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8 brilliant design agency business cards

If there’s one type of company that needs to get its business card designs right, it’s a design agency. Its whole reason for existence is to create great designs, so if it can’t do that with its own business cards, it’s bound to raise eyebrows.

The agencies featured on this list have created top-class designs for their business cards, ranging from the elegant to the quirky (though not as quirky as these innovative business card designs). Most were designed in-house, though the last two called in the expertise of outsiders. We hope you like them too, and that they help to inspire your own business card projects.

01. Ink Digital (opens in new tab)

Ink Digital prints the same business card for each staff member, then gives them individual stickers to complete the design

Ink Digital prints the same business card for each staff member, then gives them individual stickers to complete the design

Ink Digital (opens in new tab), an award-winning digital agency based in Yorkshire, England and Melbourne, Australia, has come up with an innovative way to reduce costs, waste and print runs. It printed the same charmingly upbeat business card for all members of staff, and then printed separate stickers for each individual, which included their headshot and contact details, to be fixed onto their own cards.

02. Made Brave (opens in new tab)

MadeBrave’s foil-printed business cards are a feast for the eyes

MadeBrave’s foil-printed business cards are a feast for the eyes

MadeBrave (opens in new tab) is an agency in Glasgow, Scotland, that focuses on branding, design, digital and social. It describes these black and white business cards with painted edges as “like beautiful black and teal sandwiches”, and who are we to disagree? They were designed in-house and printed with matte white foil on both sides.

03. Mediendesignwerk (opens in new tab)

Mediendesignwerk’s business cards fuse luxurious materials with sophisticated printing techniques

Mediendesignwerk’s business cards fuse luxurious materials with sophisticated printing techniques

Mediendesignwerk (opens in new tab) is a creative design agency based in Bavaria, Germany. What it describes as its ‘look-alike-letterpress business cards’ were printed by Druckkultur Späthling (opens in new tab) on extra-thick 600gsm Gmund Cotton (opens in new tab) paper. Two-colour offset printing was employed, with blind embossing for the background ‘M’ pattern.

04. L'Atelier Irradie (opens in new tab)

This French agency’s business cards make inventive use of colour gradients

This French agency’s business cards make inventive use of colour gradients

L'Atelier Irradié (opens in new tab) is a multidisciplinary creative studio founded in Paris in 2016 by brothers Alain and Laurent Vonck. 'Irradié' basically translates as 'irradiated', or to radiate light, making the metallic, jewel-toned gradients of these business cards tie in with the concept beautifully. On the other side, there’s no ink at all: the contact details are simply imprinted on the white card.

05. Aurora (opens in new tab)

Aurora’s stunning cards showcase the kind of client work it's known for

Aurora’s stunning cards showcase the kind of client work it's known for

Aurora (opens in new tab) is a creative studio founded by Lize-Marie Dreyer in 2015 and based in Cape Town, South Africa. These beautifully illustrated business cards represent the kind of work it does perfectly. They were designed in-house and feature gold embossed detailing.

06. CP+B (opens in new tab)

CP+B reflects its love of the analogue with this business card, which doubles as a stencil

CP+B reflects its love of the analogue with this business card, which doubles as a stencil

Founded in Miami, Florida, in 1988 by the late Sam Crispin, Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B) (opens in new tab) is a large agency with offices around the globe. Its designers are strong believers in the notion that all ideas should start on paper, without the influence of computer software. 

So associate design director Scott Pridgen came up with the idea of creating a business card that acts as a stencil. The card is made of thin plastic and features a selection of laser-cut icons including Hermy, the firm’s elephant mascot.

07. Nymbl (opens in new tab)

Nymbl’s two-colour cards make an instant impact

Nymbl’s two-colour cards make an instant impact

Nymbl (opens in new tab) is a moving image production studio based in Bristol, England, that specialises in 3D animation and virtual reality (formerly called FA Digital Productions). 

Feeling its branding was letting it down – and lacking the in-house print design expertise of the previous agencies in our list – it turned to a local agency, Big Fan (opens in new tab), to come up with a new name, website and branding. As part of that effort came these cool cards, with an eye-catching two-colour palette, and two punched-out dots; one representing work, the other play.

08. Curious Space (opens in new tab)

Curious Space’s business card design conveys the concept behind the agency perfectly

Curious Space’s business card design conveys the concept behind the agency perfectly

Curious Space (opens in new tab) is a Brighton, England-based design studio that specialises in the creation of immersive spaces for for museums, galleries and the stage. This inventive business card was created by London design director Mark Bloom, aka Mash Creative (opens in new tab), as part of an identity design in collaboration with Andy Cooke.

 It was printed in fluorescent and grey ink with a blind debossed grid pattern to the logo on the reverse side. You can see more images of the business cards at printer Freestyle Print's website (opens in new tab).

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.