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40 inspiring examples of letterpress business cards

32. LG Whittaker

letterpress business cards: LG Whittaker

These all-black cards are all about the texture

For instrument repair specialist LG Whittaker, Canadian designer Jesse Ladret made these gloriously black business cards. With a layout based on Whittaker's existing banner but with refreshed typography, these debossed letterpress cards are wonderfully tactile.

33. Nili Studios

letterpress business cards: Nili Studio

Print & Grain triumph again with this letterpress design for Nili Studios

This lovely-looking letterpress business card was designed for creative agency Nili Studios by Print & Grain. The nautical-inspired theme is perfectly executed with the chosen soft blues as well as the waves and anchor logo. The easily readable font is also a brilliant choice.

34. Druckerei Eisenhardt

letterpress business cards: Druckerei Eisenhardt

The bold choice in size, shape and typography make this business card stand out

A printing press that's been operating for over 42 years, Eisenhardt is a trusted German company offering the best in letterpress design. A family-run business, it works with both modern and traditional techniques in the centre of Frankfurt.

This letterpress business card design immediately caught our eye thanks to its bold choice in size, shape and typography. The orange-on-white colour scheme enables the font to stand out while the understated letterpress gives it the edge it needs.

35. Stu Horvath

letterpress business card

Dolce Press showcase the intensity of one-colour printing

Dolce Press is a boutique print shop and design studio located on the eastern end of Long Island. Specialising in letterpress, the design studio creates one-of-a-kind prints. This letterpress business card was printed on super-thick kraft stock in black ink, showcasing what can be accomplished with one-colour printing. The letterpress cards were finished off with black edge colouring.

36. Dare

Letterpress business cards: Dare

These letterpress-printed cards feature ASCII images of individual employees

We love these innovative designs by creative agency Dare. The company describes itself as 'a merger of a traditional agency and digital shop', so it wanted letterpress business cards that also combine old with new. An ASCII image was automatically created using characters from employees' contact details. The company then chose to letterpress these images onto individual business cards in order to re-emphasise the idea of traditional techniques meeting digital.

37. Pablo Abad

Letterpress business cards: Pablo Abad

Pablo Abad created this sans-serif typeface specifically for this project

This beautiful letterpress business card was created by Madrid-based graphic designer and art director Pablo Abad. In a quest to create a new visual identity, Abad designed a bespoke geometric sans-serif typeface, gara. The clean yet edgy letterpress business card design makes it eye-catching but still easy to understand. Abad's love of illustration and typography is clear in this very personal project.

38. Shyama Golden

Letterpress business cards: Shyama Golden

Shyama 'Rhymes with Llama' – as in Shama-Llama, get it?

It's always an awkward moment when you can't pronounce someone's name or get it wrong. To ensure that never happens again, artist and designer Shyama Golden designed these funky letterpressed business cards with her catchphrase 'It rhymes with llama'. Printed on Cranes Lettra cotton paper, with 100 per cent hand-drawn type and a hand-drawn llama, these beauties are one-colour letterpress printing at its best.

39. Ovi Prunean

Letterpress business cards: James Prunean

James Prunean lovingly created these awesome business cards for his brother Ovi

As is often the case, simplicity can work wonders. A perfect example of this is these gorgeous letterpressed business cards created by graphic designer James Prunean for his brother, Ovi. Prunean used strong, bold colours that immediately catch your eye and at a first glance look very similar to Pantone colour cards. Printed on 220lb cotton paper, the soft yet strong impression has reportedly helped painter Ovi beat off a lot competition. And we can see why!

40. Jennifer Daniel

Letterpress business cards: Jennifer Daniel

Jennifer Daniel loves unicorns. Can you tell?

These quirky but cool letterpress business cards belong to Bloomberg Businessweek's graphic director Jennifer Daniel. An internationally recognised illustrator, designer and art director, Daniel is also a lover of unicorns. After having a hard time choosing from her designs, she decided to have three printed, each one as memorable as the next and featuring her RSI-inducing contact email along the bottom. We wonder whether she's got any unicorn grooming business off the back of them? 

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