Let’s face it.
Anybody can make a business card.
But very few men create the perfect business card for their unique needs.
What do I mean by that?
What’s so difficult about printing your name, your job title, and your contact information on a small piece of paper?
And most business men have a mediocre card that get the job done.
But my goal isn’t for you to settle for mediocre.
I want you to have a business card that makes you referable, that ensures you are remembered, and does it’s job to perfection.
I want you to have the perfect business card for you.
Today’s post will feature 5 tips that anyone can use to create that ideal business card for their unique situation.
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1. Understand the purpose of your business card
The way a business card looks as well as the information written on it is very dependent on what the owner wants it to do.
A more established businessman may be more selective as to who gets information regarding his phone number as well as his job title. He may choose to just place his email and the words “business owner” instead of his actual position.
This particular format may violate the basic rules of having a business card. Other people may also think that any format is acceptable as long as the card serves its purpose.
Job seekers should put in mind that it is not a good idea to give out the business card associated with your former company. A better strategy is to have new business cards made- ones that highlight a few of your special skills. It is certainly not a good idea to squeeze one’s resume in that small space but you still want enough information on there to create a positive first impression.
2. Keep your business card simple
Make sure that your business card is readable. Stay away from card formats that have so much clutter that it makes it impossible to see where one piece of information starts and ends.
Use a readable font as not everyone has perfect vision. Research says that ideal fonts to use include Helvetica, Myriad Pro, Glasgow and Karat.
A 12 pt is an ideal font size but never get below 6 pt type as this will present problems for those with faulty vision and creates – in my opinion – the need to fill the card with unneccesary information to fill space.
By keeping your business card simple, you can clearly illustrate who you are, what you are doing and what you want to achieve.
3. Make sure the contact information in your business card is accurate
A business card with inaccurate information is useless.
It is worth repeating that if you’re in between jobs, never give out your old business card. The information found there such as your job title and even your email address may already be inaccurate. It doesn’t send the right impression.
Make sure that your business card has your current contact information – not your email from your last company or your old address in Colorado. Include several options on how people can reach you – some people prefer using the phone still for talking 🙂
Never scratch out old phone numbers in old business cards and write new ones in their place. This just shows a lack of preparation and gives the impression that you may not be serious in your goal.
4. Keep your business card professional
One factor in being professional is your email address. You may be one of those people with funny or unusual ones. Keeping this kind of email is a personal choice of yours but finding something like email@example.com doesn’t exactly send the most professional message.
Emails that are under the Gmail outlook umbrella are acceptable but stay away from emails that are convoluted, spell and sound weird and are difficult to remember.
Another way to keep your business card professional is to make sure that it is clean and free of smudges. Don’t make it seem like your business card has lived in your back pocket for ages.
It is also a good idea to develop a system for handing out your business card. You may want to get into the habit of placing your business cards in your right pocket and keeping the business cards of those you meet in your left jacket pocket. That way, you’ll know where to reach in case you need to hand out a business card of your own or stash someone else’s away.
5. Have at least 50 business cards on you at all times
It can be a very costly mistake to suddenly run out of business cards in the middle of an event.
Don’t let that guy be you.
A way to avoid this is to plan and prepare ahead. If you are going to a conference of 2,000 people then bring about 500 business cards with you.
Another useful tip is to place a good number of business cards in strategic places- such as in your jacket’s pockets. That way even if you forget the stack that you originally prepared for that event, you’re not totally out of business cards.
A great thing to invest in is a nice business card case. Not only will this make it easier to remember to bring one’s business cards but it just keeps them in good shape and maintains a professional image.
Don’t forget to also keep some business cards in your car so they can be ready to grab just in case.
Lastly, keep about 5 or so business cards inside your wallet, preferably in a small case. While these may look a little beat up compared to your usual pristine set, they are so much better than not having a business card to give out at all.
Hat tip to Paul in the comments – he reminded me of this classic scene of men taking business card perfection to the extreme 🙂
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In this digital age, the old-fashioned business card is still as necessary as it ever was.
Think of the last time you met with a potential client or business partner. Was it easier to take the time to input phone numbers and emails into your phone? Or simply exchange business cards? The latter of course!
A physical business card not only allows you to make a personal connection when you meet someone for the first time, it also makes your brand more memorable–if done right.
This is why we’ve put together a list of eye-catching business card examples to inspire your own and help you make a lasting impression.
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Business Card Design Inspiration
1 Understated and Tasteful
Even when creating your own business cards, the design principle of “less is more” is still a good rule to follow.
Take a look at this understated yet memorable card for an interior design studio. The perfect selection of colors, fonts and generous use of white space immediately catches and pleases the eye.
2 Artsy and Fashionable
If you’re going for something equally fashionable but with a bit more decorative flair, there’s this web designer business card in a variety of styles, which can also be used for any other occupation. Modern and clean, it puts on display the designer’s eye for color and harmonious composition.
3 Minimal and Geometric
Bright vivid colors and aesthetically pleasing geometric elements come together in this minimalist business card design, which is perfect for the budding graphic designer or artist.
4 Sophisticated and Energetic
Those in search of something evocative of sophistication and elegance but also energy and optimism, there’s this beautifully designed vertical business card, which is a welcome departure from the traditional horizontal card.
5 Rustic and Natural
For those looking for an eco-friendly vibe, this kraft paper business card does the trick. Its earth-colored design and textured paper perfectly communicates the idea of sustainability.
6 Worn and Antique
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without an example of a retro, vintage style business card, reminiscent of the Wild West.
Using blind letterpress, to create a subtle and classic look, on one side and screen printing on the other, this creative business card was hand sanded to give it a worn and antique look.
7 Bright and Citrusy
This playful and citrus-colored card is ideal for those looking to project a youthful and vibrant image. The selection of colors and creative use of scale to make the brand name bleed off the page also communicate out-of-the-box thinking.
8 Elegant and Bold
The right color scheme can go a long way in making the perfect first impression. Just take a look at the beautiful combination of blues and gold in this card for an aerial videography company.
In just 3.5 x 2 inches, it communicates the many facets of its brand: luxury, elegance and boldness.
9 Retro and Vintage
This impressive black letterpressed business card is sure to catch anyone’s eye. Its use of stylish and curvy typography in relief, which adds a nice dose of texture, over a black background makes for a wow-worthy design.
10 Royal and Luxurious
If you’re looking for a particularly refined design, this expertly crafted embossed and gold foil business card is one of a kind. The combination of gold over a black background with elements that stand out in relief create a lasting impression.
11 Floral and Colorful
Most successful business cards incorporate elements that remind the viewer of its distinct product or service. In this case, this bright and colorful pattern is the perfect fit for a floral company.
12 Texture and Vibrating Patterns
This creative letterpress business card combines black and metallic silver over a cream-colored paper. Using what’s called optical art which creates the illusion of movement and vibrating patterns, this design is sure to make it stand out from a pile of other ordinary business cards.
13 Simple Yet Daring
Like the brand it represents, this in-your-face modern business card design uses creative imagery, bold colors and a creative layout to grab your attention. Its expert use of white space and shadows also makes the design pop.
14 Witty and Humorous
The location-based social network Yik Yak created these memorable business cards that depart from the norm: Instead of the typical company information, they decided to create variations of cards with their favorite user quotes.
15 Stylish and Sophisticated
This beautiful combination of turquoise and black with gold foil is a surefire hit. As a business card for a wedding and portrait photography studio, it perfectly communicates elegance and vibrance in a single design.
16 Radiant and Stimulating
This creative web developer business card uses a unique pattern to catch your eye and then balances it with a very clean design on the opposite side.
17 Colorful and Minimal
This geometric and minimal design effectively communicates values such as dynamism, productivity and progress.
18 Clean and Simple
This fun and clean business card design is effective due to the use of simple yet attractive icons and an eye-catching color scheme.
19 Effective Layout and Typography
This traditionally colored black-and-white card breaks the mold, nonetheless, by implementing a creative and strong layout. It expertly uses typography to achieve an eye-catching design that manages to make you look twice.
20 Beautiful Simplicity
This design keeps things nice and clean by using plenty of white space and making the logo stand out through a varnish finish, which is one of the most common printing techniques for business cards.
21 Abstract and Sublime
As a business card design for a center which promotes the arts, this is a perfectly crafted example of effective branding and logo design. The different variations of shapes ingeniously communicate both the center’s mission and purpose while evoking the organization’s logo.
22 Bold and Professional
This two-color business card for a 3D design and animation studio effectively communicates the brand’s personality: forward-thinking, experimental and playful. The color purple and the drilled holes also help make it stand out from a pile of traditional cards.
23 Memorable and Unique
This eye-catching business card with raised spot gloss details features interesting patterns and color selections. As with all effective designs, it also conveys one key brand message: this is the point of origin of creativity of thought and uniqueness.
24 Tasteful and Stylish
A project for an interior design agency, this card brings together a stylish and tasteful combination of fonts and color schemes that is sure to serve as inspiration for your own. As a marketing tool for a company focused on aesthetics, this business card clearly exalts the values of beauty and elegant simplicity.
25 Creative and Noticeable
This black-and-white die cut business card stands out from a pile of 3.5 x 2 rectangles due not only to its vertical orientation but also its unique shape.
26 Vintage Typography
This vintage business card for an art gallery is an example of a unique letterpress design that brings to the fore the designer’s gift for brand and logo design.
27 Minimal and Colorful
This minimal business card combines illustration and color for a sleek, playful design. Featuring negative space and natural elements, they work hand in hand to produce an eye-catching and memorable business card.
28 Fresh and Clean
This gold foiled business card for a produce supplier perfectly reflects the words that should come to mind when you think fruits and vegetables: fresh, clean and natural.
29 Functional and Original
One way to keep potential clients from throwing away your card is to make it functional and useful. This coaster in the form of a hexagon, for example, might just become a permanent part of someone’s office space or household, keeping your brand top-of-mind.
30 Playful and Relatable
Another creative way to make your business card memorable and functional is to transform it into a deck of playing cards. This way it is more likely to find its way into someone’s living room or dining table.
31 Clever and Imaginative
If you’re looking for another creative idea, here’s this fun 3D folding business card for a shipping company.
32 Relief Design and Cut-Outs
Resorting to alternative materials is another surefire way to stand out. Just take a look at this vertical card printed on custom thick paper. Laser-etched in custom relief design with cut-outs, this unique business card almost looks like a thin slab of rock.
33 Fun and Interactive
It’s hard not to remember this business card, which cleverly communicates a unique value proposition in an effective way. The fact that the viewer can interact with it, not knowing what to expect next, makes it especially memorable.
34 Transparent and Clear
Another trend that has been growing in popularity is the use of transparent or translucent business cards made of a special polymer plastic that diffuses light as it passes through. From semi-transparent cards to frosted ones, there’s something for every taste.
35 Ecological and Thrifty
For those looking to really stand out from the crowd, there’s this ecological business card stamp that can be printed on practically any type of paper or recycled material. Note: This will not work for every type of business; only those that want to make a point of being very environmentally aware.
36 Dynamic and Striking
This business card for architects, engineers or designers is more than just a piece of paper–it’s an eye-catching mini structure that brings to mind values such as dynamism, creativity and boldness.
37 Ingenious and Slick
This self promotional card uses a clever invisible typography trick to get you to look twice: Using blind letterpress, it hides a message within a message and, in the process, gets you to look for a second or two longer.
38 Cute and Informal
In the right circumstances, you can also strike a cute and informal tone, as in this example of a business card with illustrations. The use of a vibrant color over a black-and-white photo also makes the design pop and stand out.
39 Delightful and Engaging
Another example of a winning marketing idea is this set of husband-and-wife business cards, which perfectly complement each other just like this pair of endearing business partners.
40 Effective and Noteworthy
Like other examples in this list, this guitar instruction business card makes the most of the small space allotted by reminding the potential customer of the service or product offered. In this case, the use of UV spots (the shiny layers) in the form of different chords is an ingenious example that can serve as inspiration for your own clever idea.
41 Stunning and Beautiful
This retro foil business card for Absolut is an absolute keeper. The vibrant colors, creative patterns and gold foil come together to create a brilliant retro look.
42 Heat Sensitive and Interactive
Yet another way to set yourself apart is to use heat-sensitive cards like the ones above, created for a photographer. These are particularly interactive and engaging as they allow customers to create their own images using the heat from their hands or face. The black turns to different shades of grey and finally white at body temperature.
43 Imaginative and Resourceful
This delightful die cut business card allows customers to actually make a small sculpture of a rabbit using the cut-out parts provided. This could be an effective idea for brands in the business of arts, crafts, and other hands-on hobbies.
44 Amusing and Smart
This unique business card immediately draws the eye as it entices viewers to pull out the card to discover something new. In just a single interaction, they are reminded of the need to take care of that pesky cavity and give the dentist a call.
45 Square and Holographic
In a departure from the traditional, this square business card strays from the norm not only in its shape but also in the use of a holographic foil edge.
46 Fun and Games
This 3D letterpress business card design for a furniture company is another example of how to make your card interactive and engaging.
47 Crafty and Metaphorical
If you’re looking for more ideas for a die cut 3D stand up business card, then this one for a creative agency might give you some much-needed inspiration. With different variations of messages related to uniqueness, this card strives to literally “stand out” from the pile of ordinary cards.
48 White on White
Another idea for a blind embossed business card, this example may inspire you to create your own white-on-white messages.
49 Edgy and Distinctive
The Ukrainian studio Tough Slate Design created this very unique and edgy design for the brand Woodstock Sawmill. Inspired by the topographic landscape of the sawmill’s region, this design is highly unique and distinctive.
50 Using Borrowed Interest
One tried-and-true method for making connections with potential customers is to piggyback off of a name or interest that is more relatable to them. For example, the feeling of having in your hands a front-row seat ticket to a special event is bound to be more exciting than holding a plain business card.
51 Eco-Friendly and Natural
Another example of an eco-friendly kraft paper business card, this design stands out due to its clean, minimalist and natural look.
52 Clever Illusion
This creative business card plays with perspective to get potential clients to do a double take. The lines and unconventional shape create the illusion of a 3D object which is actually two dimensional.
53 Contemporary and Playful
IKEA is a brand known for its playful and colorful identity, so designer Joe Ling set out to create a business card that would reflect those values. Like the products IKEA is known for, the cards require interaction with other cards to assemble a final image, in this case, the IKEA logo.
54 Simple Yet Intriguing
For those looking for a handcrafted and minimalist look, check out this stylish design for a Japanese restaurant. Its simple yet intriguing design is reflective of the elegance and mystery associated with the brand and Japanese culture.
55 Glow in the Dark
If you think some of these business card ideas are a little off-the-wall, then take a look at this glow-in-the-dark design. Printed using phosphorescent ink, this card effectively gets the point across that you can call them at any hour of the night or day.
56 A Hint of Orange
The judicious use of bright accent colors over muted backgrounds is popular in the design world nowadays. Just take a look at this minimalist card achieves just the right balance by splashing a little orange on one side.
57 Colorful Edge Painting
Another printing technique you can use to stand out is colorful edge painting. This business card for a social club, which was letterpressed on Muscletone French Paper, is unique in that the colors and materials work together to create a more memorable physical reminder of the brand.
58 Elegant Mint Color
This business card for an online retail store also uses blind letterpress printing and incorporates an elegant mint color that is in line with the brand’s identity and overall look and feel.
59 Back to the Basics
If you’re looking for the simple corporate business card, no frills or colors, then this one’s for you. It sticks to the basics, including logo, stamp and contact information.
60 Creative Flat Design
Flat design trends are also extending to business card design, reflected in this colorful rebranding project for a youth program. Exuberant and youthful, the design matches the company’s philosophy of motivating youth through dance, music and design.
Now that you’ve received plenty of inspiration for possible designs, you can create your own business card designs and mock-ups using a free online visual content creation tool called Visme. You can try it here for free for as long as you like.
And if you have your own inspirational business card examples you would like to share, don’t hesitate to drop us a line below, and we’ll get back to you.
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About the Author
Nayomi Chibana is a journalist and writer for Visme’s Visual Learning Center. Besides researching trends in visual communication and next-generation storytelling, she’s passionate about data-driven content.