordinary cards?

    And thanks for the article.

  20. 24

    You have suggested a link which suggest to download a free business card template which is almost identical with my GraphicRiver item. This is a copyright infringement. Please remove that link and do not be part of that crime. Here is my item:

    • 25

      So your the only person in the history of design to replicate a texture onto a business card? please. What do you do? search forums looking for your stolen “original ideas?”

  21. 26

    Awesome article. I’m in the process of getting business cards and I was hoping that you would include some reputable places to get cards printed online, but alas there were none! Does anyone have recommended tips on finding a printing company? I’d like to get my cards letterpressed on thick recycled card stock but I have not found anywhere that has a good selection of printing techniques or stocks to choose from.

  22. 27

    No offense but I hate this business card post and pretty irrelevant lists. WHY?

    The simple rules are this, paper quality, weight, and ink matter more than anything and it is nearly impossible to find a good online printer or even an article about WHERE to get quality prints on quality paper.

    Write an article about that.

  23. 28

    janis liepins

    August 9, 2010 9:49 am


  24. 29

    The idea was OK, I guess but not the execution. Thanks btw…. Apart from Chris Spooner’s tutorial, none was good enough…. He clearly explains everything there is to know…

    And how could you forget this one.. this is the big daddy of them all… :) especially if you have only photoshop and wondering what to do :) and moreover the grungy tutorial is a TOTAL (concept) rip off of this PSDTuts one :

    Apart from that, i commend you for the time you put into collecting this, although I feel you could have done a lot better … I am in the process of re-branding.. so hopefully this will give me a headstart :)


  25. 30

    Great article! Love the business cards ideas :)

  26. 31

    really cool designs

  27. 32

    Pretty sure that “Alteroy” card was laser cut, not die cut.

  28. 33

    Awesome cards!

  29. 34

    While this is a really good list and really cool cards, I’d really like to see a practical list of commonly printed business cards with no cuts or anything. I find it hard to be creative in the business card format when I’m designing for business people who don’t want to spend a fortune on specialized printing. I just want to deliver a good solid product that I can order really quick from my online printer.

    It’s not that I couldn’t use these special processes, but really it’s just impractical for the people I’m dealing with. Good article, but I would love to see some inspiring cards done with creative design that doesn’t rely on expensive printing processes.

  30. 35

    Incredible!, inspiring!, what can I say.
    (When I look at b-cards my firm uses I can hardly sustain the gag reflex :(

  31. 36


    Even then, I scan them, THEN I THROW THEM OUT.

    Get digital or get lost. And stop killing trees.

    Get creative with that.

    • 37

      Ever heard of Tree Farms?

      / guess not

    • 38

      so you complain about killing trees, but THROW OUT business cards? I thought those that care about the environment recycle?

      • 39

        OMG you’re sooo clever! Of course I recycle, but I’d just as well not get the rubbish. The bottom line is this article is useless other than to inspire people to waste resources on fancy versions of 1980’s business protocol.

        And anyone that believes that all, or even most, paper used comes from tree farms is probably an idiot.

        • 40

          i cant speak for the world, but i can speak for here.

          most american paper is manufactured from american tree sources. i’m proud to report that despite this, a higher percentage of this continent today is forested than was when we first started mapping and tracking our forest land.

          renewable resources work.

          • 41

            I think the real point here is that business cards are dated and have a shrinking amount of relevance in 2010 and beyond. Googling websites, texting email addresses and trends like digital “bumping” with smartphones have much more relevance.

          • 42

            Jakob Birgersson

            August 12, 2010 1:11 am

            I just think you are wrong. Computers have increased the amount of paper used in an office, not decreased. People are still fascinated by things they can touch and feel. So business card will survive.

  32. 43

    Amazing card, but the it is best to have a Virtual Business Card, like, where your contacts and social network profiles never get outdated.

    • 44

      BUT…how do people remember how to find your digital card? You need a printed card (with the exception of bump technology devices)!

      • 45 ‘ s idea is that once you exchange your virtual card with someone, no matter what you change (phone, social networks, address), others will always have your new details.

        The another great idea is that on printed paper cards, you can just type your username/id in that Virtual Card Service, which would be always the same, and people will find you through that username/id. In this case, even if you gave you printed card to someone your ID only 2-3 years ago, they can still find you through that type of service. The only question is that Qubrit ( or any other services out there must be very popular (like Facebook) so that everyone would have their accounts with it.

  33. 46

    Thanks for these! I was just planning to research business card designs for inspiration when I saw this in my twitter feed. Perfect timing!

  34. 47

    very nice bussiness cards and tutorials, thanks for sharing :D

  35. 48

    Too bad that most of these wonderful templates are in Photoshop and not Illustrator. For screen/web stuff it’s a great app, but for typography it’s inferior and shouldn’t be the go-to application for creating print media in it’s entirety.

  36. 49

    I see what you did there…

  37. 50

    I’m still amazed that people rely on the standard car as a presentation. Either people pin them to a board, place them in a card folder or scan them to digitize your name and information (which is hard to do with many cards).

    Why limit yourself with the standard size (although it’s a fun challenge to design within the given space and plan die cuts)? The card you hand people says who you are and what you do. Make a splash with that and you will hear others say, “I’ve heard about your card and couldn’t wait to get one!” (It does happen!)

    Great article, Julia!

    • 51

      And some on a standard CARD…while in their standard car!

      • 52

        Thanks Speider, appreciate your compliment. I agree with you, a successful business card triggers the word of mouth.
        However, I think there are situations when standard card may be a better option that the one with a pop-out toy. In my opinion, the best solution is to make a basic card design for everyday needs (which would be a balance of creativity and practicalness) and create some unique concepts for special events, projects or even people.

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    D Bnonn Tennant, Ace Web Copywriter

    August 9, 2010 5:15 pm

    Some very striking examples, but it would be good to see some discussion of the actual purpose of a business card—and how to better achieve it.

    There’s only one purpose I can think of: to improve your chances that the person you give it to will contact you later (to buy your services). There’s a word which describes this sort of thing: stuff you print out and give to your prospects in the hope of generating a sale.


    But in that case, most business cards utterly fail. They don’t contain any useful advertising components. There are basically four parts to an advertisement:

    1. The promise
    2. The picture
    3. The proof
    4. The push

    The promise and picture draw your ideal prospect into the ad by appealing to something he cares about. In most ads, it includes the headline and lede. The proof tells him why he should believe you. It usually includes both emotional and rational reasons. The push tells him what he has to do, and asks him to do it. It includes the offer and the call to action.

    Without these four elements, an ad will not succeed. If you don’t hook your prospect, he won’t read the ad at all. If you don’t give him reasons to buy, he won’t. And if you don’t tell him how, he can’t. Which means that most business cards are going to completely fail to achieve their purpose of turning a lead into a sale.

    If you’re wondering what a properly designed business card might look like, check out

    • 54

      A business card is not a standalone piece of advertising, it has a very distinctive context (meeting, conversation) and function (reminder). You can’t compare it with a flyer.
      Being a creative professional, you have the license to play with meaning and format to be original and remarkable.
      When talking to someone you give your business card, it should be quick to read and understand, and it can be a conversation starter, never an obstacle.

    • 55

      @D Bonn
      You might be right with your thoughts on advertising for people working in businesses excluding design businesses. It must be much more important for them to advertise on the business card (especially if this is their only advertising medium) but I think it is a totally different thing with designers. They deal mostly with other designers or people who are at least interested in design, so they get in touch with designers (all others ask the “son of a friend” to mock something up on Powerpoint and sell it as their new brochure). This means that the business card will have to be unique/striking/beautiful/clear… to make them feel that they really deal with a professional.

      A business card is therefore so much more than one of these bold and in-your-face marketing messages, it is supposed to best represent your brand (if you own one) and emotions that you would like to connect to it. Maybe the post should have been called “Business Card Design Starter Kit FOR DESIGNERS: Showcase, Tutorials, Templates” to avoid any confusion.

      If you speak to a decent designer and show him your card, they will most likely pick up on the issues that come with the advertising content in your business card design – the right margin on the back being too narrow compared to the left one and there are also some issues with punctuation and hyphens. If a designer would do things like this, it would much more damage his reputation than the advertising would do good. But for people outside the design industry, these things would probably not be too obvious to them and therefore the marketing message will be all they take from it.

  39. 56

    very very wide range of designs and innovative ideas. thanks for the post.

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    Rupnarayan Bhattacharya

    August 9, 2010 9:35 pm

    Great collections. I was looking for something like this for a long time. Very usable and inspirational. Thanks a lot

  41. 58

    The Pro Designer

    August 9, 2010 10:33 pm

    Really great collection of business cards samples and tutorials, also thanks for including my tutorial…

  42. 59

    Fantastic article!

  43. 60


    August 9, 2010 11:44 pm

    What a lot good looking business cards.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. 61

    Wowwwww. Excellent Creativity… Thanks for sharing this.

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    Phil - pipjonesdesign

    August 10, 2010 12:50 am

    Patrick Bateman approves!

  46. 63

    Wow. Some really great, inspired designs. Really good food for thought and I agree with the author — a unique and memorable business card is important in order to stand out.

    I have had some success with since I am not a Photoshop ace. They have a lot of templates, design staff to help you, and great service.

  47. 64

    excellent cards :)

    thanks for the ideas and sharing !

    keep it up

  48. 65

    amazing cards!

  49. 66

    i like them all
    very good cards

  50. 67

    Great article in business cards but I wish you would have covered some great places to have these designs printed up.

  51. 68


    August 10, 2010 8:59 am

    There is ONLY 1 Card: Joker.

    ALL the above are mundane.

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    Yasen Vasilev

    August 10, 2010 9:38 am

    Respect Julia May! Nice and useful showcase. I’ve been reading other articles on the same topic, but this one is different from them with the tutorials in the end. Very useful!
    In another article there was a list of on-line places to print business cards. I haven’t tried them yet, but here are the links:
    This article is going in my bookmarks, and when I finish the redesign of my portfolio I’ll know where to go for good read on business cards.

  53. 70

    Some very inspiring technique examples there. I think this level of perfection is strongly related to a good local print/pressing shop and to a seasoned graphic designer/studio. You can have all the visual imagination you want and illustrator godness, if you don’t know what your print shop is capable of, the final output can be from average to plain horrid.
    Last year when I made a web redesign for a local company, they asked me if I could take care also of their new business cards. Oh boy what a stressing experience! Although I live and work in Paris area (France) I was able to find in time, only ONE printshop who would do quality letterpressing with varnished typography.
    Based on past experiences, it would be good if you folks would give some quality printshop names and where do they operate.

  54. 71

    NEVER EVER design business cards if you want to be taken seriously as a designer. It’s usually the first foray into design and the first thing someone as you to do after finding out you;re a designer. I am shocked to see an article on it here, Shocked!!! NEVER NEVER NEVER do it.

    • 72

      Business card is to graphic design as chair is to product design. It’s a symbol.
      A business card is a very limited format in size and information, and it has a very distinctive context and function.
      Some argued printed business cards are obsolete. I don’t think it’s true, but you have other alternatives. As graphic designer there’s no reason to not design business cards. It’s a great communication design exercise.

  55. 73

    Nice round up. Something that might be good to add is where to get the business cards printed. And better yet where to get die cuts done. I have searched high and low and have yet to find anyone who can do it good.

    Just a thought

  56. 74

    not to be mean, but that peanut one is terrible

  57. 75

    i like

  58. 76

    I am liking the Letterpress Card collections :)
    they are trully inspiring!
    and thank you for including Minimax Positivo business card template ;)

  59. 77

    Have you seen this one? Evan Roth is the first result when you Google ‘Bad Ass Mother F**ker’, so his card is just a Google search box with that term in it.

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    Ole Fredrik Lie

    August 12, 2010 1:31 pm

    Great selection of good business cards in this article. For more inspiration check out my blogpost on this topic:

  62. 80

    thanks for shareing.

  63. 81

    I hope the company that made the Blue Monster card has a license from Cartoon Network, otherwise, a big lawsuit is coming their way since they are selling this for monetary gain.

  64. 82

    how do you get all those card name?? wow..what a nice collections..
    i just thinking to design my own card name, and this article is really inspiring..thanks for sharing :D

  65. 83

    It’s very cool
    Thanks a lot

  66. 84

    nice and Stylish collection

  67. 85

    TAM Cargo is awesome

  68. 86

    Great to see MOO cards in there (Love the MOO MiniCards).

    If you are looking for more inspiration for great Business Cards check out MOO’s ideas section here –

    Enjoy.. I did..

  69. 87

    i love the variety of inspiring designs you guys keep showcasing — keep’em coming please!

  70. 88

    Brilliant designs! Lots of really nice stuff here. Was actually looking for designs for a student starter kit. Any ideas on where I can look? Many thanks in advance.

  71. 89

    Robert Mathis

    August 30, 2010 12:35 pm

    Here is an idea! What would really be helpful is list of the printers and sources to get such cool cards.

  72. 90

    Studio On Fire

    September 7, 2010 5:04 pm

    Thanks for including us in your business card inspiration. Please give us a printing credit and link back to our post when reposting our photography. Thanks!

  73. 91

    Those are really interesting name cards! Thanks for showcasing them!

  74. 92

    greetings from s-h-a-k-y Chile !!magnificent post!! All the cards.. so beautiful.. i just got a mind expanded moment… to the work table, right now!!

  75. 93

    Adam Fuller Design

    September 15, 2010 2:39 am

    Sweet post! I’ve been thinking of getting new cards printed on metal.

  76. 94

    Im just wondering where is a good place to get these letterpress business cards printed? i am in toronto ontario. If anyone can help or suggest where to get these would be very helpful.

    thank you


  77. 95

    Thanks for featuring my k&m free business card template (two-thirds the way dwon the page) and big thanks for this great article.

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    saleesh miracle

    November 1, 2010 12:22 am


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    I want to know where should contact for further details about these business cards…


  80. 98

    very nice cards

  81. 99

    all card designs are really awesome i really like it

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    Good and Fantastic designs… Very nice..

    Shafeer (Web/Graphic designer) –

  83. 101

    This is an awesome article!!! Brilliant collection and very good tutorials .Letterpress Cards are really inspiring. cool design……

  84. 102


    did someone have any idear where it is possible to print cards like this?
    I really like this struktured card like this:

    So it would be really nice to find a company where it is possible to create cards like we have it here.

    Thank you

  85. 103

    did someone have any idear where it is possible to print cards like this?
    I really like this struktured card like this

  86. 104

    very nice collections. thanks for your sample post……………..

  87. 105

    Moo collecction look great plus the metal cards!! I’ve been sending them through which seems to be the cheapest way to send them? Is that working for anybody else?

    any help would be appreicated? thanks…

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    Jeffrey Medina

    November 1, 2011 4:25 am

    all the designs are good and interesting.i am a graphics designer here in dubai. i am a graphics fanatic…SUPER LIKE

  89. 107

    Some nice ideas here. I’m looking to get some interactive business cards made .
    its a business card with a usb drive, so you can put all sorts of files or presentations on it. I’m going to have mine link to my website once it is inserted into a computer, now that is an engaging business card if you ask me.

  90. 108

    Nice collection i visit ur website every day i like this thanx for visit every day…

  91. 109

    Augusto Esteves

    November 4, 2013 6:06 am

    Anyone knows where I can get a template for a card similar to the TAM one?

    Thank you :)


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