I was cleaning out my purse in an uncaffeinated frenzy this morning looking for my train pass. I never found it, and I'm blaming it on business cards. (It's easier than blaming disorganization.)
I have dozens of business cards floating around in different bags -- tossed in after events, hiding in zippers and pockets, hanging out in wallets waiting to be used. And when you're looking for something about the same size and thickness of a business card, it becomes clear how alike all business cards have all come to look.
So I went searching for some designs that strayed from convention. Luckily, it wasn't hard to come across some refreshing business card ideas. Take a look, and get some inspiration for your next order:
10 Creative (and Useful) Business Card Designs
1) Bill Nye the Business Card Guy
This business card, created by University of Nebraska Graduate Research Assistant Aaron Alai, is an interactive tutorial that teaches the recipient how transistors work. You can see a video of the card in action on his website.
2) For When You Need to Sit a Spell
UK-based ecommerce home furnishings shop Bentply lets you turn their business card into a little chair with just a few flicks and folds.
3) In-Person Photoshopping
Graphic designer Dario Monetini encourages people to have fun with his business cards -- he has some with sunglasses on them, too, if you want your friends to look even cooler than they already do.
4) Erase Last Night's Mistake
If you ever wonder what you'd look like if you hadn't gotten that ink, this business card from Baywood Laser Tattoo Removal gives you a quick glimpse. Also great for job interviews and meeting the in-laws.
5) Check Your Tire Treads
1010Tires created incredibly useful business cards with a direct tie-in to their business -- keep this business card on you, check your tread depth periodically, and come see us when you need new tires. Brilliant.
6) Which One's Better: This, or This
Similarly functional, this optometrist turned her business card into an eye chart. If you're having trouble making out any of the rows, make an appointment.
7) Better Than Duct Tape
Any avid biker would keep this business card from Broke Bike Alley handy -- it doubles as a patch for your tires.
8) Nom Nom Nom
This is a business card made out of beef jerky -- how cool is that. Unless you get really hungry or forget to take BC Adventure's survival training courses, you could probably hold on to this for a while. (Anyone know how long beef jerky stays good for?)
9) C'mon Folks Pretend You Like Each Other (Yuk Yuk)
This is a totally inbound business card from Vorderman Photography -- here, crop your photos with this free tool! And then realize you'd rather leave it to the professionals.
10) Emergency Cheese Grater
I've actually been in this emergency before. Block of cheese, no way to shred it. And I thought I was so gourmet not buying pre-shredded.
Bonus: This Message Will Self Destruct In ...
This Dutch headhunter created an edible business card. So I guess if he gives it to you, the expectation is that you have to eat it. I think that's how it works. This is truly bad-ass, and technically, you're not throwing anything away -- it's nourishment.
What other creative business cards have you seen?
Originally published Feb 14, 2014 4:00:00 PM, updated November 22 2017