Forget standard, dull business cards. Take a look at how these artists used the marketing tool to stand out from the crowd...
These days, a standard rectangular business card just won't cut it, especially in the design world. A great way to leave a long lasting impression, the small but powerful marketing tool should make you stand out, showcasing your unique identity in a professional and creative way. So, to inspire you, we scoured the web to find some innovative business card designs.
We've come across what might be the world's geekiest offering; it's a business card that also doubles up as a computer keyboard. Created by Techkeys they explain, "This PCB with on-board re-programmable ATMEGA16U2 allows for full flexibility for hackers, tinkerers, and makers. Take home one of these as a project, keycap display, switch tester, or a shortcut to yours truly, TechKeys.us."
02. Martyna Wędzicka
Polish designer Martyna Wędzicka has created these gorgeous business cards that highlight her hands on approach to projects and design in general. The clear canvas allows Wędzicka to add a personal touch, with some brilliant doodle art.
03. Elfriede-Lilly Friedeberg
Elfriede-Lilly Friedeberg is a Berlin based illustrator and graphic design student who creates inspiring, colourful and cute characters, patterns and more that are guaranteed to raise a smile. Packed full of pastel tones and hand-made aesthetics, she's able to capture her style into these brilliant business cards.
These business cards were created for Cerovski – a young Croatian print production studio that revels in the challenge of “nebulous finishing, microscopic editions, absurd materials and crazy deadlines”. London based design agency Bunch were responsible for developing their entire brand - which included a custom logotype and typeface - but it's the business cards that we've fallen in love with.
05. Doctor Zamenhof
Created by the Spain-based design studio Doctor Zamenhof, the team aim to 'diagnose' design problems and prescribe remedies and solutions. Continuing this medical theme, they've designed this rather brilliant set of business cards that mimic tongue depressors. The stick shapes feature all of the design studio's contact information and will certainly stand out from other business card offerings.
06. Vitor Bonates
How cool is this personal buisness card for designer Vitor Bonates? A self-confessed lover of music and vinyl, Bonates based his card on classic vinyl records, replacing track name and details with his own and finishing off the design with a sleeve in which to hold the replica record. A simple but brilliant idea.
07. BDH Millwork
Canadian advertising studio WAX are the team behind these sophisticated buisness cards for cabinet-maker Brad Haniak of BDH Millwork. On a tiny budget, the WAX team came up with the idea to rubber-stamp Haniak's business card information onto pieces of leftover wood, found in abundance at his carpentry workshop.
08. Powell Peralta
We're a little in love with these miniature skateboard business cards for American skateboard company Powell Peralta. The design follows true skateboard style, made of thin wood and featuring grip tape on one side surrounding a skull design. Create by the talented bunch over at Jukebox Print, all it needs now is a set of wheels!
09. Myung Dong Opticians
If you live in South Korea and need a sight check, you can save yourself some money with this brilliant self-optometry buisness card for Myung Dong Opticians. Created by Seoul-based ad agency Black Pearl Creative, you simply placing the design an arms length away from your face to transform the card into an effective eye chart.
This is one of the coolest business cards we've come across to date. As an integral part of their set list, Austrian duo Ritornell invites the audience to bring along their private music boxes. Katharina Hölzl designed very special business cards, with the aid of laser assisted milling, are made up of nine micro compositions consisting of circles, triangles and Ritornell's contact information applied to a long musicbox paper stripe.
11. Lego business card
Not only do the guys who work at Lego have a super-cool job, they also get these awesome Lego minifigure business cards. It's also been reported that the company does its best to match employee's features, even down to their hair and accessories, with their own minifigs. Individual's name, email and contact number are then printed on its clothes. Best business card, ever!
12. Bon Vivant
We love this business card, which doubles as a tiny cheese grater, for Brazilian cheese store Bon Vivant. Created by ad agency JWT, the clever networking tool had proved extremely popular, with the owner having to tell customers to wait a few days before returning to take another. The awesome design also comes complete with a protective sleeve - just grate! (see what we did there? Okay, we'll get our coats...)
13. Flow Yoga
Based in Vancouver, Flow Yoga Studio offers the best in yoga treatments to give a fantastic, relaxing experience. And if the company's facilites alone doesn't leave a lasting impression, its innovative business card certainly will. Rolling up like a real yoga mat, the designer behind this card cleverly let the material communicate its message.
The clue is in the title of these 'Engraved' unique and creative business cards by New York-based designer John T.Kim. Created by laser cutting and etching basswood, the woodgrain pattern makes each and every card truly unique. Kim started Engraved as a Kickstarter project last month, with a funding goal of $1,500. Proving incredibly popular, when it ended on May the 9th, the project had a whopping 354 backers with a total pledge of $23,929!
This muscial comb business card plays a classic rock theme when rubbed by fingernail, using the same principle of a musicbox comb. The innovative concept was developed by Fabio Milito design for Rock 'n Roll hair salon in Rome. A brilliant idea, this is one design that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
What you see here is a neat letterpress business card and mailer for furniture shop Bentply in Marylebone, London that can be made into a mini bent plywood chair. The ingenious card is designed by art director, writer, and designer Richard C Evans and produced by Elegante Press in Lithuania. Just follow the instructions and the kiss-cut card can be folded into a miniature of the iconic 1934 plywood armchair designed by Gerald Summers.
Okay, so these probably aren't the most practical business cards in the world, but the idea is pretty cool. Developed by Cape Town-based creative agency Draft FCB, these creative cards were crafted for a Greek restaurant, the concept based on plate smashing, a traditional Greek folk custom. Made from broken pieces of pottery, the unique design simply features the restaurant's name and telephone number imprinted on the front.
18. Yuka Suzuki
The hair and make-up business is a competitive one. So artist Yuka Suzuki decided to develop a business card that would make her stand out from the crowd. The clever design uses different coloured hair grips to create colourful hair styles. So you also get free hair accessories with this one. Cool huh?
19. Choko La
This candy wrapper business card is, unsurprisingly, a popular design. Created by ad agency Draft FCB the brief was to capture the essence of the product and brand - delicious chocolates. This design incorporates two treats; a chocolate and a brilliantly creative business card. Genius.
20. Elena Mirosedina
This simple but brilliant business card design leaves you in no doubt as to the profession of Elena Mirosedina. The clever concept was developed by Ukranian graphic designer Tanya Kozlova. Shaped like a palette, Kozlova opted for a simple black card with stand out red and white type for the artists name and contact details.
Which of these business card designs is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below...