I am constantly astonished at graphic and web designers who have subpar websites and business cards. It’s what you DO, for christsakes! It’s supposed to be your specialty! If you half ass your own work, then why would someone expect you to do more for them?
Take Business cards, for example:
Business cards say a lot about a person. They give your prospective client or customer an idea of how much you pay attention to detail. How serious you are about your business, how creative you are, how well you plan and execute ideas. Here are just a few of some of the best business cards out there right now. These images were compiled from Flickr’s Business Cards Set. The next time you need to print out more business cards, consider what sort of message you’re sending out by handing a piece of yourself to someone in the form of a handheld, wallet sized message.
Kevin Mitnick can pick a lock with his business card, what can you do with yours besides pick food out of your teeth?
Urban Waves Swimming instructors can keep their business cards on them while they work thanks to the plastic seal around the card itself…and it floats!
Like race cars and automobiles in general? So does Intersection Magazine. They also like kick ass business cards that can drive you home.
Wunderg Design makes you feel like you know royalty with this fantastic candle stamp seal.
This sun dial visiting card was created for an antique watch dealer by Euro RSG India. What time is it? It’s time to make a cooler business card like this one!
Diesel Design has their business cards organized with tabs.
Jong von Matt of Germany made this incredible business card for Tur & Partner, a landscaping company. The card contains tiny seedlings that germinate when you water the card and give it some light! A great way to bring nature into your office, and to get noticed. I wonder if dope dealers could use this design?
This metallic business card folds into a designer working away at his desk. Sam Buxton may not be one for a flashy website, but he sure knows how to make a business card.
Late for work? Try and use this card from Meetro to get on the subway next time.
A brilliant business card design by Stephan Sagmeister.
A card that’s multifunctional for make up artists from Yuka.
It would be really sweet if you could actually mail these cards from Tracy Smith Design. Actually that’s a pretty good idea!
Each card represents a different employee at your business. Collect them all! (should come with a stick of bubble gum, though, I think.)
This business card is actualsize dot com.
It’s transparently clear that Vaughanographic knows how to make a memorable business card.
Patches will always be cool if your young enough to wear them. Ed knows this. Yes, he does.
Thielen Designs got these business cards on discount. I hope they fit, cause most people aren’t going to want to return them.
A real sense of timelessness in Ellen Jackson’s business cards and a site that matches it’s aesthetics.
Heads up! Heads Inc. makes a bussiness card to remember.
Anabliss’s business cards stand on their own as a great idea in cards.
Simply elegant. Geyrhalter Design knows how to look as slick as humanly possible.
Duffy & Partners. Just solid design.
Visual Dialogue not only makes a sharp business card. They also make a sharp website.
In a crowded room, you’ll know who’s working for Studio Schultz, even if you don’t know thier name.
Tear off the ticket and go to the Steve Belkowitz show!
The National Grey Hound Adoption Program (NGAP). A brilliant idea. Dog Tags.
If you’ve got a business card that you think is noteworthy, send me a pic. I’ll add it to another 2nd part coming soon!
Remember. If you’re a graphic or web designer or printer and even your own logo, website, or business card doesn’t really stand out, then neither will you compared to the countless other companies that are competing for the clients attention. It’s practically bad advertising for yourself. You might be better off NOT having a business card or website, or better yet start going to beauty school.