business card designs
April 24, 2008 11:17 AM   Subscribe

More cool business card designs. (Previously.)
posted by Armitage Shanks (29 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
And you can also use it to cut rails of blow
posted by psmealey at 11:23 AM on April 24, 2008


Sandstrom Design is featured (the cards with the information in story form). Their work is consistently great.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 11:33 AM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


The cards in picture number three would've been brilliant advertisement for American Psycho all those years back.
posted by Weebot at 11:39 AM on April 24, 2008


I must admit that while a few of those designs are cool, most (including the cool ones) would intensely annoy me. Weird shapes, etc, do not a good business card make. It should fit neatly and easily into a card holder and give me the information I need in a clear, concise manner.
posted by Justinian at 11:39 AM on April 24, 2008


Argh!! That Sandstrom Design link is NSFE (not safe for eyeballs).
posted by Zinger at 11:39 AM on April 24, 2008


A lot of them look more like tchotchkes.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:40 AM on April 24, 2008


"Look at that subtle off-white coloring, the tasteful thickness of it. Oh my god, it even has a watermark."

"Something wrong, Patrick? You're sweating."
posted by Afroblanco at 11:45 AM on April 24, 2008 [4 favorites]


New card. What do you think?

Some really good designs there. Very creative.
posted by slimepuppy at 11:49 AM on April 24, 2008


Awwww, damn you Afroblanco. I want to stab you to death, and then play around with your blood should've previewed.
posted by slimepuppy at 11:51 AM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Funny. I've been through this a couple of times now, but I've noticed that recessions always seem to show up just after the cool business card redesign and the foosball table shows up. Cool cards, though.
posted by psmealey at 11:51 AM on April 24, 2008


slimepuppy - how do you like it in murders and executions? I have a friend who does that for Goldman Sachs, and he says that it's really boring.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:54 AM on April 24, 2008


My card is intensely cooler than any of these. It's white, with my name on one side in Thesis Sans, and my number and email on the other. Both sides off center. Heavyweight couché, matte varnish, makes it feel like a piece of plastic. People always ask me where I had it printed. I don't tell them.
posted by signal at 11:57 AM on April 24, 2008


Cards, schmardz!
I just run around in circles for a minute or so and point to the phone number tatooed on my tummy.
Works. every. time.
posted by Dizzy at 12:12 PM on April 24, 2008


but I've noticed that recessions always seem to show up just after the cool business card redesign and the foosball table shows up.

Ha. Totally.

I'm between business cards right now, though not business, which is getting uncomfortable. I've been scratching out my email on whatever I have at hand, which oddly enough, hasn't seem to have affected my contacts. Realistically, I need to get my act together.
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:17 PM on April 24, 2008


I liked Mitnick's so much I went to his website to see if I could cadge one. Apparently I am not original: interest has been so great he's now charging a fin for them.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:22 PM on April 24, 2008


*shamelessly steals ideas*
posted by lekvar at 1:19 PM on April 24, 2008


I tried using a business card that was a stamped, self addressed postcard, like the one shown. The first few were delivered in clear plastic bags labeled "damaged mail" or some such, with my address written by hand on a label. A few more and the postman told me to cut it out.

(There is a minimum size for mail.)
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:41 PM on April 24, 2008


I can see having business cards when you in sales or run your own business but I can't figure out why companies that I work for keep printing up cards for me. I'm an engineer. The only people that I interact with are the other engineers in my company who already know who I am. I've got like 200 of them in my desk drawer right now that have been sitting there for 2.5 years since I started at my current job. It seems sort of pointless but every company insists that employees have business cards.
posted by octothorpe at 1:56 PM on April 24, 2008


And you can also use it to cut rails of blow

Which, in the advertising business, comes in very handy.
posted by chillmost at 2:35 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


Which, in the advertising business, comes in very handy.

It definitely wasn't lost on me that that particular card came from an agency.
posted by psmealey at 2:50 PM on April 24, 2008


And you can also use it to cut rails of blow
Ideally the center part would have a rectangular piece you could punch out and roll up to form a short straw.
posted by junesix at 4:09 PM on April 24, 2008


There are some good reasons to give every employee business cards. First of all, it can be important for morale. It sends the message that management values its technical staff as much as it values sales and marketing (sounds silly, but at least some people will be offended or feel left out if you don't). As well, having your technical staff hand out cards is good for marketing. Technical staff might not interact with people outside your company day to day, but they probably will at conferences or training, and in many ways they can be better advocates for the company than sales and marketing. People trust word-of-mouth information from people who are perceived as not trying to sell to them. Finally, they're stupidly cheap (unless you're doing something nutty). Considering all the boondoggles marketing is going to convince you to spend money on, cards are worth it even if they only get handed out once.
posted by mock at 4:21 PM on April 24, 2008


What, no scratch and sniff?
posted by Tube at 5:00 PM on April 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm working on it.
posted by Dizzy at 7:21 PM on April 24, 2008


I actually want to see them getting used in real life.
posted by italktoomuch at 9:44 PM on April 24, 2008


As a web designer, I wish people would stop asking me to design their business cards as some kind of throw-in. Do you really expect something good, for free?
posted by autodidact at 6:29 AM on April 25, 2008


My Business Card Is A Ball Of Putty

"Submerge the putty ball in water and watch it expand to 8 inches in diameter, then heat at 80 degrees until the yellow portion cleaves off. Let cool. On the surface, you should see a faint line, which, if you stretch the yellow substance horizontally, transforms into text. That's my name and business address. Impressed? Send a postcard and let me know.

Next, cut the red putty from the green..."

posted by sixswitch at 6:58 AM on April 25, 2008 [1 favorite]


As a web designer, I wish people would stop asking me to design their business cards as some kind of throw-in. Do you really expect something good, for free?

Corporate branding, when done well, can be pretty creative and cool (insofar as such words can be applied to corporate anything). When its not done well it's a total scam. The problem is that most business people don't really understand it, and there are lot of shysters in the business, as well as a lot of designers don't care for it at all. So the fact that they're asking you to do something you don't want to do, should be an intro to get them engaged with a branding expert. Otherwise, just send them here.
posted by psmealey at 7:08 AM on April 25, 2008


And yet, not one that says "Potential Lunch Winner".

RIP Mitch
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:30 AM on April 25, 2008


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