Business cards

Chris Dean's picture

I've been working on my collection for 15 years, and I know I'm not the only one out there who does this obsessively.

Out yourself and we can all do it together!

Dentist card

1985's picture

Indeed, you put it much better.

hrant's picture

You know what I miss BTW? Websafe colors. It was this nice little craft,
getting optimal results. I guess it's like old-timers missing the exacto knife.

hhp

russellm's picture

Mine's better…

:o)

-=®=-

hrant's picture

To me, Paul Rand's card says: "I'm almost dead."

hhp

apankrat's picture

ILoveTypography.com guy's business card. Check out these beautiful edges !

lucascobb's picture

Letterhead / business card designs. About 80 great ones here: http://www.youthedesigner.com/2009/12/22/83-crazy-beautiful-letterhead-l...

apankrat's picture

Another really well designed and letterpressed beauty.

http://www.beastpieces.com/2010/02/forward-blotter-business-cards/

Chris Dean's picture

Is there a way to delete an accidental post yet?

kentlew's picture

@Christopher Dean: I suggest just editing the post to say something like “[Delete Accidental Post]” and an Admin/Janitor can come along and clean it up at some point.

Chris Dean's picture

Mike Rose's Letterpress business card

russellm's picture

Is there a way to delete an accidental post yet?

No, but keep trying.

:o)

JamesM's picture

> paul-rands-business.html|Paul Rand's business card

I know that was posted months ago, but I want to mention that the black border was NOT part of his card.

His card was apparently photographed on a black surface, and the cropping gave the false impression that the card had a black border. Unfortunately that same misleading photo has been reposted on multiple sites.

apankrat's picture

You, guys, may want to check out this wonder - http://www.murmure.me/communication-design/contact-2.0.html. Thermosensitive cards.

Chris Dean's picture


Steve Jobs' Business Card from 1979

hrant's picture

If you're handing your card to somebody in person, you can connect using much better tools than a piece of dead tree: your voice and your face and your handshake. Plus having to have great handwriting is an affected burden.

hhp

BrettR's picture

Slickest business card I have seen recently was one that could fold into a plane.

rvkmrj's picture

Hi everyone,
I'm new to typophile. Here is my card.

Please feel free to give your opinion, critique and suggestions.
Ravi

BrettR's picture

Apart from the fact that it is an incredibly low res photo that looks like you made it in MS Paint, the only major things I could recommend is not putting your phone number sideways, and you might want to consider not using small caps for your name.

rvkmrj's picture

Thanks BrettR.
I created it in InDesign and the image is an export from the pdf file.
Actually on the side, in addition to phone no. it has email and portfolio link.

Do you have any particular advice reg using and not using small caps in the business card?

riccard0's picture

The use of small caps in this case clashes with the use of lowercase.
But I like the phone number sideways :-)

Trevor Baum's picture

The kerning in 'Ravi' is pretty all over the place. Look at the space between R and a, a and v, v and i.

apankrat's picture

> Please feel free to give your opinion

Perhaps you should've looked around a bit more and not ask for a critique in a clearly unrelated thread. There is a whole section dedicated to the critique of designs.

Nick Cooke's picture

New card.

helives's picture

Does anyone know how they could make their own keychain BC?

hrant's picture

Hmmm, or a portable car lighter thingie, so you can burn
your info into stuff! Hey, we are talking about "branding"...

hhp

helives's picture

Tis true.

Don McCahill's picture

Cool. Thanks for sharing.

JamesM's picture

> Does anyone know how they could make their own keychain BC?

Here is the company that makes those tiny rubber stamps:
http://www.crankypressman.com/printery_bindery/custom-inspector-stamp-pr...

JamesM's picture

> Is the traditional business card dead?

Every sales rep I meet still hands me one.

But definitely declining in use. Used to be that the first thing everyone did in a meeting was exchange business cards. I see that happening less and less. It's easier to exchange info electronically (such as by copying and pasting contact info from an email).

michellea76's picture

"Is the traditional business card dead?"

I don't think so. There is still a big demand for business cards, especially that it's easier to order from online printing companies. I believe that business cards still represent "official business" between and among professionals. Many changes on business cards, I can say, are found on the added contact information (email address, others have Twitter or Facebook profile names) and on the evolving designs, stocks and coatings.

Chris Dean's picture

Agreed. Saying “business cards are going to become obsolete now that we have computers” is about as absurd as saying “paper is going to become obsolete now that we have computers.”

JamesM's picture

They aren't obsolete now, but their use is declining, especially among younger people. Eventually we'll reach the point where using them will seem unusual or quaint.

That doesn't mean they'll disappear entirely. But I think that someday it'll be unusual to be handed one. Unless maybe they're replaced with a new technology, such as physical cards that are perhaps the same size as current business cards but can transfer their info electronically, or display a video presentation, or whatever, but still be cheap enough to be considered a throwaway product.

Arthus's picture

The way information can transferred just changes the way we handle business cards, and since their shape/size/etcetera was dictated by limitations, which are slowly changing, we'll just have a different way of handling them. The physical aspect plays an important role, so it's not as if they will disappear. In this current-day pool of twitter-puke and facebook-ism you might even say the value of a business card has increased.

But you can play a lot more with the definition of what a business card is, since the contact information which is placed on it isn't that important any more. On my last exposition my business cards were A2 posters folded to a tiny size (using thin stock), which with digital printing was quite cheap. This way I could give someone a lower quality, but usable, piece of my work, which I must say, worked really well in gathering interest.

hrant's picture

These days when I give "regular" people a business card
they become visibly impressed, which to me is a bit comical.

hhp

Chris Dean's picture

“On my last exposition my business cards were A2 posters folded to a tiny size”

Can you share a photograph of this? Sounds fantastic.

gillo's picture

Here's a card I picked up at a little cafe last week. U nique indeed.

hrant's picture

On Thrusdays they pull your nails out a bit to leave a nice gap.

hhp

Arthus's picture

For Christopher, here some pics. Mind you there aren't of the best quality.

The cards are a series of six, with each different posters on the front, and different projects on the back. Always listing the project placed on the poster, but also two other projects (usually it was one typeface/type experiment, one book, and one random work (a series of etchings or such)

Fully folded

Folded out further

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