vendredi 13 janvier 2012

30 Clever Business Cards with Unique Shapes and Materials

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Nowadays, business cards are considered old-fashioned for business promotion. However, the fact is, no matter how old school business cards maybe, they still prove to be a highly effective promotional tool. Some graphic designers stutter at first meeting with clients and expect them to break the ice. This is where business cards serve as icebreakers to start up a conversation with clients.

Conventional business cards were simple and plain. Their shapes and sizes used to be standardized. But in today’s contemporary graphic design world, business cards have to be designed in a trendy and creative fashion in order to make it attractive and memorable. A dull and boring card will be disposed right away in the dustbin by customers. However, when you create business cards that are unique and creative, the recipient of the card savors it for a long time instead of throwing it into the trash can.

Here are some factual guidelines to creating the perfect business card design:
 
1. Pick the Right Fonts – Among the most popularly used fonts in business cards are Helvetica, Garamond, Eurostile, Bodoni, Clarendon, Rockwell and Champion typeface.

2. Choose Appropriate Color Mode – Most graphic design software like Photoshop and Illustrator have an option of select the ‘Color Mode’. Usually, graphic designers select the default mode which is RGB. But CMYK is the appropriate color mode for print purposes.

3. Decide on a Size and Shape – While designing a business card, you must also be sure to select a standard size (in Inches). For instance, the standard size used in US and Canada for a business card is 3.5 in x 2 in. Moreover shapes of business cards include circular, square, rounded edges and die-cut style.

4. Select the Print Material – Traditionally, business cards were printed on simple paper and stock papers. But now unique materials such as wood, plastic, metal, magnetic and out-of-box methods are being used.

 

For your inspiration, here is a compilation of 30 creative business cards that were created with unique materials and shapes:

 

• Business Cards with Unique Materials:

 

Plastic Business Cards

 

Motion Dreams

 

Clear Plastic Business Card

 

Throncraft Transparent Business cards

 

Dreamten Studios

 

Metal Steel Business Cards Laser Cut

 

Business Card

 

Colored Metal Business Cards

 

Steve Wozniak

 

Wooden Business Card

 

Road Dog business card design

 

Wooden Business Card 2

 

Wood Business Card 3

 

PVC Business Card

 

Wooden Business Card 4

 

• Business Cards with Unique Shapes:

 

Die-Cut Business Card 1

 

Charleston Naturally Letterpress

 

Guitar

 

Mineral Water Business Card

 

Die-cut Business Card 2

 

Rust And Martin Custom Business Cards

 

DDQ Design Business Card

 

oooocomua

 

Sara Mantle

 

Ninja BTL

 

Christmas Business Card

 

Furniture shop

 

Bombay Bakery

 

USB Drive Business Card

 

Fuelhaus Business Card

 
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