You want a new business card, don’t you? Of course. This is the most important element of your visual identity. It’s the first thing people see when they meet you.
These cards are also out-of-the-box ideas that most clients would love to have, but would never have the balls to actually use. Hopefully you will enjoy the ideas presented here as much as I did and will get inspired to create your own cool designs.
I would like to thank everyone who sent me their coolest designs!
Make your partner work for your contact details. Let them scratch.
Let them find you easier. Make a mini map.
Decorate your card with a bit of fluff.
Cute fold out. Brings back old childhood memories.
Make it look like the product you’re selling.
Ooops. It’s an impression from my notes.
Add a bit of class and expense. Have gilded edges.
Add teeth impressions if you’re a dentist. Thumb prints for a detective. You get the drift.
Spoof a famous logo.
Use shiny metal surface.
Write fun copy.
Pay extra for stylish embossing.
Use metallic ink and a metallic hole.
Teeth floss? Gross!
Combine different papers.
Stay minimal and positive.
Use a thread.
Make an 3D plastic card.
Come up with a fun die-cut.
Dog tag theme.
Cat tail theme.
Use office scrap.
Use fun typography.
Blind date theme.
Simply square with no ink.
Interchangeable insert in a generic cover.
Free one way ticket to the moon.
Demonstrate your skill.
Metal card. Doubles as a cake cutter.
Is this scratch and sniff or just generous use of white space.
Try the retro look.
Elegantly long and thin. Reminds me of a card I designed for a perfume shop that looked like a scent tester.
Camera obscura. In case the Nikon breaks it comes handy to get the job done.
Folded and playful.
Expandable rubber to test your strength. One more time. And, one more. One last time. Good job. Now, what was the number again?
Reuse old cards for a second hand shop.
Get rid of the evidence you ever met the headhunter.
A clear message from a debt recovery agent. If you don’t pay I’ll break your bones. Here’s the x-ray of my last client broken finger as proof.
Business card for an acupuncturist with small holes to demonstrate what will happen to your skin.
Perforated cards demonstrate what a separation lawyers does.
If you don’t want to separate you can consider marriage counseling with a help of scotch tape.
There is nothing better then a little freebie. In this case a few seeds demonstrating how lush can make your place greener.
A balloon visiting card for a chest physician that is only legible when inflated demonstrates how important it is to have healthy lungs.
Pieces of broken pottery are used to hold the name and phone number for a greek restaurant.
Finally, allow me not to explain the meaning of this card for the Toronto hemp company. The target will know exactly what it means.
Let’s start with a cutting edge design. Literally.
And if you managed to cut too deep use this rubber band to stop arterial bleeding.
Which brings me to this bloody cool design. You can play with this forever.
You can make use of other inexpensive household objects as well to grab the attention and make sure you won’t fit into the standard business card holder. Like this clothes pin “card”.
Ideally you would need to be relevant to the subject of your profession with your idea. Like this condom pack that is used by a divorce lawyer as his visiting card as well as distributed in bars as a direct marketing piece.
Or this hair grip holder for a hair and make-up artist.
And if you really want to be remembered, give a whoopee cushion. It’s certainly great fun on one hand, or I should rather say one cheek. Personally, I wouldn’t want my persona to be associated with loud farts.
How about these silly glasses? While it will make my 2 year old laugh for sure, good luck with them on the board meeting.
You can stop cracking jokes and still remain playful by designing a card that germinates and demonstrates your abilities to create a great park in no time, as it is done for this landscaper architect.
Another card that demonstrates a profession is the card of Kevin Mitnick, the famous hacker, which is essentially a lock picking tool set. He always said that the easiest way to get hold of a password is to ask the blond secretary for it in an authoritative tone, so I have no idea why he needs to break in anywhere.
Another metallic card. This one is in the shape of a mini designer working hard at his desk.
One more mini person at your service any time you wish to pull him out of your pocket.
Another done for an architect that features a ruler. Don’t expect a Hundertwasser style building from this guy!
Great idea for a simple product. Demonstrate what hinges do directly with your card.
Yes, it’s been done too many times, but it still works. A card for a restaurant with a bite. I wonder if I should put ketchup or mustard on my card before eating it. I think I’ll put both.
A card for a gift shop with a ribbon and a bow of course. How sweet!
Talking about special paper, here is a card made of really shiny paper. Nothing modest about this one. Miss Hilton would love it.
More folding shiny goodness for a puppeteer.
If you can’t think of an idea, you can still use a special material for your card and it will still make you stand out from the crowd. Like this one made of fine corrugated cardboard.
This card also uses special material, but in this case it’s totally relevant. It’s printed on rough textile that is similar to the material of the bags coffee comes in.
Traditionally cards are designed by graphic designers or art directors and copywriters are not part of the process. But you really should involve your writer next time. Check out this funny set of visiting cards.
Another great copy based concept here.
This simple copy based business card reminds me of my dad, who always said it pays to be honest. So, if you can’t afford a talented copywriter, just be yourself and be brutally honest. I wonder what this guy’s personal card says. I love you(r tits)?
Talk about being broke. Don’t print a card at all, just buy a pack of playing cards and write your contact info on it. You can also recycle train or parking tickets. Giving away ATM slips or used sanitary products are not recommended.
If you like the idea of tickets and have the budget to get it printed you can simply copy the design.
Or fake a pack of chewing gums. It will be most popular with the Singapore customs officers.
And while away send miniature postcard-like business cards to prospective clients.
If you feel royal send cards that look like letters stamped with wax .
While you’re at it, why don’t you introduce the whole company at once. Give your client a whole portfolio of cards.
Or you can make the client come back for the next piece of your corporate puzzle.
If you’d rather stay away from such a frankenface, simply create a series of cards with different designs on their backs and give a new one to your partner for every new assignment. Works great with clients with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Your partner may not have OCD, but have you tested him for color blindness? You may try to do just that with this card that reveals the cardholder’s face reproduced with an inkjet printer sporting a stunning 1dpi resolution.
Be careful, a card says a lot about their owner. This clever folding matryoshka doll card for example suggests multiple personality disorder.
To cure these conditions, how about offering a pack of pills?
Another interesting folding will be liked by modelers. Fold a toy car and keep it on your desk.
Please don’t overdo these folds. Daniel who? Mr Castor what? This one simply confuses the hell out of me. Great way to intimidate your client into never calling you again.
This one is stripy.
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