In our age of technology, business cards allow you to share a little bit of insight with a new acquaintance about who you are and what you represent. Approach your business card design in the same way you would an elevator pitch – what are the most important details to share, and how can you do it in a brief and attention-grabbing way? Enjoy our selection of business cards that achieve that and much more with brilliant design, and get inspired to make your own fantastic business card by the end of the list!
The fundamentals of your business card should include your name and your desired contact details. Beyond that, maybe you’d like to add some imagery, branding, or graphic elements. Add in your logo if you have one, or maybe just build your card with branded colors or imagery to achieve a similar on-brand effect. These elements are a great place to start and working together, they fulfill the essential purpose of your business card.
If you want to convey yourself as modern or professional, a strong business card design can support you in doing so. We would classify this business card as “sleek and professional” for a few reasons. First, the muted, darker color of the card communicates something a little more serious. Second, there’s not a lot going on on this card, which gives us the idea that Miles Issac is the type of person who knows exactly how much to say at exactly the right time.
For a professional approach, craft a design that is clean, bold, and understated. You can up the impressive factor by printing on nice paper, such as cardstock or a matte finish, to show off your taste in that regard.
If it’s on brand for you to create something with a more original approach, then do it! Don’t be afraid to make bold decisions, as your business card should be something that people remember. This example has many different elements at play that resonate with being a professional ballet dancer. The color pink, the photograph, and the artistic cursive font choice. Not to mention, the logo deadcenter is eye-catching and memorable! Have fun layering in graphics with text and photos to result in a final product that is truly one-of-a-kind!
Full-page imagery is captivating, even when printed at the size of a business card. If you’d like to use a photo as a focal point for your card (which could be a great choice for photographers, artists, architects, etc.) then consider how the image fits on the page. Are you able to make out the important details of the photo? Does the photo make it hard to read any of the other text or details on the page? Is it a photo that helps represent who I am? And remember, business cards are two-sided, so you can always include a photo in full-bleed on the backside!
Photo collages are a fun, dynamic design that allows you to share lots of imagery while working with a small amount of space on a business card! Collages can feature photos in some squares, text in others, and even icons in some as well! Play with how you arrange your content across your collage. This particular example feels nice and cohesive as the images are all a similar style with similar warm, bright lighting. And, the text box even reflects that with the yellow and brown hues. Keep in mind that since a business card is small, you might have to crop your images down in your design so use photos that can be flexible and still portray the subject matter even when cropped.
If you have photographic content of the work that you do, or maybe you’re the photographer, feature a photo on your business card. Compared to the previous example, here’s a way to showcase a photo without making it fullscreen. Note the evenly spaced framing around the top, bottom, and side edges of the photo, and how the squiggly icon designs tie all the elements together. Play with layout and framing options to find the style that works for your aesthetic.
If you want to really make sure your recipient doesn’t forget who you are, why not share an image of yourself on your card? Insert a photo or maybe, in this case, a sketch of who you are in a tasteful way on your business card. Choose an appropriate photo and an appropriate placement and size, as well. This design is working well and the sketch matches the same dark teal blue color seen elsewhere on the card. Attempt this approach by drawing out your sketch in any Adobe program and uploading your art right into your Spark workspace from Creative Cloud.
Icons are a versatile design tool for business cards. You can use icons for social media or contact icons, such as the Facebook logo or a phone icon next to your telephone number. You can also scale icons up to fill your business card, making them into patterns or a prominent focal point. This ice cream business card has a modern, minimalist touch to it by opting for an ice cream cone icon, which makes the reader think they have a modern approach to making ice cream – and now we’re interested! Use icons to convey emotions, actions, or symbols that are relevant to your brand or business.
Lenny’s Landscape landed on a very exciting design by overlaying graphics on photograph image. The graphic design style is flat, meaning there isn’t shading or lines to create depth, but the overall card design feels dimensional with help from the background photo. Not to mention, the card certainly communicates a feeling that is fresh and lush, which is likely what the reader wants out of their own garden, prompting an eventual booking with Lenny’s Landscape. Use your logo or branded icons in combination with photographs for a fun visual experience.
Font choices can communicate a lot in design, even if you don’t realize it at first glance. Here, the world “Hello” makes a statement by being front and center in a unique font. It feels like a warm personal “Hello!” because of both by the size and the handwritten font. What types of fonts complement your brand? What types of fonts do you see used frequently in your industry? Does it help you to match them, or choose something out of the box? How can you use your type to create something eye-catching, like in this example? You can use negative space as seen here, but also color, size, and placement.
It’s your business card, after all, why hold back from making the biggest impression you can! Stretching out the name on this business card command’s the reader’s attention and makes it near impossible to forget Emily herself. Additionally, the handwritten cursive font choice creates beautiful curves and lines that make the name appear almost like a design itself. Find a font that resonates with you or your brand, then fill up the space with your name.
These days, you can really make your own rules and be as expressive as you’d like with your business card. Play with a combination of both horizontal and vertical layout, like in this example. Test out putting content in non-traditional places, like sideways, at an angle, in the corner, or overlapping with another element. Try out boundary-pushing ideas, all the while keeping your business card details easy-to-read for your recipients.
“Don’t feel like you have to stick to a horizontal layout, because a business card works just as well when it’s vertical!”
Vertical cards are a popular option when it comes to crafting business cards. If you feel like going for a less traditional approach, try out a vertical design! Going vertical can work well if you have a lot of information to share, or maybe a vertically formatted artwork you’d like to feature on your card.
You don’t need a ton of variables to get someone’s attention; sometimes choosing just one element to work with, and doing it well, is the best choice of action! The golden color theme seen throughout this design is uplifting and intriguing. See if you can commit to one color (or two, if you count the white background) and see just how many opportunities there are to make something great with what may seem like a limited option. You can always get creative with your paper choices when you go to print your card to add another artistic element to the mix.
The mix of colors seen here is almost unexpected – a soft pastel pink mixed with a deep, woodsy evergreen. And yet, they work together along with the rest of the design to make something cohesive. Like a yin yang, elements reflect the color on the opposite side, resulting in a synergistic design that could work with almost any color pairing! See how sticking to two tones, or making unique color combinations, can leave you with a card that stands out among the rest.
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