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November 6, 2009 2:38 PM   Subscribe

100 Creative Business Cards if that little white piece of paper just isn't doing it for you.
posted by grapefruitmoon (67 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very cool stuff.

Also, I'll take any excuse to link to YOUR BUSINESS CARD IS CRAP.
posted by meadowlark lime at 2:43 PM on November 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


"Oh my god...it even has a watermark"
posted by Burhanistan at 2:45 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Love this post. So hard to choose the best card but I really loved the divorce lawyer's.
posted by bearwife at 2:48 PM on November 6, 2009


The "Did you mean..." Google parody of the printer made me laugh. I'd immediately send him all of my business.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:53 PM on November 6, 2009


I can't be the only person who likes cards to be in more or less standard size and (flat, thin) format? Lovely/clever/memorable designs on cards are one thing, but ones that I can't file or scan or carry around in the one-size slots in my wallet? Fail.

That said, this is my favorite business card ever.
posted by peachfuzz at 2:53 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fuck me, I'm a grouch.
posted by peachfuzz at 2:56 PM on November 6, 2009


MetaFilter: The tasteful linkness of it...
posted by Eideteker at 2:58 PM on November 6, 2009


Attention freelancers with "creative" business cards:

If your card does not fit in my wallet, it will probably be lost or thrown away.

If your card does not fit neatly in the file in which I keep other freelancers' business cards, it will probably be lost or thrown away.

If your card is so thick that it takes up the space of dozens of regular business cards, it will probably not be lost, but I may throw it away for taking up too much space. NOTE: THIS INCLUDES CARDS THAT ARE NOT ACTUALLY CARDS, BUT OBJECTS WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESS PRINTED ON THEM.

If your card makes it difficult for me to find your contact information on it, it may not be lost or thrown away, but I am significantly less likely to contact you when I need a freelancer since I will not know how to do so.

If your card is sharp or pointy and I injure myself on it, I will not only NOT contact you when I need a freelancer, but I will probably harbor a grudge and actively advocate that others not hire you.

In short, if you want me to hire you, get the hell off my lawn.
posted by dersins at 2:59 PM on November 6, 2009 [14 favorites]


Fuck me, I'm a grouch.
posted by peachfuzz at 2:56 PM on November 6 [+] [!]


I had the same reaction peachfuzz. "psshh, all these twee graphic designers - their cards are so not functional". but then by about the 30th example I was won over.

Now I'm staring at my own, flat, flimsy, and colorless card in depression.
posted by Think_Long at 3:00 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'd take black letterpress on a nice thick white stock over any of these. Just remind me what your name is, your job, and how to contact you. "Clever" business cards make you look desperate.
posted by GameDesignerBen at 3:02 PM on November 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


My grandfather had business cards that were nice, white cards with his name centered on one side - and that's all. No contact info, no company name, nothing. Just his name.
posted by The World Famous at 3:04 PM on November 6, 2009


My grandfather had business cards that were nice, white cards with his name centered on one side - and that's all. No contact info, no company name, nothing. Just his name.

Those were probably calling cards, not business cards.
posted by dersins at 3:07 PM on November 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


Hey now, grouches. I'm a Twee Designer™ and, while I really appreciate how really cool these designs and ideas are, I, too, have huge issues with a lot of them...for pretty much the same reasons dersins delineates.

That, and the cost. Holy moses, some of those cards cost a bundle to produce. I can't imagine my suggesting to a client that they do $2/each business cards. Hell, I can't imagine having a client with pockets deep enough to do such a thing in the first place.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:08 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


My grandfather had business cards that were nice, white cards with his name centered on one side - and that's all. No contact info, no company name, nothing. Just his name.

That's the calling card, rooted in Victorian social etiquette. See also: George Clooney as dapper Danny Ocean.

From the link: "The personal card is in a measure an index of one’s character. A fantastic or garish note in the type effect, in the quality or shape of the card, betrays a lack of taste in the owner of the card." Heh.
posted by peachfuzz at 3:10 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Those were probably calling cards, not business cards.

Probably.
posted by The World Famous at 3:10 PM on November 6, 2009


My grandfather had business cards that were nice, white cards with his name centered on one side - and that's all. No contact info, no company name, nothing. Just his name.

If I'm not mistaken, those are what are known as "calling cards."
posted by GameDesignerBen at 3:14 PM on November 6, 2009


wait, what were those called again?
posted by Think_Long at 3:19 PM on November 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


wait, what were those called again?

Bacon hats.
posted by The World Famous at 3:20 PM on November 6, 2009 [23 favorites]


"So that's great, you've certainly been able to answer all our question, and the price is very reasonable, do you have a card?"

"Yes, here."

"Wow, that's amazing, so clever!"

"Thanks, but unfortunately I'll need it back, I only have the one"
posted by mattoxic at 3:21 PM on November 6, 2009 [12 favorites]


Yes, let's not even start with the calling cards and the corner-folding conventions and the crossing-out-your-name conventions.

I like the ones that would fit in my cardcase or cardfile. And I liked everything about "Go Fetsch Mechanical," from the name to the logo to the handy-dandy ruler.

I was also intrigued by how many people on that list seemed to be using the same fabricators, from the "dog tag" that turned up a lot to the "luggage tag/toe tag" one.
posted by Sidhedevil at 3:22 PM on November 6, 2009


When I got my graphic design degree, we were encouraged to come up with wild and memorable cards like these, but I totally agree with Peachfuzz and others above. There is a reason why there's a standard size and shape for business cards. Any graphic designer who's actually worth a damn should be able to design a card that is witty and memorable without breaking that format, and will understand the importance of doing so. Form and function are equally important.

The perforated divorce lawyer's card? Brilliant. The lumps of crockery with 'GREEK' and a phone number? Fucking stupid.
posted by rifflesby at 3:34 PM on November 6, 2009


Love the divorce lawyer one. Fits with the standard model (as in, being a card you can stick in your wallet) and is witty. Some of those others are trying a little too hard, no?
posted by BigCalm at 3:37 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I liked a lot of these for cleverness, though only some of them would actually make good cards in practice.

I'm awfully dubious on the symbolism of using an ostrakon as a business card, though.
posted by hattifattener at 3:39 PM on November 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


If I could only be so brave as to put this on my card.
posted by Asbestos McPinto at 3:41 PM on November 6, 2009 [9 favorites]


"Oh my god...it even has a watermark"

I rushed in here to post this, BUT YOU BEAT ME TO IT.

DAMN YOU.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 3:41 PM on November 6, 2009


A lot of these are just tacky and overdesigned. Woo, you used embossed lucite with an expensive cutout. Woo.

But there are a few gems in here, where the designers remembered that the design is supposed to represent something about the client. The divorce lawyer's card, perforated to tear in half with his contact info on both halves, is simply brilliant. I wonder if this marriage counselor was inspired by it. It's too bad this "divorce mediator" wasn't. (She chose... a condom? wrapped in images of people fucking? For a divorce mediator? Buh?)
posted by ook at 3:43 PM on November 6, 2009


I liked almost all of these. But I thought this was a really weird thing for a divorce 'mediator' to be handing out. I don't see how this business card will help foster harmony between two warring spouses who may be at each others throats due to marital infidelity.

But, then I googled 'Marieta Badescu' and saw that apparently these are meant to be placed in sleazy hotel rooms, and hopefully not passed around the mediation table.
posted by marsha56 at 3:48 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


On preview, ook beat me to it.
posted by marsha56 at 3:49 PM on November 6, 2009


Heh, one of these belongs to a friend of mine.
posted by matildaben at 3:54 PM on November 6, 2009


Ah, so not so much "business card" as "publicity stunt". That makes a bit more sense, thanks marsha...
posted by ook at 3:54 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I once knew a funeral director whose business cards said "Thank you for smoking," but I'm pretty sure those were just to hand to his friends, and not kept at his workplace.

Then again, his tie tack was in the shape of a little shovel.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 4:03 PM on November 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


And speaking of macabre, I had a homicide detective friend whose business card bore the motto, "My Day Begins When Yours Ends."
posted by bearwife at 4:16 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


card? files? What year is this post from?












I'm kidding. I love these. I want to make some calling cards now.
posted by device55 at 4:26 PM on November 6, 2009


In theory, I love everything about these cards. I love to look at, and think about stuff like this. I love people who think creatively, and I know the world's made better thanks to people who'll "swim upstream." I want to go skinny dipping and smoke pot in the mountains with all of these people.

But as a business person? When someone hands me a card like this I can't help but see faint, twinkling lights in the back of my mind warning: FLAKE ALERT.

posted by applemeat at 4:27 PM on November 6, 2009


The divorce lawyer's card is brilliant. The rest are fall between "Design 203: Create a Memorable Card" and neat.
posted by maxwelton at 4:32 PM on November 6, 2009


Gentlemen, those "business cards" with things like "Big Game Hunter" and "Swashes Buckled" and "Wenches Ravished" and all the other nonsense in little type at the corners are very, very useful for us lady-types.

Very, very useful.

in the same way that the bright-orange hunters' attire is useful for the deer
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:01 PM on November 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


A lot of these are the print equivalent of the "modern" flash website we all know, and hate.
posted by -t at 5:02 PM on November 6, 2009 [11 favorites]


Man, some of these are just fucking amazing. Great post.
posted by ORthey at 5:46 PM on November 6, 2009


I just use a rubber stamp for mine.
posted by rottytooth at 5:57 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


As another Twee Designer™, I have to say most of those suffer of trying-too-hard-ness.

Even though one of them is by a friend, and another one is from one of my design-typography heroines.

Which brings me to: I moved, so I have to redo my own business cards.

Fuck.

posted by _dario at 6:19 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Though some of these are neat, I kinda agree with the grouches.
A business card that's an awkward size or shape is problematic for keeping in your wallet or anything like that.

Besides which, a lot of these don't say, "I'm creative" to me so much as, "I have money to burn."

I can't even tell what this one is supposed to be.
posted by Target Practice at 6:20 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


And the chest doctor's card balloon just seems like an exercise in cruelty. Hey, let's make our business information only readable to people who don't need our services! That'll learn'em for having asthma!
posted by Target Practice at 6:22 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Related:

15 Boldly Colored Business Cards
10 Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards
15 Beautifully Minimal Business Cards

There's also Business Card Observer, which has a large gallery of neat cards, but there's quite a bit of overlap with the previous links.
posted by kosher_jenny at 6:48 PM on November 6, 2009 [4 favorites]







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posted by davejay at 7:14 PM on November 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


i am so, so very sad the fieldset tag does not generate a border on this site
posted by davejay at 7:14 PM on November 6, 2009


I guess its creative for people who don't get a lot of business cards -- out of those 100, there were a lot of clear ones, metal ones, wooden ones, material ones, ones that look like credit cards, a lot that look like tags, and the cutesy split-in-two cards from people who are in the dysfunctional relationships business -- but I've gotten cards from almost all of those categories and every time I do, I think, "Nice expensive card -- too bad they jacked up the prices of their goods and services to indulge their desperation to seem hip and different..."
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 7:42 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here's a free idea; make your card with a little clippy-thingy that makes it easy to put on my cubicle wall. Because that's where it ends up anyway. I might even remember it's there and look at it again.
posted by emjaybee at 8:36 PM on November 6, 2009


MONGO for MAYOR, the business card.
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:23 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice expensive card -- too bad they jacked up the prices of their goods and services to indulge their desperation to seem hip and different...

Similarly: Note to building contractors - When you show up to my place to bid on gutter work (or whatever) and you're driving a new $50,000 pickup with an additional $5,000 in fancy wheels and every expensive accessory known to man, I just might think you charge too much.
posted by maxwelton at 10:33 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


WHAT THE FUCK, MEATCARDS.COM
posted by tehloki at 2:21 AM on November 7, 2009


in the same way that the bright-orange hunters' attire is useful for the deer

Deer are fairly colorblind. The orange is for other hunters. I'm not quite sure what that does to your metaphor.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 6:13 AM on November 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


When I look at these, I think "some of these are cute little examples of design." I don't know if that is what I want to think when I am looking at a business card, however.
posted by moonbiter at 6:20 AM on November 7, 2009


I'm thinking that the Kevin Mitnick card might be borderline illegal if the picks are actually sturdy enough to work. Having said that, I want one.
posted by Splunge at 7:06 AM on November 7, 2009


I like the creative approaches but I never keep business cards myself and if someone hands me an extremely elaborate but cool card they're telling me they may be good at what they do or offer (though of course appearances can be deceiving) and regardless, I'll be paying a lot for their services, as others have mentioned as well.

That said good work deserves a fair price of course.
posted by juiceCake at 7:51 AM on November 7, 2009


If I were a designer I'd have cards like this wich would function as little give away masterpieces in the original medieval artisanal sense; proof of my design prowess. And I'd have basic business cards for people who are not prospective clients or already know what I can do.
posted by jouke at 8:32 AM on November 7, 2009


I'm thinking that the Kevin Mitnick card might be borderline illegal if the picks are actually sturdy enough to work. Having said that, I want one.

Go to his website. You can buy one.
posted by limeonaire at 8:32 AM on November 7, 2009


Hmm. This may be nothing new for some of you hip arty types, but working in a field for of fogeys and squares like I do, I have never come across anything like this. I wish my first reaction hadn't been a hopelessly cranky "but how will these fit in my Rolodex? or my wallet? I couldn't even scan them if I had a scanner....(grumblegrumble)"

Nthing the divorce lawyer as the best of the ones with a standard size/shape. After some effort to go outside my comfort zone on these, I think the personal trainer is the best of the funkier ones.
posted by naoko at 9:52 AM on November 7, 2009


I'm thinking that the Kevin Mitnick card might be borderline illegal

Kevin Mitnick flirting with the borders of legality? NEVER!

Deer are fairly colorblind. The orange is for other hunters. I'm not quite sure what that does to your metaphor.

Deer are colorblind, but most blaze-orange "don't shoot your fellow hunters" gear stands out to them, apparently because of the UV brighteners in the fabric. At least, according to the deer hunters I know.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:29 AM on November 7, 2009


Kevin Mitnick flirting with the borders of legality? NEVER!

Yes, I know. But my thought was if the metal is thin enough the picks would just bend and essentially be useless, thus completely legal. Having been to his website, there is a video of the picks and the tension wrench being used to open a lock, albeit a cheap, simple lock.

This being so, having a set of working lockpicks on a card with Mitnick's name might not be something that you want a police officer to find in your wallet. Especially in combination with whatever reason said officer might have for going through your wallet in the first place.
posted by Splunge at 10:51 AM on November 7, 2009


years ago, I was talking with a friend in a bar, when he asks "hey have I given you my card?" which I thought was odd, until I read the card. It just said:


Wile E. Coyote

-super genius-
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 2:28 PM on November 7, 2009


I think the unspoken etiquette is similar to websites made entirely of Flash. If you're in a creative field or are in sales, or if you're an entrepreneur, I can expect some gimmicks, and sometimes that's what makes the difference. Otherwise, it's a bit much. Even if you're in a creative field, if it won't go in my wallet I can't really carry it around with me. Like, for instance the card with wool on it. Or the "meatcards" jerky card, which is interesting but sort of hovers in that area between being a business card and being food, without being very good at either one.
posted by krinklyfig at 3:28 PM on November 7, 2009


Your business card on meat? Sorry, but no. I don't care what you're selling, I don't buy from people who make me feel nauseous.

There are a lot of really cool cards here, but the designers need to remember function: it has to fit into a cardfile so that it can be looked up later. Sure, people will remember your kewl card for a little while, but if it doesn't fit in that file, they won't be able to contact you later.

The best one was the mini catapult: it showcased the skills its owner was selling, while not violating that rule about fitting into a cardfile.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 4:36 PM on November 7, 2009


Or the "meatcards" jerky card, which is interesting but sort of hovers in that area between being a business card and being food, without being very good at either one.

However, it succeeds at being jerky on many levels.
posted by Sidhedevil at 4:41 PM on November 7, 2009


(She chose... a condom? wrapped in images of people fucking? For a divorce mediator? Buh?)

It reminds you of one of the significant downsides to divorce.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 4:48 PM on November 7, 2009


When I was in college I worked in the computer lab with two other guys named Richard. We were all damn good at what we did. I was the goto guy for hardware issues. Another Rich was a network genius. The third Rich was a little bit of both.

I had business cards made that basically said, Rich, Rich and Rich. If we cant fix it, it's a doorstop.

We gave out 250 cards in our senior year.

The students would give them to the teachers with bad units. So we'd get computer cases lined up with the cards taped to the top. These were comps that the rest of the IT/lab couldn't fix.

We had a 100% success rate. Usually it was simple. Sometimes it was obvious stuff like traces on a motherboard scratched off on purpose or capacitors ripped off. But since we had replacements, no comp ever left the lab for the trash.

Of course the dean asked us not to hand out the cards once we got them back. He thought that they might be the actual cause of some of the damage. Of course, we complied.

Who would have thought that a business card could have caused so much business?

I still have a few.
posted by Splunge at 6:03 PM on November 7, 2009


However, it succeeds at being jerky on many levels.

I haven't visited the site, mostly because my religion mother fear of recurring nightmares forbids me to shop for business cards made of dried, cured meats on the web, but I imagine that any jerky being used for business cards is not top-quality jerky. I admit I could be wrong about it. However, it does succeed in the existential sense of being jerky.
posted by krinklyfig at 9:30 PM on November 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Good for brainstorming but too many weird shapes and materials. I'm in the less is more school for the most part, as long as it's still well designed and original.
posted by blue shadows at 11:23 PM on November 7, 2009


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