40 inspiring examples of letterpress business cards

Letterpress printing has been around for hundreds of years and yet remains one of the hottest trends in stationery, so it's little surprise that letterpress business cards can still turn heads. The ancient technique involves a surface with raised letters or artwork inked and then pressed into thick, soft paper, adding an exciting, tactile quality to the design.

Known for producing a clean and elegant style, the letterpress technique is favoured by many designers for creating unique and creative business cards. Here we've picked some brilliant examples of letterpress business cards to inspire your designs.

01. Maldini Studios

letterpress business cards: Maldini Studios

The textured stock helps the custom typeface stand out

Maldini Studios is a Stockholm-based interior design and construction firm that specialises in design and carpentry for private and public spaces. As part of a larger identity project for Maldini, Jens Nilsson created these fantastic letterpress business cards on textured stock from GF Smith and Arjowiggins, making good use of the bespoke Donadoni typeface he created for the studio.

02. Gala Tuesday

letterpress business cards: Gala Tuesday

Gold foil makes a perfect finishing touch for these luxurious cards

Produced by Jukebox Print for Gala Tuesday, these letterpress business cards create an instant impression thanks to their die-cut pineapple shape, backed up by eye-catching pink and green paper stock, plus a luxurious finish in the form of some gold foil.

03. Stawomir Mielnik photography

Stawomir Mielnik photography letterpress business card

We love the creative use of embossing here

Polish print and design studio PanBonTon came up with a very clever camera-inspired card for photographer Stawomir Mielnik, using uninked embossed lines to represent light, and turn a simple cube into a pinhole camera.

04. Sauvage Garage

Sauvage Garage letterpress business cards

Sauvage Garage's cards grab the attention with their bold colours

Sauvage Garage is a creative collective consisting of graphic artists, photographers, writers, illustrators and more, from all across France. Its business cards, designed by Anne-Perrine Couët and printed by Letterpress de Paris, keep things simple with strong colours and an evocative graffiti logo. 

05. Stefan Leitner

These bold cards really reflect Stefan Leitner's personality

These bold cards really reflect Stefan Leitner's personality

Photographer Stefan Leitner asked Kristina Bartosova to design a simple business card for him. Instead, inspired by his extrovert personality, she decided to do the exact opposite, and designed a bold logotype that really stands out when rendered in letterpress.

06. Voltalab

Voltalab business cards

The Voltalab logo combines a test tube rack and keyboard

Voltalab is a recording studio built in the space where Cargo Studios and Suite 16 used to record classic bands such as Joy Division, The Fall, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. Fieldwork designed a whole identity package inspired by the building's rich heritage, including these stunning minimal business cards. The cards showcase the logo mark, which is a visual play on the Voltalab name and combines references to a test tube rack and an octave on a keyboard.

07. Spotted Zebra

Spotted Zebra branding

Sarah Mangion's Spotted Zebra branding is sophisticated yet slightly quirky

Sarah Mangion's branding for Spotted Zebra, an online resource for writing, events and media management, needed to feel professional, bold and sophisticated with a slight quirkiness. Her letterpress business card design combines the logo in a simple geometric typeface, and a hand-drawn zebra illustration to add a custom feel.

08. Le Balene

Le Balene letterpress business cards

Those little stamps make Le Balene's cards totes adorbs

We love Eleonora Petrolati's wonderful stylised whale-based logo for Italian communication agency, Le Balene, and how she's turned it into a distinctive business card design. But what really marks this project out is her inclusion of a set of stamps and coloured inks that people can add their own little customisations to.

09. Quentin Monge

letterpress business cards: Don't try studio

The pattern work is great on these letterpress business cards

Created using white foil, these five-colour letterpress business cards on triplex colourplan paper certainly pop. Using a bold and colourful pattern only plays to the card's strengths, which will certainly make for a memorable exchange. Designed by Don't Try Studio for Quentin Monge, they're some of the best-looking we've ever seen.

10. The Fox Yards Company

Letterpress business cards: Jukebox Print

3D embossed design makes its mark

Produced by Jukebox Print, these ultra-thick cotton paper letterpress business cards bring 3D embossed design to the table. Using Jukebox Print's own innovative method, the attention to detail is wonderful, with the letterpress used to add text as well as a quirky textured background.

11. Christina Yan

Letterpress business cards: Belinda Love Lee

A sophisticated letterpress option from Belinda Love Lee

"Christina Yan is a talented prop stylist based in Toronto," explains creator Belinda Love Lee. "This whole stationery set exudes sophistication and timelessness with a bit of edge. Each piece was letterpressed with the finishing touches of gold foiling, gold edging, and embossing."


Letterpress business cards: Charmaine Yeo

The cards were designed for Singaporean online literary journal OF ZOOS

Using a simple yet effective pattern of illustrative animals, these letterpress business cards pack a punch when it comes to originality. Designed for Singaporean online literary journal OF ZOOS, we love designer Charmaine Yeo's execution.

13. Rafal Borek Photography

Letterpress business cards: Letter & Press

The historic press was used for this business card design

The Letter & Press Behance page states: "Mr Rafal from Ireland needed some business cards for his photographic business. But not a usual ones – really wonderful and over the top. So we printed the graphic with our historic press which can really show fine detail."

14. Mild Whistle

Letterpress business cards: Oddds

Beautiful letterpress business cards for a Singapore-based agency

Combining craft and precision to produce a beautiful aesthetic, these cards from Singapore-based agency Oddds are about as beautiful as they come. The Oddds website states: "The identity broadens with usage of letterpress accompanied by glamour with modernism. This is created with the intertwining between bronze and a soft tone of turquoise. The play of metal tones and pieces with cotton represents the designer's ideologies of art direction and design."

15. Elias Mendoza

Letterpress business cards: Elias Mendoza

These classic-looking cards aim to convey the unique and personalised touch that Mendoza brings to his work

When Cocoa Branding was hired to create branding materials for Elias Mendoza, an immigration and naturalisation attorney in the US, it needed to convey the unique and personalised touch that Mendoza brings to his work with all types of family and business immigration needs. Part of the branding solution was these heavyweight letterpress business cards, designed by Rodrigo Suárez.

16. Bailey H Robinson

Letterpress business cards: Bailey H Robinson

Two Arms Inc aimed for a turn-of-the-century look with this card, and got it spot-on

Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Bailey H Robinson has a very distinct take on traditional American tattooing. Two Arms Inc was keen to design something that looked and felt like traditional turn-of-the-century type. The resulting letterpress card is an ornate delight that wouldn't have looked out of place in 1901 (except for the contact URL, of course).

17. Motor City Chop Shop

letterpress business cards

We can practically hear the thunder of the engines

This design for Motor City Chop Shop has its finger on the pulse of Detroit's motorcycle culture. Created by Company Folders, the card's surface features a dotted emboss effect for a cool background texture that doesn't compete with the letterpress text. Tires and handlebars turn the curvy font into a chopper, while the slanted letters add a sense of speed and movement.

18. The Yard VFX

The yard vfx

The striking silver contrasts perfectly with the inky blue background

The Yard VFX is a visual effects company based in Paris. When Mr Cup Studio was tasked with redesigning the studio’s identity, the entire graphic language was built around the fact that it would be printed using letterpress. The eye-catching letterpress business cards feature a debossed astrological design, with the studio’s URL in striking silver.

19. Mia Parcell

letterpress business cards

Typographer Mia Parcell gets a circular letterpress card

Impressworks printed these letterpress business cards for designer Mia Parcell. The job features a two-colour, double-sided print on our 600gsm Fluoro White Crane Lettra stock. Parcell took care of the artwork herself, with Impressworks coming up with the circular execution.

20. Simon Featherstone

examples of letterpress business cards

A contemporary logo design and letterpress card for the lighting designer

Simon Featherstone is a freelance lighting designer and programmer, with vast experience in video and LED technology. The contemporary logo marque uses a pattern derived from LEDs and combines it with a bold gradient running from cyan to magenta. The branding collateral uses a range of cool grey tones to suitably reflect the high-end nature of the industry and communicate a professional and knowledgable tone of voice.

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